Spice up your alcohol cupboard with these delicious, unique flavoured gins.
Akin to the glee of stepping into a candy store, or entering the bags section of Liberty, the variety of flavoured gins on the market right now has us wondering what to get our hands on first.
We love the sound of the wintery flavours that are coming out to play, with infusions that include orange and cinnamon and conjure connotations of Christmas. But really, anything that’s previously uncharted gin territory is appealing to us.
There are some fantastic new gin brands that are emerging, many with a focus on sustainability as well as creating something unique, while household names are also sprucing up their offerings to mirror the season.
We’ve picked out some of our favourite flavoured gins ready for the beginning of the party season below, so bag yourself a bottle and wow your friends at your next dinner party.
Aldi's Candy Cane Gin Liqueur
If you’re planning a Christmas dinner party already, this Candy Cane Gin Liqueur needs to be a staple on your shopping list.
Available to buy online and in store at Aldi from 1 October, this special edition tipple is flavoured with sweet peppermint and hints of vanilla, just like the cute candy canes that will soon be hanging on our Christmas trees.
Aldi recommends serving it neat over ice to experience the delicate minty flavours, or mix with your favourite tonic for a long drink.
Slingsby’s Yorkshire Gooseberry Gin
Sweet but tangy, this unique blend is a genius move from the Harrogate-based gin brand.
Crafted using the famous aquifer water of the surrounding areas, everything about the creation of this pure grain spirit has been done as locally as possible, which means we’re giving it environmental points as well as a thumbs up for taste. For example, not only have the botanicals been sourced locally but the gooseberries themselves are from Yorkshire.
Sipsmith's Orange and Cacao Gin
Is there anything more festive than a chocolate orange? Well, although one of those won’t get you tiddly, this delicious creation from Sipsmith will.
Liquorish has been used to sweeten this blend, before an array of botanicals and, of course, orange blossom and cacao nibs are added. The gin has then been rested on fresh orange zest to finish the fruity magic.
Sipsmith recommend serving with a quality tonic, ice and chunky slice of orange to really top it off.
Warner's Honeybee Gin
Warner’s was only established in 2012 but already they’ve made an impressive name in the industry and shown their dedication to producing quality gin with respect for nature and the land around them. Which is part of the concept behind their Honeybee Gin, created in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society to help protect the bees.
Honeybee Gin is crafted with 28 botanicals including lavender, rose and a dollop of honey from Warner’s own beehives, for a delicate but floral taste.
We also adore that each bottle of Honeybee Gin comes with a packet of wildflower seeds so that you can plant your own bee-friendly garden and do your bit to save the bees.
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