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Shaken, Not Stirred: World Gin Day with a Twist

Shaken, Not Stirred: World Gin Day with a Twist

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Shaken, Not Stirred: World Gin Day with a Twist

World Gin Day is on 8 June. It’s a time when the world collectively decides that tonic water and juniper berries are the pinnacle of human achievement. Established in 2009 by British blogger Neil Houston, this annual celebration on the second Saturday of June has grown from a modest gathering of friends to a full-blown international fête. Distilleries, bars, and gin aficionados unite to partake in tastings, masterclasses, and cocktail competitions, all under the noble guise of “appreciating” gin. As if we needed an excuse.

Southern Strength Gin was crowned World’s Best Classic Gin in 2019

Martini by zoran borojevic/unsplash
Martini by Zoran Borojevic/Unsplash

The Australian gin industry has been throwing its cork hat into the ring with a flourish, showcasing unique flavour profiles and innovative production methods. Among the rising stars is McLaren Vale’s Never Never Distilling Co. Their Southern Strength Gin, a botanical bombshell, was crowned World’s Best Classic Gin in 2019. In the cutthroat world of London Dry Gin, this is akin to winning an Olympic gold medal while wearing a tuxedo and not breaking a sweat.

Southern Strength Gin boasts a higher ABV

Southern Strength Gin boasts a higher ABV, which translates to more botanical bravado in every bottle. It’s crafted using the Triple Juniper process, which is exactly what it sounds like: a juniper  overload that elevates the lemon peel, coriander seed, and angelica root to an orchestral crescendo of flavour. Essentially, it’s like drinking an aria composed by the gods of gin.

Martini by ambitious studio rick barrett/Unsplash
Martini by Ambitious Studio Rick Barrett/Unsplash

James Bond: gin hero

Now, let’s talk about the ultimate gin hero: James Bond. The man who made drinking a sophisticated act of rebellion. The Vesper Martini, as detailed in Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel Casino Royale, is a cocktail of near-mythical status. Named after the beguiling double agent Vesper Lynd, this drink is the liquid embodiment of Bond’s suave yet deadly persona.

The Vesper Martini

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Martini by Edward Pretsi/Unsplash

Bond’s instructions are as precise as his aim: “A dry martini. One. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel.” While traditionalists may balk at the shaking of a martini (sacrilege!), there’s method in Bond’s madness. Shaking the Vesper not only chills it to the marrow but also dilutes the potent mix, making it go down smoother than a well-oiled Aston Martin.

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Aston Martin by Samuel Girven Unsplash

The literary significance of this cocktail preparation is not lost on us. Fleming crafted Bond as a hard-drinking agent whose preference for an icy, potent drink speaks to his character’s need to dull the edge of his dangerous lifestyle. The Vesper is not just a drink; it’s a statement, a badge of honour, a defiant salute to the notion of moderation.

World Gin Day

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Martini by Thomas Hetzler/Unsplash

So, this World Gin Day, why not channel your inner 007 and celebrate with a Never Never Southern Strength Gin Vesper Martini? It’s a botanical symphony in a glass, shaken to perfection. Just remember to keep your cool, much like the man himself, and savour the luxurious mouthfeel and the sharp, zesty kiss of lemon peel. Cheers to gin, to Bond, and to the timeless art of drinking with panache.

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