Celebrate World Gin Day with this winter-inspired cocktail
Posted: 09 June 2017
Literary heroes sang the praises of the spirit that’s as revered as it is reviled after a night of indulgence. Novelist Raymond Chandler told us how to mix a real gimlet (basically, just gin and lime juice), and author Ian Fleming taught us to like it shaken, not stirred. For some, swigging the spirit might lead to symptoms of ecstasy, depression, insanity, blackouts and, more commonly, reduce a perfectly rational person to a teary mess. Back in 18th-century Britain, gin became known as ‘mother’s ruin’, the idea being that a crudely distilled version was behind the moral decline of London. By the time the 1990s arrived, gin had fallen so far that, until just a few years ago, the only person who drank it (apart from your great-aunt Tilda) was the queen. So when the spirit started making its way into the hands of our savviest social influencers – who artfully place it next to an obscure tonic water bottle to rack up the likes on Instagram – it piqued our interest. The celebration of gin is far from over, and in fact, it even has its own day – 10 June. Local craft distiller Inverroche is embracing the spirit of the day across South Africa. If you prefer to share your love of gin with like-minded people, head to Carbon Bistro in Pretoria, Sin & Taxes in Johannesburg, Fourteen on Chartwell in Umhlanga, and The Gin Bar in Cape Town for some creative Inverroche cocktails. But if you plan to host a party at home, impress your guests with a winter-inspired cocktail: the coffee, quinine and sweet orange flavours in the Mocha G&T complement the citrus notes of Inverroche Gin Classic, while the bubbly and fruity finish lingers on the palate.