World Gin Day

World Gin Day Quick Facts - GB

2024 Date8 June 2024
2025 Date14 June 2025

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World Gin Day is an seeks to promote and appreciate gin, a highly popular spirit crafted from a combination of botanicals, with juniper being the dominant flavour. This observance provides an opportunity for gin enthusiasts to come together in various events and tastings, showcasing unique and exciting gin expressions. It also seeks to educate people about the history, crafting process, and diversity of this versatile spirit while supporting the many distilleries and producers worldwide.

Tracing its origins back to the 17th century, gin has played a pivotal role in the history and culture of the United Kingdom. In fact, the iconic London Dry style has become synonymous with the British gin tradition, influencing many contemporary distillers and mixologists. The UK is home to several world-renowned gin brands and a thriving craft gin movement, with an ever-growing number of small-batch and artisan distilleries offering an array of distinctive gins. World Gin Day, therefore, holds particular relevance to the UK, both as a tribute to the nation's gin heritage and as a platform to spotlight local innovation and expertise.

Each year on the second Saturday of June, World Gin Day is observed across the United Kingdom, encompassing a diverse range of events and activities. This includes gin-infused menus at bars and restaurants to gin tastings, masterclasses, and distillery visits.

World Gin Day Facts

  • In 2019, Buckingham Palace launched its very own branded gin, made from botanicals handpicked from the palace's garden.
  • In the 18th century, London experienced the 'Gin Craze,' with gin consumption reaching alarming levels, particularly among the working-class population. This led to a rise in crime, health issues, and social problems, prompting the government to introduce the Gin Acts of 1736 and 1751 to control and regulate gin production and sales.
  • The term 'London Dry Gin' doesn't refer to the origin of the gin but to its production method. It is a high-quality gin, distilled with natural botanicals and has no added sugar or artificial flavorings.

World Gin Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit one of the many gin distilleries across the UK for a behind-the-scenes tour. Popular choices include the Bombay Sapphire Distillery in Laverstoke Mill, Hampshire, or The City of London Distillery in London.
  • Join a gin cocktail workshop to learn how to make your own delicious gin-based drinks. Many bars and cocktail establishments offer special workshops or masterclasses on World Gin Day to enhance your mixology skills.
  • Attend one of the gin festivals that take place around the country. The Gin Festival in London, Junipalooza in London and Edinburgh, and the Great British Gin Festival in multiple locations are among the popular options.
  • Explore gin and food pairings. Discover the complimentary flavors of different gins with various cheeses, chocolates, or other snacks. Experiment with matching botanical flavors to enhance the overall tasting experience.
  • Try your hand at creating your own gin cocktails. Look up recipes online or get creative and experiment with different ingredients, such as fruits, herbs, and flavored syrups. Make your own signature gin cocktail to celebrate the day.

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