When it comes to the UK's lockdown gin consumption we can firmly say that "no curves were flattened".
Quite the opposite, our love for the spirit has only increased, and we don't see it fading any time soon. So whether you are looking for a gin gift for a special occasion or a fabulous new gin for home, then support local with these five British gins.
1. Seven Crofts
This classy looking gin is hand-distilled in Ullapool, Scotland. Dry on the palate, you’ll find notes of perfumed forest fruit, spicy hints of coriander and pink peppercorns giving it a long, warm finish. The elegant, award-winning fluted bottle fades from emerald green to white. Seven Crofts stockists are equally stylish; you can find it at Harvey Nichols, The Savoy and Michael Caine’s Michelin star restaurant, Lympstone Manor.
Available from: Masters of Malt
2. Pink Marmalade Gin
This one’s got the wow factor. Pink Marmalade Gin is traditionally distilled with signature flavour salted pink marmalade, resulting in a dry and zesty spirit. Botanicals include pink grapefruit, angelica, orris and liquorice roots along with kaffir lime leaf, classic juniper and almond.
But this gin’s all about the pour – when mixed with tonic it morphs from a cool blue to a subtle rose pink, a natural occurrence thanks to butterfly pea flower. No, we’re not sure either, but bet it will go down well at your next summer drinks party!
Available from: Not On The High Street
3. Caorunn Scottish Raspberry Gin
Created in the Scottish Highlands at Balmenach Distillery, Gin Master Simon Buley’s artisan gin is infused in the world’s only working ‘Copper Berry Chamber’. Its distinctive aromatic flavour comes from the infusion of 11 botanicals including five locally-foraged Celtic ingredients - Bog Myrtle, Rowan Berries, Heather, Dandelion Leaf and Coul Blush Apple. Perthshire raspberries are added to this complex blend to give the expression a naturally sweet, crisp dry taste.
Price: From £21
4. Aber Falls Small-Batch Gin
Over in North Wales, the team at Aber Falls whisky distillery have turned their hand to making a range of gins. Aber Falls Small-Batch is the most premium of the lot, featuring botanicals including lavender, ‘piney’ juniper and peppery spice. The gins are made using water from the Rhaeadr Fawr – a waterfall that passes the distillery so you can’t beat them for purity!
5. Mermaid Gin
Favourite bottle award goes to Mermaid Gin! This elixir is encased in a blue glimmering mermaid-inspired, highly tactile bottle with sculpted scales that reflect and refract light. Hand-crafted in small batches the classic smelling, fresh and zingy gin includes some ethically sourced botanicals including foraged Rock Samphire (known locally as mermaid’s kiss), Paradise Grains and home-grown Boadicea Hops. The bottle is 100% recyclable too.
Available from: DrinkSupermarket.com
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Half American / half (born and bred) Londoner, Jo Aspin is a food writer and established freelance food, drink and lifestyle PR. She’ll be reporting on all the latest restaurant openings and news from the capital. When she’s not eating her way around London, she’s planning her next trip abroad.