With the good weather comes the garden parties, the BBQs and everyone feeling that little bit happier (it’s true, Vitamin D is exceptionally good for the soul, mind and body!) and I’m being asked daily for gin recommendations, so for my first blog post here’s a summary. I’ve gone with some high-street hero’s you can pick up whilst doing your weekly shop. 5 craft gins you can purchase online (and will change your world) and my favourite gin cocktail recipe!
Let’s start with the gins you can pop into your shopping trolley as you grab your BBQ supplies.
The very first gin I drank and always my go-to. This beautiful gin is incredibly refreshing, serve it over ice with Ginger ale, fresh cucumber and fresh strawberries (or raspberries). This retails at £36 and you can pick up a bottle in Marks and Spencers.
A beautiful traditional gin, that’s easy on the pallet as well as on the bank balance. This beautiful gin captures the juniper essence well and is great served with blackberries and strawberries. £26 a bottle and available at Waitrose
Read my #onthebar review here
Newly introduced from the drink giant Diageo. The Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla will make you feel like you’re sat pool side in Spain. Available to buy in Asda and only £25 this gin is a guaranteed crowd pleaser for the summer BBQ. Keep the garnish simple with orange peel.
Hendricks, because it’s Hendricks… Serve with fresh cucumber and strawberries, hell have it in a pitcher for your guests to pour like Pimms. Pick up a bottle in any supermarket for around £28.
Craft Gins you need
Made ten minutes away from me, the Steam Punk gin is strong but incredibly smooth, serve over lots of ice with passion fruit and blackberries. Around £30 a bottle and a must try for gin lovers.
You need to get this one quick, the Sunderland based distillery make seasonal gins that are designed to make you smile (and taste delicious) You can read my full #onthebar review here but to summarise I drank this bottle in one sitting without sharing (sorry). £33 a bottle.
A nice crisp gin that’s relaxing to drink, for me I enjoy it with a good book as it’s ‘easy’ to drink, tastes great and with no surprises. Served with lime and juniper. £35 a bottle and if you can get hold of their raspberry gin, you should – it’s delicious.
I like tea but I wouldn’t usually write home about it, so I was skeptical when trying this gin but it really is something special. This cocktail is 50ml Earl Grey Gin, 50ml Elderflower and Pressed Pear Cordial, 25ml Pomegranate Juice and 2 egg whites shaken together, poured over ice and topped with fresh passion fruit. It’s like an iced fruit tea. You can read my full #onthebar review here. £55 a bottle or if you’re following my Instagram find out how you can win one next week (2nd July).
This beautiful gin is from the Netherlands and I’d recommend serving it with a slice of orange and cloves. It’s smooth to drink and due to the founders origin it encompasses the Indonesian spirit. You can read my full #onthebar review here. £39 a bottle and if you’re a serious gin collector it needs to be in your #ginventory
Gin Cocktails Anyone?
#10 A French 75
Easy to make, Grab come lemon juice (either fresh or you can use Jiff – a tablespoon for 2 drinks should be sufficient) stick it in a cocktail shaker with ice, 50ml of gin (I’d recommend using the Hayman’s for this due to it’s citrus botanicals) and shake. Strain over your glasses of champagne and garnish with lemon peel and a blueberry. Heaven!