A classic gin & tonic is the UK’s favourite long mixed drink, as not only does it taste delicious, but it’s also an extremely versatile spirit. With our infinite amount of knowledge, coupled with our years of a shared passion for the beautiful juniper berry – we are all about taking this classic tipple and adding a variety of new flavour palettes, to turn any gin-hater into a lover.
1. A Classic Gin & Tonic
Nothing says classic, quite like a gin and tonic. For non-gin drinkers, it can sometimes have a dry taste which they don’t like. Typically, Gin has a herbal flavour which can be marked with citrus and spices. However, most gin is dry with a noticeable pine flavour. This is because the juniper berry dominates more traditional recipes.
However, here at Gin In A Tin, we focus on creating a beautiful range of blends, which all have a unique flavour palette. Where the older staples of gin tend to be sweet, our more modern take on the classic London Dry Gin puts more emphasis on our herbs, fruit and spice flavours.
For example, when it comes to the classic G&T, we recommend trying out our Blue Spruce, Lemon Peel and Cardamom blend. Using the classic dry botanicals, this is our go-to if you are looking for a straightforward, no-nonsense gin. It has distinct notes of liquorice root, lemon peel and cardamom, as well as an array of other botanicals that all centre around the juniper berry. This creates the perfect refreshing taste that we are all after when sipping on a crisp gin and tonic.
How To Serve A G&T:
- We recommend serving this blend over ice, alongside a tonic of your choosing.
- You can also garnish your G&T with a slice of pink grapefruit to really bring forward the zesty flavours.
2. Sloe Royale
Next up on the list of our favourite gin cocktails, we have the Sloe Royale. Ideal for the colder months, this is the perfect drink for a gin novice. For this tipple, we couldn’t recommend our Sloe Gin blend highly enough.
In true sloe gin style, this blend is most recognisable by its smoothness. It can’t be categorised as being too sweet, nor too sour, and is created through a recipe that has been passed down from generations before us. We use wild English sloe berries, which are harvested, and then added to our original gin blend for three to four months. The result is a gin that has hints of orange, and plum alongside tantalising fruity notes from the wild foraged berries.
How To Serve A Sloe Royale:
- We suggest pairing our Sloe Royale with a glass of sparkling wine to create a Sloe Royale.
- Divide the blend into two champagne flute glasses, and then top up each with a sparkling wine of your choosing! We recommend Champagne or Prosecco if it’s a special occasion.
3. A Simple Sipping Gin
For self-proclaimed ‘gin-haters’, it can sometimes be what they are pairing their spirits with that they dislike, instead of the gin itself. So why not remove the additional mixers, and opt for a sipping gin instead?
Our Black Pepper, Cassia Bark and Cloves blend has distinctive notes of black pepper, cassia bark, and cloves as well as many other botanicals centred around juniper berries to create the ultimate refreshing taste. Straight away, as you begin sipping, you will taste the refreshing notes of juniper and orange, which are quickly followed by black pepper and cloves on the nose and palate. You can also expect the warming heat of Cassia bark on the finish, which makes the ideal sipping gin, bursting with flavour.
How To Serve A Sipping Gin:
- To serve our Black Pepper, Cassia Bark, and Cloves blend as a sipping gin, we suggest drinking it neat, on the rocks.
- If you want to bring even more of those citrusy notes forward, you can also pair it with a slice of orange.
4. Gin Bloody Mary
When you say ‘gin’, it’s not often that a Bloody Mary is brought to mind – but we are here to tell you that replacing your typical splash of vodka with gin in this classic cocktail is a must!
By switching out the vodka, you create a whole new drink, which has a savoury, spicy, tangy taste palate, completed by the botanical finish from the gin. Inspired by the seasonal produce of February, we created our Beetroot, Grannie Smith Apple and Dill blend which is perfect for this occasion.
Upon tasting this gin, you will notice that juniper sits at the forefront, which is closely followed by notes of dill and lemon balm. These flavours, along with the crisp apple, and lasting earthy taste of the beetroot create a refreshing and complete palate.
How To Serve A Gin Bloody Mary:
- Add Beetroot, Grannie Smith Apple and Dill gin, lemon juice, garlic, horseradish, balsamic vinegar, celery salt, black pepper, Tabasco sauce, and Worcestershire sauce to a highball glass with ice and stir until well mixed.
- You can garnish your Gin Bloody Mary with any or all of the following: a celery stalk, a dill pickle spear, an asparagus spear, olives, cherry tomatoes, or a carrot stick.