Mango loves gin… 8 fantastic places to have a gin on World Gin Day
There is no denying that gin has always been a popular drink worldwide, but in the last few years we have seen an incredible gin renaissance. Gin is now everywhere – from gin bars, to gin shops and even gin hotels popping up to quench the new thirst for the old school tipple. Gin sales in the UK reached £1.4 billion in 2017 – that’s the equivalent of every adult in the UK buying a bottle of gin last year, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).
But it’s not just the UK that is jumping on the gin bandwagon. While the UK now produces more than 500 gins, around 6,000 are produced worldwide, with the vast majority of gin producers reporting substantial growth in the past year.
As the name suggests, World Gin Day is dedicated to celebrating all things gin across the globe. Celebrate World Gin Day in style this Saturday 9 June and visit the top places across the globe for a refreshing G&T or a beautifully crafted gin cocktail.
Cheval Blanc Randheli
Clink glasses in the Maldives: situated on the unspoiled Noonu Atoll, this 46-villa Maison has been designed for stylish island barefoot living. Cheval Blanc Randheli naturally blends in with the island’s landscape – a vision created by celebrated architect Jean-Michel Gathy. Enjoy gin cocktails – shaken or stirred – on the beach whilst watching the sun go down.
Three cheers for round the world Gin O’Clock where only the finest liqueur will pass muster. Seabourn works exclusively with the world-renowned mixologist, Brian Van Flandern, to curate the drinks lists across the ultra-luxury fleet’s five ships. So wherever you are sailing in the world – from Antarctica to Zanzibar, you know your cocktail will be a killer. Grab a spot on deck and take in the 360-degree views as the sun goes down.
The Spread Eagle
Sundowners in Sussex? With more than 100 different gins and 12 different tonics on offer, The Spread Eagle hotel, situated in the market town of Midhurst in the heart of the South Downs National Park, offers aficionados the chance to create their own gin journey. Complete your cocktail from a menu of fresh garnishes, many home-grown in the hotel garden, with a selection of local Sussex artisan gins, including Blackdown Gin, Monkey 47, Brighton Gin, Warner Edwards.
Indulge in the exclusive ‘G & Tea experience’ in the light, bright conservatory – a full afternoon tea served with a Flora Dora gin cocktail: Hendricks’ Gin, raspberry pureé, finished with Fever-Tree ginger ale, made in a Hendricks’ tea pot, and served in a Hendricks’ teacup and saucer.
Porto Montenegro Yacht Club
Set sail for Montenegro and the Bay of Kotor. Warm sunshine, crystal clear waters and light ocean breeze – what better way to enjoy a cold G&T on World Gin Day than at Porto Montenegro Yacht Club’s new beach? Guests staying at the luxurious Regent Porto Montenegro hotel enjoy complimentary access. Book your room and hurry down to this exclusive patch of sand where you can laze smugly in one of the new hammocks, gin cocktail in hand.
No.15 Great Pulteney
Beat it down to Bath. It’s time to pull up a stool at Bar 15 – the chic watering hole located in the city’s newest boutique townhouse hotel, No.15 Great Pulteney. The ultimate meeting place for locals and visitors alike, Bar 15 serves up some of best G&Ts in town, alongside an intriguing selection of cocktails, presented on a deck of playing cards. With high ceilings, real fires and tall windows, Bar 15 is at once elegant and cosy. Captivating collections of objects and art can be sought out in all corners of the bar, and throughout the hotel – plenty of curiosities to discover over a relaxing drink or two.
Cosy up in the Cotswolds. Surrounded by rolling hills, Barnsley House hotel is the quintessential English country house and gardens. Lemon verbena, woodruff, grapefruit and a bottle of Fever Tree tonic water, are the key ingredients in Barnsley House’s own ‘Garden Gin’, created by Cheltenham- based Gin distillers Brennan & Brown, using botanicals from the Barnsley House gardens.
Ice and a slice on The Amazon? Cruise down the Amazon river with Aqua Expeditions and you’ll enjoy gin cocktails with intoxicating views of tropical birds, jungle vistas and hear the hum and screech of teeming wildlife as you wend your way through the waters. Lucky guests may even get to see endangered river dolphins. Good drink goes hand in hand with good food, and this is precisely what is served on the Aria Amazon – the menu is designed by award-winning Consulting Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, of Lima’s Malabar.
Gin Bar at andBeyond Bateleur Camp
Under African skies. A safari without a G&T is unthinkable, isn’t it? But did you know that gin production actually began in East Africa? To celebrate this heritage, the Gin Bar at andBeyond Bateleur Camp in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve offers travellers an experimental experience where local ingredients are used to make a variety of cocktails, all based around the history of the drink.