Can Gin be Your Valentine?
Hearts and flowers in shops everywhere. Big cuddly toys and giant heart shaped helium balloons are bursting out of shop windows enticing those loved up couples in. Netflix is filling up with gushing rom-coms and wherever you look, there is red and pink EVERYWHERE! Yes, whether we like it or not, Valentine’s Day is descending upon us! So, are you loving it, or not so much?
Whether you do or you don’t, there is one true love we can all absolutely agree on. Gin! And as we are coming up to the day of love, what better way to enjoy a nice gin than to pair it with up something yummy that will bring out just how special it is? Even better, how about we throw in some fruity gin cocktail ideas to get you in that lovin’ mood? Let’s get down to it!
Let’s start with some firm favourites, shall we? We at the Gin Inn love to support our local distilleries as you know, and you really can’t get more local than Silent Pool Gin. A beautifully floral gin, whose name originated from the Silent Pool spring water with which it is made. There are lots of floral toned botanicals in this gin, from chamomile and bergamot, to kaffir lime leaf and cassia bark. It is recommended by the Gin Guide that this gin is enjoyed best in a Gin and Tonic and garnished with simple orange peel.
Because of the complex floral tones in Silent Pool, we agreed to let it shine in a just a simple G & T! Sometimes, you just can’t improve on perfection!
Another local! We love this gin because of its especially fruity tones with notes of blueberries, blackberries and a touch of citrus. It is suggested to meet those notes with either a garnish of blueberries or a citrusy peel such as grapefruit. Definitely a gin for those that like drinks with a fruity twist!
As we are in the month for lurve, we totally recommend the Brockmans Burlesque cocktail. A cheeky little naughty but nice tipple to enjoy with your lover on a hot date or curled up cozy at home. Get the recipe here.
We couldn’t miss this traditional classic out! Citrusy, light and fresh with warming peppery undertones, it is a favourite for many. The Gin Guide recommend this delicious classic with lime for the perfect G & T or as part of a Martini.
We have other ideas though! Doing our research, we came across The Queen of Hearts cocktail made with Bombay Sapphire. Going with the Valentine’s theme, why not indulge in this sumptuous and luxurious mixture of gin, white chocolate liqueur (Ooh la la!), fruity raspberry cordial and bitters? Full recipe in the link.
Gordons London Dry
Another classic we love is the old favourite, Gordons London Dry Gin. Such a fantastic drink and ever so versatile. Similar to Bombay Sapphire, this beauty starts off citrusy and light but continues with the fresh theme with the hints of juniper. As with most, perfect for a G & T served with fresh lime and ice, of course.
Ladies, we’ve got your back with this one. If you’re out dancing the night away on Galantine’s with your girls, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a cheeky cocktail too! Have a look at the extremely pretty Pink Lady cocktail, made with the fabulous Gordons, Triple Sec, Grenadine and lemon. You can get the full recipe here.
News Just In!
Wessex Spirits have just released a new Valentine's themed gin! Complete with heart shaped bottle, this luscious, pretty pink beauty has gorgeous hits of berries and hibiscus. Wessex Spirits even recommend drinking the gin quickly as the colour and flavours fade over time. Well, we are not going to argue with that! Get yours here!
We hope you love the sound of these cocktails. Why not try them out and let us know what you think in the comments? We would love to know!
Want to know more gin pairings? We recommend The Gin Guide here.