It’s come round again. The day that has mums and dads scrambling for book character outfits in the dressing up box or with late-night runs to Tesco. Okay, we know, that isn’t really what World Book Day is all about. It’s a celebration of all things literary.
The Scottish Gin Society team are avid readers and love nothing better than an hour of peace and quiet, a good book (and, of course, a nice G&T). But instead of boring you with the list of books we’ve been enjoying recently, we thought we’d showcase some of the best books about our favourite subject – GIN of course!
Here are a few suggestions for your bookshelf/ginshelf:
Gin Galore: A Journey to the Source of Scotland’s Gin
Glass in hand, Gin Galore by Sean Murphy will lead you on a journey to the source of Scotland’s gin in all its botanical, flavourful glory.
With a stellar cast of fifty unique gins, here are the boutique tipples reinvigorating the landscapes of Scottish gin. This utterly refreshing compendium is a treat for fans of all things Scottish and all things gin – a must for Scottish Gin Lovers. Available for £10.65 on Amazon.
The Gin Clan: Scottish Gins and Distilleries
A wonderful exploration of Scotland’s thriving gin scene.
In this beautiful book, Fiona Laing tells the stories of the spirits, where Scotland’s gin industry has come from and where it’s going.
Bringing us the stories behind the Scottish Gins we know and love from crofts, towns, herb gardens and even an old vet school, The Gin Cland lists the best of Scotland’s distilleries and their signature gins. Available for £9.83 on Amazon.
The Drunken Botanist – The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks
An in-depth look into the plants behind all our favourite spirits – including gin, of course, this fascinating book tells how each plan makes a unique cultural contribution to our global drinking traditions and history.
A fascinating concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology–with more than fifty drink recipes and growing tips for gardeners–will make you the most popular guest at any cocktail party. £7.53 from Amazon
Gone With The Gin – Holywood Cocktails with a Twist
As the name suggests, this is a slightly tongue-in-cheek, but highly entertaining book that pairs 50 fabulous cocktails with 50 classic movies.
Also featuring some great drinking games, movie-themed snacks, ideas for parties and wonderful illustrations throughout. Perfect for movie and gin buffs who want a bit of fun. So go ahead, make my drink.
From Amazon for £8.19.
The Gin Dictionary
If you want a more factual look at all things gin, you don’t have to look farther than this excellent and completely comprehensive Gin Dictionary. Browse the A-Z for information on everything gin-related from the history, ingredients and distilling techniques to flavour notes, cocktails and the many varieties of gin around the world.
Perfect for showing off your gin-knowledge! Costs £10.53 from Amazon.
Hurrah for Gin! A book for perfectly imperfect parents
We know, it’s not ‘really’ about gin, but these hilarious cartoons about parenting are a firm favourite at Scottish Gin HQ, so we’ve snuck it in!
You can buy the book for £12 at Amazon. Just don’t treat this as an actual parenting advice book – but enjoy with a gin!