Valentine’s Day gin cocktails

Valentine’s Day is one of our favourite days of the year here at NB Gin. And what better way to celebrate it, than with one of our very own themed Valentine’s Day gin cocktails?

NB Valentine's Day gin cocktails

Chocolates and flowers are good but aren’t they just a little clichéd these days? Let’s put them to one side for the moment and let’s get the gin out!

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Winter gin and food pairings to warm your cockles

Christmas may be over and the march through 2017 is well and truly underway but the weather is still bitter outside so here are some winter gin and food pairings to warm your cockles.

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Whether you are after a winter gin cocktail or a simple G&T we have the winter food and gin pairing to help you get the most out of your occasion.

These are our top suggestions for what gin creation goes well with your winter food.

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Christmas gin ideas to make it a merry one

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At NB Gin we love to get into the festive spirit (no pun intended… okay maybe a little bit), so we thought it was right on time to give you our favourite Christmas gin cocktails and serves.

NB Gin, in our humble opinion, is simply perfect as a G&T or neat, or perhaps with some ice. Our perfect NB Gin serve is with Fever-Tree Tonic, lots of ice and orange or grapefruit to garnish. But at Christmas time you must get a little creative, don’t you think?

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Why you should enjoy gin without tonic

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Now, before anyone starts getting outraged by the headline about drinking gin without tonic, let’s clear a few things up.

Firstly, we LOVE a good gin and tonic. We believe that the G&T is probably one of man’s greatest triumphs.

Secondly, this is subjective. If the thought of drinking a spirit without a tonic or some kind of mixer appals you, then that’s okay. But you’re missing out…

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Three cocktails to make in under three minutes

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Hands up who likes cocktails!

Okay, so we are all guilty of sipping on cocktails when we get the chance, aren’t we? But some of us simply don’t have the time, or ingredients, to do so.

When we think of cocktails, we think of exotic ingredients from lands afar and a bartender in a bow tie furiously shaking a Boston tumbler over his shoulder.

It doesn’t need to be this way.

Using everyday ingredients, you can make these simple gin cocktails at home in under three minutes.

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The best gin bars in Melbourne

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Our series on the best gin bars in the greatest cities of the world has gone down like a good G&T so we thought it was time to tell you about the best gin bars in Melbourne.

In no particular order, here are four of our favourite gin bars in Australia’s capital of Victoria, Melbourne.

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The perfect vodka summer serves

NB Vodka summer serves

Now that the good weather is (sort of) here, we thought it was about time to offer up some perfect vodka summer serves that will ensure you enjoy NB London Dry Citrus Vodka in all its glory.

Our citrus vodka is the first of its kind in the world so it’s only right that it’s served in a way that really makes our creation sing in the glass… and in your mouth.

Here are a few of our perfect vodka summer serves to ensure your sunny evenings are as gorgeous as they possibly can be!

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The perfect summer serves for your gin

NB summer serves

We know and you know that gin is perfect all year round but now that it’s summer (apparently) it’s an ideal time to spice up your serves.

NB Gin – whether it’s Navy Strength or original – is rather spectacular enjoyed neat, in a classic or a cocktail so here are a few ideas to make your summer serves really sparkle.

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Why gin is everybody’s drink

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Did you think gin is a drink only to be mixed with tonic? Wrong! Gin is such a versatile spirit it can be enjoyed in so many ways. The really good gins are even smooth enough to be enjoyed neat.

Here’s a whole bunch of reasons why gin is everyone’s drink… even if you don’t like G&Ts.

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10 gin and vodka cocktails to make your summer sizzle

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It’s June, which means it’s allegedly summer in the UK, so it’s time to start thinking about your gin and vodka cocktails.

To help you get into the spirit (sorry) we’ve selected 10 vodka and gin cocktails for you to enjoy.

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How to enjoy your gin like the Queen

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Queen Elizabeth II is now 90 (yes, that incredible lady is now a nonagenarian) and NB Gin is incredibly proud to have a small part to play in the celebrations.

Her Royal Highness will celebrate her birthday in style (obvs) from this Thursday – Sunday with a huge party at Windsor Castle… and we mean HUGE.

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Valentine’s Day: Whether single or in love, you can make it perfect

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February the 14th is fast approaching, to some of you this is just another day, for others it’s a chance to show someone you care.

But why should couples have all the fun? At NB, we think Valentine’s Day should be everybody’s perfect day.

You’re single and loving it!

Although it would be easy to just grab a spoon and curl up with your two favourite fellas, Ben and Jerry and a cheeky gin, you’re not going to!

So what if you’re single? This is the perfect opportunity to dedicate another day to you! Let’s be honest, there aren’t enough days in the week to dedicate to Yours Truly!

Be your own Valentine. Start the day with your favourite brekkie, even if it’s a bit naughty. The diet can go on hold for a day.

Chocolate spread on toast or Eggs Benedict? Do it!

Start the day the way you mean to go on. Do the things that make YOU happy, whether that’s a long bike ride or some retail therapy, enjoy some time to yourself!

