It’s likely that you know a gin lover or two. Perhaps you’re married to one, or related to one, or perhaps your entire friendship with someone is based around your mutual appreciation of the good-gin-stuff. Whether you’re looking for a perfect Christmas present, the best birthday present, or even just a treat for your gin-fiend self, here’s a list of what to buy the juniper lover in your life.
Fun-filled and educational, about gin? Count me in. With Shake Rattle and Stir, you’ll be whisked around the capital to discover all things juniper. There’s a chauffeur-driven gin carriage, a visit to five bars – including a working distillery, gin cocktails, and more gin included.
£60 per person gets you five gin samples, five cocktails, a chauffeur between each bar, lifelong gin lessons, and plenty of fun.
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If you don’t fancy being whisked between five bars in the capital, and just fancy a night in the same place where the gin is flowing, head to my favourite haunt, the Star at Night (Soho), home to the London Gin Club. They have wonderful gin taster menus (see picture, Grace not included) which always taste as impressive as they look, a huge gin menu, and plenty of gin cocktails. The staff know their Monkey 47 from their Bathtub, and are always on hand to offer something you probably won’t have tried before, based on gins you already like.
You can buy gin money, or vouchers from them, and they run tasting sessions – perfect prezzy options.
Back in my uni days, I remember when the Jekyll and Hyde’s Victorian Gin Parlour only had around 50 gins. These days, they’re up to 90. How time flies. Aside from the huge gin menu, the Jekyll and Hyde offers an ‘Eat Me Drink Me’ gin and food fusion menu; a great selection of gin cocktails; gin flights, as gin is always better when it comes in threes; and cocktail masterclasses.
Home of Plymouth Gin, the Black Friars Distillery in Plymouth opens its doors to gin enthusiasts for a range of tours. If you’re short on time, there’s the 40-minute distillery tour, which gives an overview of the distillery and the gin. Stepping up the level of gin love, there’s the 1.5-hour gin connoisseur’s tour, with a tutored tasting. And for those of you who always fancied having a go yourself, the master distillers tour offers everything from the connoisseur’s tour, but you also get to distill your own gin recipe, and take a bottle home.
Plymouth gin distillery tour – 40 minutes: £7
Gin connoisseur’s tour – 1.5 hours: £20
Master distillers tour – 2-2.5 hours: £40
If you would rather have something you can hold, I have been seriously lusting over these Tipplesworth cases. They do have several non-gin varieties, but for World Gin Day, the Bramble Case is a must. Each beautiful tweed case comes with all the ingredients and equipment you need to rustle up the perfect Bramble (£185, Tipplesworth).
If you’re looking for the perfect stocking filler for your gin loving friend, then look no further than these gin-soaked boozy berries. They’re a natural by-product from Pinkster gin, and you’re kinda helping someone to get one of their five a day… you’re so thoughtful (£7, NotontheHighStreet).
Does the gin lover in your life love their lemons? With Plants4Presents’ Grow Your Own Gin and Tonic set, there will never be the need for that last minute rush to the shops, as you’ll simply be able to pop over to your very own lemon tree. And to get you started, the tree comes with a miniature gin and Fevertree tonic. This is a lovely and unusual gin present (£57, NotOnTheHighStreet). Or for the sloe fans, there’s a sloe bush version too, for £44.
If World Gin Day is just another day to you, perhaps you just want a token, or a small nod of appreciation to the greatest spirit. If you fancy all the taste of a G+T, with added crunch and with less alcohol, Joe and Seph’s Gin and Tonic popcorn could be the one for you. Although I was sceptical at first, this is really tasty, and at £4 a bag (including postage if you buy three), a bit easier on the purse than a bottle of gin.
For something even sweeter, there’s also The London Chocolate Company’s gin and tonic white chocolate truffles (£7.95, Amazon), Mr&Mrs gin and tonic rock sweets (£5.49, Amazon), or five alcoholic gin and elderflower lollipops (£7.50, NotontheHighStreet).
A balloon glass filled with ice really is the only way to drink a G+T – you can appreciate the aromas so much more. While you might have a bit of trouble finding space for them in the glass cupboard, they are a necessary addition to any gin lover’s life. If you’re in London, you can pick up some from the London Gin Club at £15 a pair, you can order them from Alexander and James for £12.50 each, or you can sometimes find them on Amazon/Ebay.
Gin around the house
If the several bottles of gin in the cupboard and the constant supply of Fever Tree tonic in the fridge don’t give your gin lover away, make it a bit more obvious. The ‘I Bloody Love Gin’ print (£13.95, NotOnTheHighStreet) is probably the boldest statement. If you want to be a little more demure, there’s the ‘In Gin We Trust’ tote (£13.95, NotOnTheHighStreet), a Merry Ginmas teatowel (£10, NotOnTheHighStreet), the recycled Gordon’s gin bottle lamp (£95, NotOnTheHighStreet), recycled Hendrick’s table lamp (£160, NotOnTheHighStreet), or a gin coaster (£6.95, Amazon).
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