As anyone who has ever been stuck in a pub with me knows, I am incredibly fussy when it comes to alcoholic drinks. I usually end up the boring one with a lemonade because there's nothing I like behind the bar. Gin is usually my drink of choice, I think it has a certain sophistication to it, but more importantly, its very versatile. You can do so much more with this drink than just a simple gin and tonic and you don't need to be a mixologist.
If you're looking for a really simple way to spice up your g&t for World Gin Day, try a fruit syrup. There are some great recipes for how to create syrups or your own gin infusions online using fresh fruit but if you want something a little quicker, you can get the ready made kind. I found this Rhubarb Syrup in the food court at IKEA and it's fantastic. I mixed equal parts of gin and rhubarb syrup and then topped it up with tonic water. The sweetness of the syrup really compliments the dryness of the gin and it's a lovely drink to enjoy on a summer afternoon.
Will you be celebrating World Gin Day? Leave me a comment and let me know, I'd love to hear your cocktail suggestions!
Photography by David Gurney.