We always thought that gin was the very best (and healthiest) of the alcoholic drinks – but, as it turns out, you really can improve on perfection.
Everyone’s favourite juniper-based booze is getting a makeover, 20 times over. That’s right: thanks to inventive distillers and magical new technology, a number of delicious new gin flavours have been created for your pleasure.
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Which means that you can now stack your fridge (or freezer, if you really love things chilly) with such Willy Wonka-esque creations as spiced clementine, chocolate orange, lemon drizzle, and mince pie gin.
What a time to be alive.
Click through our gallery below to see our pick of the best new gin flavours…
Spiced Clementine Gin - Marks & Spencer
The perfect tipple for the festive season, this gin combines winter spices with the juicy sweetness of ripe clementines to create something truly unusual (and delicious).
Chocolate Orange Gin - Ely
We have a feeling that Willy Wonka would be very fond of this decadent drink, which muddles chocolate and orange together for a truly remarkable new gin experience.
Persian Peach Gin - Buss No. 509
Persian peaches, picked freshly before the distilling process, inject an exotic sweetness into this flavoursome gin.
Mince Pie Gin - Sipsmith
Why eat a mince pie when you can drink it instead, eh? This limited edition gin combines cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet cloves, vanilla, spiced raisin, juniper, and orange – culminating in a buttery biscuit finale. Sign us up!
Lemon Drizzle Gin - Sipsmith
Be still our beating hearts. Bake Off fans will adore this new gin, which is based on everybody’s favourite citrus-laced sponge cake; there’s a biscuity sweetness, followed by a flavour of fresh, zesty, warming lemons, and a lightly liquorice-infused finish.
Rhubarb & Ginger Gin - Edinburgh Gin
This signature drink from Edinburgh Gin blends the nostalgic sweetness of springtime rhubarb with the intense spices of the macerated oriental ginger – resulting in something truly special. They recommend skipping the tonic and topping up your glass with champers instead.
Sweet Violet Gin - Zymurgorium
As in, yes, the little pastelly sweets we used to love back in the day. Their definitive flavour and scent makes them the perfect accompaniment to your usual gin – trust us.
Heather Rose Gin - Strathearn
This unusual gin hails from the highlands of Scotland, where they blend fragrant heather with floral roses to create a sweet and spicy flavour. Better still, this drink changes to a delicate pink colour when you mix it with tonic – making it both delicious, and a top-notch dinner party trick.
Strawberry & Mint Gin - Ginfused
Think crisp mint, sharp juniper and sweet fruit – what more could you want from your ultra-special gin purchase, eh?
Elderflower & Cucumber Gin - The Little Red Berry
This flavoured gin keeps things fresh with elderflower and cucumber – pure, simple, and very moreish.
Seville Orange Gin - William Chase
Fancy an explosion of zesty fruitfulness with every mouthful of gin? Then you need this specialist brew, which features a tingling burst of Seville Orange skin and lingering orange oils amongst all those delicious botanicals.
Hot Cross Bun Gin - Gin Tales
Whoever said hot cross buns were just for Easter? This new gin lets you enjoy the essence of the baked goodies all year round, beautifully infusing citrus, sultanas, and Easter spices.
Rhubarb & Cranberry Gin - Zymurgorium
Combining the flavours of winter and springtime in every single mouthful, this specialist gin has a refreshing tart taste.
Earl Grey & Lemon Gin - Waitrose
Heston Blumenthal has created yet another weirdly wonderful flavour pairing, this time combining a classic dry gin with Earl Grey and lemon. Perfect to enjoy with a slice of cake, for a naughty new twist on afternoon tea…
Pink Grapefruit Gin - Buss No. 509
This Belgian gin recognises our need for citrus in our gin and tonic, but takes things up a notch with fresh pink grapefruit. Tropical, sharp, and refreshing.
Seaweed Gin - Da Mhile
If you’re looking for the perfect gin to pair with fresh seafood, you definitely need to consider this intriguing new seaweed blend; that fresh and salty flavour really works with the botanicals, trust us.
Blanc Grape Gin - G'Vine
G’Vine Floraison Gin is very smooth, ultra-delicate, well balanced, and luscious in the mouth – and it’s all thanks to the fact it’s been distilled with blanc grapes. You can enjoy this French twist on gin at the Dalloway Terrace or in the comfort of your own home – the choice is yours.
Damson Gin - Cowmire Hall
This rich, ruby-red gin features a full and distinctive damson flavour – making it the perfect aperitif or digestif refreshment.
Rock Samphire Gin - Curio
The rock samphire, or sea fennel, in this gin is sourced from Cornish cliffs and waters, adding a distinctive spicy texture to the gin, and capturing the light, fresh aromas of the Cornish coast.
Christmas Pudding Gin - Sacred
If you prefer a pud to a mince pie, then you’ll want to try this delicious Christmas Pudding gin. Made from an old family recipe, it sees entire homemade puds distilled for eight hours. The result is a spicy fruity spirit, which can be served straight from the freezer after your Turkey as an alternative to Christmas pudding or in a festive Martini, Negroni or Gin and Tonic.