Join us for six British gin and tonic measures, from our wall of rotating gins.
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From Gin Lane to Borough Market
A burgeoning interest in artisanal quality spirits has inspired a distilling revolution with exceptional distilleries and producers opening all over the UK. While Dutch physician Franciscus Sylvius is often credited with the invention of gin in the mid 17th century, it is often said that the British perfected it.
At Wine Pantry, not only can you find the very best English gins but also taste them neat or alongside a selection of different tonics.
London Dry is a style. Despite many imported gins being labelled “London gin,” Doghouse Distillery (SW8), Old Bakery Gin (N13), Bimber Distillery (NW10), Boxer Gin (W10), Portobello Star (W11), Sipsmith (W4), Graveney Gin (SW17), Four Thieves (SW11), Thames Distillers (SW4), Beefeater Distillery (SE11), Half Hitch Gin (NW1), Highwayman Gin (NW5), Sacred Spirits (N19), 58 Gin (E8), East London Liquor Company (E3), City of London Distillery (EC4Y), Bermondsey Distillery (Jensens Gin) (SE1), Bump Caves Distillery (The Draft House) (SE1), The London Distillery Company (SE1), Kingston Distillers (Beckett’s Gin) (KT1), Portobello Road Gin (S11), Butler’s Gin (N16), Little Bird Gin (SE1), and Hayman’s (SW12.) are the only distilleries located in London.
Old Tom Gin is a lightly sweetened gin whose origins trace back to the 1700s when pubs in England would have a black cat (an “Old Tom”) wooden plate mounted on the outside wall. Passersby would deposit a penny in the cat’s mouth and drink a shot of gin from a small tube between the cat’s paws.
Winston Churchill, is often quoted that observing a bottle of vermouth from across the room while drinking gin made the perfect martini, but this may have been down to rationing given that he would respectfully bow in the direction of France when stocks were low. Fortunately, Sacred micro-distillery have solved this problem by making a vermouth using English wine.
Gin Cocktails – Occam’s Razor of cocktails – Keep it simple
Gin & Tonic
Fill a tall glass with ice and add
Tonic water to taste