The Best Gin To Enjoy This Summer
by Kelly Sullivan
Whether you're island hopping in the Maldives, exploring the best beaches in the Mediterranean or even planning a party with friends, the opportunities for a balloon glass filled with gin and tonic are aplenty.
Having the right tipple on offer goes a long way to keeping the drinks flowing and good times rollin'. Lucky for you, we've rounded up the best gins and gin brands to buy now, from cult favourites to award-winners and ones that will look right at home on your superyacht!
What is gin?
Gin is a distilled spirit, which originated as a medicinal product known best for its helping calm stomach ailments. Fast forward to today and it's one of the world's most popular spirits, with Britain labelled as the largest distributor of the spirit globally. The main ingredient and dominant flavour in gin is juniper, which is easily recognisable in scent and taste.
Here is our pick of the best gins to stock up on now. _Please note, readers must be of legal drinking age to purchase. _
Boatyard Double Gin
Could we have a more relevant gin? Already making waves in the spirits industry, the award-winning Boatyard has a unique blend of botanicals, including locally sourced sweet gale alongside more savoury coriander and liquorice root. Garnish with a bit of something citrus and you'll pull out the sweet and floral notes within it too.
Whether its to gift a crew member or for a gin-loving superyacht owner, Boatyard Double Gin is an exciting new discovery that will feel right at home on board.
Serving suggestions: Serve over a tall glass of ice with a measure of Boatyard topped with Fevertree light and a slice of grapefruit to garnish.
Now this is a bottle you want on display on your superyacht. Fun, eye-catching and appropriately named, Mermaid Gin is also a friend of the ocean, made using entirely recyclable materials. Featuring easy, enjoyable flavours of the botanicals- including the apt addition of rock samphire- when pared with gin it's refreshing and mild. An easy crowd-pleaser.
Serving suggestion: Fill a balloon glass with ice, add a measure of Mermaid gin topped with Schweppes Cucumber Tonic and a slice of cucumber to garnish.
Good tropical gins are few and far between, but this Canaima boasts an exotic profile that captures the flavours of summer in a burst of vibrant fruits and botanicals. A?aí, túpiro and seje are just a few of the exotic botanicals complementing the more savoury notes of black pepper and herbaceous rosemary.
Purchasing a bottle of Canaima is supporting a company that's working with networks to help save the Amazon, so maybe a G&T could ease your conscience a little...
Serving suggestions: Serve in a balloon glass filled with ice, a measure of Canaima topped with Fentiman's Valecian Orange tonic and garnished with a pinch of pink pepper.
We're sure everyone's come across this award-winning gin at some point or another but there's a reason for that. It's something a little different and ideal for those looking for a more complex gin. Delicately spiced but more savoury in flavour, Bathtub also has hints of citrus cutting through. It's complemented nicely with classic garnishes.
Serving suggestions: Keep it simple with a balloon glass filled with ice, a serve of Bathtub and Britvic Indian Tonic water, served with a slice of orange or lemon.
Manly Coastal Citrus Gin
From Sydney's laid back Manly beaches comes this tipple which is perfect for long summer days around a a barbecue with friends. Award-winning and impactful, the combination of citrus and minerality in this Manly Coastal Citrus gin evokes the scent of the sea air at the height of summer.
Serving suggestions: Serve in a tall glass of ice with a straightforward Fever-Tree light tonic and a classic slice of lemon.
Cambridge Gin Truffle Gin
We can't say we're surprised to find a truffle gin on the market, arguably the most in-demand delicacy of the moment. It's as unique as you would expect it to be in that it's rich and smooth with earthy, mellow flavours. You'll smell the truffle more than you'll taste it but garnish it right and you'll bright out the best of this Cambridge Gin.
Serving suggestions: Serve with vermouth and a little lemon peel to garnish in a classic martini.
Comte de Grasse 44°N Gin
Produced in the hills of Grasse on the French Riviera, the look and feel of this 44°N Gin is made for every superyacht bar. It looks and feels like a premium gin and the flavour profiles don't disappoint. Wonderfully perfumed, there's a combination of citrus, honey and floral notes.
Serving suggestion: Enjoy as a classic G&T or as the base of a classic gin martini.
Barentsz Mandarin Gin
It sounds delicious even from the name and Barentsz really does deliver a citrus-burst of flavour. Balanced with the floral notes of jasmine, this gin is nicely perfumed and flavoursome yet has no added sugar- definitely one for those counting the calories!
Servingsuggestion: Enhance the naturally sweet mandarin with a slice of orange garnish paired with Fever-tree Light tonic. Alternatively, try adding a dash to a glass of fizz with a splash of soda for a fruity fizz cocktail.
Ever tried a Swedish gin? Now's your time and there's no finer Swedish gin than the widely celebrated Hern?. It is also Sweden's first distillery... It's light and refreshing and easily garnished with your classic citrus garnishes to draw out the best of the botanicals.
Serving suggestions: A classic serve of ice and a slice!
Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin
For flavours you won't commonly find in other gins, Jaisalmer is a unique distillation that blends classic flavours of India including Darjeeling green tea, lemongrass vetiver and orange. Subtle hints of spice, balanced with sweet citrus, it's one to try, particularly if you like to experiment with your spirits.
Serving suggestion: You can enjoy it as a classic serve G&T with Fever-Tree light and a slice of orange, or add it to an Espresso Martini for an exciting twist on an old classic.
Mirabeau Rosé Gin
If Provence rosé is a staple in your fridge in summer then you'll want to get your hands on Mirabeau's rosé gin. Made from the winery's grape alcohol the gin is infused with some incredibly delicate, summery botanicals, including rose petals, rosemary and citrus. It's a gin with a silky smooth texture and will no-doubt look great on your drinks trolley.
Serving suggestions: Mirabeau gin can be enjoyed straight as a sipping gin or served with Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic.
No.3 London Dry Gin
If you haven't already, this is definitely a gin to try now and not just because of the many accolades under its belt. A Berry Bros & Rudd production, you've got a refreshing hint of grapefruit and a whisper of spice on the nose and you'll really pick up on both, particularly the cardamom and the juniper on the palate.
Serving suggestions: A classic serve of Schweppes tonic and a wedge of grapefruit is a fail-safe option, but why not try using it as the base for a bloody Mary? You'll be pleasantly surprised.
Known as the American dry gin, Aviation's profile was bolstered when bought out by actor Ryan Reynolds, and featured in Blake Lively's film, A Simple Favour. If you've still not come across it, we'd advise you get your hands on a bottle. It's a pretty mellow, easy-to-drink gin with a soft, herby profile with hints on lemon.
Serving suggestions: A chilled glass of 1724 tonic, a slice of orange and a double measure of Aviation