The book starts with an introduction to the world of gin and promises to cover how to mix it, shake it, stir it, and – most importantly – how to drink it. Dan has a cheeky writing style and this is his fourth book.
The book features eighteen of the world's best gins for all different types of people, covering British and Scottish classics to international megabrands and also the independent companies spread around the world. Dan also describes his recommendations of the best tonic waters.
There is a run-down of the essential gadgetry to stock in your own at home cocktail bar ranging from basics to some of the more upscale extras for gin connoisseurs. Dan then provides an intriguing recipe to make your own gin at home. There are instructions on creating your own infusions and syrups.
Each cocktail recipe has an introduction, clear list of ingredients and equipment needed and the method used. There are short handy tips and recommended glasses. The strength of this book is that every recipe has a double-page spread and a clear illustration. The cocktails are illustrated with a graphical drawing of the drink from a cut through half-way perspective, rather than a photograph.
The recipes cover all the classics like G&T, Gin Rickey, Dirty Martini to crowd pleasers like Dickens' Hot Gin Punch, classy Sloe Gin and Tempranillo Negroni or brave a Naked Peach.
Gin by Dan Jones is a great look at the world of this versatile juniper-laced spirit.
Gin is available in hardcover from your favourite bookseller.
ISBN: 9781784880521 Published by Hardie Grant Books
About the author
Perhaps the world's most prolific cocktail enjoyer, Dan Jones is a writer and editor living in London, having worked at a string of titles – from i-D magazine to Time Out. A self-professed homebody, he is well versed in the art of at-home drinking and loves to entertain, constantly 'researching' his cocktail craft and trying out new recipes. His favourite drink is a Dirty Martini. A really dirty one.