Gin – Which Gin For What Drink

I’ve come to accept there are many views and opinions on just about everything in this world. Many of those opinions I disagree with, but most I can respect and/or understand. Where gin is concerned though, there is only one opinion my brain will compute; it’s awesome.

If you don’t agree, I can only assume one of two things; a) you have no soul or b) you’re uneducated in the matter. If a), see you in hell, save me a seat near the bar. If b), allow me to help you with the briefest guide to gin I can think possible:

What are the main brands, how do you drink them?

The main brands are Gordon’s, Beefeater, Bombay Sapphire and Tanqueray.

Gordon’s Gin can perhaps best be described as cheap but cheerful. You can often get it from the supermarket on offer for at or below £12 for 70cl or £14-16 a litre. Goes best in a Gin and Tonic – get a glass, add ice (NEVER forget ice!), 35ml of gin, 140/150ml of tonic (buy cans, big bottles lose their fizz) and a slice of lemon or wedge of lime (lightly squeezed first). Can’t stand Gordon’s in a martini. Works alright in a Tom Collins.

Beefeater is fantastic, highly underrated. Can be got on offer for around £12-14 for 70cl from supermarkets. I buy about five bottles every time it’s on offer. Goes perfectly with tonic – see above – works in a martini, is beautiful in Tom Collins and other cocktails. Even enjoyable on its own, though somewhat of a waste.

Bombay Sapphire – not a personal favourite, though popular and recognisable for its distinctive blue bottle. Very smooth, not very botanical flavour (I find it almost milky), awful in gin and tonics, but in fairness makes a good martini. Despite the bottle, is not blue.
Price varies wildly, often to extortionate highs. IF you must buy it, get it on offer for no more than £17 a litre.

Tanqueray – very nice gin. Too nice for my palate to take. Makes amazing Tom Collins and cocktails. Unique G&T flavour, can get on offer for about £15 for 70cl.

There are others, like the very botanical Hendricks. But those are the main ones.

Sloe Gin also exists, however it is not a gin, rather a liqueur. Still nice though – goes well with ice and lemonade in the summer or can be drunk on its own in the winter.

My personal rules for gin – don’t mix it with fruit juices – use vodka for that purpose. If you drink it on its own (a waste! Add tonic!) do so at a cooled temperature without ice. Martinis need vermouth – its common these days to make them ridiculously dry (aka, mostly gin, rinsing the ice with vermouth) but this is basically just a method of cooling and diluting the gin. Stick it in the fridge and add water if you’re going to do that. In a G&T, a wedge of lime is better than a slice of lemon… usually. Whoever first put a slice of cucumber in a Gin & Tonic should be shot.

Anyway, that’s just me. Feel free to voice your own opinions – unless I disagree with them.


“It is a curious fact, and one to which no one knows quite how much importance to attach, that something like 85% of all known worlds in the Galaxy, be they primitive or highly advanced, have invented a drink called jynnan tonnyx, or gee-N’N-T’N-ix, or jinond-o-nicks, or any one of a thousand or more variations on the same phonetic theme. The drinks themselves are not the same, and vary between the Sivolvian “chinanto/mnigs” which is ordinary water served at slightly above room temperature, and the Gagrakackan “tzjin-anthony-ks” which kills cows at a hundred paces; and in fact the one common factor between all of them, beyond the fact that the names sound the same, is that they were all invented and named before the worlds concerned made contact with any other worlds.”

Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams


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Politics of the Left Wing and Liberal variety, plus gin!
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