World Gin Day is always the second Saturday in June - a day for anyone and everyone to celebrate and enjoy gin.
One of the worlds most complex spirits, gin is distilled from neutral grain, with the distinctive taste of juniper berries. Gin was first produced as a medicine in early 17th century Netherlands to treat stomach complaints, gout and gallstones. British troops fighting in the Low Countries found the warming properties of gin kept them going, coining the term 'Dutch Courage' and eventually started bringing it back home with them. Britain improved the quality of gin, lifting its image, and by using surplus corn and barley also boosted English agriculture. Sometimes gin was distributed to workers as part of their wages and it soon exceeded the sales of beer and ale.
The idea is simple for World Gin Day: get people together with a legitimate excuse to drink some gin, whether it's in a cocktail, G&T or neat. Whether you're already a fan of the juniper spirit, or looking for an intro, World Gin Day is the perfect opportunity to get involved.
In need of some ginspiration? Here are a few of our favourite Gin cocktails to get you started!
Blueberry Basil Gin
Basil Gin Fizz
Cranberry Thyme G&T
Pear & Ginger G&T
Blueberry Gin Sour
Happy World Gin Day!