Tis’ the season to be jolly and that can mean a few different things depending on who you ask.
If you can’t let your hair down and get a little merry during the Christmas period then when can you?
Extra pig in blanket? Sure, it’s Christmas. Stay for an another drink? F*ck it, it’s Christmas.
This year’s drink of choice has definitely been the humble gin and tonic. To celebrate the hallowed creation, we’ve pulled together some of the best variations to get you on your way to feeling festive. From shimmering novelties to the more classy affairs, there’s something for everyone.
“Rich and clean juniper-driven spirit with floral layers of lavender and chamomile. Fresh notes of citrus and kaffir lime are grounded with the subtle sweetness of local honey, creating a well-balanced gin that is both traditional and refreshingly individual.”
Price: £36.90 (70cl)
Unicorn Tears Raspberry Gin Liqueur
“Magical raspberry gin liqueur from the tear ducts of real unicorns! Bursting with the tart sweetness of succulent raspberries, expertly teamed up with tangy citrus, while spicy juniper berries and liquorice deepen the flavour. Infuse your cocktails with the mystical power of ethereal horned ponies.”
Price: £34.99 (50cl)
Zymurgorium Manchester Marmalade
“Zymurgorium Manchester Marmalade Gin blends in Duerr’s Manchester Marmalade with the usual botanicals that this fantastic Manchester based distillery picks.”
Price: £34.90 (50cl)
“A delicious recipe carefully crafted in small batches with a mix of ten different botanicals from around the world. The result is a full and complex flavour: strong and smooth with a crisp and compelling finish. Four times distilled and at 47% alcohol by volume: it is perfect for cocktails, makes a wonderful gin and tonic and is great for sipping neat with ice.”
Price: £22.50 (70cl)
Sharish Laurinius Barrel Aged
“A limited edition Gin with only 3,000 bottles produced each year. Laurinius has been aged for a year in Oak Barrels where once lived the Aguardentes of the Lourinha Cooperative Adega. It was during a visit to the distillery by the managers of the Louriana Xo that the idea popped up of producing a Gin in partnership. The chosen base was Sharish Gin Original, but substituting “Esmolfe” Apples with Rocha Pears, and the addition of Bay Leaf, characteristic of the Lourinha region. The Gin is then left to rest in the Oak Barrels for not less than a year, which gives it an amber colour, the distinctive mark of aged Gins, and softens the aromas, giving them warmer notes Sharish Gin is a smooth gin with a unique aroma. Very citric, especially from the orange zest, and a sweet flavour from pears and vanilla. The juniper it’s also easy to identify considering the softer notes of coriander seeds.”
Price: £40.50 (70cl)
“A delightful sweet gin made with cocoa beans from Colombia, hazelnuts from Piedmont, almonds from Avola, pepper and vanilla pods.”
Price: £37.90 (50cl)
“Plymouth Gin has a great depth of flavour with deep earthy notes and a wonderfully fresh juniper and lemony bite. It has a slight sweetness with extraordinary concentration and complexity. No single botanical dominates the overall flavour. The finish is long and dry”
Price: £26.90 (70cl)
“This critically acclaimed gin uses Mediterranean inspired flavours of arbequina olive, rosemary, thyme, basil and mandarin resulting in a gorgeous spirit that puts us in a holiday frame of mind.”
Price: £36.60 (70cl)
Whitley Neill Raspberry
“Whitley Neill have grown their repertoire of gins impressively and their latest offering doesn’t buck the trend. Scottish raspberries with supporting notes of liquorice and coriander make for a gin perfect for splashing into a glass of wine.”
Price: £24.90 (70cl)
Opihr Oriental Spiced
“A London Dry Gin made with botanicals from along the traditional spice route that led back to the UK. Indonesian Cubeb berries, Indian black pepper and Moroccan coriander are all used in this gin.”
Price: £21.95 (70cl)
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