World Gin Day's happening this Saturday and we can't think of a reason not to celebrate.
Gin has been around for centuries. Originally distilled in Holland before being refined and popularised in by the English in the 19th Century, juniper berry – a tart and sharp berry with hints of citrus and pine – is the signature flavour of gin, with the spirit frequently combined with tonic water and ice to produce a classic G&T.
While there's absolutely nothing wrong with this tried and tested tipple, World Gin Day seems like the perfect excuse to celebrate the versatility of gin, so we've found the most unusual cocktails for you to try at home or out and about this weekend.
A red wine-infused gin cocktail
If you've always wanted to hone your bartending skills, why not celebrate at home with some friends and a cocktail shaker?
This Bloody Negroni recipe has been made exclusively for our readers by The Stillery Cocktail Lounge and mixes bitter orange and Antica with limited-edition Bloody Shiraz Four Pillars Gin to create an unexpectedly delicious twist on the classic Negroni.
Cherry tomatoes and gin
Sydney's Machiavelli Ristorante Italiano will be serving its best-selling 'Mediterranean' cocktail this weekend. The recipe was created by one of their bartenders while he was daydreaming about his Tuscan home in the Italian summer.
The unusual and refreshing cocktail combines Gin Mare, cherry tomatoes and rosemary.
Cold brew G&Ts
Espresso Martinis are feeling oh-so-passé since we stumbled upon cold brew coffee, or 'turbo', gin and tonics.
Test your bartender's skills by requesting one of these at the bar or whip one up at home - all you need is ice, tonic water, gin, cold brew coffee and a slice of orange. The perfect early evening pick-me-up!
Gin and doughnut cocktails
This bittersweet gin concoction, The Candyman, comes to you from The Garnish Guy.
It mixes gin, Campari, grapefruit liqueur and juice, topped with champagne and garnished with a doughnut - because it's World Gin Day and why not?
Smokey chilli gin
In the spirit of trying new things, give this spicy, smokey chilli gin a go. Whether in a gin and tonic or a dirty martini, its smokey heat is sure to knock your socks off.