With the rising popularity of all things gin, the celebration of World Gin Day on 11 June is eagerly anticipated by aficionados of the clear spirit with its distinctive botanical infusions. In celebrating this classic drink, the traditional gin and tonic is still one of the best ways to enjoy it, with the unusual Hendrick’s Gin and tonic with a slice or two of cucumber offering a sublime departure from the ordinary.
Hendrick’s Gin is infused with a carefully selected combination of 11 exquisite botanicals, but gains much of its distinctive taste from the late additions of Bulgarian rose and cucumber essences. It is for this reason that its take on the G&T features a slice of cucumber instead of the traditional lime. World Gin Day was started in 2009 by a gin enthusiast and writer, who wanted nothing more than the opportunity to bring friends together enjoy good gin. The day may have grown into a global phenomenon since then, but the spirit remains the same. The rise of gin as a prized ingredient in bespoke cocktails means that one does not have to be limited to gin and tonics either. There is a host of creations that can either be enjoyed at one’s favourite gin bar, or prepared at home by the budding mixologist.
For more inspiration on creating the cocktail to match your personality for World Gin Day, please follow the link to Hendrick’s Gin’s treasury of tipples: https://www.hendricksgin.com/treasury-of-tipples
Hendrick’s Gin and Tonic
50ml Hendrick’s Gin
150ml Tonic Water
3 Thinly sliced rounds of cucumber
Fill a highball glass with good cubed ice. Combine all ingredients and give a gentle stir. Garnish with 3 thinly sliced rounds of cucumber.