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Gin and Tonic Day 2019 – What To Drink and Where To Drink It

October 19, 2019 by Tom Bronock

Gin. The hot ticket in the industry right now. As such, its befitting that we have International Gin & Tonic Day around the corner on October 19th. As if another reason was needed to indulge in some of your favourite gins. Below we have compiled some our picks for enjoying the nations favourite tipple.

The Pretty One | Isle of Raasay Gin

Celebrate National Gin & Tonic Day than with a brand new Scottish Gin. Isle of Raasay Gin is the first legal sprit from the island which is rooted in centuries of illicit distilling.

Raasay’s remarkable geology, island shores, and unique water source inspired both the creation and presentation of the island’s first Hebridean gin. Natural botanicals found on the isle, such as juniper, are used to infuse each bottle and other botanicals, incorporated into the triple distilled Raasay spirit include: rhubarb root, lemon peel, orange peel, coriander seeds, angelica root, liquorice root, orris root, and cubeb pepper.

The gin is fresh and aromatic, with juniper, citrus and a hint of rhubarb on the nose, a burst of juniper and orange on the palate and a dry zesty finish. It is best served with in a traditional G&T using Fever-Tree’s Premium Indian Tonic. Isle of Raasay Gin is available for purchase at the Isle of Raasay Distillery, or online via the website.

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The Cool One | Ask For Janice

Ask for Janice is a laid-back bar and restaurant with an emphasis on local produce, foraged ingredients and gin, with 39 perfect serve G&Ts on the menu. Grab a window seat under the leafy canopy of hanging pot plants and watch the bustle of Smithfield Market go by with a G&T in hand.

Examples from the perfect serve menu include, Ophir gin served with orange, chilli, and Fever-Tree Indian Tonic (£9.50), or Bloom gin served with lemon, mint, and Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic (£9.50).

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The Classy One | St James Bar Sofitel

Situated on the corner of Pall Mall and Waterloo Place, next to the hotel’s newly opened Wild Honey St James restaurant, the bar has recently been transformed by interiors specialist and respected bar and restaurant architect, Jim Hamilton. Think curved plush velvet seating in opulent jewel shades, brass accents and a striking marble-topped bar with colourful rows of bottled handmade tinctures, bitters and liqueurs.

The design also subtly combines French and English themes to match the hotel’s blend of French and local culture, the most obvious being the oil painting of a French cockerel wearing an English military uniform that dramatically covers the ceiling. This is also a nod to the hotel’s history as it was originally built as a military bank for Cox and King’s.

Try the Comte De Grasse gin with tonic for a lovely french twist on the classic.

The Fruity One | Fentimans Tonic Waters

Fentimans has been making natural botanical drinks for over 100 years and their range of artisanal drinks and tonic waters make the perfect addition to any gins you might be celebrating with. Fentimans is the only brewer in the UK to use the time-honoured process of botanical brewing to produce natural and exquisitely crafted beverages that have a rich and complex taste.

For the classic G&T enjoy the Fentimans Connoisseurs Tonic Water which has been specially created to enhance and amplify the delicate botanicals used in a variety of premium gins.

For a more refreshing take on the classic why not enjoy a Pink Grapefruit or Valencian Orange Tonic.

The Glam One | Quaglino’s

Quaglino’s – synonymous with style, glamour and great cocktails since its establishment 90 years ago – is the ultimate bar for those looking for the more glitzy side of life. The stomping ground of the ultimate guru’s, Eddy and Patsy, ‘Quags’ maintains it absolutely fabulous appeal as a stalwart of the London scene.

Pop in for a Gin and Tonic at the delightfully decadent bar and enjoy the famed Quaglino’s ambience and music, which is live every night.

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After all of that, if you are still clamoring for a gin fix check out our Top 25 Gin Cocktails or the gins on offer in our Top 50 British Spirits.

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