12 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 by picking up a bottle of the good stuff? Here are some that'll look as good on your shelf as they taste in your G&T...
A smash hit
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 doesn’t just extend to wine this summer! 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.
Honey, you’re golden
Who doesn’t love a nattily dressed owl to remind them there us amber nectar to be drunk this summer? The latest flavoured gin from Berkshire Botanicals – an award-winning distillery located on Yattendon Estate – is delicate and yet not overly sweet (they use a lot less sugar). Be sure to have a bottle of this liquid gold on your gin shelfie.
That’s the spirit
You know what they say: great things come in beautiful bottles (or, er, something like that), and it’s certainly true of Wessex Distillery’s signature Alfred the Great gin and its apothecary-style bottle. Prefer your G&T a little fruitier? Try their Rhubarb and Ginger, Gooseberry and Elderflower, or Ginger and Sicilian Lemon flavours.
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 always make it a habit to keep a bottle of the Isle of Wight’s own Mermaid Gin on our shelf at all times, and their brand new Mermaid Zest Gin is joining the collection ASAP. Just clock that gorgeous green bottle! The new flavour is made with grapefruit, island bergamot and wild-foraged coastal rosemary too – anyone else’s mouth watering?
How does your garden grow?
From an outrageously cool distillery in The Newbury Pub, 137 Gin has got industry pros sitting up like meerkats – and we are loving the rock n roll vibes of the hand poured wax seal. The Muddy fave is Country Garden, a blooming marvellous blend of floral botanicals that tastes like summer without a hint of soapiness. Serve it up with lots of ice, Elderflower tonic and garnish with juniper berries and a sprig of rosemary.
You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to the painterly bottles from Herts distillery Copper in the Clouds, but our go-to for summer is always their Flowerbomb Gin, which is inspired by wildflower meadows in bloom. The flowers aren’t just on the bottle, either: expect notes of rose petals, lavender and orange blossom in every sip. Sounds blooming lovely.
Not your grandma’s gin bottle
Twee and delicate not your bag? 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.
If all this fluted glass and florals make your minimalist heart weep, then do I have the bottle for you. Glaswegin makes award-winning small-batch gins in (where else?) Glasgow, and they scooped Scotland’s Best London Dry Gin in the World Gin Awards 2021 – but we want them for their satisfyingly blocky bottles. Raspberry & Rhubarb flavour for us, please.
All at sea
No need to go searching uncharted waters for your new favourite tipple – it’s right here in Wiltshire! This bold London Dry has been winning awards left, right and centre, including winning Master status at the Gin Masters Competition 2019, but we’re picking it up for that atlas-inspired bottle. They do say the nautical trend is in this summer…
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 is vibrant and fruity, and you can even have their pretty ceramic bottles personalised for special occasions like birthdays (*hint hint*).