Gin is the perfect alcoholic beverage to warm you up in the winter. However, not everybody prefers regular gin.
Thankfully, there are countless varieties and flavours of gin that are full of flavour and can warm your body and spirits on the cold evenings.
Read on to find out some of the best winter gin flavours, from chocolate orange gin to rhubarb and ginger.
Chocolate Orange Gin
If you’re a chocolate lover, then you’ll love the taste of chocolate orange gin. Most varieties taste just like Terry’s chocolate orange – but of course, with the signature gin kick.
The perfectly balanced notes of zesty orange combined with rich chocolate make for a delightful and luxurious drinking experience.
Chocolate orange gin can be enjoyed over ice, or with a light tonic. However, to warm you up on the cold winter nights, why not add a measure or two to a mug of hot chocolate? You can garnish this delicious gin with an orange peel.
Some quality chocolate orange gins that you could try include:
- McQueen Spiced Chocolate Orange Gin
- Love The Lakes Chocolate Orange Gin Liqueur
- York Chocolate Orange Gin
Blackberry gin can be enjoyed all year round, but it hits especially well when it’s cold outside. Typically, blackberry flavoured gin features rich and tasty berry notes, with a zesty flavour.
If you enjoy bramble cocktails, then blackberry gin is a key ingredient. You can enjoy blackberry gin with whichever mixer you’d like, as well as over ice with a garnish of fresh blackberries and/ or a sprig of mint.
You can also enjoy this type of gin with lemonade, tonic, or make a delicious cocktail. To make a bramble cocktail, the recipe involves 50ml blackberry gin, 30ml of lemon juice, a teaspoon of sugar syrup, and lemon slices, mint, or blackberries to garnish.
Some popular blackberry gin brands include:
- Whitney Neil Blackberry Gin
- Tarquin’s British Blackberry Gin
- Beefeater Blackberry Gin
Rhubarb and Ginger
Rhubarb and ginger combine perfectly together, giving you a warm kick in the cold weather. Although you can enjoy these flavours in the summer, they taste especially great in the colder seasons.
The zesty taste of rhubarb adds an edge to the base of the gin, and the ginger flavours and aromas work to warm your palette, combining perfectly on your tongue.
You can mix rhubarb and ginger gin with whatever you like, although most people prefer a plain tonic. Ginger ale combines perfectly with this type of gin.
To garnish, simply add a slice of ginger and/ or a wedge of lemon – and be sure to add ice!
When you think of rhubarb and ginger gin, you might automatically think of the classic Whitney Neil Rhubarb and Ginger Gin. However, this isn’t the only rhubarb and ginger gin you can enjoy – here are the top brands:
- Whitney Neil Rhubarb and Ginger Gin
- Edinburgh Rhubarb and Ginger Gin
- Mayfield Rhubarb and Ginger Gin
- Or for a simple rhubarb flavour, why not try Warner Edwards Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin?
Whether you prefer gin on its own or you’re a fan of espresso martini’s, coffee gin is a great choice in any season, especially the winter months.
Many coffee gins on the market have additional flavours of honey, caramel, and even juniper.
You could also add a measure or two of coffee gin with your coffee to warm your soul when you’re sitting by the fireplace, or even hot chocolate to add that delicious coffee flavour with a gin kick.
Some great coffee gins you can enjoy include:
- Sipsmith Sipspresso Gin
- Elephant Coffee Gin
- Piston Coffee Gin
Peppermint flavoured candy canes are mostly associated with Christmas, but peppermint flavoured gin can be enjoyed throughout the whole winter season. It can also make a refreshing summer drink too, although most peppermint gins are marketed as candy cane Christmas gin.
Peppermint gin often features juniper resin which adds a warmer character to the gin, as well as winterberry notes.
Some quality peppermint-flavoured gins that you can find on the market include:
- Eden Mill Candy Cane Gin
- Secret Garden Christmas Gin
- For something with a chocolatey flavour, why not try McQueen Chocolate Mint Gin?
Alternatively, if you’d like to find out some of the best gins for the summer season, why not read our post about the best summer gins? You can find it here.