Over the past six years, UK gin sales have increased by 50%, with a staggering 47 million bottles bought in 2017.
Favoured for its refreshing taste and myriad combinations, gin has become so much more than an ‘and-tonic’ ingredient, sparking an ever-increasing demand for more adventurous flavoured gins on our shelves.
Whilst there are some original gins out there which will forever have a place at the back of our drinks cupboard, we’ve been on the hunt for the best tasty new tipples which are adding a whole new level to the gin game.
So slice up your cucumber and dust off that ice-tray – here are the bottles you have to give a go this season…
9 of the best flavoured gins
Gordon’s Premium Pink Distilled Gin
It goes without saying that Gordon’s is a household brand when it comes to gin, but with the release of this pink version, they’ve broken their own mould. We recommend pairing this raspberry and redcurrant infused option with an elderflower tonic and a slice of lime for an ultimate fizzy experience.
Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin
We know what you’re thinking: is ‘spiced’ really suitable for a summer drink? Don’t worry, that was our thought too, but upon closer inspection, these flavours are definitely warm weather-worthy. Cubeb berries from Indonesia hold their own against the soft spices and create bursting citrus flavours.
British Lavender Colour Changing Dry Gin
A flavour you might associate more with cosmetics and candles, lavender has recently ventured into the beverage market. Thankfully the taste is subtle and delicate, lending itself perfectly to light, summer cocktails. This is a particularly good choice if you want a wow-factor drink that’s worthy of a photograph – simply add a splash of tonic and watch it change colour before your eyes!
Warner Edwards Distillery Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin
Move over crumble, rhubarb has a new home, and it’s on the same level of deliciousness as a dessert. Its beautiful colour will stand out from the crowd on your shelf and the sweet flavours will have you coming back for more. Add a pink grapefruit garnish for that extra flavour and let the rest do the talking.
Eden Mill Oak Gin
If you’re partial to a pint on hot sunny days but fancy mixing things up a little, this gin is the one for you. Much like the bourbons and whiskeys of the world, this gin is matured in oak casks which helps intensify the taste.
Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin
Lemon drizzle is a cake classic, so we’re pleased to say that it’s just as good in liquid form. A deceptively simple but effective flavour, this gin boasts citrus notes that make for refreshing, zesty drinking. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, try using it in a martini.
Chase Distillery Williams Seville Orange Gin
Prefer orange to lemon? You’re in luck! Use this Williams Seville Orange number to make the perfect negroni cocktail or simply pair with a splash of tonic and a spiral of orange peel for a twist on the classic G&T.
Poetic License Strawberries & Cream ‘Picnic’ Summer Gin
What could say ‘summer gin’ more than strawberries and cream? Synonymous with a certain well-known tennis tournament, this flavoured gin has everything you need for those long summer afternoons. Pair it with a spring of mint and you’ve got the perfect drink to enjoy over cucumber sandwiches in the park.
JJ Whitley Elderflower Gin
We already know that elderflower tonic is gin’s perfect partner – so when JJ Whitley created an elderflower flavoured gin, they were instantly on to a winner. Why not top up your prosecco with this summery flavour to really get your taste buds going?
Feature by Laurie Petrucci