Monin Gin Syrup
Monin Gin Syrup is just one of a delicious range of flavours, used by coffee shops such as Costa Coffee and enjoyed across the country and further afield.
The bottles come in a 70cl Glass Bottle, and a 1l Plastic bottle variation which is ideal for bars, cafes and coffee shops, but can also be used at home.
Intense aromas and floral touches are interspersed with a punch of juniper berry bitterness a distinct combination which makes gin one the UKs most popular spirits. Monin Gin Syrup captures everything great about gin sans the alcohol and delivers a convenient solution for adding its flavour to an array of cocktails, teas and smoothies. It also goes without saying its fantastic for making a non-alcoholic version of the classic gin and tonic.
When it comes to judging the history of alcoholic beverages, the most intriguing and atypical story arguably belongs to gin. Deaths, the influence of British aristocracy, a price point which saw a pint of gin cheaper than the equivalent in beer and thats just the start.
According to the history books, juniper, the core ingredient of gin, has been blended with alcohol since 70 A.D. The combination was used primarily as a medicinal liquid, and it continued this way even when the spirit genever was concocted: aka the precursor to gin. The word gin first appeared in The Fable of the Bees, or Private Vices, Publick Benefits, a 1714 book by Bernard Mandeville. An assumption behind the name change is the British, drunk off downing the beverage, couldnt pronounce genever. So they abbreviated it to gen, and this would eventually receive the anglicise treatment to get the name we have today.
When reigning as the King of England, Ireland and Scotland during the late 1600s, William III set the wheels into motion for what is referred to as the gin craze. This happened due to his implementation of hard-line economic tactics regarding imported goods, hoping to weaken the economy of other countries. Blockades and heavy taxes were put in place, which meant products such as cognac and wine rarely made the trip over from France. On top of this, William III established The Corn Laws, which, among other things, offered tax breaks on the production of spirits in England. Remember the aforementioned point where a pint of gin could be purchased at a lower price than a pint of beer? Well it was down to these practices brought in by William III.
In 1731, gin was the alcoholic tipple of choice for, well, everyone. Royalty and affluent members of society sipped on the spirit as a fashion statement, while the poor downed pints with reckless abandon. A few short years later, however, and the government realised they had a problem. Gin consumption was causing people to either go insane or die. Gin distillation was a wild west, and ingredients such as sawdust, sulphuric acid and turpentine were being chucked into the mix.
To solve the problem of those hooked on gin, the government introduced a distillers licence. The licence cost a staggering £50, and suddenly the industry collapsed. In the seven years following this ruling, only two official licences were issued. The Gin Act 1751 saw the price of the spirit go up, while retailers also found it more difficult to acquire licences to sell. The government also made a significant effort to promote the consumption of tea and even beer over gin.
This, understandably, resulted in the popularity of gin taking a nosedive. Yet in 1830, the gin scene in England experienced a rebirth of sorts. Aeneas Coffey revolutionised liquor production with his new still, which produced a much purer and cleaner spirit than ever seen before. From then on, its reputation has gone on a steady increase where, in the present day, gin sales have reached an all-time high in the UK.
Blackberry, Apple and Gin Smoothie
When a glass of juice or a cocktail simply wont do, you can always upgrade to a smoothie. While it might seem like too much effort for a drink, it really isnt as this Blackberry, Apple and Gin Smoothie recipe demonstrates. In just a couple of minutes, you can be downing an alluring, fruity drink which is complimented by the distinct taste of gin. Oh, and if you need another selling point for the beverage, it also includes a cheeky apple-infused whipped cream topping.
What you will need:
- Place the blackberries, semi skimmed milk, Greek yogurt and Monin Gin Syrup into a blender. Blitz up all of the ingredients to create a smooth, thick concoction. Pour this into a suitable glass.
- Grab a whipped cream dispenser. Pour the fresh cream into the dispenser and also add the Monin Apple Syrup. Close the dispenser, attach a cream charger, and then shake for a number of seconds. Squirt the newly created, fluffy whipped cream on top of the smoothie.