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Our favourite summer gin tipples!

With the sun finally shining and the Summer almost in sight, a gin and tonic is the perfect drink to enjoy on a warm evening; whether you’re at home in the garden or sat on the deck of your brand-new Willerby!

The popularity of gin has exploded in the last 2-3 years and there’s hundreds to choose from so we’ve shared 10 of our favourites to help you find your tipple of choice this Summer.

  1. Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Liqueur – it’s a firm favourite in the Willerby marketing team and we’re sure it’ll be yours too after you’ve tried it! Perfect with a regular tonic, the pink tone makes it pretty in your glass too. Being a liqueur it’s only 20abv so not too strong for gin novices either. Top tip: Although the Edinburgh Gin version is our ultimate choice, it is a little expensive and Lidl do a great version of their own (Hortus Rhubarb and Ginger) which works out about £6 a bottle cheaper for the same size bottle – it’s sometimes hard to come across so keep your eyes peeled!
  2. Although we love the wonderfully interesting gins that are widely available right now you just can’t beat that classic G&T – our recommendation is a single measure of Hendricks, topped up with Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water and garnished with a slice of cucumber….. perfection!
  3. Silent Pool is another great gin – and the bottle is pretty too so makes a great addition to any drinks cabinet. For something a little bit different, try it mixed with a Double Dutch Pomegranate & Basil mixer and garnish with a kaffir lime leaf. We first tried this at the Chaophraya Thai restaurant in Glasgow and will hopefully get the chance to re-visit to have it again!
  4. A little controversial but definitely recommended for Bloody Mary lovers, Black Tomato Gin is certainly a different take on gin. It’s made from tomatoes so has an earthy taste and, although not quite as punchy as a Bloody Mary, it undoubtedly has a subtle tomatoey taste. Garnish with black peppercorns and basil to enhance the flavour.
  5. Brockmans is another one of our favourites that’s widely available in supermarkets and bars. It’s nice paired with a Fever-Tree Aromatic Tonic Water and a few blueberries dropped into the glass for sweetness.
  6. We can’t hail from Yorkshire and not have a Yorkshire gin in our top 10! For us the ultimate Yorkshire gin is Masons Dry Yorkshire Tea Gin – nothing can beat a good cup of Yorkshire Tea so when a gin is Yorkshire Tea infused – it’s a win-win for us! It’s perfect served with Rose Lemonade and a squeeze of fresh pink grapefruit with a garnish of pink grapefruit added for aesthetict too. Masons also do a London Dry gin and Lavender infused flavour too – they’re all worth a try!
  7. If you like an herbaceous gin, then the Spanish made Gin Mare is a winner. To stay true to it’s roots, serve with a Mediterranean tonic and garnish with a sprig of rosemary and twist of orange peel.
  8. All gins must contain juniper as a botanical and it’s our love for gins then helped us choose the name of our recent addition to the Botanical Collection – The Juniper – but many modern gins focus on other flavours, putting less emphasise on the berry. If Juniper-rich gins are your thing then Plymouth Gin is a good choice. It’s the oldest distillery in the UK so no surprise that it’s made traditionally.
  9. Audemus Pink Pepper gin is a recent discovery for us. It has a warm, slightly spicy taste that is mellowed by a hint of vanilla. If you like a gin with bold flavours, it’s one to try!
  10. To round off our top 10, we thought we’d go back to gin origins – Bathtub Gin. Named after the gin that people used to make in their own homes (in their bathtubs!), predominately in the 1920s, Bathtub Gin is a multi-award-winning gin which uses a traditional method to infuse the gin with botanicals.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our round up of our favourite gins - make sure you keep a track of all the gins you try on the Ginventory app– happy drinking*!

*Please drink responsibly.

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