Few drinks hit the spot in terms of satisfaction and ease of construction like a gin and tonic. In its most basic form the only additional ingredients you need are some ice and a slice of lemon or lime, but from there the sky is the limit.
The same goes for the flavour of the actual spirit too - while many are content with gin-flavoured gin, there is a whole world of additional spice and fruit just waiting to be explored.
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We've tested a range of flavoured gins available to buy online today, with varying degrees of enjoyment. Whether you're interested in a sweet pudding flavour, or a tart cranberry note, we've tried out a real variety.
How we tested the flavoured gins:
The team at WhatsTheBest took this test very seriously and thoroughly tested each gin in order to maintain scientific integrity.
All were tested with the same amount of gin and brand of tonic, although for supplementary testing purposes we also had some of them with mixers the manufacturer recommended. Purely for reference.
Here are some of the best flavoured gins on sale:
The best flavoured gin
1. Terlingham Vineyard Dry Gin
We've tried gin flavoured with port and now we've got one mixed with wine - the result is a seriously smooth and sweet gin with warming honey and floral notes, which is delicate enough for beginners yet intriguing enough to keep those who normally like punchier aromatics interested. It's ridiculously easy to drink yet complex, with a herbal, earthy and slightly spicy finish, topped off with a crispness reminiscent of a chalky champagne.
2. Conker Port Barrel Gin
Gin fans have been treated to some truly unique flavour combinations in recent years, but none caught our eye and imagination quite like this one, which has been aged in a port barrel.The result is an intriguing and woody flavour that perfectly complements the heavy juniper pine in Conker's signature Dorset Dry Gin, and a light pink tinge reminiscent of a late summer sunset.It doesn't taste at all like someone has snuck a measure of port into your G&T, but instead adds warming oak and a slight sweetness. A bit like other barrel-aged gin we've tried, but less intense - it's really good, especially neat over ice.
3. 58 Gin - London Dry Gin
Based in London, 58 Gin was named UK Gin Producer of the Year in 2020 and given a further award for this London Dry - a three-star mark at The Great Taste Awards 2021. That's a ringing endorsement if we've ever heard one. This textbook gin comes in an art-deco bottle, which is 100% recycled and recyclable. Seriously smooth and woody with a hit of citrus to follow, the best way to showcase this special gin is in a dry Martini, where its more subtle flavours can really sing. However, its no-nonsense yet delicious flavour means it's a great choice for a classic G&T if you want something longer.
4. Wildjac Apple & Elderberry Gin
Wildjac produces a new flavoured gin every quarter celebrating the tastes of the season and this Apple & Elderberry Gin is the latest limited-edition offering. It is the taste of autumn in a glass. Citrus takes a back seat here with red fruit and apple hints plus a floral note. It's less dry than a regular gin, so stands up well with a slimline tonic if you're not into sweetness. I really liked it with cranberry juice too, and I reckon it'll be just as good with apple, if you can excuse unconventional mixers. The entire bottle (including cork and labels) is 100% recycled too.
5. Mermaid Zest Gin
If you've tried the regular Mermaid Gin, you'll know that you're not only getting a beautiful bottle, but a high-quality glass of gin. This new Zest version is intensely citrusy, with strong grapefruit notes. This gin is hand-made on the Isle of Wight, and the eco-friendly distillery works with the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to protect seagrass meadows.
6. Cooper King Discovery Gin
A spirit that's good for your conscience and your tastebuds, Cooper King Discovery Gin is carbon neutral and helps fund the Natural History Museum's research and promotion of environmental concerns. A heavy responsibility for a drink and one that's backed up with a suitably strong flavour profile - a touch of pepper and clove with a savoury dryness from basil and lemongrass. It's both familiar but different and leaves a mark with every sip. Described as a 'brilliant and inventive way to promote positive change' by the museum. Cheers to that.
