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!
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.
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,
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!
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!