You’ve Been Drinking Gin & Tonic Wrong!
Gin is most certainly ‘in’. From the gin festivals sprouting up all over the country to the 16% increase in sales last year that smashed the £1billion figure for the first time in UK history. It’s clear as day to see. Not since the Gin Craze in the 18th century has Britain been so infatuated with Madam Geneva.
Despite the increase in sales, there hasn’t been an equal increase in the accurate way to consume the delightful, juniper-based spirit. More often than not, if you order a good ol’ G&T in a bar, you’ll be served your request in a tall Tom Collins style glass. This though, is a sore mistake to make. With a long tall glass, you’re stifling the gin. You’re oppressing the gin. You’re not giving the gin room to breathe!
Literally though… to ensure you get the most out of this stylish spirit, a different glass has to be used. The solution – A glass with a balloon shaped bowl. Also known as the ‘Copa De Balon’, this bulbous-type glass dates back to 16th century Spain and was quite popular in speakeasies during prohibition America. It also happens to be one of gin’s best friends, after tonic perhaps.
The reason it works so well for gin is all down to the bowl, or balloon contour. The bulbous shape works to enhance and spread the botanicals, which makes for a wonderful aroma. The larger capacity also means that ice will melt much slower which eliminates the issues of quick dilution and taste weakening. The greater volume also allows for more fruit and garnishes which really help enrich the gin drinking experience.
Here at Stephensons, we’ve handpicked a selection of suitable vessels that incorporate the balloon-esque shape. The glasses listed below should help you on your way to getting the most out of your gin!
Gin-credible! - 2016 Gin Statistics
Sales Rise From 2015