World Gin Day

Don't Cry Over Spilt Milk, It could've been Gin!

Gin lovers of the world rejoice as World Gin Day returns for its TENTH year on Saturday 9 June 2018!! World Gin Day is a global celebration of all things gin, on the second Saturday in June organised by Gin Monkey! The idea is simple: get people together all around the world with a legitimate excuse (not that the Gin Monkey needs one!) to drink some gin, whether it’s in a cocktail, G&T or neat.    

4 Gin Facts You Didn't Know

Holland Made It First

  While gin may be the national spirit of England, the liquor originated in Holland. The English discovered Jenever while fighting the Dutch War of Independence in the 17th century.    

Gin & Tonics Started In India

During the 19th century, Brits began to move to India after the Sepoy Rebellion of 1857 and, subsequently, the popularity of Gin & Tonics spiked. In efforts to avoid malaria, the demand for “Indian Tonic Water” grew. Gin was added to the tonic water to soothe the bitter taste.    

Gin Is Not For Neat Drinking

  Bathtub gin was made for a specific purpose and that purpose was not to be gentle on the palate. Drinking gin straight during Prohibition was sure to grow some hair on your chest, but it had to be terrible on the throat. In order to get the firewater down, the spirit was mixed with other ingredients and thus the reason many, many classic cocktails are made with gin. Bottoms up.    

You Can Make Your Own!

  Gin is essentially a flavoured vodka, so why leave it up to the pros when you can make your perfect gin in your own home? There are kits to help you with this process. But making your own gin is as simple as taking vodka and infusing it with juniper berries and other spices and botanicals. Just don’t do it in your bathtub, okay?