Gin is still in
Never have I seen so many people ordering or making gin and tonics than during the last two years.
Yes, gin is still in, in part because of its range, thanks to different botanicals that vary from brand to brand.
“Gin has so much character,” confirmed Peter Hunt, master distiller for Victoria Spirits on Vancouver Island. Hunt’s flagship Victoria Gin uses allspice, nutmeg, rose petals, orange peel, lemon peel and cinnamon bark, among other botanicals, in the distillation process. These ingredients impart a spicy, floral and citrus bouquet and flavour that balance the traditional juniper notes.
Another reason for gin’s resurgence is, as with vermouth, the rise in popularity of classic cocktails. Back in the day there was no vodka, but gin gave us the Aviation cocktail, Corpse Reviver, Gimlet and Tom Collins. Hear, hear!
Try it in: a Canadiano, a martini-meets-G&T craft cocktail that hits all five trends discussed here.
Tip: Prefer to sip your spirits? Try Oaken Gin, a barrel-aged gin from Victoria Spirits.