We take a look at our favourite gins made in Britain
British gin sales exceeded £1.9 billion in 2018, and gin has become the second most popular drink in the UK, how could you spice up your gin this summer?
If you have a preconception of gin you really should think again. There has been a real boom in British gin distilleries who have re-invented the process and there’s never been a better time for gin to become your choice of tipple. In the heat of summer gin is a perfect addition to your summer fun. Make some fabulous gin based summer cocktails that’ll keep you going back for more as we round up our top 10 favourite gins made in Britain.
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We’ve rounded up our 10 favourite British gins that have exciting mix of new botanicals:
1. BLOOM GIN
This fabulous gin is an award-winning premium London Dry Gin. BLOOM draws on inspiration from nature. The original recipe includes three main botanicals – chamomile, honeysuckle and pomelo. They’re carefully blended to create a delicate, fresh and floral gin. All with an added touch of sweetness and a smooth finish.
More variations are available to tickle the taste buds including jasmine and rose and strawberry cup liqueur. On the BLOOM website you can check out some amazing cocktails for you to try, trust us when we say they are amazing. Learn more or purchase BLOOM here.
2. BRIGHTON GIN
Brighton Gin is made with a 100% organic wheat spirit. which is super smooth and doesn’t include any of those ingredients that can give you a sore head! This handmade and certified vegan small batch gin is made at Brighton’s first distillery and re-distilled with juniper, fresh orange and lime peel, locally grown coriander seed and milk thistle, which is indigenous to the South Downs and renowned for its kindness to the liver function. Top quality ingredients, attention to detail to make each bottle of Brighton Gin just perfect and the company’s small batch production makes it a premium product. Learn more or purchase Brighton Gin here.
3. TARQUIN’S GIN – BRITISH BLACKBERRY AND CORNISH WILDFLOWER HONEY
Proudly celebrating the British berry, this gin is like Cornish sunshine in a bottle with a touch of wildflower honey. It’s has a wonderful vibrant crimson colour with aromas of red berries, lemon sorbet, summer pudding, and Cornish wildflower honey.
Perfect for serving with sparkling wine, soda, and garnished with fresh mint and blackberries. This gin is handcrafted in tiny batches using the Tarquin original flame-fired copper pot still called Tamara! If this doesn’t make you want to crack open a bottle and enjoy some time in the garden we don’t know what will! Learn more or purchase Tarquins Gin here.
4. CHASE PINK GRAPEFRUIT & POMELO GIN
Pink Grapefruit & Pomelo is a fabulously fresh addition to the Chase spirit selection. Chase Distillery, established in 2008 by William Chase with the mission to challenge the status quo in the white spirits industry and as pioneers of the first single-estate distillery in Great Britain. Using Chase GB Gin as the base spirit, Chase Distillery slowly infused a delicate range of eight botanicals including juniper, orange peel, liquorice, elderflower and bitter almond before finally being distilled in their copper gin still with refreshing pink grapefruit and pomelo peels. Learn more or purchase Chase Gin here.
5. KEW ORGANIC GIN EXPLORERS’ STRENGTH
Since 1759 the botanists and scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have been pioneers of plant hunting. Exploring the world alongside the British Navy. A daily ration of high proof gin was given to the explorers and officers on these treacherous journeys.
Distilled and hand bottled at The London Distillery Company in Bermondsey, this classic navy style gin is distilled in a 140-litre copper alembic still, Christina, with its take on the traditional juniper and coriander seed pairing. Developed as the perfect gin for classic drinks or just with tonic. Its style is refined with subtle Asian spice and sweet florals. A beautiful mixture of juniper, citrus, cinnamon spice and savoury fruits. Learn more or purchase Kew Organic Gin here.
6. PINKSTER AGREEABLY BRITISH GIN
We had to include this one, as it was created by frustrated accountant Stephen Marsh a few miles away from us. The idea sprung from his kitchen table, bowl of fruit and a bottle of gin! The pink gin brand, which was launched in June 2013, and the original Pinkster gin is made from raspberries, and is deliciously dry with a hint of fruit and an exceptionally smooth finish. Just add a raspberry and a sprig of well-spanked, fresh mint for a refreshingly different G&T. Learn more or purchase Pinkster Gin here.
7. MOM – GOD SAVE THE GIN
God save the gin from MOM gin is another premium spirit made with exotic botanicals and berries. Infused after four distillations to achieve an amazing purity. The aromas of berries are distinctively clear in this gin. Carefully crafted to bring you a unique smoothness, vibrant berry taste and a distinctively sweet finish. Learn more or purchase MOM gin here.
8. GUN DOG GIN BRITISH GIN LIQUEUR (RHUBARB)
The Rhubarb for this infusion is grown in Redmarley, Gloucestershire, and made in Putley, Herefordshire by a small family producer to create a deliciously sweet, pale pink liqueur with the unmistakeable tang of rhubarb. Best served over ice or as a substitute for pudding wine. Every batch of Gun Dog Gin contains nothing but natural fruit, British gin and a small amount of sugar. These liqueurs do contain natural sediment, so shake before you pour! Learn more or purchase Gun Dog Gin here.
9. 6 O’CLOCK DAMSON GIN
This Damson Gin is handmade in the traditional way in small batches, using hand picked British damsons and Bramley & Gage’s own gin using ingredients such as juniper, cardamom and coriander and no preservatives or colourings. Using damsons gives a smoother drink but still with an intense fruit flavour like sloes. It’s great in cocktails, sipped neat over ice or as a fruity alternative to your G&T. Learn more or purchase 6 O’Clock Damson Gin here.
10. PIPEHOUSE EARL GREY & CUCUMBER GIN
Pipehouse Earl Grey & Cucumber Gin is an elegant, flavoursome gin that combines these two eponymous botanicals with a London dry craft gin, perfectly balanced and unsweetened. This was the brands first creation, and not a common pairing, and produced in Tunbridge Wells taking its name from the original Tunbridge Wells Pipe House. Pair with a classic tonic and some fresh cucumber for a refreshing drink. Learn more or purchase Pipehouse gin here.
ALL ABOUT THE TONIC
Above all tonic is the butter to your bread, the fish to your chips. When it comes to choosing your tonic you’ve got to pick one that best accompanies the gin! Keep it simple with the flavoured gin with a standard tonic water but when it comes to experimenting try Rhubarb gin with Ginger beer OR a plain gin with a fruity flavoured fizz. We love these ones from Franklin & Sons and think you will too. Checkout the fruity and the classic tonics here.