Essential Gins for your home bar
Want to make cocktails at home? We’ve rounded up a few essential Gins, both Classic and Modern, for your home bar. With so many Gins available these days, here are eight great Gins to suit every Gin lover.
Whats the difference?
Expect to taste some juniper, a dry finish on the palate, more traditional botanicals and a base of neutral grain alcohol. These are the sort of gins that will work in any recipe where ‘Gin’ is called for, especially in classic cocktails and any of our Candra cocktails.
Although these products are all categorised as Gin, they are all a little different from what we think of as a Classic Gin. So expect some more unusual botanicals, from savoury, to floral to fruity and everywhere in between!
This means that when using them in cocktails, these gins will most certainly bring their own character to any drink they’re added to, creating awesome variations on modern and classic recipes.
We’ll start with four great Classic Gins and follow with four of our favourite Modern Gins for your home bar:
Fords Gin is a collaboration between 8th generation Master Distiller Charles Maxwell of Thames Distillers and Simon Ford.
A thoughtful mix of nine botanicals, Fords Gin starts with a traditional base of juniper & coriander seed balanced by citrus, florals and spices. Steeped for 15 hours before distillation, the botanicals deliver an aromatic, fresh and floral spirit with elegant notes of jasmine and grapefruit that creates a versatile base for any gin-inspired cocktail.
Fortune favours the brave. Back in the 1830s Charles Tanqueray wasn’t afraid to mix his bold ideas. His ingenious pursuit for perfection paid off, creating Tanqueray London Dry, a perfectly balanced gin and one of the most awarded gins in the world.
The quintessential expression of a classic, traditional London Dry Gin. Bold, complex and aromatic – smooth enough for a Martini, yet rich and balanced, perfect for a G&T.
Their London Dry Gin was born out of a desire to see gin production return to the city where it earned its name. With a nod to traditional hand crafted production, Sipsmith gin combines traditional copper pot distillation with a recipe that wouldn’t look unfamiliar to an eighteenth century Master Distiller.
04. Plymouth Gin
The rich and smooth taste of Plymouth Gin is the result of a balanced blend of seven hand-selected botanicals.
“From deep earthy notes to wonderfully fresh juniper and a lemony bite, Plymouth Gin Original’s great depth of flavour is just one of the reasons it’s truly unique.“ Sean Harrison – Master Distiller
05. Hendricks Gin
Hendrick’s is an unusual gin created from eleven fine botanicals. The curious, yet marvellous, infusions of rose & cucumber imbue our spirit with its uniquely balanced flavour resulting in an unimpeachably smooth and distinct gin.
06. Monkey 47 Gin
A recipe that represents an audacious combination of native Black Forest herbs and berries and exotic Asian botanicals.
07. Gin Mare
Drinking Gin Mare will transport you to the coast at the height of summer. With its characteristic scent of rosemary, basil and thyme.
Gin Mare is made using traditional techniques from the Mediterranean, through a delicate maceration and independent distillation which expresses all the characteristics of each botanical in the final product.
07. Rutte Celery Gin
This is a ‘normal’ Dry Gin, with a savoury touch. The addition of celery gives it a little freshness, without dominating.
Try making a Tom Collins
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