by Gino De Blasio | 4 Minute Read
“Enjoying a gin and tonic makes you a psychopath!”, apparently. The latest in clickbait and media trivial headlines had the internet and social media buzzing. If there was one title to make you click on clickbait ever again after “10 child stars that have grown up to be ugly,”this would be it.
Topping £1 billion in sales, becoming the fastest drink sold in the UK whilst losing the connotation of imperial rule by the British and establishing itself as a personality trait for women desperately seeking men on Tinder (1), whilst popular, it is however not likely to make you a psychopath.
The study which makes no asserted mention of gin, whatsoever, is not something that the botanical flavoured lovers should fear. It’s ok everyone, you don’t need to put down the G&T.
Focusing on bitter flavours, having some sort of correlation to mass murderers the relationship gin has to anything on the psychopath scale (2) is trivial at best. That would be like saying fans of rocket, coffee, kale and jerusalem artichokes should be avoided at all costs. Yottam Ottonlenghi (3), we’re on to you.
It’s hard to escape any major or minor town centre without coming across a gin bar in today’s times. The United Kingdom is abuzz with different styles of gin; how so much could be done with potato skins, no one quite knows. From TV segments to tent tasting events, gin, is the choice of the new age drinker.
As with anything that has found a place back in the wilderness of modern society from a dull and antiquated past, you could say our beloved friend, the hipster has made this possible.
You could, but as a gin fan myself, I choose not to.
You could, but as a gin fan myself, I choose not to.
Whilst the trend was set alight by men in plaid shirts, beards and tattoos and women in 1930’s clothing and showing off pastel colours, there is something greater than the movement of the anti-movement, anti-modern iPhone junkies than beholds the eye.
TV shows probably heralded a revival of the drink as much as any hipster may have. From Mad Men, where casual daytime drinking was more common than sobriety, to, the Boardwalk Empire which bestowed murder with a Cosmopolitan made drinking cocktails a cool thing. If you want to go a little further back in TV land, Sex & The City made it a mission to show cocktails as the raison d’etre of being a social commentator, and of course, a woman, in modern day New York.
Gin, moreover, gin and tonic is quintessentially an English drink with a history going back as far as 900 years. It was as popular in the 1700’s as it is today, perhaps without a cucumber or sprig of rosemary shoved in for additional flavour.
Gin parlours have been legislated out of existence, only to eventually return today as some neon lit alcoholic boudoir. Sailors used gin as an antimalarial, others mixed it with pink botanicals to cure seasickness and the list goes on.
Speak to a gin fan and they could tell you their preferred blend, method and accompanying fruit to go with their tipple of choice. There is craft gin and sloe gin, heavily distilled gins and flavoured varieties; it’s basically a vodka for those that don’t want the regret of having drunk, vodka, oh, but nicer. It’s a nice, vodka.
From exclusive gin clubs to gin tasting events on a near weekly basis, it would be more plausible for a study to suggest, “gin, the legal form of crystal meth… without the horrible loss of teeth or skin issues.”
For the most basic of gin and tonic recipes that anyone could make, their is one simple rule, it has to be cold. That’s what the gin drinkers will tell you and the science has even shown it; from the release of the botanical to the flavour of the water, heat is your enemy. Put your gin in the freezer, make sure you have ice cubes and if you’re going to add citrus, lime, not lemon, is your friend.
If you’re searching for something different for your Gin & Tonic, you can’t go wrong with this guide from Buzzfeed. If you are looking to sign yourself up to a gin club, then you want to check out the Craft Gin Club for a monthly subscription of the finest gins going.
Like Pearl Jam (4) finally being inducted to the rock and roll hall of fame, maybe, Gin has just found it’s rightful place in our drinking society. It’s not a fad, it’s a viable option as much as whisky or any more complex spirits, it goes with a variety of flavours and is less concerned about being cool and more focused on how good it actually is, like a Pearl Jam album, ironically.
1) Tinder is the dating site for today’s youth. Based purely on your looks, you can only match up and message someone if they in turn also like your profile. Be warned, men like having gym selfies and women think that the fairy snapchat filter and false eyebrows make them equally attractive.
2) If you were interested about testing someone to see if they are on the psychopath scale, I can recommend, Jon Ronson’s book, “The Psychopath Test”: it’s amazing to see how many of your family fit into the category.
3) Yottam Ottolenghi is an Israeli chef with mediterranean influences; he is so diverse we’re sure he’s on a protected species list – as he should be – the man is a culinary genius.
4) Pearl Jam are a 90’s grunge rock band that have lasted the test of time; Mike McCreedy is phenomenal guitarist, Stone Gossard a melodic riff master, Jeff Amnet a bass supremo and Eddie Vedder, a man who we still don’t know what he’s singing about but that’s fine with us! They’ve had more drummers than Spinal Tap as well…