New Zealand’s love of this seductive spirit is on the rise, with the latest data from Google Trends revealing searches for ‘gin cocktail’ are at an all-time high in the country, while queries for ‘pink gin’ are up 190% year on year.
To help celebrate World Gin Day and give travellers some ginspiration while searching for their next trip over the long weekend, Webjet has compiled its top five destinations and must-see events for some juniper-fuelled adventures.
According to Webjet Searches for Japan have soared by 48%since January, and it seems tourists are wanting to experience more than the Rugby World Cup! Craftsmanship is huge in Japan, be it knives, food or – you guessed it – gin! In 2016, a small distillery in Kyoto unveiled Japan’s first artisanal gin and many have followed suit. In fact, Japanese gin is poised to be the next global spirits phenomenon according to industry experts!
Quick digression to whiskey? No! Scotland actually produces three of the world’s best selling gins – Hendrick’s, Gordon’s and Tanqueray – and the gin distilleries are predicted to outstrip whiskey by 2020. Gin lovers should look out for the Scottish Gin Trail.
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New Zealand’s own gin scene is booming, having experienced an explosion in the number of distilleries over the past 10 years. Local holiday-makers can sample the very best on offer at upcoming gin festivals such as Gindulgence in Christchurch, Gincredible in the Bay of Plenty and A Celebration of Gin, Bay of Islands. Cheers to that!
Move over Bollywood, Webjet says travellers are looking to experience India’s up and coming gin scene! Hapusa Himalayan Dry Gin and Stranger and Son Gin are two to experience first hand on your next Indian adventure.
London boasts some of the most popular gin brands in the world, such as Bombay Sapphire and Beefeater, and the English distilleries offer fantastic tours and experiences for gin-thusiasts. The true connoisseur can take on an amazing three-hour tasting and blend-your-own gin session at The Ginstitute.
G&T recipe: Try our Persian Saffron-Infused Gin and Tonic.