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It's International Gin and Tonic Day!

Posted by Hops and Barley At Home on

Britain has had a substantially long love affair with gin – but even the most loyal and strong relationships need mixing up every so often.

With the recent surge in gin popularity, there are now a range of exciting and delicious flavours to explore outside of your usual dry gin options and what better time to try them than on International Gin and Tonic Day?

It's about time you strayed away from the same-old G&T and tried something new! Here's our selection of the best gins to try out with your tonic this weekend...

Bakewell Gin

A recent favourite amongst gin lovers, Bakewell Gin is infused with just six botanicals, this is an aromatic craft gin with classic notes of juniper alongside, cubeb, cardamom, hibiscus flowers and of course cherry and almond. Although it may sound simple, the taste and quality of the product really speaks for itself.

The amazing and unique thing about this gin, and the reason why any real gin-lover should be leaping at the opportunity to buy it, is that this gin is made is a small copper pot still using traditional English making methods stretching back to the early 18th century. The nuanced approach to gin making is what sets Bakewell apart form any gin company. They are pioneers of the gin industry, and it's very telling in their product.

We'd recommend serving with a good quality tonic water and a cherry to garnish.

Buy yours here.

JJ Whitley Violet Gin



The latest release has been created with English garden flower violet, alongside a blend of eight botanicals, including juniper, angelica root, coriander and liquorice.

JJ Whitley Violet Gin has a delicate taste of violet, which is rounded off with a subtle sweetness and soft scents of juniper.

Adam Georgiou, brand manager for JJ Whitley at Halewood Wines & Spirits, said: “To meet consumer demand following the craze for pink gin, there was a desire to bring a distinctive new violet gin to market in time for the summer months and we of course obliged.

With a heritage in launching unique flavours, JJ Whitley is positioned perfectly to capitalise on this sought-after expression, which will deliver stand-out on shelf and exciting creations served over the bar.

The new flavour also boasts a new label design, which is designed to celebrate the distilling heritage of JJ Whitley.

Buy yours here.

Bloom Strawberry Cup Gin



Fresh English strawberries in bloom form the basis of this gorgeous drink inspired by the taste of summer. But strawberries aren’t the only botanical; expect notes of chamomile, pomelo and honey suckle.

Bloom Gin’s signature G&T has been carefully crafted by Joanne Moore, one of the world’s first female master distillers.

Although the Bloom Strawberry cup may be a lower a lower ABV than alternative dry gins, it can be used as a basis for plenty of summery drinks. Try mixing this vibrant red gin with lemonade, ice and plenty of fruit for an instant hit with any guests.

Buy yours here.

GinTing Premium Dry Gin



GinTing features a full-bodied flavour profile of refreshing fruit alongside the traditional juniper-y deliciousness you have come to expect from a gin. Based around a recipe of juniper, cassia, coriander, orange and lemon, Gin Ting features an infusion of passion fruit, mango and elderflower.

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Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin



This lemony gin was originally only sent out as part of Sipsmith's quarterly Sipping Service, but proved so popular that it's now part of their regular range.

The gin is made on a solid London dry gin base, but the unmistakable citrus twist comes from freshly peeled lemons, dried lemon peels and lemon verbena, not to mention other botanicals such as juniper, vanilla pods and ground almond all combining to form a distinct taste and a perfect summer indulgence.

This is a fresh, zesty gin is complete with the unmistakable, but not overpowering, notes of vanilla as well as a liquorish laced finish, reminiscent of the very best lemon drizzle cakes.

Buy yours here.

Don't fancy any of these gins? Visit our gin page for a full range of delicious flavours to choose from right here!

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