🍻NEW BEER🍻 is coming in - see below... A-Z continues with QQQQQQQ for QUININE - see below...
Plus our regular cocktail tales of cocktails... this week with the humble historical Gin and Tonic
please read on...
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Two new full flavour big cans from London!
DOUBLE R DINER Triple 🍒 Cherry🍒 Gose 🍒 collab with NORTH 4,2%
SOCCER IS POPULAR ⚽ West Coast DIPA 8,5%
NEW POMONA ISLAND!!!
💃🕺 SUCH INTENSE DANCE VIBES Guava and Pineapple Gose 4,5%
HISSING FAUNA DDH Pale 5,6%
Two new cans from Newcastle coming to our fridges...
DANSE DES COCO Coconut IPA 6,9%
THE UNIMPORTANCE OF INERTIA DDH Pale 5,8%
LOLLYPALOOZA Raspberry Ice LollyIPA collab with SLIM PICKENS 4,9%
LIGHT IPA with BORDERLANDS 3 2,8%
...from 6Degrees North! Two lovely Autumn Saison COLLABORATIONS!
BARREL AGED SPRUCE SAISON 5,2% with BURNT MILL
BARREL AGED SEA 🧜♂ BUCKTHORN SAISON 5% with BURNING SKY
It's time for the Brut Pale!
AFFINITY BREW OLL KORRECT 4%
And many many more to come from the likes of ☁☁ Cloudwater, White Hag and more!
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Quinine! Quinine! What a wonderful thingine!
Known by many outside of the West for it's healing and particularly anti-malarial properties Quinine is a bitter crystalline compound found in the bark of the cinchona tree🌳, was first isolated in 1820 by Pelletier & Caventou and subsequently used throughout the world.
This wonderful little plant is now found in a huge variety of products not least, of course, the marvelous modern tonic water (in far smaller quantities than was originally used). It is also found in a variety of vermouths, it is infused with wines in Spain, in Italy they make delicious digestifs from it and, sure enough, it is even an ingredient in our very own Irn-Bru! You go, A. G. Barr!!!
Soooo.... it turns out that the vast majority of vermouths contain a degree of quinine, generally be used as a bittering agent and flavour booster. We've highlighted a few of our faves here:
The Classic Noilly Prat: it's not innovative and it's not going to change your life, it's just bloody brilliant.
The Inimitable Punt E Mes: heavy, viscous, rich, bitter, a great aperitivo, only used in select cocktails, and a definitive cabinet essential.
The Unique Ataman Vermut: from the renowned Bodegas Barbadillo this creation from 1943 was inspired by old vermouth casks found in their cellars. and it is stunning!
And remember to put the 19th of October into your diary as it is INTERNATIONAL GIN AND TONIC DAY!!! WOOHOO!!!
See below for some tasty ideas. Read on....
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The Gin and Tonic
Whilst the medicinal qualities of quinine have been known across the Americas since before recorded history, the Gin and Tonic, as a cocktail (although before this moniker was coined), does have its origins from the British East India Company. Malaria was persistently prevalent in India and other regions, and in the 1700s Scottish doctor, George Cleghorn studied the traditional uses of the bark. Suffusing the quinine into tonic water the good doctor concocted a highly bitter and unpalatable beverage, so what did the British do? They put gin in it. Genius! They then added their other rations of sugar, lime and water. And Lo and Behold! The Gin and Tonic was born! Hooray!
To make a gintastic G'n'T: get your chosen ingredients into a highball full of ice, give it a stir, add your chosen garnish and voila!
We've got soooo many awesome gins and tonics on our shelves that we'll just mention our favourite combinations here, with appropriate garnishes:
Lind and Lime Gin with Doctor Polidori Cucumber Tonic garnished with a strip of cucumber and a twist of black pepper for the adventurous flavour hunters.
Arran Gin with Walter Gregor's Spiced Tonic garnished with a few fresh raspberries for a rich, earthy tipple.
Black Thistle Gin with Bon Accord Tonic garnished with a classic lime wedge for the traditionalists.
Tyree Gin with Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic garnished with lemon for that sweet-sour-salt love.
Yu Gin with Fentimans Valencia Orange Tonic to release all the fruity fun.
COME AND EXPLORE OUR MASSIVE TONICS TROLLEY FOR ALL YOUR QUININE NEEDS!
Phew. What a boozeletter! Haha, boozeletter.
GOODBYE! SEE YOU IN THE SHOP!