“Dunkirk Spirit” is a phrase spoken in the United Kingdom when discussing that certain ability to press through harrowing circumstances with a gritty determination and a matching grin, inspired by the Allies who came together in Dunkirk during World War II.
More importantly, it’s also the name of a particular brand of gin.
We like any excuse to drink, but this brand also gives back to veterans.
Since it’s gin, we decided to get a little fancy — and you should, too. Try one of these cocktails and let us know what you think:
1. The Dunkirk 75
This comes straight from Dunkirk Spirit themselves, and is a winning version of a French 75, if you ask me.
2. Dunkirk GT
Dunkirk Spirit’s® own Dunkirk GT is a classic gin and tonic, which, according to Winston Churchill, “saved more Englishman’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the empire.”
I don’t know about all that, but I do know you need to have one if you’ve never tried it.
3. The Barrel Roll
Dunkirk Spirit® fashioned this tipple while imagining the WWII spitfire airplane barrel rolling. We approve of the barrel rolling.
4. Dunkirk Martini
Another Dunkirk Spirit® concoction, the Dunkirk Martini is not for communists. If you’re looking for the Churchill, leave the Vermouth and take the gin.
5. The Gunny St. Angel
The cooling Gunny St. Angel was sent to us by Rose St. Angel out of Atlanta, GA. An otherwise simple recipe, the muddled cucumber will be the most work.
Peeled and quartered, drop your cucumber and mint into your glass and smash it up. Carry on.
6. The D.I. Collins
If you MUST order this from a bar as opposed to making your own at home, feel free to call it the D.I. Collins, and then just smirk when the bartender asks what that is.
*Kidding. Don’t smirk at bartenders. Rude.
7. NCO’s Canteen Cup
The classic Pimm’s Cup is made better with the NCO’s Canteen Cup. How? It’s got extra gin.
Pimm’s is a gin-based liquor, so a Pimm’s cup generally doesn’t have gin added to it. But go big or go home. Or just reduce the amount of Pimm’s to one ounce.