6 of the best local gins
In times of need - yep, like right now! - we turn to gin. These delicious local tipples should take the edge off your night in.
Well, if there was ever a time to drink this is it! Weak? Certainly not, sometimes I don’t even bother with tonic water. (OK that’s a joke before anyone starts dialing social services). G&T is definitely our favourite tipple at Muddy and lucky us that some of the best gins in the land happen to be local to Hants and the IoW. Order a couple of these bad boys for delivery, and fill your boots until the corona nightmare is over.
Hampshire is known for its watercress and Twisted Nose Dry Gin (40%ABV) from the Winchester Distillery capitalises on the local delicacy, along with nine other carefully chosen botanicals to create a gin that’s firmly anchored in the county. Serve with a good tonic and a twist of pink grapefruit. £37.95 for 70cl with free delivery here.
The Isle of Wight may only have one gin distillery but it’s a corker! This Muddy Award-winning business has a range of spirits, but none are more beautiful than Mermaid Gin. Just look at that bottle! The gin contains a real essence of the Island – locally foraged Rock Samphire, Boadicea hops directly from Ventnor Botanic Gardens and cut with Island chalk-fed spring water. While this 42% ABV beauty is best served straight up with tonic and lots of ice, it also goes perfectly with cucumber and seasonal berries as a garnish. Get their Isle of Wight exclusive deal here – 70cl of gin, 4 Fevertree Elderflower Tonics and a Mermaid tote bag with next day delivery for £39.
With the first batch released in 2018, this new(wish)comer to the gin world has a pretty formidable birthplace. Distilled in Portsmouth’s Fort Cumberland, it includes botanicals found within the fort’s walls – Gorse Flower, Elderflower and Sea Radish. This 41% ABV gin is best served as a simple G&T, garnished with lime. Don’t forget to leave the bottle out so everyone can admire the cool design! £32 for 70cl.
Hampshire has a huge array of fantastic gins at its disposal, but how many are worldwide famous? Enter that iconic blue bottle of Bombay Sapphire, distilled in Laverstoke Mill, Whitchurch since 2011. The gin’s look conjures up images of faraway lands and the flavour has hints of the ten botanicals contained within. With 40% ABV and costing around £27.50 for a litre it’s a great value option.
Gorilla Spirits trialled more than 100 different gins before hitting on the double medal winner Silverback in 2015. The distillery can be found in Upton Grey, and boasts real ethical creds – the signature Silverback Mountain Strength Gin (46% ABV) was created to with preservation in mind, giving £1 from every bottle to The Gorilla Organization. The distillery suggests pairing it with a light tonic and a twist of orange peel. £39 for 70cl.
This Lymington-based distiller and brewer produces small-batch craft gins using local fruits and botanicals. The 43% ABV Lymington Gin is robust, flavoured with angelica seeds foraged locally in the New Forest and is a previous winner of the Hampshire Life Drinks Product of the Year award – you can buy it here. £19.48 for 50cl.