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Best Gins for World Gin Day


​Celebrate World Gin Day by mixing up your favorite cocktails or by testing out some of these beauties. If you don't know, Gin Monkey organized this international event and it is held every year on the second Saturday of June. If you love to drink gin or if you're new to the botanical spirit, then you have come to the right place.

We love a good gin drink and can't wait to test out all these different flavor profiles. Gin and tonics may not be your thing especially when the tonic has that bitter bite. Luckily we have some friends in the gin business that know how to let their gins shine. It seems the top flavors for gin are cucumber, grapefruit, and mint. We have no doubt you'll find something that will quench your thirst.

Not only will you enjoy some classic cocktails, but a lot of these gin producers support the LGBTQ+ community year-round, not just during June and Pride.

Aviation Gin

backyard cooler cocktail using Aviation Gin.

Backyard Cooler Cocktail

Photo credit: Aviation Gin

If you haven't heard of Aviation Gin, then you'll be super excited to know it's co-owned by Ryan Reynolds. He once said he supports same-sex marriage because he's "not a monster." He goes on further to say he wanted his Deadpool character to explore their sexuality and be more LGBTQ-inclusive. How can you not love that?

Backyard Cooler Recipe

By Aviation Gin

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounce Aviation American Gin
  • 1/2 ounce Grapefruit Juice
  • 1/2 ounce Lime Juice
  • 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
  • Club Soda

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except Club soda into cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake, then strain into glass with ice.
  3. Top with Club Soda and garnish with grapefruit half wheel.

Bombay Sapphire Gin

The Sprout in Pisces cocktail kit by Cocktail Courier

The Sprout in Pisces Cocktail Kit

Photo credit: Cocktail Courier

The Sprout in Pisces Recipe

by Cocktail Courier

The Bombay Sapphire Distillery is known for its beauty as well as its amazing gin. It's a bit far for us to visit but luckily you can pick up The Sprout in Pisces kit and make up to 6 cocktails with it. Don't worry, if grapefruit (or dare we say gin) isn't your thing, Cocktail Courier has you covered. They have several kits with various spirits you can order and have delivered right to your door.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounce Bombay Sapphire
  • 1/2 ounce Fino Sherry
  • 1/2 ounce Ruby Grapefruit Juice
  • 4 ounces Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic
  • 2 Dashes Orange Bitters
  • 2 Dehydrated Orange Wheels, 2 Dehydrated Lime Wheels

Directions

  1. Chill glass by placing in the fridge/freezer or by filling with ice water and setting aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Juice grapefruit and set aside.
  3. Remove glass from fridge/freezer or empty ice.
  4. Pour Bombay Sapphire, Sherry, grapefruit juice, and orange bitters into a glass with ice.
  5. Slowly add Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic and lightly stir cocktail with bar spoon or teaspoon.
  6. Garnish with 2 dehydrated oranges and 2 dehydrated lime wheels.
  7. Cheers!

Hendrick's Gin

Hendrick's Gin Cucumber Lemonade cocktail sitting on a wooden crate.

Cucumber Lemonade Cocktail

Photo credit: Hendrick's Gin

Cucumber Lemonade Recipe

by Hendrick's Gin

Hendrick's Gin has been a long-time supporter of the LGBTQ+ community and has sponsored events year-round. The perfectly smooth gin is infused with cucumber and rose that balances everything together.

Ingredients

  • 1 part Hendrick's Gin
  • 1/2 part Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 part Simple Syrup
  • Top with Soda Water
  • 3 rounds of Cucumber and 1 wheel of Lemon to Garnish

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a highball glass filled with cubed ice and lightly stir.
  2. Garnish with 3 thinly sliced rounds of cucumber and 1 lemon wheel and serve.

Cutwater Gin

Cutwater gin and a light green cocktail sitting on a table outside.

Eastside Cocktail

Photo credit: Cutwater gin

Eastside Recipe

by Cutwater Gin

Another year-round supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, Cutwater Gin is located in beautiful San Diego California. The Cutwater Gin is made from 11 botanicals including the Torrey Pine, juniper berries, rose, and locally sourced coriander.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Cutwater Gin
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 6-8 leaves mint
  • 2 slices cucumber

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Lightly muddle the mint and cucumber, but don’t obliterate them.
  3. Add ice, shake until cold, and strain into a cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with mint speared through a cucumber.

Madam Pattirini Gin

Madam Pattirini gin and a cocktail sitting on a silver tray.

