As the days lengthen and the weather warms (for those in the Northern Hemisphere, at least), it’s time to embrace the flavours of spring. Rather than the bold, warming flavours of winter, we’re craving something a little lighter and more fragrant in our glass. It’s time for delicate florals, aromatic herbs and juicy fruits – and with them, a fresh selection of cocktail options!
With Easter coming up, we’ve included some options featuring chocolate flavours as well (but, if mixed right, these cocoa-dusted gins can be enjoyed throughout the spring).
Bathtub Grapefruit and Rosemary Gin
When Bathtub Gin decided to launch a new gin in 2021, it left the flavour up to the gin-drinking public. Grapefruit and Rosemary was winning combination in a vote that gave a choice between four new flavours – each of which was created from suggestions crowdsourced on social media.
Gordon’s Tropical Passionfruit
Take a sip of summer with two new flavoured gins from Gordon’s: Tropical Passionfruit and Morello Cherry. These boldly flavoured distilled gins are ideal for creating cooling, crowd-pleasing drinks for your next garden party.
Atlas Love Cake Gin
Inspired by the traditional Persian delicacy, Love Cake Gin is made with fragrant botanicals including green cardamom, rosewater, almonds, pistachios and lemon zest. It is one of the first gins released by Manchester’s Atlas bar, which is famed for its gin selection.
Shed 1 Chuckleberry Gin
Chuckleberry Gin is made using its namesake fruit, which is a hybrid of redcurrant, gooseberry and jostaberry (itself a hybrid of gooseberry and blackcurrant). The British-bred berry gives the gin a unique flavour and a deep pink colour, which will add a splash of spring brightness to your glass.
Jaffa Cake Gin
Chocolate and orange is a tried-and-tested flavour combination, so why not try it in gin? Jaffa Cake Gin is actually distilled using its namesake sweet treat, along with orange peels and cocoa powder. It was named World’s Best Flavoured Gin at the World Gin Awards 2022.
Massingberd-Mundy Cacao Gin
Lincolnshire’s Massingberd-Mundy Distillery describes its limited-edition Cacao Gin as “an indulgent Easter egg for grown-ups”. It is made by infusing Burrell’s Dry Gin with cocoa beans and green cardamon. Just 200 bottles have been made available.
Eden Mill Chocolate and Chilli Gin
For fans of chilli chocolate, this seasonal limited edition from St Andrews-based Eden Mill could hit the spot. The distillery says its Chocolate and Chilli Gin has a sweet chocolate pudding-like flavour with a fiery chilli kick.