Fancy adding a new tipple to your home bar? Inspired by the local village cricket, this family-run Berkshire distillery creates gins that'll bowl you over.
Bowled over by quality small-batch gin? Stumped for a drink that’ll tickle you tastebuds at the weekend (or during the week, no judgement here)? Step up to the Muddy crease, serve up a cucumber sandwich and pour yourself a large G&T inspired by the historic art of savouring a civilised game of bat and ball.
Cricketers Gin is the product of many G&T drinking afternoons watching the cricket at Pinkneys Green. It was of those moments that Rachel Tyrell and her dad David decided to bottle their passion for the game and drink.
With Rachel’s background in brand and marketing and her dad’s as a sommelier and restaurateur, they launched Cricketers Gin at the end of 2019, just a few months before the proverbial hit the fan in 2020. Despite the obvious challenges, this year they have been a finalist in the global Gin Guide Awards; won the Theo Paphitis Small Business Award, and launched a rather delicious Pink Gin.
The original dry gin is a silky smooth spirit containing three local botanicals found growing on Pinkneys Green Common – wild marjoram, milk thistle and blackberries. These unique flavours harmonise with zesty orange, spicy coriander, and subtle tones of liquorice, delivering an exquisite juniper-forward gin. The new Blush Berry features local Berkshire botanicals; as well as zesty orange, spicy coriander, subtle tones of liquorice, and the most delicate, raspberry sweetness. It also hits the essential 37.5% ABV so is still a true gin.
Clickety click and add Cricketers to the drinks trolley or you’ll be on sticky wicket. I’ll stop there, I’m way out of depth when it comes this sport. But drinking G&Ts? That I’d win gold.