World Gin Day
World Gin Day is observed next on Saturday, June 10th, 2023 (190 days from today).
World Gin Day is annually celebrated on the second Saturday in June to commemorate this distilled alcoholic spirit.
Distilled spirits have been with us for a very long time, and they all have rich histories of the sometimes mysterious origins of their use. While spirits have long been used medicinally, there is only liquor that started out as a medicine and later became the mixer for one of the most important drugs in history. This delicious, smooth drink is distilled from the fruit of the Juniper tree and can be traced back to an older beverage from Denmark called Jenever.
History of World Gin Day
Gin Day was founded by the British connoisseur of the juniper drink, Gin Monkey. Emma, the famous Gin monkey, is a huge fan of cocktails and has worked throughout the Newcastle, London and Leeds area at numerous cocktail bars. Bringing this experience to the streets, she created her Gin Monkey website, with the aim of saving the intrepid beetles from finding the worst spots among the booze termites in their destination.
After having an extremely difficult time figuring out what to drink when she first arrived in London, she decided she had to have someone solve this problem for other travelers, and that could be her. Since then, she has taken a dedicated role in providing independent and unbiased views on gin businesses in her area… well, they serve more than gin, but one is allowed to have a favorite food, would you say that?
But gin also has a noble history as a medicine, or rather as a way to make medicine more palatable. Quinine is the process of distilling the bark of the quinoa plant to produce a tonic capable of treating malaria. Unfortunately, quinine is extremely bitter, and gin was used to cut it. The flavor was preserved, and to this day, the tonic in Gin and Tonic contains the tiniest bit of quinine to preserve the original flavor.
The history of World Fin Day dates back to 2009, following the efforts of a gin connoisseur, Neil Houston. He was already a big fan of gin, but wanted to find a way to bring the drink to more people so they could enjoy it. At the time, it seemed like other spirits could take the place of gin. So he and "Gin Monkey" Emma Stokes teamed up to kick off the first World Gin Day in Birmingham as a way to popularize a gin pub. In 2010, they held a similar event in London and have since celebrated the juniper drink like the hands of a clock.
World Gin Day started as a small event in 2009, but since then it has grown a lot. In the last few years, things have really taken off. At the last count, the organizers reached over 200 million social media users and organized events in more than 30 countries.
Curators have now organized a range of events - everything from tastings to lectures on the drink's origins. Featured figures are tied to classes on the day of the run, where participants learn how to make drinks. Moreover, there are even professional courses where bartenders can perfect their game.
How to celebrate World Gin Day
Celebrating Gin Day is best done by going straight in and experimenting with some of the drinks that gin makes great. Check out Buzzfeed for a list of drinks not found in this world, and don't forget to subscribe to Gin Monkey for an updated list of the best places in the world to enjoy a delicious cocktail! Gin Day is the best day (not yesterday and tomorrow) to enjoy a delicious Gin Cocktail!
The best way to celebrate gin day is to head to one of the authentic gin pubs and try out a variety of mixers and cocktails. Some of the best establishments offer “home drinks” with a unique twist that you won't find anywhere else. While the classic drink is gin and tonic, there are now a host of variations you can try.
If you don't want to travel, you can check to see if anyone is hosting a World Gin Day-related event in your local community. Local gin companies will often host street parties where people can display and sample local drinks produced in their area. Many of these events also offer food and even an opportunity to sharpen your cocktail making skills.
The event organizers have expanded their activities around the world. You can attend tasting sessions, gin-related treasure hunts, gin-focused pop-ups, and garden parties. Just find out what's going on in your local area by visiting the official World Gin Day website.
Finally, you can also try making your own gin drink at home. There are dozens of recipes online, both traditional and modern, that you can try. For example, Red Lake is a gin drink made with 1.5 oz Monkey 47 Gin, raspberry syrup, and lime juice. Likewise, Feeling Blue is a cocktail that uses 2 oz gin mixed with lime juice, bitter grapefruit, tonic water, and dry Vermouth.
Gin is one of the most important wines in the world and is the basis for some of our most beautiful beverages. Just like wine, you can completely become a connoisseur and learn the different flavors and subtle notes from each producer.
Just remember to celebrate World Gin Day responsibly. Aim for fun, not intoxication!
ObservedWorld Gin Day has been observed the second Saturday in June.
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Neil Houston in 2009