With Mother’s Day fast approaching on the 14th of March, we take a look at some of our favourite gin selections for the main lady in your life. From the comfort of home, take her on a tour of the UK (with a quick trip to Saint Tropez) with this assortment of gins distilled from Cornwall to Northamptonshire and Yorkshire to the isles of the Outer Hebrides, she won’t be disappointed.
For gin fans of a very personal kind, tickle your mum pink with all-natural, farm-fresh gins such as pioneering Warner’s Rhubarb Gin, which kickstarted the pink gin craze back in 2014, or vibrant and jammy Raspberry Gin. Each bottle is filled with one-third fruit juice – whether that be pure rhubarb juice or a blend of succulent British raspberries, blackberries and handpicked hedgerow elderflowers – which results in a naturally pink hue.
For those struggling to pick just one variant from the epic range of farm-grown gems, the Pink by Nature gift set is perfect. Warner’s Limited-Edition Strawberry and Rose Gin is an aromatic coupling of pure strawberry juice and delicate real rose and is presented exclusively with the rhubarb and raspberry versions in a gift set of three 5cl gins.
Price: Pink by Nature gift set £14 for 3 x 5cl, £30-£40 for 70cl, personalisation £2 per bottle.
Where to buy: warnersdistillery.com
Isle of Harris Gin
The award-winning Isle of Harris Gin is the distillery’s inaugural spirit, distilled in Tarbert in a small copper gin still, known as ‘The Dottach’. Juniper, coriander, angelica root, orris root, cubebs, bitter orange peel, liquorice and cassia bark all play their role in defining the taste of the gin, but it is sugar kelp that marks out this spirit. Sustainably harvested by a local diver from around the seas of the Outer Hebrides, the sugar kelp creates subtle coastal notes.
Treat your mum to a bottle of this tasty gin or go one step further with a gift set to include unique Wrześniak Glassworks glassware alongside a bottle of Harris gin. Each of these sophisticated glassware pieces is unique, having been handblown, shaped and polished in traditional fashion.
Price: £40 per bottle, £68 for the gift set.
Where to buy: harrisdistillery.com
Bathtub Gin is an award-winning craft gin, double infused for extra flavour and handcrafted from start to finish. First, an already delicious London Dry Gin is distilled in a copper-pot still, then it is infused with orange peel and five other carefully selected botanicals over a further seven days, tasting regularly by hand to ensure that distinct Bathtub flavour. Finally, every bottle is hand wrapped, strung and waxed in Kent.
Expect scents of juniper, fragrant citrus and cardamom with notes of fresh orange peel and cinnamon, while the taste is, of course, bursting with juniper, cloves, coriander and cardamom and finished with orange peel. Upgrade your gift with the gin and mug gift set – a bottle of this tasty nectar paired with a pretty enamel mug – for tea or gin – mum will decide what’s best!
Where to buy: masterofmalt.com
This signature Gin from Otterbeck Distillery has already won gold at The Gin Masters 2020, despite that fact that its first batch was only distilled during the first lockdown. Cotton Gin will instantly transport you to a sunny English garden and rolling green meadows with its blend of the finest botanicals: Yorkshire watercress, English coriander, hand-foraged local spruce, rowan berries, nettle leaves and mint make for fragrant and herbaceous gin.
The premium small-batch gin is an homage to the beautiful surroundings and countryside of the Yorkshire Dales and, in time for Mother’s Day, it is now available with two gin glasses, perfect for making for a refreshing and smooth gin and tonic aperitif before dinner.
Price: Cotton Gin Gift Box is £59.95.
Where to buy: otterbeckdistillery.co.uk
Tarquin’s Hibiscus and Lemon Gin
Tarquin’s Hibiscus and Lemon Gin is created by distilling the award-winning Cornish dry gin with lemon and rose before a gentle infusing with hibiscus petals for an aromatic flavour and a delicate pink hue. Vibrant, fresh and floral on the nose with a soft zesty finish, this unique gin pairs perfectly with a light tonic, garnished with fresh strawberries and served long over ice.
Tarquin’s Gin distils this beautiful limited-edition gin at their internationally-award winning distillery just outside of Padstow in Cornwall. Tarquin Leadbetter, master distiller said: “We wanted to create something to celebrate the English spring. The beautiful flowers that begin to scatter the Cornish coast, the return of sunshine and days at the beach.” Bliss.
Where to buy: tarquinsgin.com
Neroli Gin from That Boutique-y Gin Company
Based around the deliciousness of Neroli oil, which is extracted from the blossom of the bitter orange tree, this gin has a massive floral influence, well-balanced by spicy juniper and refreshing fruit.
Flavour-wise, in a soft and delicate opening there’s a wave of orange blossom, perfumed vanilla and a slight hint of aniseed, while a pinch of cardamom and clove offer herbaceous, spiced depth. Neroli Gin has a surprisingly long finish, with a little dryness that stops it becoming too syrupy, and is best enjoyed with cloudy lemonade.
Where to buy: masterofmalt.com
Caorunn Raspberry Gin
Caorunn is passionately handcrafted in small batches in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. This premium gin is quadruple-distilled and uses only the finest pure grain spirit as well as traditional and foraged gin botanicals.
Caorunn Scottish Raspberry (50cl) combines the invigorating dry, crisp taste of Caorunn yet is enhanced by a natural raspberry sweetness – why not mix it with lemon juice, Chambord, sugar syrup and soda to create a refreshing Mother’s Day Raspberry Collins?
Where to buy: masterofmalt.com and in Tesco stores
Ballin London is the hot new UK spirits brand that’s all about living your best life – blending super-stylish frosted bottles with superior spirits that taste just as good as they look.
Produced exclusively for Ballin by the G and J Distillery in the UK, which has been distilling premium spirits for over 250 years, Ballin’s British gin is quintuple filtered for an incredibly clean, smooth and subtle finish, leaving zero burn and no lingering aftertaste. The premium gin’s flavour profile is made up from five carefully selected botanicals which include, juniper, angelica, coriander, cubeb peppers, and lemon to infuse a hint of citrus notes.
Ballin spirits are crisp and clean and have been developed to drink straight from the freezer, on the rocks or enjoyed with your favourite mixer. Either way these Insta-worthy spirits are set to bring a splash of colour and excitement to your home.
Price: £32 for 70cl.
Where to buy: ballin.london
True London Gin distiller, and fifth generation family-owned business, Hayman’s Gin offers timelessly smooth spirits that can only be made from years of experience. The London Dry, Old Tom, and Sloe Gin come readily available in beautifully gift-wrapped bottles – the perfect elegant gift for gin aficionados.
Price: Gift wrapped 70cl of The London Dry, Old Tom, and Sloe Gins – £28.
Where to buy: haymansgin.com
This French crafted dry gin was inspired by the abundance of botanicals growing wild on Mirabeau’s wine estate near Saint Tropez. Living in an area steeped in the history of world-famous perfume trade, they set out on a new journey to create a truly unique and original gin. This rose gin is pretty in pink with lemon, coriander, angelica, lavender, thyme and more aiding in its soft, yet classic, nature.
Mirabeau has partnered with British candle maker Perfect Chaos to create a limited-edition Mirabeau Dry Gin candle. Using the botanicals and tasting notes of the dry gin, Perfect Chaos has created an essential oil blend to complement it and be the perfect sipping partner to your mum’s gin and tonic.
Price: Gin and Candle bundle £55.
Where to buy: mirabeauwine.com