Have you heard the latest buzz? If you need a little something to whet your whistle after a long week, you’re in luck. According to a Washington Post article published on June 12, a special beverage holiday is here and parched people around the globe are in the mood to celebrate! Get ready to raise your glass, folks. It’s World Gin Day, an annual holiday observed each year on the second Saturday in June. This year’s event takes place on June 13, 2015.
World Gin Day was created in 2009 by blogger, Neil Houston, as a way to celebrate and enjoy a great tasting gin with a few of his favorite friends. Since its inception, nations around the world have participated in the international event.
Folks have been sippin’ on gin for centuries. According to Colleen Graham, gin was created by Dr. Franciscus Sylvus and was initially used for medicinal purposes. This spirited, light-bodied liquor gets its flavor from the aromatic juniper berries. Other botanicals including cinnamon, orange or lemon peels, fennel and anise can also be added.
In honor of World Gin Day, why not try one or two tried-and-true or brand spankin’ new gin-inspired cocktail recipes listed below?
World Gin Day Cocktails
The fine folks at Hendrick’s have come up with some refreshing recipes to combine their famous gin with National Cucumber Day, which is observed on June 14. Cheers!
Hendrick’s Cucumber Lemonade
- 3 parts Hendrick’s Gin
- 2 parts fresh Lemon Juice
- 2 parts Simple Syrup
- Sparkling Water
Directions: In a long glass combine ingredients. Add ice, top with sparkling water and stir. Garnish with a fresh cucumber spears. Voila!
Hendrick’s Cucumber Southside
- 1.5 parts Hendrick’s Gin
- .75 part fresh Lemon juice
- .75 part Simple Syrup
- Mint leaves
Directions: Combine ingredients in a mixing container and gently muddle. Add ice, shake and strain. Garnish with a cucumber wheel and serve in a chilled martini glass.
And speaking of Gin…. Check out these simple-to-make and delicious-to-drink cocktails from NOLET’S.
NOLET’S Silver Gin & Tonic
- 1 oz. NOLET’S Silver Dry Gin
- 3 oz. Tonic Water
Directions: Pour NOLET’S Silver and tonic water into an ice-filled highball glass. Stir well. Garnish with a wedge of lime.
NOLET’S Silver New Fashioned
- 2 oz. NOLET’S Silver Dry Gin
- 0.25 oz. Honey Syrup
- 2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Directions: Stir all ingredients with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a thick cut orange peel and you are good to go!
- 3 1/3 ounces Grapefruit Juice
- 1 1/3 ounces Gin
Directions: Coat the rim of a highball glass with salt. Add ingredients. Stir and serve straight up, without ice. Garnish with optional grapefruit slice, peel or rosemary. Enjoy!