Gin Diaries

6 Ways to Celebrate World Gin Day

June 10, 2016

So tomorrow, the 11th of June, brings us World Gin Day. The very best of all of the days! As a gin lover I thought I should share with you my ideas for 6 Ways to Celebrate World Gin Day!

Personally, this year I shall be celebrating with a few G&Ts with friends in Manchester as I am having a bit of a leaving do! The ideas I have for you to celebrate World Gin Day with involve everything from baking to afternoon tea as well as finding a gin bar to enjoy a gin in!

6 Ways to Celrbate World Gin Day


Try out a Gin Journey

Gin Journey runs in London, Liverpool and Manchester. Expect a tour of the city via some amazing bars with cocktails curated especially for the journey. I recently experienced London’s, but I have Manchester’s firmly on my list of things to do. However, with my move I’m hoping that Birmingham may feature on their list soon!

Eton Mess Meringue Recipe

Bake meringues and make a Gin and Tonic Eton Mess

Or cheat, don’t bake meringues, just make the gin soaked strawberries, whip up some cream and add shop bought meringues. This is a wonderfully summery dessert and the gin makes a fantastic addition- in this case I suggest Bloom gin, it is pretty much designed to go with strawberries.

1_Blackcurrant and Gin Preserve_Miss Pond

Have a Gin Themed Afternoon Tea

So Fortnum and Mason make jam that has gin in it. Wonderful wonderful blackcurrant and gin jam. It goes amazingly with scones and isn’t that boozy in taste at all. So why not get yourself a jar, bake up some goodies and enjoy an afternoon tea for a less boozy World Gin Day celebration.

Gin and Elderflower Ice Lollies_Header

Make Gin and Tonic Ice Lollies

Pinterest constantly showed these to me last year, but they all used cucumber. Cucumber is not so great for me so I had a bit of fun trying out some gins and fruit combos for ice lollies. My favourite combo was definitely the Bloom Gin and strawberries ice lolly. But I can also recommend Botanist and kiwi fruit or Martin Miller’s and pear, both really really work!

East London Liquor Co Gin and Tonic

Enjoy the Perfect Gin and Tonic

I love finding new gins to try, this necessarily isn’t about making your gin and tonic perfect. But actually finding a new gin and garnish combination that works for you. I recently enjoyed Martin Miller’s with strawberries and black pepper, also the East London Liquor Co with lime and Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic. It’s always worth having a google to see what people are trying with their gins or heading to a gin bar for some tips!

Chase Gin Apple Cocktail

Head out to celebrate in One of Manchester’s Best Gin Bars

If you’re a fellow Manchester based Gin Lover, why not head out to go and visit a gin bar to celebrate? I recently wrote about my top 5 gin bars (link above). Hopefully there’s somewhere new or an old favourite on my list you’d like to head too to celebrate. I think on World Gin Day you’ll be finding me at Atlas Bar, they have some gin’s on their menu I have yet to try!

World Gin Day 2016

So what are you doing for World Gin Day? Or will you be giving gin a go for the first time? Let me know what you have planned in the comments,


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P.S. I’m joining in with Charlotte’s Food Year Linkup! Check out all of the other amazing posts on her linkup 🙂

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  • Reply Bec Cowley June 13, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    I’ve never been a big gin drinker, I think I’ve not found the right gin for me! The bloom and strawberries sounds yum & Eton Mess is literally my favourite thing to eat! Great post, it really got me thinking about trying something different

    • Reply MissPond June 13, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      It’s definitely about trying to find a gin that works for you! Eton Mess is my favourite dessert too- you should give it a go 🙂

  • Reply Charlotte Oates June 11, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Sounds like you’re going to have a fun day! I’ve never really got into gin but reading some of the combinations you’ve mentioned makes me want to give it more of a try.

    While I was reading this I remembered this jam recipe which I found a while ago and thought you might like to try for an afternoon tea x

    • Reply MissPond June 12, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      You should definitely give it a try! You may prefer a sloe or damson gin 🙂 I’ll have a look at that recipe! Thanks x

  • Reply Angela / Only Crumbs Remain June 11, 2016 at 8:15 am

    It’s amazing the range of celebratory days there are now – world Gin day. OH would love it if there was also a world Whiskey day too 😉 Particularly like your idea with the strawberries and and meringue.
    Angela x

    • Reply MissPond June 12, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      I think there is a world whisky day actually! 😛

  • Reply Chonnie June 10, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Cant believe World Gin Day is a real thing but I am loving it – G&T ice lollies sound fab, lets just hope its sunny tomorrow. Chonnie x #FoodYearLinkUP

    • Reply MissPond June 12, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      You should be a believer because it sure is 😉 It was a horrendously rainy day in the end, but we went to a tasting event which was lovely 🙂

  • Reply Pippa Ainsworth June 10, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    World Gin Day is the best idea! I love the idea of the gin soaked strawberries for a grown up Eton Mess. I’m definitely going to give that a go.

    • Reply MissPond June 12, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      It is the best idea by far 😉 The Eton Mess is super tasty, you definitely need to try it!

  • Reply The Uncheshire wife June 10, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    I’ve never been a Gin drinker but i’m going to try a gin&tonic. I have shared this with the twitter Gin Girls, haha. x

    • Reply MissPond June 12, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you 🙂 You should definitely try a G&T!

  • Reply Lisa lambert June 10, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Oh I love gin and there are some wicked ideas on here off to go see what’s in my cupboard thanks x

    • Reply MissPond June 12, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful World Gin Day!

  • Reply Notmyyearoff June 10, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    My friend loves gin so much. She recently drove around Scotland and stopped at many gin distelleries!

    • Reply MissPond June 12, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      That sounds like a wonderful adventure, I’d enjoy that!

  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy June 10, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Oh no! Why do I have to be pregnant on world gin day?! I will have to live vicariously through everyone else.

    • Reply MissPond June 12, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      Oh no! There is always next year 🙂

  • Reply Emma June 10, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Great suggestions lovely!! I really want to do a Gin Journey, they sound like so much fun and you would be able to discover so many cool and unique bars! I’m loving your idea for the Eton Mess, OMG YUM! Also the jam that’s laced in gin…hello heaven! Xx

    • Reply MissPond June 12, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      The gin journey is so much fun 🙂 Glad you like my ideas!

  • Reply Imogen Clegg June 10, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I haven’t heard of world gin day before- but seen as my birthday is on Sunday I may have to make a celebration!

    • Reply MissPond June 12, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      Oh I hope you celebrated and Happy Birthday!

  • Reply Claire June 10, 2016 at 8:37 am

    I love this post almost as much as I love gin!

    • Reply MissPond June 12, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      Hehehe! I’m glad you love the post 🙂 Hope you had a great World Gin Day 🙂

  • Reply Cassie June 10, 2016 at 8:37 am

    I love Eton Mess and scones so they sound like a fabulous option to me – I love the sound of the fortnum and mason jam!

    • Reply MissPond June 12, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      The jam is seriously wonderful- I highly recommend!

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