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Celebrate International G&T Day with a Classic, Zesty or Daring Serve

in Competitions October 19, 2020

Whether served over ice as the perfect accompaniment to an evening by the fire, or gently mulled to enjoy alfresco on a chilly winter’s evening, there’s a G&T for every occasion. And, as autumn approaches, our thoughts turn to crafting the perfect gin and tonic to celebrate International G&T Day. But before you settle on a gin cocktail recipe to serve on 19th October, discover what sipper you are by clicking here. Whether the results reveal a penchant for Classic, Zesty or Daring gin cocktails, here we share serves that will elevate the day’s celebrations to something truly extraordinary.  

Classic gin and tonic

RAISE A GLASS TO THE ICONIC G&T

Historians can trace gin’s origin back to the 1600s and Holland’s famous ‘genever’ distilleries, but it was around 200 years ago that the long drink we today know as a G&T was first served. As the British Empire extended into the Indian subcontinent, the soldiers discovered that mixing a little quinine into their gin, along with a spoonful of sugar and a dash of water, made for an effective antimalarial.

Since then, the refreshing drink has become a permanent fixture at garden parties and cocktail bars around the world, and we believe its enduring appeal is something that’s definitely worth celebrating.

CLASSIC

A drink of satisfying simplicity, a Classic Gin and Tonic is nothing short of alchemical perfection. Simply fill a highball glass with ice and pour over 50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin before topping up with premium Indian tonic water and garnishing with a wedge of fresh lime.

Remember, classic can still be creative; we’d suggest a Winter Gin & Tonic for a fruity twist on the Classic G&T as the evenings get darker. Combine 25ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin and 25ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin in an ice-filled highball glass, top up with Indian tonic water and garnish with an orange wedge.

Sipsmith London Dry Gin G&T

ZESTY

Crazy for citrus? We know the Zesty Sippers out there will be thrilled with a Lemon Drizzle G&T. Pour 50ml Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin into a highball glass that’s filled with ice and top up with Mediterranean tonic water before garnishing with a fresh lemon slice.

Equally fruity, a Zesty Orange G&T features our delectable Zesty Orange Gin. This eye-catching orange bottle is one of our newest releases, in which sippers will recognise our award-winning London Dry Gin backbone, with orange blossom and citrus botanicals that are sure to excite our Zesty audience.

Zesty Orange G&T

DARING

Daring Sippers know only too well that variety is the spice of life and, just like our talented Distillers, they love to experiment and innovate. A daring G&T, therefore, should feature our Limited Edition Chilli & Lime Gin and be garnished with fresh chilli for a hit of heat. Fill a tall glass with ice and add 50ml Sipsmith Chilli & Lime Gin and 150ml chilled Indian tonic water, before stirring to combine. For an even more adventurous approach, swap the tonic water for a fiery splash of ginger ale.

Chilli & Lime Gin and Tonic

THE ULTIMATE JUNIPER-LOVERS’ PRIZE FOR INTERNATIONAL G&T DAY (CLOSED)

We’ve partnered with our friends at Penhaligon’s to celebrate International G&T Day the only way we know how; with all things juniper. Simply discover what kind of sipper you are and let us know below for the chance to win a bottle of Classic, Zesty or Daring Sipsmith Gin and a bottle of Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling eau de toilette*. T&Cs apply.

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