Gin, A drink for all seasons

Gin, A drink for all seasons

Gin is definitely not just a summer drink and as the dark Autumn nights are now with us, it’s the perfect time to switch to more fruity, spicy and warming gins. Seasonal berries, like sloe, damson and blackberry work really well with Gin and the aromatic spices of cinnamon and ginger will add some warmth. A change of mixer in your gintonic will transform your drink for the season and ginger ale is a favourite of mine (any time of the year). Cosy up on the sofa and enjoy 10 of our favourites – try with our perfect serve or cocktail recommendations.

Whitley Neill Rhubarb and Ginger Gin

This is the Gin that started my journey and it’s opened the door for me to explore many more Gins ever since. The taste is both tart and spicy with the taste of juniper and sweet & sour rhubarb, with a fiery ginger finish. Add some ice, top up with Fentimans Ginger Ale and enjoy.

Chase Sloe Gin

This rich and warming sloe gin is made with the perfect balance of tart sloe berries and sweet mulberries with a subtle oak finish. Ideal to drink neat or how about a Sloe-Groni (classic Negroni with a twist). Stir 25ml each of Chase Sloe Gin, Campari and Martini Rosato Vermouth in a glass with cubed ice until chilled. Strain into a glass with ice and garnish with a fresh lemon peel.

Tarquins British Blackberry Gin

This Cornish gin has been lovingly infused with British Blackberries and a wildflower honey, resulting in a wonderfully vibrant gin with a deep crimson colour and a hint of sweetness. Great for a Blackberry Mule. Stir together 50ml of Tarquin’s with 20ml lime juice over ice in a hi-ball glass and top up with Fever Tree Ginger Ale. Garnish with fresh blackberries and a sprig of mint.

Bombay Bramble Gin

A bold fruity gin that is bursting with 100% natural flavour from freshly harvested blackberries and raspberries and with no added sugar. It’s perfect for a Bramble cocktail (with a simple twist). Add 50ml Bombay Bramble with 25ml of fresh lemon juice and 12.5ml of sugar syrup and stir well. Top up with crushed ice and garnish with a lemon wedge and blackberries (fresh or frozen will do).

Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin

Four Pillars have infused their Rare Dry Gin with Shiraz grapes from the Yarrah Valley and is definitely one to try, its bloody delicious! The balance of sweet fruit and ginny goodness works perfectly with a lemon mixer. Enjoy with Fever Tree Lemon Tonic and a wedge of grapefruit.

6 O’Clock Damson Gin

Hand-picked British damsons are left to steep in 6 O’Clock’s London Dry Gin with a moderate amount of sugar, giving a beautiful colour and an intensely fruity flavour with a delicate spice. This gin is great for a warm drink. Add 50ml Damson Gin to 200ml of spiced apple juice. To make the juice, gently heat cloudy apple juice with your favourite winter spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, star anise) for 20 minutes. Pour the spiced apple juice into a heatproof glass, add the damson gin and garnish with a cinnamon stick, orange slice and star anise. Delicious!

Edinburgh Apple and Spice Gin Liqueur

Made with apples from the Autumn harvest, a touch of cinnamon and Edinburgh Gin Classic, this liqueur has a sumptuous sweetness and touch of spice. This is a lively liqueur (20% abv) bursting with juicy flavour and can be enjoyed simply over ice or top with Thomas Henry tonic water and garnish with apple for a sweet cocktail with a lingering spice to finish.

Hernö Blackcurrant Gin

They start with the original Hernö Gin and infuse it with blackberries. The taste is juniper forward with a bold blackcurrant flavour and a sweetness from the fruit’s foliage. There is a distinct dry tartness, followed by a hint of acidity and nuttiness. Try the classic cocktail, the French 75 with a twist - the Hernö Cassis Noir 75. Add 50ml of Hernö Blackcurrant Gin with 15ml lemon juice, 15ml simple syrup and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake for 10 seconds and strain into a champagne flute. Top up with champagne or prosecco.

Wessex Wyverns Spiced Gin

The botanical mix of fresh ginger, cardamom and cubeb is layered on top of juniper and coriander seed to produce a potent spiced gin. You’ll get a kick from the Indian cloves, a cool citrus and surprisingly smooth finish. This robust and fiery gin will definitely warm you up. Mix with The Artisan Drinks Co Classic London Tonic and add a slice of lemon and red chilli. For extra heat, swap the tonic for The Artisan Drinks Co Fiery Ginger Beer.

Sir Edmond Gin

A rebellious spirit and the world’s first vanilla infused gin. It’s an unusual character (and one of my favourites) with a combination of sweetness and earthy flavours of vanilla, juniper, angelica, cardamon, ginger and cinnamon. The vanilla works well with ginger, so a Rebel Mule is a great cocktail choice. Pour 50ml of Sir Edmond Gin with 25ml of fresh lime juice into a copper mule cup and top up with London Essence Ginger Beer. Give it a stir and add 3 drops of Angostura Bitters and garnish with a wedge of lime.

I hope you have been inspired and hopefully added a new gin, or 2 to your wish list. Thats what I love about Gin, there's always something new to try. Enjoy!