Ginuary 3rd: Arnold Palmer.

Sometimes you can make all the grand plans you like, but then there will be an overnight blizzard that covers the ground in snow and ice and makes it near impossible for you to go anywhere the next day without great effort.

So instead you order delivery from the Mac Shack and you top up your half & half (lemonade & iced tea) with some gin to make your Ginuary quota for the day.

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And you also watch two seasons of My Cat From Hell and have ZERO REGRETS!

P.S. I’ve actually looked at Arnold Palmer gin recipes in the past so this was an excellent excusepportunity.

Ginuary 12th: Pimm’s Cup.

I had an afternoon tea date today with a couple of lovely ladies, and thought that I’d inadvertently get them to join in on my Ginuary adventures with a perfect afternoon tipple.

PIMM’s Cup

  • 1 part PIMM’S No. 1
  • 3 parts lemonade
  • strawberry, mint, orange, cucumber

 

Fill a jug with the fruit (chopped/sliced) and one part Pimm’s. Let the fruit get nice and soaked (perhaps even consider a bit of light muddling, if you will). When it’s drinkin’ time, add a bunch of ice to the jug and stir in the lemonade.

Serve in tall glasses, garnished with a long slice of cucumber and a mint sprig.

 

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Technically called Pimm’s Original on the official Pimm’s website, but this one’s a classic. I’ve seen a number of recipes throw ginger ale into the mix too, and I reckon that would also taste pretty good, but I had to go with the official site’s recipe for this instance because I have to admit, this is the first time I’ve properly played with Pimm’s.

But where’s the gin? Ah. Let me impart some wisdom onto you that I only learnt for myself while prepping for Ginuary 2012: Pimm’s is a gin-based liqueur. The more you know.

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Ginuary 9th: Darnley’s View Spiced Gin(ger Beer).

Look below, a non-instagram photo! Could that mean what you think it means? I’m back at home! The holiday’s over, folks. But the good news: GINUARY CONTINUES.

I was pretty happy today to finally crack open a Darnley’s View. I’ll put my longer story behind the cut, but I’ll say this—I’ve been waiting a long time to take this brand for a spin! Today I decided to skip right to their new Spiced Gin, in its classic serving suggestion… with my own twist.

Darnley’s Spiced Ginger Ale

  • 50ml Darnley’s View Spiced Gin
  • Ginger Ale
  • 3 lime wedges

Build all ingredients in a tall glass (e.g. highball) over cubed ice. Garnish with three squeezed lime wedges.

 

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You’ll note the title of this post indicates I used ginger beer instead of ginger ale, because I like to mess with stuff. That’s a lie; I love order and recipes. But I also love ginger beer more than ginger ale, so… I made my very own delicious version of the recommended serving.

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Ginuary 3rd: McHenry Classic and Fat Pig Farm cordial at the Taste Festival.

Happy Thursday, Ginuary fans! Three days in already, can you believe it? I can see the month escaping us before we even know it.

Today I was on location, exploring Hobart’s esteemed Taste Festival for my Ginuary fix. I ended up with a very special one-off, some home made cherry and lemon verbena cordial with a drop of McHenry Classic Dry Gin. A proudly Tasmanian beverage, through and through!

McHenry Classic & a delicious home made cordial

More photos of the Taste and today’s story after the jump.

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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!

Ginuary 30th: G & T.

Right. I’ve been home for two days now and procrastinating the heck out of doing these last two posts, but seeing as today is officially one week after the end of Ginuary, it’s time to get this over and done with. Yes, I am backdating these posts. No, I have no regrets.

Gin & Tonic

  • gin
  • tonic water
  • ice

 

That’s… that’s essentially it, really. Isn’t it? Is there much more to a G&T other than a shot or two of gin, topped up with some tonic water?

Garnish with a lime wedge, traditionally, but if your gin is Hendrick’s, use a cucumber slice or two. If your gin of choice focuses strongly on another botanical, see if you can garnish with that botanical, just for kicks.

 

Ginuary 30th: gin & tonic.

And there’s my mum, going for a swim in my gin.

I came very close to excluding the ol’ G&T from (this) Ginuary, if only because there are so many other wonderful things out there. But when you’ve spent your whole day madly throwing clothes into suitcases and doing loads of washing and driving to your mother’s house and having to turn around at least twice before you actually make it there… then a G&T is usually the solution to your problem.

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Ginuary 12th: Gimlet.

January in the capital cities of Australia is usually a pretty exciting month when it comes to live music. I saw Fleet Foxes at the Tivoli last night and tonight I’ve just seen Beirut at the Hi-Fi. Tonight’s gig was a short stroll from my place, so I invited some gig-going friends around for a couple of pre-show drinks.

Gimlet

  • 60ml gin
  • 15ml lime juice cordial

 

Stir together on the rocks in a rocks glass and garnish with a lime wedge. That’s it.

 

Ginuary 12th: Gimlet

My favourite story about the origin of the Gimlet involves some naval surgeon (I really want to say SEA CAPTAIN but that would be a lie) who tried (successfully, I reckon) to get his sailors to drink scurvy-preventing lime juice by loading it with gin. CLEVER GIRL. His name? Dr. Thomas O. Gimlette. Spectacular.

Gimlet debate and waffling on after the jump.

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Ginuary 5th: A Very Ginuary Birthday.

One of the highlights of Ginuary for me is that only five days in, I get to celebrate the anniversary of my birth. Pretty rad. What this means is that today’s post will be a little bit special and different. Trust me when I say there is still plenty of gin in this post.

Because my birthday is at least three times as awesome as any regular day, this post contains three times the gin, with zero times the effort. None of these gin treats were prepared by me; all three were prepared for me. Happy birthday to me!

Part 1: Gin & apple juice @ Jam Jar.

Part 1: Gin & apple juice @ Jam Jar.

Part 2: gin & tonic sea scallop ceviche @ Jam Jar.

Part 2: gin & tonic sea scallop ceviche @ Jam Jar.

Part 3: gin & tonic cake.

Part 3: gin & tonic cake.

Behind the cut, read more about:

  1. my favourite/usual gin & mixer,
  2. one of my favourite restaurants in Brisbane,
  3. my housemate’s extraordinary cake effort (recipe included).

 

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