Wherever we go right now, everyone seems to be talking about gin so we decided to find out for ourselves the latest gin-related news
Gin is going nowhere it seems, we just can’t get enough of it, sunshine or snow there’s nothing that transcends season and occasion quite so well as a crisp gin and tonic. That’s why we’ve rounded-up all the very best and interesting gins, gin experiences and products for you to savour…
Set up by an entrepreneurial London-based bar tender from Leicester, Shake, Rattle and Stir brings together the founder's love of gin, cocktails and London in the form of a variety of gin-related experiences. The London Gin Experience package, for example, includes a tour of two leading distilleries, a cocktail-making masterclass and a few Gin and Tonics along the way to wet your whistle
£60 per person for The London Gin Experience - £50 for the evening midweek Gin Journey, Shake Rattle and Stir, London
For a real blast from the past you can now pick up a glamorous Art Deco style bottle of Tanqueray No. Ten from Alexander and James. The design is a celebration of the 'Golden Era' cocktail culture of the 1920s and though the bottle might be new, the classic velvety smooth taste of Tanqueray hasn't been altered
£32.90 from Alexander & James
Experience gin making with renowned brewers and distillers Adnams, who hold the IWSC gin trophy, making it the best in the world. From choosing your own botanicals to the distillation and label design you'll make your very own gin to take home and enjoy. All you'll need is the tonic.
£70 per person, The Crown Hotel, Southwold
Now Selfridges are stocking a first, gin made with Japanese botanicals. A surprisingly wonderful blend of fresh notes of cucumber, yuzi peel and shiso with the spiciness of sansho and sesame, it will give a bit of edge to your favourite tipple.
£64.99 exclusively from Selfridges
Thanks to Selfridges, beautifully balanced cocktails are no longer exclusively the domain of the finest mixologists. With their Sacred gin, Negroni pack you can impress friends and family with the perfect gin cocktail. The gift pack contains all the required ingredients: Sacred Gin, Spiced English Vermouth and a pre-mixed Rosehip cup (an aperitivo style drink made from 27 botanicals). All you need to do is pour and mix!
Sacred Gin, Negroni pack £64.99 Selfridges
After a whirlwind lesson on the history of gin spanning just under a thousand years, visitors of west London's The Ginstitute will have the opportunity to explore the second smallest museum in London containing a wealth of gin-related artifacts. This is followed by a stop-off at The Still Room where each person will be able to make their own bespoke gin, the recipe for which is kept on file so you can reorder it as often as you like.
£100 per person, Portobello Star Bar, London
If ever there were such thing as guilt-free gin, Elephant Gin would be it (unfortunately we're not talking about the calories) as 15% of each bottle's profit goes to two elephant conservation charities. Not only can your conscience rest easy, you'll also feel like you've been transported to Africa with every sip. The essence of Africa is encapsulated in each bottle as it's infused with exotic ingredients like Baobab, the Buchu plant, Devil's Claw and African Wormwood. If that's not enticing enough, the bottle is custom-made with a hand-written label, embossed with a crest and sealed with a natural cork. Just as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside! Elephant Gin, £40, Harvey Nichols