The best gins for Christmas 2021
Play your cards right and you might find yourself on Santa’s good list this year. And you know what that means, right? A bottle of the tastiest gin waiting for you in your stocking on Christmas morning.
We’ve lost count of the amount of new and exciting gin bottles hitting the shelves each year and find the process of buying gin quite puzzling. With so many cracking bottle designs out there, it’s easy to get carried away with aesthetics and so, to help you out this Christmas, we’ve found the prettiest gin bottles which taste as good as they look.
In case you were ever in any doubt, gin is still very much Britain’s most-loved tipple. And as the festive season arrives, it’s probably sensible to have your gin cupboard fully stocked. Alternatively, a cracking bottle of gin also makes a great failsafe gift for someone – so if you’re present-hunting, why not have a browse?
If you’re shopping for someone that prefers a flavoured gin, treat them to this tropical passion fruit and vanilla blossom gin from Bloom. Yes, it is quite sweet but that sweetness is nicely balanced with a creamy hit of vanilla. Serve as a straightforward G&T to balance out the sweetness or try it in a cocktail; such as a twist on a Gin Fizz. Available from Tesco (£24.50).
The Isle of Wight distillery’s Mermaid gin sent people into a frenzy when it first hit the shelves, and their latest strawberry-infused pink gin is already having a similar effect. Its subtle flavour is perfectly balanced, and although sweet to taste, contains zero added sugar. The outrageously pretty bottle is made from sustainable materials and is entirely plastic free – with a focus on sustainability being at the heart of the brand. This is a great gift for someone who loves to collect gin bottles when they’re finished – what a statement it looks on any shelf! Available from John Lewis (£38).
It’s very easy to get lured in by the funky bottle design and witty brand name of Glaswegin but this small batch tipple offers so much more than that; having been crowned Scotland’s Best London Dry Gin in this year’s World Gin Awards, it’s clear to see why it’s a popular choice. Serve with your favourite tonic and garnish combo – whatever floats your boat! Available from Glaswegin (£39).
This crimson red gin is made with organic sloe berries and local honey, giving it a vermouth-like sweetness that makes it fabulous in cocktails or a simple gin and tonic. The berries’ natural tartness is notable in the finish which balances out the spirit’s sweetness perfectly. Try it in a French 75 with a little champagne, or opt for a sloe gin martini – either way, a bottle of this is sure to go down well at Christmas. Available from Master of Malt (from £37.42).
Nothing heats you up more than a warming hit of ginger… this festively spiced tipple is a great way to ramp up the Christmas spirit. The addition of clementine will definitely appeal to those who like a citrus-flavoured gin and tastes great served warm, i.e. if you were to swap whisky for this in a hot toddy. Otherwise, enjoy over ice with a splash of tonic and a large slice of orange. Available from Edinburgh Gin (£16.50).
For a bottle with a bit of magic, try Cotswold’s cloudy Christmas gin. Its notes of sweet clementine and cardamom offer a hint of warm spice on top of that traditional clean juniper flavour, and the joy of this gin is that it radiates a cloudy glow when ice or tonic is added. And who doesn’t love a bit of theatre when it comes to at-home cocktails? Available from Cotswolds (£34.95).
This winter gin liqueur is a unique drink – sweet, rosey and warming – it’s almost like a tawny port. The gorgeous bottle makes this a winning gift – the drink is wintery and festive enough to give at Christmas, but not too Christmassy in flavour that you can’t enjoy it with ice and tonic well past the 25th. Available from Reverend Hubert (£36).
You can trust the experts at Sipsmith to make a quality flavoured gin. New limited edition ‘Sipresso’, distilled using cinnamon, vanilla and beans from Pact Coffee, is just the ticket for an espresso martini; the distillery’s online shop has the full kit with the gin, coffee, jigger and garnish stencil. Available from John Lewis (£28.50).
M&S light-up gin liqueur snow globe – NEW magnum size
There’s something utterly mesmerising about gazing into M&S’s snow globe gin which by the way, LIGHTS UP. Shake up the bottle and watch as tiny specks of gold begin to float around the bottle and then turn on the switch for a real spectacle. The bottle comes in new flavours each year – and this year you can pick up Madagascan vanilla, spiced sugar plum or clementine liqueur – the latter being our favourite – with a sharp and citrussy festive kick. Now available in magnum size for Christmas 2021. Available from M&S (£40).
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