Enjoy a Gin & Tonic on us...
It's that time of year again folks. The London Boat Show will be running from 6th to 15th January 2017 at ExCel. We will be there ready to brighten your gloomy January so come along and see us for a good old reminisce. We have some exciting offers on for 2017 and so you might leave with something more to look forward to than the inevitably lengthy British winter!
Come down for a catch up
Pop down and join us for Winter Sundowners on Thursday 12th January. We have once again teamed up with London based distillers, Sipsmith Indpendent Spirits, to offer you a fun-filled evening of delicious Gin & Tonic. Our London Office team will be there as well as a few familiar faces from our team in Greece. Bring along friends and family or simply come along to catch up with our crew. Bring any questions you like - we'll have all the resources you could possibly need to plan a brilliant sailing getaway in 2017.
How to make an extra special gin and tonic...(yacht not included)
As the guys at Sipsmith describe... G&T would seem to be a straightforward drink (its two principle ingredients being right in the name, after all). But for those looking to get a bit creative and move beyond the traditional format, Sipsmith has some truly brilliant suggestions. From garnishes with a twist to homemade tonic water, we highly recommend their article on how to Reinvent your G&T: How to make an extra special Gin and Tonic for some truly outstanding inspiration. Yiammas to that...Let's get sipping!
7 surprising facts about gin...
Being one of the only independent sailing holiday companies we love that Sipsmith is an independently owned and run distillery. They also happen to be located just down the road from us in London - thought to be the birth place of the great spirit we have learnt to know and love as gin!
Here are 7 surprising facts from Sipsmith themselves about our favourite tipple:
1. Gin is English - not Dutch. Genever, a malted spirit that is essentially light whisky with juniper, is the juniper distillate of the Netherlands. Gin was developed in London and is a unique and much purer spirit.
2. The first cocktail listed in the first British book to contain cocktail recipes, William Terrington's Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks, was a gin cocktail with ginger syrup, orange curaçao and bitters. Yum - sign us up!
3. Gin and tomato juice was all the rage as a hangover cure in New York City in 1928, years before the vodka-based Bloody Mary made its debut at the King Cole Room in the St. Regis Hotel.
4. While British sailors received a daily rum ration, British naval officers got a daily ration of gin. Lucky devils.
IMG 0056 1203x11945. British naval ships were supplied and mixed their daily drinks with limes rather than lemons (which contain more vitamin C) as British investors with connections in Parliament had invested in Caribbean lime plantations. Cheeky - but we aren't complaining!
6. The country with the world's highest per-capita gin consumption is the Philippines, with an estimated 25 million cases consumed annually. We need to catch up...
7. Our favourite - very apt for sailors visiting Greece... The gin and tonic first gained popularity in the British colonies, as the quinine in the tonic water was found to be a potent deterrent to malaria-carrying mosquitoes. However, the bitterness of the quinine was unpalatable, so gin was added to make the drink taste better. Now that's an excuse it ever we've hear one!