Gin and Tonic Bars, © visual hunt

Every Ton­ic needs a Gin

They're still in love

It’s been more than a cen­tury since Gin has been a fan fa­vor­ite, but 2017 marked a new mile­stone for gin lov­ers around the world.

The drink of the summer season in NRW has definitely been Gin & Tonic. While many people choose to cheers the weekend to a classic Gin Tonic, there are numerous bars around the region that have mixed it up, serving gin cocktails like Bramble’s, Gimlet’s, and Gin Sours. Whether you choose to stick to a classic or spice it up with a different mix, there’s no denying that Gin & Tonic has made a huge comeback this season. Of course, it’s not just #urbanana celebrating this delicious summer cocktail, Hamburg, South Africa, and Ireland have been hosting Gin & Tonic Festivals to show their love for the popular drink.

But why is Gin so popular now?

It’s been more than a century since Gin has been a fan favorite, but 2017 marked a new milestone for gin lovers around the world. While I don’t have one answer for you, there are a number of reasons why gin is back and better than ever.

Everyone’s doing it

To be honest, I’ve never been a gin drinker until everyone around me was sipping on Gin & Tonics. It’s an easy cocktail to whip up and it’s super refreshing on a hot summer day. Of course, if the crowds are drinking Gin Tonic, then the bars are going to supply it. There have been a number of new promotions at local bars around NRW showcasing their wild gin cocktails and fan favorites.

It’s flexible and simple

Gin is not just a fan favorite, but a great liquor for bartenders to work with. Many bartenders have vouched for this new beloved craze because it allows them creativity and flexibility behind the bar. Bars all over NRW have been creating their own versions of Gin & Tonic with a twist. Peach, pear, pumpkin, you name it, one of the bars around you is bound to have it.  

It’s stylish

There’s something about sipping on a Gin & Tonic in a crystal glass topped with ice cubes and a lemon rind or cucumber slice that makes it feel classy. Instead of kicking back with a beer in hand this summer, many partygoers are choosing cocktail bars and Gin Tonics.

Of course, all of these are supported by the fact that there has been a huge rise in craft gin producers in the USA which has significantly helped the promotion of this beverage to go viral this summer.

Where should you be drinking Gin Tonics in NRW?

In just about every district of every major city, you’ll find a nice gin bar. Cologne, Dortmund, and Düsseldorf are definitely major players when it comes to offering up the best gin bars in NRW. Here are just a few you might be interested in checking out:

The Bär

The Bär can definitely serve up a tasty Gin Tonic, but what they’re really known for is their Gin Tasting courses. In the classes, the bartenders invite you to taste five different Gins while learning all about the history, the different types and the etiquette to properly enjoying a glass of gin. You can book your spot in advance on their website.

Address: Thebäerstr. 10, Cologne, Germany

Marlene Bar

Marlene Bar might not offer up Gin tasting courses, but they’re definitely well known for hosting some wicked summer parties. But, why is Marlene Bar so well known for their GinTonics? The focus of the Marlene Bar is all about serving up quality drinks, so much so, that they promote the fact that they don’t serve Hugo, they don’t offer shisha and there is no such thing as happy hour.

Address: Humboldtstraße 1-3 (Am U), Dortmund

Bar Alexander

Bar Alexander is a popular place to be from Tuesday to Saturday, you’d be lucky to find a seat on the weekend. Bar Alexander is a high-class cocktail bar with a cozy atmosphere. Their cocktail list is endless and as you might imagine, Gin & Tonic has been a popular choice for them this summer. The bartenders offer regular cocktail classes for interested guests and if you’re looking to really explore your gin options, they offer a Cocktail Flight which is 5 self-selected miniature cocktails.

Address: Düsselstraße 71, Düsseldorf, Germany

I guess there’s not much more to say but zum Wohl, cheers!

Written by Jenna Davis | Life in Düsseldorf

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