Ah, summer. It’s the time of year for long weekend afternoons spent languishing in pub gardens with a fruity beverage in hand. Gin was made for summer, and with the popularity of flavoured gins at an all-time high we just can’t get enough. To help you decide on your new favourite tipple this summer, here’s a list of the best flavoured gins to try.
Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb and Ginger Liqueur
Wonderfully delicate and aromatic, this gin is the perfect accompaniment to a sultry summer’s day. Add a splash of prosecco to create a festive Gin Fizz or simply serve up with tonic on ice. Edinburgh Gin’s Rhubarb and Ginger Liqueur is a timeless favourite and thanks to its balance of warm and sweet notes it’s easy to see why.
Gordon’s Premium Pink Distilled Gin
Since launching in 2017, Gordon’s Pink Gin has exploded onto the scene with immediate success. Its sweet fruity flavours of raspberry, strawberry and a hint of redcurrant blend together to make a light summer gin. For those just beginning on the gin path, it’s a good one to start off with. Serve with a tonic over ice and garnish with a strawberry.
Elephant Sloe Gin
A classy one for the cabinet, Elephant Sloe Gin’s deep fruity flavours are an ideal treat for a warm summer evening in the garden. The sloe berries complement the gin with robust notes and a startlingly rich hue so it’s a perfect dinner party drink to impress your guests with. This German company takes drinking responsibly to a new level as 15% of their profits go to two African elephant sanctuaries!
Malfy Gin Rosa
Of all the flavoured gins, Malfy Gin Rosa is the most decadent. Produced in Italy with fine quality Sicilian pink grapefruit infused with juniper, coriander, lemon peel and ginger, this gin is one for the special occasions this summer. Even the cork is posh, made from Italian oak. Enjoy over ice or dress it up with a dash of Limoncello, soda water, ice and lime to garnish for a summery lemonade.
Beefeater Blood Orange Gin
From one of the last traditional gin distilleries in London comes a summer drink to die for. An ideal accompaniment to a good book and a sunny day, the zesty citrus notes of the blood orange balance the signature juniper tang of the Beefeater Gin. It’s a bold flavour for those who want to branch out into something rich rather than sweet. Keep it simple by serving it as a traditional Gin & Tonic with ice and a slice of blood orange to garnish.
Seville Orange and Persian Lime Gin
ALDI is a surprising connoisseur of high-quality flavoured gins and this one is no exception. Launched only this year and in time for the summer, this Mediterranean inspired is set to rival the likes of Malfy at half the price. A perfect summer tipple, its complex notes of juniper infused with sweet oranges leaves it guiltily moreish.
The Old Curiosity Apothecary Rose Gin
Distilled on the outskirts of Edinburgh, this flavoured gin is a drink that just keeps giving. Elegant and floral with hints of rose and Turkish Delight, it’s destined to be a showstopper for any summer garden party. Add a dash of tonic water and be amazed as it changes colour before your eyes from light gold to pink!
Bakewell Gin Cherry and Almond
Ever wanted a dessert in a drink? Well, your prayers have been answered thanks to this Bakewell Gin. Created by a family-run distillery in the peak district, its aromatic and nutty flavours make for a deliciously infused cocktail. Its deep red colour and beautifully authentic bottle will be a stunning addition to your cabinet this summer.
Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Flavoured Gin
Flavoured gins have just reached a new level with Sipsmith’s Lemon Drizzle Flavoured Gin. The recipe infuses Sipsmith’s original favourite gin with sweet and sharp sun-dried lemon peels and fresh lemon. Its refreshing flavour topped with tonic makes for a perfect remedy to a hot sunny day.
Warner Edwards Honeybee Gin
This flavoured gin is designed for long summer days in the garden with its prime ingredient being locally-sourced honey from the distillery’s own farms. Elegant and sweet with hints of an aromatic trio of citrus peels (lemon, grapefruit and orange) it’s an effortlessly floral tipple. Indulge with a crisp tonic or pour over ice for a perfect summer drink.