If you hadn’t noticed, more and more of your drinking partners are turning to gin to spice up their evening. The drink is becoming so popular that by some accounts its sales are growing over 20% per year. We like to think that one of the reasons for its growing popularity is its sex appeal - people look good drinking gin cocktails, the diversity of flavours tantalizes the tongue and the botanicals get the blood flowing faster. So whether you’re going out with your long-term lover or on a Tinder date this weekend, our tip to making it the sexiest Valentine’s experience you’ve ever had - drink gin together!
image credit: Warner Edwards, our February Gin of the Month
50 SHADES OF GIN COCKTAIL BOOK
With cocktails such as the Twisted Knickers, Bachelorette in Bondage and the Hanky Spanky, this book of gin cocktails - a complement to this week’s release of the Fifty Shades of Grey film - will put you in the mood for a naughty Valentine’s Day. Download it for free here complements of the Craft Gin Club and Warner Edwards Gin.
Sure, roses are red. But cocktails are prettier in pink. There’s a burst of pink gins in the gin market including Pinkster (made with raspberries and expected to quadruple sales this year), Edgerton Pink and Victoria’s Rhubarb from the Craft Gin Club’s February Gin of the Month, Warner Edwards, which is selling gangbusters!
People will tell you that you can make a Martini with a vodka base. While technically you can, gin is at the oriGin of the martini. And damn, is it sexy! Holding a martini in your hand, the glass clouded by the cold liquid, the pure, crisp feel on the tongue, the sensual olive sunk at the bottom, its oils mixing with the gin and vermouth, shows a sophistication and a confidence that will make your lover melt for you this Valentine’s Day.
INTERNATIONAL GIN OF MYSTERY
Worldly men and women fascinate us. The stories they tell, the confidence they exude, the cultural refinement they absorb in their travels. Gin is the most international of drinks as far as its production is concerned. Distillers scour the world for the best botanicals, traveling to exotic places to discover the flavours they seek and the stories that entertain their customers.
As gin became popular after its immigration from Holland to the UK, it spent decades traveling the high seas, helping sailors fight off disease while simultaneously keeping their spirits up. Drinks historians could regal you for hours with stories of sexy danger and adventure all the while keeping your G&T topped up.
GIN & TONICS
The beads of sweat running down the side of the glass, slices of exotic fruits and herbs splashed in the glass, lipsticked lips wrapped around the straw. The Gin & Tonic is the sexiest drink for summertime love. So have one this Valentine’s Day to cool you down and then warm you up with your Valentine.
Vodka has had its time in the limelight as the cocktail patron’s preferred spirit. Because everyone knows that professional bartenders - those alluring men and woman that perform incredibly sensual acts to serve us the finest tasting drinks - prefer matching their favourite mixers with gin. The wide variety of flavours in gin due to different production methods and botanicals make the spirit a versatile ingredient for bartenders’ sexiest cocktails.