7. Herno Old Tom Gin
If you want to try something a bit different without stepping completely outside your comfort zone, this Old Tom style gin from Herno is ideal. It's named after a special booze delivery system found in old London gin houses, shaped like a black cat, which would dispense a shot of gin from its paw after receiving a coin in its mouth.What separates this from other gin varieties is the honey and sugar added after distillation, which gives Old Tom its distinct flavour. Balancing the sweetness in this bottle from Swedish makers Herno is a big hit of piney juniper and citrus meadowsweet for a fresh and full bodied flavour.It's complex though - after pouring a second (purely for research purposes) I discovered a warm and earthy note from the coriander, and a lingering taste of black pepper. Dial down the sweetness a bit with a slimline tonic if you want, but otherwise it works perfectly with loads of ice and lemon. A robust and vibrant G&T that gives you plenty to think about.
8. Bombay Sapphire Sunset
A sunset in a bottle, this special edition gin from Bombay Sapphire brings summer evening spice in the form of golden turmeric, Indian white cardamom, and Spanish mandarin. Of all the flavoured gins on this list it is perhaps the most subtle, but therein lies the appeal. The additional flavours bring an earthy, savoury character, but what's really impressive is that despite those spicy notes, which you would normally associate with autumn, this gin remains quite bright and zesty. So it's definitely more at home as a summer time drink. Delicious with tonic, but we also tried it with apple juice and found it to be even more complex and satisfying. Perfect if you want to try something a little unusual.
9. Aber Falls Gin
I've included both these flavours of Aber Falls Welsh gin because they're both delicious and I can't choose between them. If you need warming up, try the marmalade - it's surprisingly wonderful. It's a bit more orange jelly than marmalade, but that's not a bad thing. Feeling more summery? Try the rhubarb & ginger flavour - the rhubarb is that perfect combination of sweet and sour then the ginger hits you round the back of the head and wakes you up. I also love the brand as I've been on holiday close to where the gin is distilled and that makes me happy.
10. Greenall's Wild Berry Gin
A good option for fans of pink gin, this Greenall's offering is full of berry flavours, ideal for autumn, especially if you've just been sloe picking for your own gin. Great with ginger beer, if you fancy a change from tonic.
11. Adnams Quince Gin
Now, I'll admit to never having had a quince, whether it be a jam or sliced like the Owl and the Pussycat, so I didn't know what to expect with this flavoured gin, but I was impressed. It's fruity and fragrant but in a warm, autumnal way. It's good with normal tonic, but also tasty with lemonade and fresh apple as a garnish if you fancy something a bit different.
12. Noveltea Earl Grey Gin
"Tea with spirit" - if you love a cuppa, then you'll enjoy this gin-flavoured tea. You can drink this straight over ice, or topped up with your favourite tonic - or, try it warm for something a bit different.
13. Aviation American Gin
Aviation Gin might be famous for being owned by the actor Ryan Reynolds, but, just as Wrexham Football Club has its own history, so too does this gin. It's a softer gin than you normally find in American blends, and this one is ideal for smooth cocktails; the juniper and citrus flavours are gentle and moreish.
14. Porter's Orchard Gin
New from Scottish micro-distillery Porter's, this Orchard gin blends green apples and pears with juniper, recreating a Champagne flavour in homage to Blanc de Blanc Champagne. While it's understandably nothing like a chilled glass of fizz, it does have subtle hints that you'll enjoy if you're a Champagne fan. The apple makes it great for autumn evenings - I've even tried this with warm apple juice for a special treat.
15. Sipsmith Sloe Gin Liqueur
I love sloe gin. I make it myself a lot. However, it's really time consuming, so I'll happily save myself weeks of stewing it and just buy a good bottle instead. This sloe gin is great - a real depth of flavour, and great to drink either with tonic or on its own to really warm the cockles.
16. Sipsmith Chilli & Lime Gin
Grab a bottle of this limited edition Sipsmith offering - the chilli heat is perfect for autumn and the hint of gin keeps it fresh. This is great with a straight tonic, but also good if you want a different version of a margarita, too.
