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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.