*In my opinion
I make gin disappear. What’s your superpower?
Yes, like oodles of other people these days, I am a REALLY big gin fan and while I have been away from the world of blogging I have generally been drinking copious amounts of gin.
Purely for medicinal purposes, of course, the last year has been stressful, to say the least (see the previous blog post…)
Anyhow today I thought I would share with you a few of my favourite gins, because I am quite particular when it comes down to it, and yes people, size really does matter. Nobody wants a small gin and tonic.
I’m not an expert by any means but these are some of my regular tipples! Oh and by the way – this post is not sponsored by Fever Tree, I just happen to love their tonics and so suggest my favourite pairing. (I’m open to offers though Fever Tree, I think I may be single-handidly keeping you in business…)
Hortus Pomegranate & Rose Gin Liqueur – This is Lidl’s own product and it’s fab. Strictly speaking, it’s a gin liqueur rather than a gin – it only has an ABV of 20% – but it’s just so damn gorgeous. It’s fruity and floral and smells amazing and best of all, it’s just a bargainous £11.99. This is really lovely with some just light tonic or if you want to be a bit more decadent, top it with some prosecco.
Brockmans – First discovered at a gin festival, Brockmans is an all-time favourite. I was first won over by its branding (I’m a sucker for that), it’s very noir video and the nice people that served me a lot of free samples…but it’s so good, with Mediterranean Tonic Water and garnished with some blueberries. Because it’s so full of flavour, it’s also really quite nice in a shot glass…
Malfy Con Limone – Another one I originally tried at a gin festival, I just love the bottle, reminds me of holidays. It’s got a lovely zesty lemon flavour and I like it simply over ice with the Premium Indian Tonic Water. Another one that is also fabulous with prosecco.
Sipsmith – I’ve been a fan of Sipsmith for ages. One of the more traditional gins, it’s smooth and flavoursome, and perfect if you want an old-school G’n’T. I like this with some lime and again, the Premium Indian Tonic Water.
Slingsby Rhubarb – Only one way to drink this – with Fever Tree Ginger Ale. If you’ve never tried rhubarb gin with ginger ale, then you are missing out. You can, of course, drink it with tonic and I’d probably go for Mediterranean Tonic Water but honestly, try it with ginger ale. One of the pricier gins at almost £40 but worth it in my opinion!
Dingle Gin – I bought this when I was on a little trip away. When in Dingle…you must buy Dingle gin! Absolutely lovely gin, smooth and light and perfect paired with Elderflower Tonic. I’ve run out of this now and need to restock!
Whitley Neill Quince – I’ve always liked Whitley Neill gins so I was keen to try the quince version. Wasn’t really sure what to expect but it was fruity and quite different from other gins. In short, I loved it! It’s another that you could quite easily drink without tonic but I pair it with Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic.
Silent Pool – One of my all-time favs and not just because it has a super pretty bottle but it’s just an amazing gin with a great flavour. Floral and slightly sweet, it’s great with Elderflower or Light Tonic.
I could have added more gins to this list…I mean you cannot beat a Hendricks with cucumber and one of my real favourites was Tinker Gin, that was produced by the organisers of the now-defunct Gin Festival. So sad, it was a really great gin. I’ve got about half a bottle left so I am using it sparingly!
I’ve also got many gins on my list to try – I still want to try Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle, Malfy Blood Orange, some of the Jawbox range and Lilliput Gin which I’ve never managed to find in a shop yet, even when in Lilliput itself.
How about you? Are you a gin lover? Have you tried any of my favourites? Would you suggest any others I ought to give a whirl? Let me know in the comments!