You AND your friends are single! Perfect!

What could be better? Mate dates are so much more fun than real dates anyway! None of that awkward chatter as you get to know each other, and you’re way past the stage where you question whether pinching one of their chips is acceptable or not.

So you’re a couple…

For you couples that aren’t into all the romance, don’t feel forced into a stereotypical candlelit dinner.

You love each other so have YOUR perfect day, just the way YOU want it. Celebrate with your other half in your own little way. Whether that’s skydiving or playing chess with each other, whatever you both enjoy – go do it!

Maybe you love the traditional, romantic Valentine’s Day with roses and chocolates, then great. There’s nothing wrong with some good old fashioned romance, especially on February 14th.

Whether you’re single, attached, or even if your Facebook status is ‘it’s complicated’ you can make Valentine’s Day 2016 the best one ever.

In its essence, Valentine’s Day is about caring for each other and at NB, we think that’s perfect, no matter how you do it.

NB is driven by one thing: Perfection. We create world-class London Dry gin and London Dry citrus vodka. Perfection cannot (and should not) be rushed. Ever.

That’s why our perfect spirits should be enjoyed slowly. Our gins, both Navy Strength and standard, are so pure and refined that they can be enjoyed neat. A perfect pleasure as a sipping drink, or in a classic G&T with Fever Tree tonic.

For the perfect experience, enjoy NB slowly and responsibly.

Where to have the world’s best New Year’s party!

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It’s getting to the end of a long, hard year and what better way to say goodbye to 2015 than with a big bang? Behave, we mean fireworks.

Around the world, celebrations are carried out in many unique and entertaining ways and what better way to get into the celebratory mood than to know more about them?

Starting off close to home…

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay – #EdHogmanay

We all know that the Scottish like to celebrate New Year in the biggest way possible. Not just with one event either.

Throughout the holiday season the Scots have put in place several amazing events leading up to the big day.

Some of these events include a classic ceilidh in Edinburgh, which this year is attempting to the set the world record for the world’s largest Scottish country dance.

A beautiful Torchlight Procession opening the Hogmanay events, the crazy Stoats Loony Dook, the adventurous Scot:Lands and the perfect Street Party will all be awesome events.

The highlight of the three-day festival might just be the Concert in the Gardens, which year after year showcases some amazing talent from all over the world. This year Scottish sensations Biffy Clyro will be headlining.

Sydney New Year

Sydney’s New Year’s Eve – #SydNYE

Our Australian friend will be setting the sky alight with colourful fireworks for their celebrations.

The iconic Sydney Harbour event will kick off with a stunning water display before the Harbour Bridge transforms into a canvas for a spectacular display.

As the night goes on spectators will witness a cultural ceremony celebrating Australian heritage followed by a family fireworks display then the famous Harbour of Light Parade will take place.

To finish the night off, a spectacular 12-minute firework and pyrotechnic display will lead you into the New Year.

New York New Year

New York City’s Time Square ball drop

Possibly one of the world’s most watched events is the NYC ball drop where Times Square is transformed into a magical hub of musical performances, balloons, confetti and of course a massive pyrotechnic display.

Taylor Swift was one of the big names to perform last year and is back again for the 2015 Farewell Show.

The live events start at three in the afternoon taking you all the way through to midnight.

Streets are closed as a mass of people take over the city streets to experience this magical event.

Rio New Year

Rio’s New Year’s Eve beach party

New Year’s Eve in Rio is the country’s second biggest party of the year, coming close to their infamous Carnival.

During the day people gather on Copacabana beach to lay flowers as offerings to their Sea Goddess ‘Lemanja’ and as darkness creeps closer the party begins!

Stages are spread along the 4km Copacabana Beach entertaining the crowds of people with all different styles of music.

For those who want to waltz the night away in a more traditional way their Copacabana Palace hosts a stunning masquerade ball. Guests must dress in white with the added accessories in red for good luck and romance!

Roaring fire

If you aren’t all about crazy parties in the world’s capitals, staying at home can be just as memorable.

Picture this: Surrounded by friends and family in your own little world next to the roaring fire with a G&T in hand – what could be better?

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A life of luxury drinks

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After we were chosen by Rolls Royce as one of the world’s most revered brands in their enthusiasts publication, we’ve been celebrating this as Luxury Week.

We couldn’t resist tempting you into the most luxurious cocktails in the world and even included the cocktail we came up with for Rolls Royce – Spirit of Splendour.

Rolls Royce – Spirit of Splendour

This cocktail emphasises the highlights of luxury life without breaking the bank as you can make it in your own home.

To make this gorgeous cocktail, fill a shaker with ice and add a healthy measure (50ml) of NB Gin, mix in 12½ml red Vermouth, 5ml of Pedro Ximenez sherry and finally two dashes of Angostura bitters.

Give the mix a good stir and strain into a champagne balloon. Just to add that opulent touch, garnish with gold leaf.

Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

Costing a whopping £660, the Mint Julep is a signature sip at the Kentucky Derby.

