Ginuary 1st: Gordon’s G&T with a twist of lemon*, AKA GIN TINNY.

Hello, darlings! Happy new year—but more importantly, happy Ginuary.

This year I’m going to aim to be a little simpler with my posting, because as wonderful as last year was, it was also quite stressful for me at times. So many recipes! So many photos! I’m not going to completely stop that posting format, but it’s just not going to be EVERY day. I hope you don’t mind.

Like today, for instance. I’ve just packed up my tent on site at the Falls Arts & Music Festival in stunning Marion Bay, Tasmania. I’ve been living in that tent since the 28th. I’m feeling quite rural (that’s probably the nicest way to put it; I’m not really the Camping type). Falls is a “no BYO” event, and I’m not getting home until late tonight, so my only option is..

Gordon’s Gin & Tonic with a twist of lemon*.

*DOES NOT CONTAIN REAL FRUIT JUICE.

Thank you, Falls, for catering to the gin crowd, and not just the rum and vodka crowd. But at the same time, why must it be this abomination? Gordon’s is the kind of gin that should be hidden in a cocktail, not given a stage and a spotlight. Not even the “twist of lemon” can make this enjoyable, and as it’s served in tin form there’s not even any ice to go with it.

Gin tinny, I had a sip of you at midnight to bring in Ginuary, but I spent the rest of the night drinking beer and tinnies of Smirnoff Mule. Gin tinny, I finished you off for lunch today but I wasn’t very happy about it.

Here’s the good news: Ginuary 2013 can only improve from here!