Gin lovers of Bridgend rejoice as World Gin Day comes to Nolton Corner for the second year running!
Whether you’re already a fan of the juniper spirit, or looking for an intro, we’ve got you covered. Pop Saturday 13th June in your diary as at NC this year, we’ll have a wonderful selection of gins, tonics and cocktail specials all day.
Gin might be Mother’s Ruin, but on Saturday 13th June, it can be your ruin too! Find out more about how #WorldGinDay started by checking out www.worldginday.com
Click HERE for our Facebook event and hashtag #NCworldginday to get involved on Instagram/Twitter
Here’s our line-up for the big day…
Six great facts you might not have known about gin…
You may be an eager gin and tonic drinker, but do you know your gin facts? From the origin of the spirit to its most famous imbibers, there’s much to know about this beguiling beverage. Here’s half a dozen…
1. London dry gin is not always from London
Gin does not have the same geographical restrictions as spirits such as cognac, scotch or tequila. Only a tiny handful of London dry gins are actually made in the city. There are, however, 13 gins that have a “geographical indication.” The most famous of these is Plymouth gin, which has been made in Plymouth, England since 1793.
2. The Philippines drinks the most gin
The global sale of the spirit is nearly 60 million cases, and almost half of this is consumed in the Philippines. The country drinks over 22 million cases of Ginebra San Miguel, and while this gin accounts for 43% of the gin market, most people outside the Philippines have never heard of it. Other big gin drinking nations are Spain, the U.S and of course, the UK.
3. Hey, I heard you were a wild one…
Nearly all juniper used in gin is picked wild. Almost none is cultivated.
4. G&Ts began in India
During the 19th century, Brits began to move to India and in efforts to avoid mosquitos (and malaria), the demand for ‘Indian Tonic Water’ grew due to the quinine content. Gin was added to the tonic water to soothe the bitter taste. Subsequently, the popularity of Gin & Tonics soared.
5. Drink neat, but use ‘Deet’!
Mozzies rejoice! Today, most commercial tonic waters contain very little-to-no actual quinine.
6. Mother’s Ruin ain’t Dutch Courage
While genever (from Holland) was referred to as “Dutch Courage,” gin sported a darker nickname, “Mother’s Ruin.” The reason apparently being that, as it was inexpensive, gin was the spirit of choice in whorehouses and also induced abortions.