The cocktail is served in a custom made Tiffany & Co cup immersed in ancient ice sourced from an Alaskan glacier more than 10,000-years-old.

The Mint Julep is made with Woodford Reserve Bourbon and turbinado sugar with a garnish of Louisville-grown mint.

Our thoughts: do you get to keep the cup?!

Ritz-Paris Sidecar

From just across the Channel comes a limited edition drink that may not be available in years to come.

Priced at £340 the Sidecar starts off as a normal, but classic mix of brandy, Cointreau and a dash of lemon juice, but added to this is the very rare 1830 Ritz Reserve.

There are a small amount of Ritz Reserve bottles left in the world due to the batch being made before the invasion of phylloxera pest, which destroyed a large amount of France’s valued grapes.

Mai Tai

You can order the Mai Tai at the Merchant Hotel in Belfast with a price tag of £936.

The price is so high due to the uniqueness of the rum, with only six bottles available worldwide, the Merchant owning one of them.

The Merchant claims to be the only bar in the world serving the exclusive cocktail.

The Diamond Is Forever Martini

On the 45th floor of the Ritz-Carlton at the top of the Tokyo Midtown Tower you will find the Lobby Lounge and Bar where this remarkable cocktail is served.

The extravagant drink is made up of cooled Grey Goose Vodka and fresh limejuice, but there is something even more luxurious about this drink…

Sparkling in the bottom of the glass is a beautiful one-carat diamond – which you get to keep. The drink does cost £9,700 though.

The flawless one-carat diamond definitely makes this drink a girl’s best friend.

Want to know how to make an NB Gin Spirit of Splendour? Check it (and the Rolls Royce) out here.

25 times when only a gin and tonic will do

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Gin lovers out there will understand that under certain circumstances the only solution is to pour yourself a well-deserved Gin and Tonic, with the world’s best gin!

This could possibly turn into a tick list for some of you out there!

Parenting

The little bundles of joy that grow through the terrible twos into the more terrible teens but you couldn’t love them any less, however there are a few occasions where you find yourself reaching for the bottle…

When your three-year-old tells you he’s polished the new car… with a stone.

When your teenage daughter bursts through the door, tears streaming down her face to tell you that Zayn has left One Direction…

When your teenage daughter bursts through the door the next day to find out that One Direction are taking a break…

When the babysitter cancels…

When you’ve booked a family holiday but your teenager refuses to go because there is no Wi-Fi…

When your six-year-old accidently overhears you speaking about putting the presents under the Christmas tree…

When finally the house has gone quiet but you can’t relax as that means the children are up to mischief…

When your 10-year-old daughter insists on joining Facebook because ‘all her friends have it’…

When you hide from your toddler in the bathroom to get two minutes’ peace…

Students

Perhaps surprisingly, many students are fans of artisan gin like NB Gin (wasn’t it cheap cider and boxes of wine when we were students?).

You’re the type of student who has a limit of £5 on food shopping for the week because the rest of it has gone towards buying quality gin!

When you get in from a lecture, aiming to get ready for a big night out to find your electricity bill needs topping up, hello frizz ball…

When you’re singing your heart out in the shower, just about to rinse off the conditioner when the water goes from steamy hot to freezing cold…

When your embarrassing parents turn up at your front door, out of the blue and try making friends with your flatmates thinking they’re ‘down with the kids’

When someone steals your milk…

At work

Whether you work in an office, deal with customers or even run your own business, there is sometimes something that makes you wish you had a large G&T at the ready.

When you have that sigh of relief because you think it’s Friday, only to be shocked to find it’s actually only Tuesday…

When it’s 4:58pm and you are just about to pack everything away and the phone rings…

When it’s Monday morning (or is that just us?)…

When the coffee machine breaks and the only other alternative is decaf…

When the opening hours extend in the run up to Christmas…

When you work in retail and the Christmas music has already started playing in October…

When your boss signs you up for compulsory team building exercises…

When the customer is definitely not always right…

Being an adult (it’s rubbish sometimes)

When you wake up late and you rush to the car to find that it’s completely iced over and you have 15 mins to get to work…

When you remember being an adult means you have responsibilities… and a mortgage…

When you order a pizza and say ‘love you, bye’ by accident…

When you book a romantic getaway to be told that the rooms were mixed up and you have bunk beds…

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VIDEO: How to make a classic NB Gin & Tonic

The Gin & Tonic. It’s a classic. Gin and tonic goes together like… well, like gin and tonic.

It’s the ultimate tipple after a long day in the office, or perhaps even a day of parenting duties!

The beauty is in its simplicity. For our NB G&T, we like to garnish with a wedge of orange but you can experiment with all sorts of different options if you’re feeling adventurous!

Does it get any easier than Fever Tree Tonic (we like the Naturally Light option), NB Gin, lots of ice and a wedge of orange? No. It doesn’t. So what are you waiting for?!

