This is just the be'gin'ning...

We've all got that friend who insists they don't like gin. Yes, you know the one. The one who says, 'I don't drink gin', when you invite them to accompany you to The Gin Fayre (as if that's a good enough reason to decline such an invite!) or insists on ordering something uncouth like a vodka lemonade when you offer to go to the bar. In my case, the one friend who drank too much of it one time and now is adamant that all gin tastes the same and brings back horrible memories of the sixth form prom. C'mon, that was 1978. Move on.

Things have changed. Gordon's has since been overthrown as the mighty ruler of the Gindom (although, it's still her Majesty's fave...) and gin has become a drink for everyone, and boy, there really is something for everyone. 

So, how do you like it? Dry? Sweet? Floral? Spicy? Flavoured? Sloe? Cask-aged?  

When I work behind the bar - as sometimes I quite like to do - I find myself asking that question a lot. I would say that 80% of the time, the answer is either 'Oooh, I don't know' or 'I usually drink [insert off the shelf supermarket brand here].' The true answer is people don't actually know until they have tried it - and often, you can try one brand that falls into one of the above categories and either love it or hate it. Gin really is that diverse.