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Just the tonic

Posted by: Richard Abbey
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From Mother’s Ruin to must-have tipple, gin has benefitted from a massive makeover in the last few years. Once considered a poor man’s drink, or a mass-produced medicine for poverty-stricken mums, it is now a designer product for affluent hipsters. It’s come a long way since the 18th century.


The recent resurgence of gin-drinking has brought a plethora of flavours that seem to resonate with discerning drinkers, so much so that someone thought it a great idea to rename January, ‘Ginuary’, a time when everyone is encouraged to embrace gin in all its forms.

In his book Kitchen Cocktails: Recipes of the London Cocktail Club, JJ Goodman shows you how to incorporate gin into your favourite cocktails, from classic martinis to the Zaza and the Negroni. He also reveals the classic drinks that inspired his contemporary concoctions – see which one you like best.

For the rest of the month we’ll be showcasing some of these creations… first up is the Gibson Martini. You couldn’t get any more classic than this. James Bond would be proud.


Kitchen Cocktails: Recipes of the London Cocktail Club is out now, priced £30.


Cocktail photography is by the fantastic Jodi Hinds (