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New York’s favourite cocktails with the world’s best gin

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NB Gin has gone international and it’s hitting NYC! So we thought it was time to look at which gin cocktails are loved by our American cousins!

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The Classic Martini

The one, the only, the classic! All around the bright city of New York, in bars and restaurants, the Classic Martini will always been on the menu, even the lunch one!

So why not bring the Big Apple back into your home? Quick, easy, simple and refreshing this cocktail is an easy evening treat!

Ingredients: 60ml NB Gin / 20ml Dry Vermouth / lemon peel / lots of ice

Pour some Dry Vermouth in a Martini glass, swirl around and dispose of the excess. In a shaker full of ice, add the gin and gently stir before pouring. Add lemon peel garnish.

Dirty Martini Olives 7 Ways

The Dirty Martini /Olives 7 ways

For some of you the thought of olive brine in a cocktail is not an appealing one. It turns out some Americans thought that too, so much so that a certain New York bartender, Naren Young, decided to do something about it.

He created the Olives 7 ways cocktails, replacing the yucky olive brine with olive varietals.

Still for the acquired palette but the Dirty Martini is a botanical goddess! The olives bring out the tones in the gin and give the Martini an extra kick of flavour!

Ingredients: 45ml NB Gin / 45ml Dry Vermouth / Small handful of chopped olives / drops of extra virgin olive oil.

Stir ingredients with ice in a shaker. Pour into a frozen glass. Serve the remainder in a carafe sitting in crushed ice if you want to get really fancy!

Garnish with olive oil drops.

The Journalist

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Dating back to the 1930s, this classic is sure to refresh your palette with a zesty tang from the lemon juice and equal amounts of both dry and sweet Vermouth.

It’s quick and easy but it really packs a punch. We love this one!

Ingredients: 60ml NB Gin / 20ml Dry Vermouth / 20ml Sweet Vermouth / Dash of lemon juice

Add ingredients together and pour into a Martini glass. Easy!

Fountain of Youth

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Keep yourself young with this gin incarnation of the more traditional vodka-based Fountain of Youth.

The refreshing, fruity taste of this colourful cocktail will give you a head start for a night in the big city!

Adding fresh lime juice will make this berry sensation into a zesty concoction no one can resist!

Ingredients: 60ml NB Gin / 20ml cranberry juice / 20ml Pimms No1 / dash of lime juice / mint to garnish

Shake the ingredients with ice, strain and pour! Garnish with cucumber or mint if you’d prefer.

Gin Sling

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We all know it. We all love it. The Gin Sling is like an old friend. ‘Sling’ is actually derived from the German word to gulp “Schlingen” … although we’re not suggesting you have to do it!

The recipe for an original Gin Sling – popular with Americans for nearly 100 years – is as follows: 40ml NB Gin / 20ml of simple syrup / Lemon juice / Dash soda water / ice / grated nutmeg

Add the ingredients, minus the soda water, to a shaker, shake, strain into a tall glass, top with soda and add a touch of nutmeg.

You may find this to be quite different from what you would normally associate with a Gin Sling but this is the original, and quite possibly the best, way to make it.

Give it a go as in post-revolutionary America the Gin Sling was the stereotypical American drink!

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Autumn dishes for your gin-fuelled evenings

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The weather is cooling, leaves are falling and the thermostat is slowly making its way up… hello again autumn!

Autumn means woolly knitwear, hot drinks and crisp mornings. But what about the gin, we hear you say.

Well, there’s really no need to panic because no cold weather will hinder your opportunity to enjoy a refreshing gin!

To adjust your preferences whilst keeping gin in mind, we came up with a few foody ideas to get you into the autumnal mood.

Spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash

We’re all about making food simple and delicious and at this time of year you can’t go past spaghetti squash.

It’s the perfect autumnal dinner and it’ll tickle your taste buds, warm you up and is a perfect match for a cheeky NB Gin & Tonic.

To make your super healthy squash just that little bit naughty, add a pinch of salt and pepper, a dash of pumpkin puree and a tad of butter.

Parma ham parcel

A savoury sensation

Looking for more of a nibble than a full dish? Well look no further than the crisp botanical taste of our gin with three mini bites.

First is a delicious mini parcel of soft cheese, rocket and pesto wrapped in Parma ham. Quick and simple, it’s one of those treats that tastes like it took ages to make.

To accompany this tantalising parcel, try a mini game pie filled with cubes of tender venison in a rich gravy with golden pastry. Got your taste buds going yet?

The third mini bite is a roasted acorn squash and garlic mash! Acorns and squash scream autumn, which makes this little delight perfect right now.

Pear-ific pudding

Gin goes surprisingly well with sweet treats and this fruity delight will make a fabulous autumn pairing.

Cinnamon poached pears are juicy and succulent and the sweetness of the cinnamon complements the understated tones of our gin.

Autumn garnishes to top off your gin

Rosemary

This versatile herb is just perfect for adding to your gin & tonic. The heady aroma enhances your favourite drink just that little bit more and prepares your taste buds before you even taste the gin itself! It also adds a powerful taste of a fragrant botanical tone.

