WRITTEN BY OLIVIER PASQUIER, SALES AMBASSADOR
WORLD GIN DAY - KINGS OF THE GARNISH
As World Gin Day finally comes to us, two tremendous and distressing questions necessarily come to our mind:
- What gin should I choose?
- How should I garnish?
Wherever you decide to stop for a gin and tonic on Saturday, let’s hope the bartender will have enough knowledge to find the right gin for your taste. Will it be spicy, rich, fresh, citrusy, floral, dry and juniper oriented, earthy or flavoured?
With hundreds of gins on the market, don’t worry, there is at least one for your palate. You just have to find it. Don’t we say that “the journey, not the destination matters…”? If it takes 200 gins before you find the perfect match, at least you can take comfort from the knowledge that your time wasn’t wasted. World Gin Day could actually be a good opportunity for us all to go beyond our comfort zone and try new gin profiles.
Now, the garnish. For a long time, only lemon twists managed to make their way into gin glasses. Other garnishes had no chance at all. Luckily, this time has passed, the monopoly is over and we can witness battles between fruits, vegetables, roots, berries, candies or whatever whimsical botanicals.
One garnish used to be enough. Now, the creativity of bartenders is unstoppable and it’s no longer unusual to find berries (i.e juniper, strawberries), fruits (i.e lemon peel, grapefruit), and herbs (i.e mint or rosemary spring) all in one glass.
How did this happen?
The answer is quite simple. As more gins appeared on the market, adding new flavours to our drink - other than juniper and lemon - has become common practice, with bartenders finding new ways to express flavour notes and aromas. And what’s the purpose of a garnish if not enhancing the delicate flavours of each gin? If classic London Dry style gin, mostly focused on juniper and lemon flavours, just needs a zest of lemon to reveal its profile, we now need other ingredients to reveal all the unique specificities of each gin.
Whether a garnish is used to show a characteristic of a gin (freshness, spiciness, sweetness…), or its flavour profile, brands have finally come to an understanding of the power of the garnish. On every brand’s website you will be able to see recommendations of one or several garnishes, creating the best experience in your glass. The perfect serve is now an institution.