10 of the prettiest gin bottles to add to your shelf
It's World Gin Day on 11 June, so what better way to celebrate than with a glass of the good stuff? Here's our pick - including some local ones of course - that'll look as good on your shelf as they taste in your tonic.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to the painterly bottles from Herts-based distillery Copper in the Clouds, but our go-to for summer is their Flowerbomb Gin, which is inspired by wildflower meadows in bloom. The florals aren’t just on the bottle, either: expect notes of rose petal, lavender and orange blossom in every sip. Blooming lovely.
Wimbledon is nearly upon us, which means the return of crisp whites, strawberries and cream, and the Sipsmith’s fantastic limited-edition Strawberry Smash Gin. Created in official partnership with Wimbledon, not only does this tipple taste excellent, it’s pretty enough to keep on your shelf all summer (if it lasts that long…)
La vie en rose
Turns out the rosé revolution isn’t just limited to wine! Producers of all things pink, Mirabeau, are the brains behind this Insta must-have, which is infused with provençal botanicals, grown near Saint Tropez. Très bien.
Created using flowers grown at Hitchin Lavender in Herts, this lilac-hued drop adds a fragrant twist to your gin and tonic – garnish with some fresh lavender for a fancy flourish.
£35 for 50cl
Oooh, now doesn’t this just look like summer in a bottle? Made with foraged wild flowers and citrus fruits from the rural orchards of Mallorca, Palma Gin is the perfect way to transport yourself to sunnier shores – even if your flight is cancelled.
Zest for life
We make it a habit of keeping a bottle of the Isle of Wight’s own Mermaid Gin on our shelf at all times, and their brand new Zest Gin is joining the collection ASAP. Just look at that gorgeous green bottle! It’s made with grapefruit, island bergamot and wild-foraged coastal rosemary – you can almost taste the sea in every sip.
Inspired by cycling (Domestique is the pace maker in team road races), this gin, from Puddingstone Distillery in Tring, features botanticals sourced from host nations of some of the world’s greatest cycling events. Juniper and British coriander are distilled with Spanish orange peel, French hops, Belgian angelica, Italian rosemary and Californian raisins for a winning flavour combo. And the bottle design is super cool, too.
These super-cool graffiti-inspired bottles from Old Amersham Gin in Bucks are just the thing to zhush up your drinks cabinet. Plus, you have three delicious flavours to choose from: London Dry, Rhubarb and Elderflower, and Grapefruit, Lemon and Thyme. One of each, please.
Every Norfolk gin-drinker worth their salt has a bottle of this local gem on their shelf – and we can see why! Made in small batches of 24 bottles, Norfolk Gin blends spice and citrus. You can even have their white ceramic bottles personalised for special gifts (*hint hint*) and upcycle them as vases or water bottles.
Spirit of summer
The Spirit of Hertfordshire Distillery is based in an old Victorian saddlery in St Albans and their gins aim to capture the true spirit of the local area. Resident forager, Richard, gathers botanicals from nearby hedgerows and ancient woodlands, including Linden blossom from the trees along Welwyn Garden City’s parkway for this gin, which is combined with elderflower to pack a summery punch.
£34.99 for 50cl