Cinnamonum verum

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Cinnamon will make many appearances during the autumn thanks to its traditional association with this time of year, so why not add it to your gin? The sweet flavours of cinnamon exploring the sharper tones of the gin will create a sensation in your mouth.

Spiced apple

Another classic autumnal treat which will make a perfect garnish for your gin is spiced apple.

We know cinnamon works well with gin but cinnamon on apple in gin, well it’s just bloody perfect!

The cinnamon again adds the initial spicy tone, contrasted with the sweet crisp apple. Bring your refreshing NB Gin to this autumn party and you’ve created something truly spectacular!

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Gin & Tonic: A brief history

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When you settle in the evening and take that first lingering sip of your Gin & Tonic, do you ever wonder how and why?

Probably not… in fact, you probably don’t even care but we do so we’re going to tell you.

We haven’t lost the plot. We’re talking about the origins of the G&T, of course!

It’s quite a fascinating story and there were plenty of twists (we make no apology for that pun) and turns in the life of the Gin & Tonic.

It’s had an eventful past, from being used as a cure for malaria and scurvy to becoming the ultimate gentleman’s drink in the mid-19th Century.

We won’t go too far back, we’ve already talked about the history of gin in an earlier blog, which you can find here.

This time we’re focusing more on what makes Gin and Tonic the drink we all know and love today.

A malaria cure you say?

Yip, malaria and scurvy were big problems in India and other tropical regions where the famous East India Company plied much of their trade. It was discovered that quinine could be used to prevent and treat the disease. Of course its bitter taste wasn’t great. Enter gin!

British officers in India in the 1800s began to add sugar, water, lime and gin to the quinine tonic and, boom!

They created the greatest thing ever created by man, in our opinion. If it were not for those chaps trying to sweeten their quinine, you would have no NB Gin today! It’s an awful thought, isn’t it?

Gin? Who drinks gin?

The Gin & Tonic never really went away. It was hugely popular through pretty much every decade of the 20th Century but it did have the occasional dip and blip.

Perhaps 20 or so years ago vodka – with the help of some heavy-hitting marketing – began to rule all. Vodka bars were in. Gin, and the Gin & Tonic, were shunted to the back of the bar.

There were still plenty fans of the cocktail – including we at NB Gin – but it just wasn’t trendy. Asking for a Gin & Tonic in a stylish bar wasn’t the thing to do. Many gin lovers kept their gin love as a dirty little secret for the house! But then something changed.

The gin revolution

Over the last 10 years, but especially the last five, the whole world has gone crazy for craft and artisan gin and the Gin & Tonic is once again the drink to enjoy, whether at home or in a bar.

The gin revolution shows no signs of slowing and we’re incredibly proud to be part of it at NB Gin!

It has had its ups and downs over the centuries but the Gin & Tonic has proved that classics never die. Now, we’re off to open the NB Gin and a bottle of Fever Tree Tonic. You should too… don’t forget the ice and garnish!

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NB Vodka cocktails to lift your summer spirit

Summer cocktails

NB London Dry Citrus Vodka – the first of its kind in the world – has been going down a storm since we launched it a couple of weeks ago.

We are rather proud of its subtle yet powerful character and, of course, it can be (and has been!) enjoyed in its simple glory – with Fever Tree Naturally Light tonic water, ice and a peel of orange for company. It’s an absolute winner, especially now the sun has come to play.

And speaking of sunshine, we love cocktails in the summer, so we thought it was prudent for us to suggest some ways to enjoy your NB London Dry Citrus Vodka… just in case our rather fickle summer weather decides to disappear again.

Keeping it simple… but delicious

25ml NB London Dry Citrus Vodka

Fever tree light tonic

Lots of ice

Peel of orange

 

Cloud No. 9

25ml NB London Dry Citrus Vodka

Top with Still Cloudy Lemonade

Garnish with Mint Sprig

Cubed Ice Filled highball

 

Summer Time Sally

25ml NB London Dry Citrus Vodka

Top with Cream Soda

Garnish with Cucumber Slice

Cubed Ice filled Highball

 

Rays of Raspberries

50ml NB London Dry Citrus Vodka

25ml Pink Grapefruit Juice

12.5ml Simple Syrup (cup of sugar, cup of water, bring to the boil and then cool)

3 Raspberries

Shake all ingredients, strain to cocktail glass.

Garnish with a raspberry.

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What to eat with your Gin and Tonic

Gin & Tonic food pairing

When we think about our beloved Gin and Tonic, we are sometimes a little bit guilty of seeing it as a standalone offering but how wrong that is!

There’s a whole world of delicious foods that are just perfect to enjoy with your well-deserved G&T.

We’re going to go on the assumption that you like to enjoy a Gin and Tonic or two at the end of a long, hard week so for that reason, our suggestions are quick and simple. That means there are no excuses!

Let’s face it, your NB Gin is always going to be the star of the show, but there’s no reason why the food cannot play a winning supporting role.