Madam's Hidden Cucumber Cocktail

Photo credit: Ogden's Own

Madam's Hidden Cucumber Recipe

by Ogden's Own

Ogden's Own Distillery styled the gin after Brigham Morris Young, the son of Brigham Young, the religious leader, and politician. Brigham Morris Young often performed in drag using the name Madam Pattirini, whose persona was an Italian Opera Singer. Madam Pattirini sang falsetto at many events for roughly 15 years.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounce Madam Pattirini Gin
  • 0.5 ounce Ancho Reyes
  • 1 ounce Cucumber Juice
  • 1 ounce Pineapple Juice
  • 1 ounce Lime Juice
  • 1/4 ounce Agave
  • 1/2 ounce Ginger Syrup
  • Garnish: Tajin Half Rim, Large Cucumber Slice

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Stir until chilled and strain into a cocktail glass garnished with Tajin on half the rim and a large cucumber slice

Portofino Dry Gin

Negroni Bianco in a rocks glass and garnished with a lemon peel sitting on a table outside.

Negroni Bianco Cocktail

Photo Credit: Portofino Dry Gin

Negroni Bianco Recipe

By Portofino Dry Gin

It's the Italy Riveria in a glass; made from over 20 botanicals that are locally sourced and handpicked. The bottle is an artist's representation of Portofino's harbor which shows colored homes, and rolling hills that meet the turquoise sea.

Ingredients

  • 30 milliliters Portofino Dry Gin
  • 30 milliliters Dry Vermouth
  • 30 milliliters Bitter Bianco

Directions

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice, add the three ingredients and stir for thirty seconds.
  2. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass over a large ice cube and garnish with lemon peel.

Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin

top view of a curious jackalope cocktail garnished with a mint sprig sitting next to sliced grapefruit.

The Curious Jackalope Cocktail

Photo credit: Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin

The Curious Jackalope Recipe

by Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin

Gunpowder Irish Gin is distilled at the edge of a lake in a small Irish town and is made from 12 botanicals which include dried green tea. There's a lot going on with this gin due to the green tea, lemon, and other aromatic flavors.

Ingredients

  • 50 milliliters Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin
  • 20 milliliters Fresh lime juice
  • 20 milliliters Fresh grapefruit juice
  • 10 milliliters Sugar syrup

Directions

  1. Garnish with fresh mint and a generous grapefruit wedge and shake

Minke Gin

gin and tonic, ice, and lemon slice in clear drinking glass.

Classic Gin and Tonic Recipe

Photo by Vlad Tchompalov on Unsplash

Classic Gin and Tonic Recipe

by Clonakilty Distillery

The Minke Gin from Clonakilty Distillery is as sustainable as they get. The ingredients are handpicked in season and the base spirit comes from whey on their nine-generational family farm. The gin has a smooth and velvety texture and is named after the Minke Whale that is off the coastline where they collect the botanicals.

Ingredients

  • 4 large ice cubes
  • 1/3 Minke Gin
  • 2/3 Tonic

Directions

  1. Add two slices of lemon or lime and garnish with mint leaf
  2. Enjoy
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Like many of the recent Marvel Cinematic Universe films, LGBTQ+ fans awaited the release of Thor: Love and Thunder in open anticipation of the inclusivity that both Marvel and Disney had promised. However, the fans were only setting themselves up for disappointment when the film was finally released.

Despite passionate assurances from studio heads to key actors, Thor: Love and Thunder was NOT spectacularly gay. It wasn’t even that good…

Premiere Night Promises

A bolt of lightning cuts across a rainbow on a dark and stormy night.

Lightning bold across the sky

Photo by Bill D.

Standing on the red carpet at the London Premiere of the film, director and actor Taika Waititi and fellow cast members Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson were offered up the inevitable question: “How gay is the film?

Amidst some laughter from the crowds, Waititi gestured towards Portman to respond. The actress (who plays Thor’s love interest, Jane Foster, throughout the franchise) raised the microphone to her lips and thought for a moment, before delivering a quiet yet fateful: “So gay!

Barely a moment had passed before the gathered fans went wild and Taika Waititi gave his own verdict: “Super gay!”. Tessa Thompson made no statement on the ‘gayness’ of the film, instead opting to swing her microphone around suggestively. As more cheers erupted, a second round of “super gay” slipped out of Waititi’s mouth, before he urged the fans to enjoy the film.

Thor: Love and Thunder’s LGBTQ+ Potential

Thor’s movie-goers were definitely hyped up for a gay extravaganza and they had a specific character in mind. The fan-favorite Valkyrie, played by Tessa Thompson, stumbled her way into the MCU during Thor’s third film, Ragnarok. The Asgardian warrior won many people over with her wit, sarcasm, and pure badassery.

