From Hendricks to Pinkster, there’s a gin for everyone (we know, we tried them all).
Whether you’re a purist and stick to the clear, classic gins, or you’re partial to something a bit more adventurous (there’s so much to discover beyond those sticky pink gins); the Stylist team have gone through the, ahem, trouble, of trying loads for you.
Ahead you’ll find a comprehensive review of the 30 best gins to buy right now with notes of what to pair them with. Fill up your ice trays, ready your favourite glassware and tickle your tastebuds with the best of our favourite summer spirit. These deserve a spot on your home bar.
Fishers Gin Original
Alessia: “It’s very botanical with a strong aniseed taste. This would be perfect with an unflavoured tonic water and cucumber, but if you are a gin amateur I’d suggest you try it” (£39.95, fishersgin.com).
Atopia Wild Blossom
Amy: “Being sober needn’t be a compromise with the fresh apple notes and subtle smokiness. Mix with orange bitters and soda water for a delightful alternative old fashioned” (£24, masterofmalt.com).
Charlotte: “This is best served with a light tonic and a slice of grapefruit; very refreshing and crisp with notes of dill” (£45, fattysorganicspirits.com).
Colin: “Smooth and subtle, this craft gin casts citrus in a starring role. It’s A-list but cool about it, just like its owner, Ryan Reynolds” (£26.99, shop.proofdrinks.com).
Sipsmith London Dry
Francesca: “This kickstarted the Sipsmith brand (and the gin revolution) and quite honestly served with a pink Fever-Tree, lime and ice is an elegant delight” (£29, sipsmith.com).
Charlotte: “It is very strong but smooth and citrus with a hint of coriander. I topped it up after with an elderflower tonic which was just delightful. (£56, cardronadistillery.com).
Megan: “I made some bramble cocktails with fresh blackberries which really highlighted the juniper and sweet orange notes. The coriander is also quite strong so may not be for everyone.” (£31, masterofmalt.com).
Claire: “Although packing a punch, the 11 botanicals work together in harmony to provide a considerably well-balanced and refreshing flavour” (£44.50, ealingdistillery.co.uk).
Bloom Raspberry & Rose
Jenny: “Pretend like summer is just around the corner (please) by skipping the tonic and topping this fruity number with prosecco” (£24.50, tesco.com).
Chase Hedgerow Elderflower
Amy: “With elderflowers picked from the wilds of Herefordshire, this sweet, floral gin requires only soda and a slice of lemon to make a fragrant summer cocktail” (£38.50, johnlewis.com).
Michelle: “With full-on juniper flavours, my glass was enhanced with a slice of cucumber and a Thai red curry on the side” (£50, fortnumandmason.com).
Porter’s Tropical Old Tom
Meena: “Made in Aberdeen, guava and white tea give this the taste of sunnier climes – garnish with passion fruit and be transported” (£31,shop.theginkin.com).
Cambridge Distillery Elderflower
Sue: “Smooth, subtle and tantalising as it went down – you could try with tonic, but tbh it was fab on its own, and I am not usually a gin drinker! (£29.99, theginkin.com).
Gemma: “Enjoy the tangy flavour with grapefruit soda while doing good – 10% of profits go towards reforestation of the Amazon” (£34.45, thewhiskyexchange.com).
Chapel Down Bacchus
Helen: “The best companion for champagne in a French 75, this gin has hints of elderflower and lemon” (£40, majestic.co.uk).
Lisa: “Inspired by the moon, this limited-edition gin is light and smooth. Perfect for novice gin drinkers” (£47, harveynichols.com).
58Gin’s Make Your Own
Alix: “Choose your own flavours, botanicals and colour and this East London distillery will deliver two personalised bottles to your door – clever” (£99, 58gin.com).
Hannah: “Sansho berries are the crown ingredient in Kokoro’s light and citrusy London Dry; they also do a subtle cherry blossom liqueur (£30, kokorogin.com).
Sarah: “I tried this Marmalade Gin neat on ice and the zest of orange really comes through, fruity but still bitter” (£29.95, zymurgorium.com).
No.3 London Dry
Helen: “This has a real bite to it and is jammed with citrusy goodness. Drink with a slice of grapefruit and a stick of rosemary” (£36, bbr.com).
Chloe: “Brewdog’s bottle is the perfect gin for tonic and a squeeze of lemon; the simple juniper and citrus botanicals are strong but anything but basic” (£30, brewdog.com).
Portobello Road Butter
Polly: “Did I expect a butter gin to force its way into my repertoire of go-to gins? In a word, no. But its subtle creaminess complements the clean floral notes” (£30, portobelloroadgin.com).
Rosanna: “Opulent in both design and taste, its Highlands heritage is reflected in notes of juniper and hints of warm woodiness. Match with tonic and a slice of orange” (£40, highlandliquorcompany.com)
Terry: “Drink this low-alcohol spirit with tonic and ice for a slight taste of pineapple and lime” (£30, thedrinkshop.com),
Haysmith’s Mango & Passionfruit
Lauren: “This tropical-flavoured gin is just as refreshing as you’d imagine. Pair it with tonic water to let the fruity flavours do the talking” (£15.99, aldi.co.uk).
“A crisp-tasting spirit with a delicate hint of fruit. Drink with Franklin & Sons tonic, chuck in a raspberry and a sprig of mint” (£35, pinkstergin.com).
Salcombe Island Queen
Nicole: “Tropical gin is not a combo I would have ever thought would work, but you’re hit with flavours of pineapple, mango and coconut. This limited-edition bottle is perfect for a gin lover who’s tried everything (£65, salcombegin.com).
Cambridge Distillery Japanese
Sophie: “With shiso leaf, yuzu and sesame, this Japanese inspired gin is great with regular tonic and a slice of pink grapefruit. Or drink straight over ice to really savour the flavours” (£65, shop.theginkin.com).
Silent Pool Rose Expression
Ella: “This was like jumping into a fresh-water swimming pool. Citrusy, dry and crisp, it’s perfect for all those who have overdone the botanicals recently” (£37, silentpooldistillers.com).
Sipling Alcohol Free Gin & Tonic
Tom: “I’m not really one for non-alcoholic pre-made drinks but this was lovely with notes subtle bitterness and classic gin botanicals. Yum” (£19.49 for six, sipling.com).