So here are a few foods that are just fabulous when paired with your Gin and Tonic.

Smoked salmon

It’s a classic and one that needs very little done to it to be enjoyed, much like NB Gin!

Cold cured smoked salmon, perhaps with a little spicy kick, is a stunning combination with your Gin & Tonic. For that little bit of sharpness, use a smidgen of lemon juice on the fish. There are few better foods to pair with gin.

Strong cheese

It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, we know, but a well-matured strong cheese with the humble cracker is an under-rated partner for gin.

We’re thinking of something like Stilton. The strong kick from this works wonders with the subtle tones of a good London Dry Gin, such as NB Gin.

If you want to try something else, a quality goat’s cheese or a smoked cheese balances really well with gin.

Cured meats

A selection of cured meats – we’re thinking a tapas offering of chorizo, salami and morcilla (a bit like a Spanish version of black pudding) – served on a platter with good quality olives and crusty bread is an absolute winner for a Friday night gin.

The best part is you can put it all together in less than 15 minutes, giving you more time to enjoy your G&T (you’ve worked hard all week and you deserve it).

Lamb skewers

Okay, so you have to turn the cooker on for this one but it’s so quick and easy that you really don’t have an excuse, even if it is Friday night.

Cube the lamb and soak in a marinade of yoghurt, mint, a little garlic and a squish of lemon juice. To save time on Friday night, do this part in the morning before work and leave in the fridge.

Skewer the yummy meat and grill until ready. If the sun’s out, fire up the barbecue and eat al fresco!

For the sweet tooth…

A light fruit medley of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and a few cranberries for good measure are a real hit with your Gin & Tonic.

We’re not going to talk you into making ice cream (it’s Friday) so buy a really good quality ice cream, or better still, a stunningly sharp sorbet to get the party started.

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London Dry gin versus other gins

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NB Gin is created and crafted in a way that makes it rather special – it’s made using the precise and time-honoured London Dry process in small batches.

That will never change because it’s incredibly important to us that the quality of our artisan gin never waivers or dips; that it always remains the best artisan London Dry Gin in the world.

That tagline – London Dry Gin – isn’t just a term that we lazily added to our drink. Far from it. In fact, there are strict legal restrictions around the usage of the term.

London Dry Gin’s flavour must be introduced through re-distillation in a traditional still with the use of your chosen botanicals.

In our case, we only ever use eight botanicals that give NB Gin that distinctive, world-class taste.

Perhaps the key point to the London Dry Gin process is that it must not contain added sweeteners or colouring. The only permitted “additive” is water.

A true London Dry Gin must satisfy all of these points before it can be classed as such. Do you see why we get quite passionate about NB Gin?

There’s so much work goes into creating our artisan gin that it’s difficult not to get completely and utterly consumed by it.

You could say we love gin and you could also say we live gin.

So, isn’t this how pretty much all gins are made? No, no, no! Absolutely not! Not all gins are created equal and there are many variations and different processes.

The beauty of London Dry Gin and one of the things that makes it such a joyous drink is the fact that all that taste comes almost completely from the botanicals that are used in the London Dry process.

The very idea of adulterating quality produce with syrupy sweeteners or additives is something that London Dry distillers – like NB Gin – would never, ever do.

London Dry gins are so fabulously enjoyable because of their sublime subtleties and understated complexities.

You could argue that we’d be biased given that we only ever use the London Dry process and that’s fine but we would suggest you try a gin that has been created in this way – we’d even be so bold as to encourage you to try NB Gin and compare the taste to that of a gin that has not been produced using the London Dry process.

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A good tonic is just the tonic for your NB Gin

Gin and tonic

When it comes to finding the perfect partner for your gin, a really good tonic is, well, just the tonic.

The Gin and Tonic is a match made in a juniper heaven, even the most inexperienced gin lover knows that but there’s plenty to think about when choosing the right tonic.

It’s a basic error that many people make. They spend a lot of time researching the best gins and finally make a decision (the really clever people choose NB Gin, obviously).

But when it comes to the tonic they pop into the supermarket and grab the first brightly-coloured bottle they see. No, no, no!

For NB Gin there is one golden rule that shall never be broken. Absolutely no sugar! Choose only sugar-free tonics. Why? Well, sugar is bossy and obtrusive when it comes to gin. It bullies the subtle flavours of our drink and you end up with a lesser G&T and we don’t want that!

A quality gin demands a quality tonic. It’s that simple. So here are NB Gin’s favourites:

Fever Tree Tonic Water

Fever Tree

These guys are probably our favourite of favourite tonic producers. They have an impressive range of different tonic waters to choose from but for us simple is always best. It’s important to let the gin do the talking and let the tonic do the complimenting.

For that reason, we would always plump for their Naturally Light tonic water. It’s crisp and clean and has natural quinine.

Fever Tree is widely available so there’s really no excuse for not giving it a try with your next NB Gin adventure. The shops will still be open now. Off you dash!

