Let's talk about Gin... it's sophisticated, modern and one of the most fashionable drinks out there. If you're new to the Gin scene, then worry not, we will keep you clued-up with our The Ultimate Gin Lovers Gift Guide. Oh and a gift to yourself, totally counts!
Latest Gin Offers
- British Gin Festival* @ Lidl from 1st November (excludes Scotland)
- Scottish Gin Festival* @ Lidl from 1st November (Scotland only)
- The Lakes Distillery Gin and Liqueur 6 X 5cl Baubles* was £31.95 now £28.76 from 31Dover
Rhubarb Gin is one of the most popular flavours, and I think it's fair to thank Edinburgh Gin's Rhubarb and Ginger Liqueur* for that. It's a supermarket top-seller and was one of the first on the scene.
Check out these other Rhubarb Gins...
- Arrowsmiths Ruby Rhubarb Gin* £35.95
- Aber Falls Rhubarb and Ginger Gin* £22
- Whitley Neill Rhubarb & Ginger Gin* £24.95
- Slingsby Rhubarb Flavoured Gin* £35.75
- Warner Edwards Distillery Victoria's Rhubarb Gin* £33.16
A girls' night in favourite - Pink Gin flies off the shelves in the supermarkets. What flavour is it? That varies from brand to brand... some have a a delicate rose flavour, whilst others are more fruity in taste...
- Gordon's Premium Pink Distilled Gin 70Cl* £16.50
- Pink Gin Selection Gift Set 4X5cl* £12
- Marks & Spencer Think Pink Gin* £15
- McQueen Colour Changing Gin* £19.99
- Greenalls Wild Berry Gin 70Cl* £14.50
- Pinkster Pink Gin Agreeably British 70cl* £35
- Pink Unicorn Tears Raspberry Gin* £39.99
Parma Violet Gin
You only have to look on Facebook to see that Parma Violet Gin is super popular. The gentle floral flavours remind us of our childhood, and this purple coloured Gin makes us all warm and fuzzy inside, not just because of the alcohol content.
Parma Violet Gins...
- Boe Violet Liqueur Gin* £32.93
- Violetta Parma Violet Shimmering Gin* £31.10
- JJ Whitley Violet Gin* £14
- Zymurgorium Sweet Violet Gin* £24.99
You can always make your own Parma Violet Gin by adding Violet Syrup* to any Gin.
Gin Gift Sets
Gin Gift Sets* are a nice way to try different Gins without committing to the full bottle. They are especially nice for Christmas time and Birthdays...
- Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin & Bitters Sweet Symphony Gift Set* £74
- London Sock Company, Sip in Style Gift Box* £65
- Fifty Pounds Gin Glass Gift Set* £42.98
- Gin Bothy Love Tasting Set* £26
- Edinburgh Gin Liqueur Miniature Gift Set* £11.99
- MicroBarBox Gin and Tonic Gift Set* £35
- Craft Gin Selection Gift Set* £12
- Miniature Gin Gift Set 40ml (Pack of 8)* £29.95
- The Chocolate & Gin Gift Collection* £20
When it comes to buying Gin*, you'll struggle to find a better selection of 'smaller brands' at supermarket prices. They hold 'Gin Festivals' several times throughout the year, when you can pick up a delicious Gin for less.
- Sorgin* £24.99
- Passionfruit Gin Liqueur* £9.99
- McQueen Sweet Citrus Gin* £19.99
- Scottish Blueberry & Vanilla Gin* £19.99
- Beckett's London Dry Gin* £24.99
- Gin Lane 1751 Old Tom Gin* £19.99 (online exclusive, not available in stores)
Tip - look out for Aldi's own version of those big brand favourites... especially that Hendricks one!
Sloe Gin* is a Gin Liqueur flavoured with Sloe Berries. The dark coloured drink is deep and rather plummy in taste, so is great for the Autumn and Winter months
- Oliver Cromwell Sloe Gin* £10.99
- Sipsmith Sloe Gin 50Cl* £22
- Gordon's Sloe Gin 70cl* £14
- Warner Edwards Distillery Harrington Sloe Gin* £26.74
- 6 O'clock Sloe Gin* £18.99
- John Lewis & Partners Sloe Gin Gift Box* £50
If you fancy some festive tipple, then Gingerbread Gin needs to be on your Christmas shopping list. Both Aldi and Asda have launched a Gingerbread Gin for Christmas 2018.
Gin is 'in', so there are new distilleries popping up all over the UK, all the time. The best way to discover new Gins is to visit local Farmer's Markets, festivals and Amazon*.
- Sweet Little Bubble Gum Gin Liqueur* £22.99
- Redcastle Passion Fruit & Mango Gin Liqueur* £25.71
- Peaky Blinder Gin Gift Set with Peaky Blinder Glass* £34.99
- Gin & Tonic Advent Calendar* £95
What does one drink Gin out of? Some people prefer a short Whisky Glass or a Hi-ball, whilst the current fashion is to sip it from a Balloon Glass*. You can find Gin Glasses in High Street Stores like Matalan* or Debenhams*, as well as online.
- Gin & Tonic Glass* £2
- Star by Julien Macdonald - Set of four assorted lustre gin glasses* was £30 now £24
- Set of 2 Metallic Rose Gold Effect Gin Glasses* £16
- Set of 4 Facet High Ball Glasses* £16
- Handmade 420ml Balloon Gin Glasses* £20.07
- Mikasa Cheers Etched Balloon Glasses - Set Of 4* £19.99
Prefer a cocktail? Gin makes a great base for many a cocktail. One of the most simple Gin cocktails to make is a Tom Collins...
- 50ml gin
- 25ml lemon juice
- 25ml sugar syrup
- 125ml chilled soda water
- Pour all ingredients into a Hi-Ball Glass, over plenty of ice and stir gently.
- Garnish with a slice of Lemon.
Here are some Gin cocktail sets that you can buy...
- 'Gin Gin Mule' Cocktail Gift Set* £19.90
- The Book of Gin: A Cocktail Lover's Gift Set* £30
- Carmencita Ginfusion Botanical ‘Tea Bags’* £4.99
- Luxury Gin Cocktail Set* £27.95
Gin Baubles* are a Christmas Tree addition that would certainly make things festive. Scottish Distiller, Pickering's were one of the first to launch them and for that we are truly thankful...
What is gin made of?
Gin is made up of neutral grain alcohol and distilled botanticals such as juniper, cloves, angelica, liquorice and many more.
Is drinking gin good for you?
Well, obviously gin can be bad for health if drank in large quantities due to the alcohol content. Having said that, there are many that would argue that as it is made from "superfood" juniper berries, the flavanoids can improve skin, hair and nails by heightening blood circulation and eliminating water retention.
What is a good gin to buy?
What is the difference between vodka and gin?
The difference between vodka and gin is that vodka is made by the distillation of potatoes, rye or wheat. By volume, it's mostly water and ethanol.
Gin on the other hand is distilled with botanicals - mostly juniper berries - and malt or grain.
Flavour-wise both taste different, with gin often boasting a slightly floral taste, whilst vodka having a more sharp, clean flavour.