17. Gordon's Tropical Passionfruit Gin
Passionfruit is reminiscent of summer days, making this gin from Gordon's a must-have when the sun shines. Subtle and moreish, this gin works well over ice, or with citrus tonic water.
18. J.J. Whitley Plum Gin 70 cl
I wasn't convinced plum would work with a gin, but it's deliciously sour and sweet with a hint of pepper that really makes this pop.
19. Flagingo Pink Gin
Not your average pink gin, this bottle has attitude - and a gorgeous design, so it's great for your yourself or as a gift. It's a delicious gin, with flavours of mango, pineapple, passion fruit, allspice and ginger - the allspice and ginger are unexpected but subtle and interesting.
20. Gordon's Sicilian Lemon Distilled Gin
If you love a G&T then you'll likely have sampled it with a twist of lemon many times before. This new variety from Gordon's saves the need for extra fruit and is full of the taste of Sicily. It's not for the faint-hearted and you need to really, really love lemon.
21. Two Birds Pink Grapefruit & Pomegranate Gin
Two Birds is a fabulous brand offering quality flavoured (and normal) gin and other spirits, and this new flavour doesn't disappoint. Now, I'm not a fan of pomegranate normally, but the zing of the grapefruit makes this a delicious summer gin to sip. When I say sip, I mean drink two tumblers' worth in quick succession, obviously.
22. Cranes Cranberry Gin
When I tried this, I wondered if the dryness of cranberry would be too much, as gin is normally dry anyway. But actually this was delicious - just enough sweetness, and really moreish. Really moreish. Did I say it was moreish?
23. Boe Passion Fruit Gin
A strong flavour, this passion fruit gin couldn't be called subtle, and is a really fun gin. Tester Lindsey said: "The bright yellow colour also makes it great for cocktail making."
24. Bloom Gins
This Bloom Passionfruit and Vanilla Blossom Gin might be my new favourite weekend drinkypoo. It's fruity but the vanilla gives it a special something else (I'm forever harping on to my other half about how vanilla isn't a sweet flavour, our brains just think it is because we always have it with cakes, and that in Scandinavia they eat it with fish...). The Raspberry and Rose one is great too, as again the sweetness is cut through with some sharpness to really go well with the gin botanicals.
25. One Sage & Apple Gin
If you're looking for something a little less sweet but equally delicious, this Sage & Apple gin should be right up your street. The crisp apple is refreshing, reminiscent of summer days and the subtle sage adds a pine-like flavour with citrus notes. It's very drinkable, and would be excellent with a slice of apple and some fresh sage leaves to really bring out the flavour. Every bottle also helps to tackle the global water crisis - One Gin donates 10% of all its profits to fund life-changing water projects in the world's poorest communities. It's also vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.
26. Jaffa Cake Gin
Now, can a gin really taste like a Jaffa Cake? REALLY? Well, yes, this one does actually, quite a bit. Admittedly, it's not the same as chomping on a half-moon of delicious cake (yes, it's a cake, not a biscuit), but it comes pretty close. It's one of the few flavoured gins that captures a chocolate flavour, and the orange notes are fantastic. We tried this with a plain tonic and also with a hint-of-lemon tonic, and both worked well.
27. Agnes Arber Pineapple Gin
Writer Will said: "I'd buy this just because of how fancy the bottle is. A bonus is how good it tastes - it's a bit like Um Bongo." What more of a recommendation do we need? It's got nine botanicals, plus pineapple and a hint of mango, too.
28. Boe Gin - Bramble Gin
Tester Lily said: "Perfect served chilled over ice or with Prosecco, this tart gin is a showstopper at parties. Whether you're hosting for family or friends, this will go down a treat with guests."
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Sophie Knight is Group Commercial Content Editor for WhatsTheBest, Mother&Baby, Closer, Heat, Yours and Empire websites.
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