Gins are basically a neutral spirit flavoured with juniper and other seeds, roots, berries, flowers, fruits and herbs – known as botanicals. Gin derives its predominant flavour from juniper berries and is one of the most diverse spirits. There are endless origins, styles, and flavour profiles, but the juniper is the common ingredient.
From its earliest origins in the Middle Ages, the drink has evolved from a herbal medicine to a hugely popular tipple of choice. Paired with a mixer on in a cocktail, gin is not a spirit that is drunk on its own.
There are more cocktails made with gin than any other spirit, so finding your favourite brand is essential if you want to make creative and exciting cocktails. You will find an abundance of gins available, all offering their own unique mixture of botanicals. These traditionally include ingredients such as angelica, caraway, cardamom, chamomile, coriander seed, elderflower, honey, juniper, kaffir lime leaves, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, liquorice, nutmeg, orange, pink peppercorn and rosemary.
Not liking gin is like saying you don’t like sauces; with so many varieties available it’s just a case of finding the right gin (or gins!!) for your palate!
Gin Mare is inspired by Mediterranean culture and is made using the finest botanicals of the region; olives, thyme, basil and rosemary. If you are drinking it on its own it is delicious served with plenty of ice, some good quality tonic water and a garnish of rosemary and orange peel.
It is made in a custom designed still by blending individual distillations of arbequina olives, thyme, rosemary, basil, cardamom, coriander and juniper berries gathered from their own farms. Combine this with citrus fruits that have been soaked for more than a year in special large clay jars; it’s an amazing combination that is sure to delight your taste buds.Buy now from
Handcrafted in Norwich, Norfolk Gin is made using a special close guarded recipe that combines a unique selection of botanicals to give it its distinctive flavour. With a delicate green tint, enjoy subtle notes of fresh juniper, spices, citrus and floral scents.
Launched in the summer of 2015 it is still a relative newcomer on the gin scene. Coming in a beautiful wade bottle, it doesn’t just taste amazing; two reasons to buy this gin!
Bullards is the first gin distillery in Norfolk and uses tonka beans in its recipe, the first distillery to do so. This gives Bullards Gin its delicious and distinctive taste and it was awarded the accolade of ‘Best London Dry Gin in the World’ in 2017, in the World Drink Awards.
Choose from their hand-crafted Norwich Dry Gin or their Strawberry and Black Pepper Gin; a refreshing drink that is perfect the whole summer through. These can both be used in countless cocktails; get creative and enjoy these two unique gins infused with tonka beans and other fine botanicals.Buy now from
Bombay Sapphire is world famous and is 100% vapour infused London Dry gin, based on a secret recipe dating back to 1761. This process gently releases the delicate flavours of the hand-selected 10-botanical recipe, creating a distinct, fresh taste with juniper at its heart.
Distilled from 100% grain with the hand selected exotic botanicals, Bombay Sapphire is smooth and complex with fresh citrus, liquorice and juniper flavours, combined with light spicy notes of coriander seeds to give it it’s distinct flavour.
Bombay Sapphire makes an excellent gin and tonic and is equally good in a vast array of cocktails; the perfect all-rounder.Buy now from
This London Dry gin is carefully distilled to a secret recipe and is a unique blend of juniper berries, citrus and other botanicals. It has a distinctive crisp taste and fragrant aroma and is classically drunk poured over ice with tonic water and used in gin cocktails.
A bottle of Gordon’s Special Dry London gin is a must for any cocktail drinker’s cabinet and it’s taste and price ensures it’s still the world's best-selling London Dry gin.Buy now from
A clean and fresh gin where juniper dominates, and subtle wisps of citrus fruit, coriander, angelica and liquorice give it its complex and flavoursome style. A dry gin, Tanqueray was first distilled in 1830 in Bloomsbury in central London and is today a brand that is recognised and enjoyed the world over.
This multiple award-winning gin makes a perfectly balanced gin and tonic and is also just as great as a base for a wide range of cocktails. It’s iconic bottle shape is inspired by a three-part cocktail shaker made famous during Prohibition's classic cocktail movement in the 1920s.
A very reasonably priced gin that works well in gin-based cocktails.Buy now from
Opihr Oriental Spiced London Gin uses hand-picked botanicals from the ancient spice route, that include Indian Black Pepper, Indonesian cubeb berries and Moroccan coriander. The results are an intense and exotic gin that is aromatic, with citrus, juniper, cumin, coriander seeds and pepper notes.
This award-winning gin is uniquely spiced and tastes just as good as the bottle looks; a ‘must have’ cocktail ingredient.Buy now from
Hendrick’s is a wondrous adventure and consists of a marriage of botanicals; from flowers, roots, fruits, and seeds the world over. They complement and set the stage for their main event; rose petal and cucumber.
Handcrafted in Scotland, Hendrick’s uses the highest quality neutral grain spirit distilled through two different types of still for a unique blend of floral notes and depth of character from the eleven botanicals used. It’s a delightfully peculiar infusion of rose petals and most unusually cucumber, that shouldn’t but does work. Best enjoyed from a glass or teacup, as a most enchanting Hendrick's and Tonic - served with plenty of ice and three slices of cucumber. It also makes the most amazing Martini.
This award-winning gin from an award-winning distillery is presented in a small Victorian apothecary style bottle with a cork stopper. It’s certainly different, but in a good way.Buy now from
This trophy winning gin from Adnams is full of juniper, citrus and floral notes and is distilled in their artisan distillery in Southwold, England.
It is lovingly handcrafted from grain to gin using the finest East Anglian malted barley and six carefully selected botanicals in their small batch Copper Pot Still.
Made using the ‘London Dry Gin’ method, where the botanicals are added directly to the spirit in the copper pot still and then the resultant spirit is brought to bottling strength to achieve the fullest flavour.
The botanicals in Adnams Gin are juniper berries, orris root, coriander seed, cardamom pod, sweet orange peel and hibiscus flower; an exciting combination.Buy now from
Pink Pepper Gin is produced by Audemus, who are based in the heart of Cognac, France. Drawing inspiration from traditional distilling techniques, along with a passion for innovation, they use an imaginative blend of ingredients to create this contemporary spirit.
Enjoy spicy notes of juniper, pepper and cardamom that are perfectly balanced by softer wisps of honey and vanilla.
Pink Pepper Gin is award winning and combines a daring medley of nine independently infused ingredients. Pink Pepper, juniper, honey and four other botanicals are distilled separately under reduced pressure, then intricately brought together with the warmth of vanilla and tonka bean infusions.
This process allows each ingredient to express itself individually in the glass and creates a delectable taste sensation.
Create incredible cocktails with this beautiful gin.
Every little girl will love drinking this! Pretty, sweet and colourful and of course, non-alcoholic – what’s not to love?
The Pink Lady is a classic girlie and feminine gin-based cocktail with a long history. Its pink colour is down to the grenadine and it typically has egg white added, giving it a frothy texture.
The exact origins of the Pink Lady are not fully known but some say it was inspired by the interior architect and prominent society figure Elsie de Wolfe 1865-1950. There are many differing recipes to be found – here is one.
Dating back to the 1920s, the Silver Bullet is a sophisticated cocktail with both sweet and sour elements.