This plus that equals…. Gin Night
Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week is all about Gin Night. This hallowed occasion is something I look forward to immensely and doesn’t happen as frequently as I’d wish.
More important than the gin in many respects. Friends are what really make gin night. I’ve got a couple of groups I celebrate this special occasion with. My school mums and my work friends. The only important things is the ability to hold one’s liquor and chat for hours on end.
It’s actually just an excuse to get together and put the world to rights without pesky things like husbands or children getting in the way. Some gin nights I’ve had non gin drinkers and others have had more designated drivers than planned. It’s definitely way more about the company than the drink.
Gin night is stress free, no strings attached, zero drama and no pressure. Come if you can make it, don’t worry if you can’t. If you need a friend to cry on or someone to celebrate with, gin night is the night.
Another essential to gin night is good food. Food that involves very little preparation and little no clean up. So take away often wins.
Pizza is our go to food of gin night. Whether we’re drinking outside in the sun or curled up on the sofa under blankets it’s a winner all round. Plus, you know, it’s pizza.
Alternative gin night foods are cheese, preferably baked camembert, crisps and dip or …. well, actually there is no or for us. It’s cheese based. Always cheese.
I have those reusable ice cube things, they are great, love ’em. But for gin night they won’t cut it. It has to be proper ice cubes.
I also can’t be doing with making sure I’ve got plenty made up and remembering to refill the ice cube tray, so I’ll be honest, I just buy a bag.
When there’s a few of you drinking it’s surprising how quick you get through the stuff and a good G&T has to be packed with ice. It’s important not to forget it.
Obviously Gin Night requires Gin. A good selection is nice. Gin night is an excuse to try different gins and see what you like and what you don’t .
I always have a good selection in the house. I subscribe to Craft Gin Club and love it, so often have something new in the house to try and I’m always happy to share.
The my friends will often bring along a bottle of whatever they have been drinking so we have a good mix of options and everyone can try a bit of what they fancy.
We’ve done gin night out in the garden enjoying the sun and even grabbing blankets to make the most of a late summer evening.
We’ve done gin night all curled up different sofas in our Pjs and with blankets to keep us toasty.
We’ve even done gin day on a boat and had the best time.
Gin night has ended with impromptu sleepovers and lazy breakfasts.
It doesn’t matter where you are or what’s happening, you can be dressed in your finest or in the most ridiculous sweatshirt, indoors or outdoors, home or out exploring.
The most important thing about gin night is comfort. To be entirely comfortable with those around you as well as physically comfortable. Infact, gin, as it turns out, is the least important factor of gin night. It’s really just a friends night.
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