As World Gin Day approaches, Tanqueray and leading gin expert Tristan Stephenson have explored three trends in gin – low alcohol cocktails, flavoured gin and savoury cocktails.
Tristan, author of The Curious Bartender series of books and owner of the iconic Victorian-themed cocktail bar The Worship Street Whistling Shop, says. “The gin world is changing constantly with new trends popping up all the time. Gin is such a vibrant and versatile spirit – there are always fresh and exciting ways to enjoy it.”
Tristan was filmed creating three cocktails focused on these emerging trends using Tanqueray as his spirit of choice, just in time for World Gin Day on June 9. These recipes are quick and easy and you can watch him by clicking here: http://bit.ly/TanquerayWorldGinDay
Tristan Stephenson’s top three trends
- Low alcohol gin cocktails
“People are on a mission to drink better rather than more and in my bars I have seen a rise in the demand for lower alcohol cocktails,” Tristan said.
“So whether it’s for a relaxed brunch or you want to create a classic after-dinner drink my low ABV gin serve, the Queen Bee, with zesty lemon flavours and honey notes, is the perfect cocktail to create.”
- Flavoured gin
Tristan said, “There has been a real boom in flavoured gins in recent years as people experiment and search for new flavour combinations.
“A wonderful new flavoured gin that I love experimenting with is Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla. It’s a gin where the predominant favours of juniper are complemented with the citrusy flavours of Seville oranges – brilliant to use for a twist on a classic gin recipe. If you are looking for a perfectly balanced gin cocktail that is just right for summer, then have a go at making my Gin and Juice recipe.”
- Gin cocktails with a savoury twist
“I travel a lot in my job and one of the things I am seeing more and more around the world is chefs and bartenders working closer together – whether that’s sharing ingredients or techniques. The result has been a rise in savoury style cocktails popping up on drinks menus across the globe,” said Tristan.
“An easy way to give your gin cocktail a savoury twist is to use herbs as a garnish. One of my favourites is tarragon which really works well in my twist on a G & T – the Tanqueray Cooler.”