Thanks to the current crop of luxury gins on the market, mother’s ruin has never tasted better. To be counted as a gin, the recipe must contain juniper (a tart, slightly citrussy, aromatic berry), though most are also made with a selection of botanicals that impart distinctive flavours. Bombay Sapphire — the vodka drinker’s gin— is perhaps the most neutral on the market, but for those with more adventurous tastes, here are three we’ve recently sampled.
The London Gin
An intriguing newcomer, this beautifully packaged, London-distilled spirit gets its turquoise hue from gardenia (one of 12 ingredients). It tastes as good as it looks — both spicy and smooth. £31; www.drinkon.com
From the apothecary-inspired bottle to the addition of rose and cucumber, this small-batch Scottish gin is self-consciously different. Its delicate, floral flavours make a great G&T (serve with a slice ofcucumber). £21; www.hendricksgin.co.uk
This has earned a permanent place in our drinks cabinet. Unafraid of demonstrating the full, crisp potential of juniper, tanqueray is a gin lover’s gin and makes a brilliant dry martini. £18; www.thedrinkshop.com