When it comes to gin nowadays, you’re spoilt for choice!
You might be surprised to know that there are some stern requirements for a beverage to be considered gin by law. These include:
- Being a neutral spirit distilled from something natural like wheat, barley, potatoes or grapes.
- The predominant flavour must be juniper.
- There must be at least 37.5% of pure alcohol in the total value of liquid.
Even with all of those requirements, gin has had a resurgence in recent years and has become the nation’s second favourite spirit!
In our guide, we’re going to go through the best mixers for gin and what flavours they work well with.
If you’re not much of a gin drinker, we have plenty of other spirits and liqueurs available in our store, including Scotch whisky and a range of vodkas.
Was there ever a more iconic duo than gin and tonic? This drink has been a favourite among Brits for centuries, and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.
This simple combination is not only a favourite but was even declared to have “saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire,” by the great Winston Churchill.
Shaken or stirred? Anyone who’s a fan of cold hard cocktails will know how to make a martini, so it’s no wonder that vermouth made it into our list.
Vermouth is an aromatized fortified wine, flavoured with various botanicals which mix marvellously with those in gin. There’s a reason that 007 favours this beverage, after all.
If you want to add a little bit of spice to your gin, then the perfect mixer for you is ginger beer.
Although usually used with rum and lime, ginger beer is a brilliant mixer for any spiced or winter gins as it will bring out all the lovely botanicals like cinnamon and orange.
This warming mixer is also a perfect addition to Old Amersham Pink Gin Rhubarb & Elderflower.
4. Earl Grey Tea
What a way to start the day. At first glance, putting gin in your tea may seem outrageous, but when you break it down, you’ll be wondering why you haven’t done it sooner! The botanicals in both the gin and the tea play off of one another beautifully to create a Great British beverage.
And the best part? It can be enjoyed hot or cold making it a perfect accompaniment to UK weather.
5. Bitter Lemon
Considering that gin is commonly garnished with either a lemon or lime wedge, it should be no surprise that a citrus mixer made it on our list. In fact, gin and citrus go so well together that a vast variety of citrus flavoured gins are available, including blood orange and grapefruit.
If you’re not a bitter lemon fan, you can just as easily substitute it for lemonade for a crisp, refreshing beverage.
6. Soda Water
If you’re someone who wants to appreciate the fine flavours of gin without counting calories, then soda water is the perfect mixer for you. With countless flavours available, the possibilities are endless!
But this is nothing new, back in the 1920’s, the drink of choice for Bright Young Things was a Gin Rickey – two measures of gin topped up with soda water and a squeeze of fresh lime.
7. Fruit Juice
As with soda water, there are countless possibilities for flavour combinations when you’re mixing gin and fruit juice.
If you want something bitter, try lemon or lime juice. For something a little more savoury, try gin with tomato juice and a little Worcestershire Sauce to make a Red Snapper. Or, if you just want something sweet to drink, why not try gin with apple juice and just a little honey for a refreshing summery drink.
When it comes to gin, the possibilities are endless. If you’ve decided to give one of these mixers a try but can’t decide which gin is best, why not check out our blog.