Q Tonic

Q Tonic

The tagline for this fabulous tonic is ‘the world’s best spirits deserve a superior tonic water’. Now, we’re not sure if we mentioned it but NB Gin is now officially the world’s best London Dry Gin, as judged by the World Drinks Awards.

That means this gin could have been made specifically for us. Of course it wasn’t but you get the idea.

It boasts hand-picked quinine from the Andes (yes, honestly) and organic agave from Mexico. Quite special, you’ll agree.

You might struggle to find this particular tonic in UK stores but it is available online so there really is no excuse. You found us because you demand quality, so you should sniff this tonic out too.

thomas-henry-tonic-water

Thomas Henry Tonic Water

This lovely tonic is German – even if it doesn’t sound it – and is quite delicious. Like all of our favourite tonics, it contains no sweetener.

It boasts a very lively yet delicate character and we think it goes fabulously well with NB Gin.

It’s not available to buy in the UK yet, but it will be shortly. As with Q, it is also available online.

So there we have it, three perfect partners for your NB Gin and Tonic. We know how much you love to share your NB Gin photos on our Facebook and Twitter so please, please don’t upset our master distiller by showing his pride and joy next to a sub-standard tonic.

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How to make a Ramos Gin Fizz that will blow your mind!

Ramos Gin Fizz

Legend has it that after barman Henry Ramos invented this firecracker cocktail back in 1888, he employed a group of “shaker boys” who would shake the ingredients vigorously for five minutes, to keep up with the demand.

Thankfully, we at NB Gin don’t need to talk anyone into shaking our Ramos Gin Fizz for us today as we only make our cocktails for ourselves and, let’s be honest, a good cocktail shake can be passed off as a workout, can’t it?

We’ll say this quietly… but you could also use a blender if you’d prefer a less active method of making your Gin Fizz. Of course, Mr Ramos would be absolutely disgusted at that notion if he were around today.

The Ramos Gin Fizz, with just the right amount of NB Gin, is one of those cocktails that makes you ask yourself why you don’t make cocktails more often.

Get the ingredients right and it will blow your mind, trust us!

As with all cocktails, there are a few variations, and we’d encourage you to experiment a little.

The other thing to bear in mind with the original Ramos Gin Fizz recipe is that it includes raw egg white. There are obvious risks in this so it’s really up to you if you want to include this. Powdered egg white is a good alternative for those who have concerns.

Think about whether you want to use lemon or lime juice in your Gin Fizz. Dryer gins tend to work better with lime, which is what we would go for, but it’s entirely down to your preference.

Ingredients

  • 2oz NB Gin
  • 1oz lime juice
  • 1oz cream
  • 1oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
  • Few drops of orange flower water
  • Drop of vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white (or powder)
  • Soda water to top off
  • Ice

This stunning drink really couldn’t be simpler to enjoy. Add all the ingredients to a shaker (or your blender if you’re being lazy) but don’t add the soda at this stage.

The longer you can shake the ingredients, the better the result. Let’s say two minutes for this part. Next, add the ice and get ready to shake like it is the last cocktail you will ever make… although we truly hope it won’t be.

When you have a cold, frothy, inviting mixture then it’s time to enjoy it. Strain it into a glass, top it off with a little soda water and then – this is the best bit – drink it!

What’s your favourite NB Gin cocktail? Have you invented your own? We’d love to hear from you. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook here for more news and prizes.

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London Dry Gin – What is it and how is it made?

NB Gin still

Now, now before you all get too excited and start thinking you’ll be making your own NB Gin tribute after reading this, there’s something we must tell you. We won’t be giving away any NB Gin secrets. Sorry!

Come on, did you honestly think we’d tell the world how we make our artisan gin? That’s a guarded secret, up there with the secret of who the subject of the Carly Simons’ hit You’re So Vain is. Right, that’s that cleared up, so on to the process.

NB Gin is a London Dry Gin. This is a very particular way of producing gin. There are other ways and processes but the London Dry Gin process is regarded as the best way to make a higher quality drink, and so that’s why we use it.

We didn’t want NB Gin to be anything other than the absolute best quality so we were never going to use any other process.

London Dry Gin is made in a traditional still – ours is one-of-a-kind with a little kink that makes it unique – and the process sees the re-distilling of ethyl-alcohol with the botanicals, which are the natural flavourings for the drink. We only ever use our eight botanicals to make NB Gin.

This bit is very important – all the botanicals must be approved natural flavourings and these must come forward during the distillation process. Any other way and the result would not be London Dry and our master distiller would be a very angry chappy (you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry).

The use of artificial flavourings is strictly forbidden and the mere mention of the word “artificial” is enough to make the NB Gin distiller refuse to ever speak to you again.

After this carefully managed distillation process, the resultant distillate is the base for what eventually becomes a London Dry Gin of the absolute best quality.

Other processes would see sugars added at this stage but, of course, the clue to London Dry is in the name and there are no added sugars to what we produce.

The distillate goes through a very exact and time-consuming blending process that, eventually, leaves the produce we know as NB Gin – a stunning London Dry Gin that is enjoyed all over the world.

