25 times when only a gin and tonic will do

Stressed mum

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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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

Cinnamon stick

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!

Chin chin!

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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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