Drink Blog: Festive Ginspiration

Gin is the drink du jour for 2017 isn’t it?

Personally, I’ve been drinking it since my student days, as it used to be the cheap option (and vodka always made me iller than a Beastie Boy). My tipple of choice was always the Tesco Value one with some Pink Lemonade.

How times have changed though? And now I have quite the collection of gins in my drinks globe.

Whilst perusing my collection, I actually realised that they’d make quite a good festive gift (to self) guide, as I have gins from such a range of flavours and prices.

So, Need Some Ginspiration? 

Hortus Gin from Lidl

If you’re looking for a gin which is as good a quality as the big boys, then the Hortus gin range at Lidl is the one. It comes in at £15.99 for a 70cl, 40% Volume bottle and is available in a range of flavours such as Oriental Spice and previously a Summer variety.

The Lakes Distillery Gin

Hailing from the Lake District, The Lakes Distillery Gin comes in at a more premium option. The Explorer Edition of the gin weighs in at £39.95 for a 70cl, 41.7% bottle. In a distinctive blue bottle, the nose is Zesty orange citrus, coriander and cassia bark followed by hints of earl grey tea and cracked black pepper.

Brockmans Gin

At £10 cheaper than The Lakes Distillery Gin, Brockmans is around £29.95 for a 70cl, 40% bottle. The bottle itself is beautiful heavy, with a impressive cut glass design. This is one of my favourite gins (and Victoria can vouch for that after we drank an entire bottle between us in one night, whoops). This is a smoother flavour than most, with almonds and orange peels within the botanical mix.

Hayman’s Sloe Gin

I used to LOVE sloe gin, but went off it for a few years after the smell of a cheap one really put me off. However, the Hayman’s Sloe Gin has got me back on the sloe variety with it’s nutty flavour and rounded plummy aromas. Having a few sips of this neat, with a squeeze of lime, is the perfect way to enjoy it.  A bottle will set you back around £20 for a 26% volume, 70cl bottle.

Flavoured Gin Liquers

Returning back in to the mix of gins in Hortus from Lidl with their new limited edition flavoured gins. For £11.99 they have a Rhubard and Ginger flavour and a Raspberry version. These are the perfect presents for Christmas and just so instagrammable. If you can’t locate the Lidl version, as it keeps selling out, then check out the Edinburgh Gin one, which will cost a little more but is equally as delicious.

Three Rivers Gin Experience

If not of the above gins tickle your fancy, then take a look at the Manchester Three Rivers Gin Experience. Yes, it will cost you a pretty penny (around £95 to be exact), but you can mix your very own from the range of botanicals and equipment they have there. One for the list to Santa maybe?