The Summer of Gin! And Giveaway!

The Summer of Gin!Summer! It’s officially here! #yaaaaaasssss

I know we’re only two days in, but I am ALL about it. The sundresses and open toed sandals are in rotation, and my hair has already migrated as far away from my neck as possible, in various updos, where it will stay for the next 2-3 months. See you in the fall, bangs! I’ve got this summer on lock. I’m also going around making bold declarations like “This is the summer I will actually see all of the outdoor concerts I’ve marked on my calendar!”. And, “This summer I’ll finally catch up on my emails!” (I like to keep the bar fairly low so I don’t disappoint myself too much.) But one thing I know for certain:

THIS IS GOING TO BE THE SUMMER OF GIN!

The Summer of Gin!

Gin is IN, you guys. Gin is in.

Proclaiming it the Summer of Gin may not necessarily be revelatory (and I may have tried to make this happen in the past)…but it is an especially auspicious time for gin. There’s no question that we’ve been going through an international gin renaissance.

The Summer of Gin!

There are so many new gins that are constantly flooding the market, it’s difficult to keep up. And the familiar ones that have been our go-to Gs in our G&Ts for years like Tanqueray, Beefeater and Bombay Sapphire, continue to mix it up with different (old and new) styles and infusions; Companies like Hendrick’s and Martin Miller’s Gin go to great lengths to differentiate their spirits with unusual botanicals or pure, Icelandic water. And because of the classic cocktail revival, more and more people have come around to a spirit that they once were convinced wasn’t for them. Those vodka-only drinkers who once swore that gin was the work of the devil, now worship at the altar of juniper. Gin devotees even have their very own bible now, a beautiful tome released last fall, The Spirit of Gin: A Stirring Miscellany of the New Gin Revival,

Cocktail Books - The Summer of Gin

Matt Teacher’s The Spirit of Gin is a fully comprehensive guide for the modern-day gin drinker, cocktail enthusiast and history buff. He chronicles the history of gin, explains the distilling and production process, showcases nearly 100 different gins (accompanied by beautiful pictures and a fold out map of gin!), and brings us up to speed on the modern day gin revival that’s currently taking over the world. There are also interviews with top international mixologists and industry leaders, an international bar guide and even cocktail recipes!

The Summer of Gin!

In honor of the Summer of Gin, my new favorite multi-month holiday, by the way, I’ve decided to have a giveaway! This gorgeous gin opus could be yours. In the comments below just let us know what your favorite gin cocktail is to drink in the summer AND your brand(s) of choice. This will also be posted to Instagram and Facebook, so you can triple your chances if you’re chatty! I’ll then pick the winner at random by the end of the week. The winner will not only get The Spirit of Gin book, but will also get to see their cocktail of choice made with a Bit by a Fox spin featured on the blog!

Best of luck, foxy friends! And Happy Summer of Gin!

17 Comments on The Summer of Gin! And Giveaway!

  1. Kathy Stevens
    June 23, 2015 at 5:49 pm (2 years ago)

    I LOVE Jack Rabbit Gin – The Ginger Kick is my fave:
    This ginger-infused cocktail brings out a spicy kick from the Jack Rabbit.
    Ingredients –
    2 ounces Jack Rabbit Gin
    1 ounce fresh lime juice
    1/2 ounce simple syrup
    2 slices fresh ginger root
    1 very thin slice habanero pepper
    1 thin slice fresh ginger root for garnish

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    • Prairie Rose
      June 23, 2015 at 5:57 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh LAWDT! That sounds aMAHzing. I’m excited to feature Jack Rabbit Gin on the blog. I may have to make this cocktail, stat! Thanks, Kathy!

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  2. James
    June 23, 2015 at 6:49 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve always been partial to a simple gin and tonic, preferably with Tanqueray 10 (or Malacca when you can get it).

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    • Prairie Rose
      June 24, 2015 at 8:41 am (2 years ago)

      Me too! G&Ts sure do hit the spot. And, yes to Malacca!

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  3. yoooie
    June 23, 2015 at 7:48 pm (2 years ago)

    Cucumber G&T made with Hendricks!!
    Such a summer drink especially with a mint or two 🙂

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    • Prairie Rose
      June 24, 2015 at 8:40 am (2 years ago)

      Yep, that a fave of mine too!

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  4. Southern Puppy
    June 24, 2015 at 1:32 am (2 years ago)

    Boring I know, but I do love a gin hot toddy. My preferred version uses white sugar instead of honey (I find the honey too sweet and overpowering): just mix fresh lemon juice, white sugar, gin (I usually use Bombay Sapphire for this) and hot water, to taste. So good for colds, and for cold weather,

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    • Prairie Rose
      June 24, 2015 at 8:40 am (2 years ago)

      I’ve never actually had a gin hot toddy! Can you believe it?! Next time I’m under the weather, I’m making this!

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  5. Bill
    June 24, 2015 at 11:28 am (2 years ago)

    I still prefer the old stand-by of gin and tonic. I generally use Bombay Sapphire, but will also make a cucumber G&T with Hendricks. I have recently begun experimenting with small, local distilleries’ products. I always use a quality tonic, preferring Fever Tree.

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    • Prairie Rose
      June 24, 2015 at 11:40 am (2 years ago)

      Fever Tree is also my favorite tonic. Have you tried their Bitter Lemon? That’s AMAZING with gin and a little grapefruit. Oh, I’m thirsty and it’s not even noon!

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  6. drinkjax
    June 24, 2015 at 2:17 pm (2 years ago)

    Can’t go wrong with a Classic Aviation or Gin Fizz with seasonal fruit simple syrup. Hendrick’s, Nolet’s, and Ford’s gin are my go-to’s. Cheers!

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    • Prairie Rose
      June 24, 2015 at 3:36 pm (2 years ago)

      Agreed. A Gin Fizz is a pretty flawless summer cocktail. Thanks!

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  7. Eric
    June 24, 2015 at 3:52 pm (2 years ago)

    I love a basil gin smash with Brokers or DC’s own Green Hat

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    • Prairie Rose
      June 24, 2015 at 3:55 pm (2 years ago)

      mmm, basil and gin. I don’t know Green Hat!!! I will investigate! You like hats on your gin, don’t you? 😉

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  8. Monty
    June 24, 2015 at 11:55 pm (2 years ago)

    I enjoy a French 75 with Bluecoat or G&T with Dingle Gin!

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    • Prairie Rose
      June 25, 2015 at 5:07 pm (2 years ago)

      Ah yes! French 75s. One of my faves!

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  9. Rebecca
    June 26, 2015 at 3:17 pm (2 years ago)

    I have to go with an Aviation and Broker’s gin….but I love gin and can’t wait to try lots of new drinks!

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