This was supposed to be a Christmas Drinks Guide. It ended up becoming a Christmas Gin Guide instead. Because Gin.
So let’s get started on this Christmas Gin Guide. For me, gin has to be served perfectly. If you’re thinking, but Miss Pond gin glasses are ridiculously expensive. Think again reader. Home Bargains have these fun Gin Copa sets* (with a mini Gin!) for just £9! So if you’re lacking a glass, no excuses!
There’s nothing wrong with a classic “house gin,” in fact serving it right makes it taste better. Bombay Sapphire in a Copa glass with the right amount of ice, proper tonic and a slice of lemon is the bees knees. Better than the warm pub high ball glass with not much ice and no slice!
Stock up on the good stuff. I like Fever Tree, but Fentimans also have good offerings. I can also highly recommend the Tesco Finest tonic if you’re on a budget but still want nice tonic! If you have a bigger budget, why not check out Double Dutch Mixers. The Basil and Pomegranate is a favourite of mine.
Upping the gin ante.
Ok so you’ve already done the above. This year you’ve taken to having a look for something a little different for your gin shelf this year. I have a couple of recommendations. First up is this wonderful Rock Rose Winter Gin*. I’m a huge fan of Rock Rose and have been supporting them since my Gin Diaries feature began! The winter gin has herbs and flowers from last winter in this year’s batch. I love these seasonal gins. We enjoyed ours on the balcony when it was snowing last week. Served with lemon and raspberry. But I’ve been told a good serve for it is in a warmed glass with a little ice and some blueberries. So that’s next on my list.
Another gin I’m a huge supporter of is Martin Millers. An exceptional gin and perfect for someone who is new to my favourite drink. It can be served in many different ways. A personal favourite is Pear and Elderflower tonic, but also Strawberry and Cracked Black Pepper with normal tonic works a treat.
Build a gin shelf.
Other new additions to my gin shelf this year include these easy to get hold of gins: Gin Mare, Brockmans, Sheffield Dry Gin, Adnams Copper House, Brooklyn Gin, Malfy Gin, Campfire Gin and Haymans London Dry. There’s many more, but these are some that will be fairly easy to get hold of in the run up to Christmas. Waitrose and M&S have recently very much upped their gin game!
What gins would you put in your Christmas Gin Guide? Are you a gin fan? What do you enjoy your gin with? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. * PR Samples.