Producing something of such quality takes patience, an eye for detail and, perhaps most importantly, an unswerving desire for perfection.

Gin, and London Dry Gin in particular, is one of the purest spirits you can enjoy, so the process must be pure in every sense in order that nothing other than the best is produced.

To that end, NB Gin is a small-batch gin. We never produce more than 100 litres at a time from our little distillery in North Berwick, Scotland. That way we can be 100 per cent sure that our gin is 100 per cent perfect. Yes, we like to be 100 per cent with just about everything we do.

That way, you get to enjoy our drink 100 per cent of the time!

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Try the NB Gin cocktails that we’ll be serving to the stars!

Singapore-Sling

We could have served our artisan NB Gin to the stars at the BRIT Awards After Party just as it is – neat, perhaps with a little ice – and we’re pretty sure it would have gone down a storm.

But then we thought, wouldn’t it be good to give the music royalty guests some brand new cocktails to enjoy our gin in?

Our super-talented mixologist and brand ambassador TJ Littlejohn from Bar In A Box was more than happy to oblige and you lucky, lucky people can try them before Madonna, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran et al get to!

Here are the wonderful creations that TJ crafted:

B’s Knees

50ml NB Gin, 25ml Lemon, 25ml B’s Syrup

Shake all ingredients and double strain to coupe, no garnish.

B’s Syrup:

250ml Bees Honey, 125ml Hot Water, 2 Rosemary Sprigs, 5g Crushed Black Peppercorns

These ratios can be multiplied to make larger batches.

Strawberry Kiss

25ml NB Gin, 12.5ml Triple Sec, 12.5ml Strawberry Liqueur, 25ml Lemon Juice, 12.5ml Simple Syrup

Shake ingredients, fine strain to champagne flute, top with Prosecco. Half strawberry on the rim of the glass to garnish.

And now for the classics… Five vintage favourites to enjoy

Is there anything more refreshing and enjoyable than a gin at the end of a long, hard week? Of course there’s not!

At NB Gin, we think that one of the best ways to enjoy our drink is neat, perhaps with a little ice or in a mighty gin and tonic, but what about a gin cocktail?

Gin is at the epicentre of a spirits revolution in the UK and gin cocktails are once again firmly in the minds of our country’s great mixologists.

Sometimes, there’s no substitute for a classic, so the next time you’re planning on enjoying NB’s artisan London Dry Gin, why not whip up one of these classic gin cocktails?

Gin Fizz

The Gin Fizz has seen something of a revival and why not, it’s simply stunning and can be enjoyed all year round.

Try it with 2oz of NB Gin in a shaker with a good dash of fresh lemon juice, say 1oz. Add around .75oz of simple syrup (one part sugar to one part water) and shake it well for 10 seconds. Add some ice cubes and shake like your life depends on it. Add the club soda to a glass and strain the remaining ingredients in. Yum!

Martini

Perhaps the G&T would be even more iconic than this one, but even that cannot boast Mr James Bond as a fan.

A well-made Martini is something sent right from heaven and it couldn’t be simpler. Gin and Vermouth and that’s it. The only topic for dispute on this one is the ratios but really, it should be down to personal preference.

Mix 2 ½ oz of NB Gin with about half that amount of Vermouth with plenty of ice and stir (if you are 007 you’ll want to shake of course). To garnish, go with a twist of lemon peel.

Singapore Sling

Most cocktail aficionados are well versed in the story of the Singapore Sling coming to being at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore in the 1900s. We love it!

Pour 1 ½ oz of gin, 1oz of lime juice and ¼ oz of simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and give it a damn good shake. Strain the inviting mix into a highball glass with ice cubes and then lovingly add 2oz of club soda.

Float ½ oz of cherry brandy on top by pouring it over the back of a spoon.

If you want to get really fancy, garnish with a lemon slice and cherry.

Negroni

Who would have thought that the vintage Negroni would be popular once again? It’s a good thing though, because it’s a delicious cocktail! Our London Dry Gin is just perfect for this one too.

The key to a good Negroni is to use the ingredients in equal measures.

To try for the first time, try 1oz of each. Add some ice to a short glass, add 1oz of NB Gin, 1oz of Campari and 1oz of Vermouth, give it a quick spin with a spoon, add a slice of orange and serve to a no-doubt very appreciate friend… remember to make yourself one too though.

Tom Collins

Okay, so it’s still bitterly cold out there and you’d probably enjoy this old favourite in the summer but, go on, be a bit cheeky and enjoy it now anyway.

It’s easy peasy. Pour 1 ½ oz of NB Gin, 1oz of lemon juice and a simple syrup into a Collins glass, if you have one, which you’ve already added ice to. Give it a whirl with a spoon or a straw and top it off with club soda. For the garnish, add an extra splash of colour with a cherry and a slice of orange.

What’s your favourite NB Gin cocktail? We’d love to hear from you! Have you made your very own NB Gin cocktail? We’d love to see it!