After the events of Avengers: Endgame *spoilers*, Thor Odinson gives up his claim to the throne of Asgard and names Valkyrie as king in his stead. This left many fans excited to see what would become of the character, especially after certain revelations were made at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con:

“As a new king, she has to find her queen. So that’ll be her first order of business.”

With these words, Tessa Thompson threw her LGBTQ+ fans into a frenzy, with heavy expectations for the then-upcoming fourth installment of the Thor films. Indeed, in an interview with the LA Times, shortly before the film's release, Tessa Thompson was asked to comment on the sexuality of her character. She responded with several promising remarks, including “there’s a lot of folks that are righteously very hungry for that representation to exist in these movies, as am I”.

*Warning: spoilers ahead!*

So, How Gay Was Thor 4?

To put it simply: not gay at all. Not only did Valkyrie end up without a fabulous new queen, her non-heteronormative sexuality only got the barest mention (a brief line about a previous, now dead, girlfriend). Valkyrie may have made bedroom eyes at some pretty ladies before an action scene spoils the moment, but that’s about as much as we get.

The film does get some credit for introducing a trans character in a minor yet significant role. Thor returns to his people (after a brief stint as a Guardian of the Galaxy) only to find out that the daughter of one of his closest (and deceased) friends is now a boy. The issue is, whether due to personal prejudice or some alien inability to grasp the concept of being transgender, it does take Thor a frustrating few moments to come to terms with the change. And to stop deadnaming.

In fact, the only concession to the queer community was Taika Waititi’s extraterrestrial character Korg finding a husband in one of the closing scenes. This heartfelt moment was somewhat underscored by the revelation that Korg’s entire species is male, meaning he had no other choice but to be ‘gay’.

This Is Not Marvel’s First Queerbaiting Attempt

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This is, by far, not the first time that LGBTQ+ fans have been sorely disappointed by the workings of Marvel and Disney. In fact, people across many social media platforms have been chiding expectant viewers for once again falling for classic queerbaiting tactics. “Being queerbaited by the MCU is like being a golden retriever with a human who always pretends to throw the ball”, one Tumblr user declared.

Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, was the perfect moment for the MCU to introduce its first lesbian lead. Larson’s character seemed to have an intense relationship with another woman, going so far as to help raise her child (before Larson’s Carol Danvers disappeared from Earth for 6 years). Despite leaning into several romantic tropes, the status of their relationship was never fully fleshed out. However, it was also the franchise’s first female-led superhero movie, so maybe they thought that introducing her as a lesbian would make the film too awesome.

The heavily anticipated Avengers: Endgame was also slated to introduce the MCU’s ‘first gay character'. While many fans were excited, particularly as this would be the second of Larson’s appearances on screen, the big gay build-up was a massive letdown. The film’s director Joe Russo made a cameo as a blip survivor mourning the loss of his husband. A five-second throw-away scene that had no impact on the outcome of the film. Big whoop...

Even when we did see a film with a gay lead, The Eternals, there were also ten other straight leads. At that point, it just seemed more like basic probability than an attempt at pushing LGBT+ superheroes into the spotlight.

Why Can’t Disney Let Marvel Be Gay?

The big problem with allowing a few characters to be anything other than cishet is that there are still many countries in the world that outlaw homosexuality. As much as we like to think that the MCU is being made for comic book fans, we all know the purpose of the films is to make money for Disney. And without certain markets in Asia and the Middle East, Disney wouldn’t be raking in up to (and over) one billion dollars per theatrical release.

Is There Any Hope For LGBTQ+ Fans In The MCU’s Future?

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the second in the much-loved Black Panther arc, will be released in cinemas this November. The studio has confirmed that the film will contain a queer character. Actress Michaela Coel will play Aneka, a warrior, and trainer of the king’s guard. Whether or not her diversity will stand out in the film (let alone endure for more than a 10-second scene that can be easily cut) remains to be seen.


Next year’s The Marvels film, starring Brie Larson, Iman Vellani, and Lashana Lynch may offer the MCU a chance to redeem itself in the eyes of its LGBT+ fans. The studios may feel it’s finally time to offer us the heartwarming lesbian relationship between Larson’s Carol Danvers and Lynch’s Maria Rambeau that seemed to be teased in the first Captain Marvel. Don’t raise your hopes too high, though, as you may yet end up as a stubborn golden retriever waiting for a cinematic universe to finally throw that rainbow ball.