The Best New Gins to Restock Your Home Bar

The Best New Gins to Restock Your Home Bar

The gifts have been given, the turkey's been eaten, drinks have been drunk. Yep, the festive season may well be over, but it's not all bad news - time to think about restocking that (most likely now quite empty) home bar for the new year.

January isn't just about resolutions, it's about Gin (Ginuary, if you will). We've rounded up the best new Gins to restock your home bar so you're fully stocked and ready to rock and roll.

Whether you're making Martinis, Negronis, or just plain and simple Gin & Tonics, there's something for everyone in this little lot.

1. Corner Fifty Three - Cherokee Gin

Based in Hampshire, UK, Corner Fifty Three is a micro-distillery based in Founder and Head Distiller Tom's garden. A new to market brand, with three Gins under its belt - although we're focusing on Cherokee Gin here, the others are Umami and Pomelo - Corner Fifty Three is being touted as one to watch.

Cherokee Gin is inspired by Bourbon, so it's unsurprisingly a sweeter style Gin - perfect for a Martinez cocktail, or even a Gin Old Fashioned. Made with maple syrup, sarsaparilla, oranges, almonds, juniper, orris, liquorice, lemon peel, apples and pears, it's a unique Gin for sure. The maple syrup is added post distillation, just before a final filtration.

Don't be fooled, this isn't a sugary sweet Gin, but it feels similar to Old Tom Gins in terms of having a sweeter base.

2. Whitley Neill - Parma Violet Gin

Launched in the second half of 2018, Parma Violet is the latest in a line of flavoured Gins from Whitley Neill, alongside Blood Orange, Rhubarb & Ginger, and Raspberry.

Named after the iconic 1970s British sweets, this English Gin base is infused with aromatic violets to create a floral Gin great for cocktails, or even sipping neat over ice. It's not something for everyone, but it's certainly stand out, and the bright purple bottle will look great on your shelves, too.

3. Lind & Lime Gin

Hold tight for a bit of a history lesson about an excellent Gin. Made at The Port of Leith Distillery Co. in Edinburgh, Lind & Lime Gin is named as such for two reasons; firstly, one of the dominant botanicals (alongside juniper and pink peppercorns) is lime peel. Secondly, Dr James Lind is largely credited for discovering that citrus fruits help prevent scurvy, and thus led to the Royal Navy provisioning its ships with limes by the end of the 18th century.

And if that's not enough, the link back to the Leith-based distillery comes in the form of Rose's Lime Juice, a cordial created by a Leith man named Lachlan Rose, who discovered that the juice from limes could be preserved with the addition of sugar - and the Royal Navy lapped it up.

Unsurprisingly, this is a citrus-forward Gin, and therefore makes a great Gimlet, or a classic G&T. Plus, the art-deco inspired bottle is something you'll really want to show off.

4. No Name Distillery - Fruit Salad Gin Liqueur

Ok so this one isn't technically a Gin, but it is a Gin-based Liqueur. Brand new to market, and made in Manchester in the UK, there's also a Violet Gin Liqueur and a Dandelion & Burdock Gin Liqueur, too.

There's no website yet, but with flavours as unusual as these, we think they'll go like hot cakes as soon as they're released.

Gin liqueurs are massive right now, and there are so many different varieties available. Sip 'em neat, over ice, or even use them in cocktails, like this one.

What might we have missed? Tell us about your newest Gin discoveries in the comments.

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