The days are getting longer, and the weather is getting warmer. That can mean only one thing – summer is almost with us.
There is nothing like relaxing and beating the heat with a delicious gin and tonic. With that in mind, here are five of the best gins to try this summer.
1. Portofino Gin
Portofino Gin shares its name with a fishing village in Liguria, Italy. The gin highlights the summer’s taste with 21 locally sourced ingredients including a mixture of herbs and flowers.
The botanicals are carefully handpicked from the local hills and macerated for seven days in an alcohol base made with Italian wheat grain. It is then distilled in an ancient Italian copper still and a Rotavapor.
This helps to ensure the gin still has the lovely aromas of fresh botanicals. Portofino Gin offers the perfect balance of flavours, with an initial note of juniper and citrus that becomes lavender, rosemary, sage, and sweet marjoram by the end.
We recommend that you garnish this one with lemon peel or rosemary for the best taste experience.
2. Alkkemist Gin
Alkkemist Gin is a product of Spain made from a grain spirit base distilled three times and 21 botanicals including the Mediterranean Muscat grape.
Alkkemist Gin is actually the first time that these grapes have been used to create gin. Alkkemist Gin claims to be “distilled by the light of the full moon.” The gin is distilled 12 times a year during the full moon.
The final result is a fruity gin with flavours including glove, juniper, and other florals. The gin ends with a hint of orange and samphire. We recommend garnishing this one with grapefruit or lemon peel.
3. Malify Gin Con Limone
Mailfy Gin Con Limone offers a fantastic example of fine Italian craftsmanship. The gin is made with six botanicals infused with Amalfi Coast and Sicilian lemons. The lemons give the gin a zesty scent.
Malify is a product of the Vergnano family and is produced at the Torino Distillati, which has been making liqueurs, spirits, and wines for over a century.
This summer gin offers a bright and fresh flavour without being overpowering. There are strong notes of juniper that add character to the gin. We recommend you garnish this one with a slice of lemon.
4. Puerto De Indias Strawberry Gin
Strawberries are the ultimate taste of summer. Do you want to pair that with a fine gin? If so, then Puerto De Indias Strawberry Gin is for you.
The gin is produced in the Spanish town of Carmona. Puerto De Indias contains fresh high-quality ingredients all carefully sourced to create a special summer gin with a unique identity you won’t soon forget.
The gin is made with freshly grown ripe strawberries, grown in the Huelva region of Andalusia.
The fruit gives the gin a fruity flavour with berry scents balanced out with notes of citrus and wild juniper. As a strawberry gin, this pairs best with strawberries and lime wedges.
Salcombe Gin Rosé Sainte Marie
Salcombe Gin Rosé Sainte Marie captures the essence of southern France in a bottle. Rosé Santa Marie is an award-winning gin handcrafted in Salcombe in South Devon.
The gin is named for the Santie Marie lighthouse, which indicates the Southern entrance to the Old Port of Marseille. 19th century Salcombe Fruit Schooners came to the port to load herbs and citrus fruits to take to England.
The gin is inspired by the aromas and flavours of the South of Rance. There is nothing like Salcombe Gin Rosé Sainte Marie on a warm evening as the sun sets in the distance.
Distilled with angelica, juniper berries, and strawberries, the gin offers a sweetness and delicate fresh flavour. We recommend you pair the Sainte Marie with a lemon peel twist or a slice of strawberry.
Summer is the perfect time to try a fresh new gin. Any of the gins on our list would be ideal.
Sit back on the porch and relax as you soak in the warm summer sun or enjoy a relaxing evening with friends and family or your own company.