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Five essential Gins every home bar needs

I wrote something a little while ago for about the five gins that every gin fan should have at home (spoiler: yes you need an Old Tom). Obviously, it’s virtually impossible to pick just five gin brands, so instead I picked out styles.

I’m thinking about following it up with something on the kit essentials for every home bar (glassware, jiggers, shakers, etc)., as well as all the other bits you need to make the best classic Gin cocktails. Watch this space…

Read the full thing here.

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Berkeley Square Gin

Berkeley Square Gin (40% ABV) is posh. Posh namesake, posh brand-positioning, posh bottle. Heck, even the miniatures are posh.


Berkeley Square calls itself a ‘timeless’ gin; “the single malt of the gin world”, with roots in the 1700s. It’s hand-crafted at the oldest distillery in England, and is a triple distilled spirit, infused with eight botanicals including sage, basil and Kaffir lime leaves.

The result is a well-balanced, herbaceous spirit with sweet notes and a peppery kick. The Berkeley Square signature serve is a Martini, garnished with a Kaffir lime leaf. While it does make a wonderful Martini – with enough flavour coming through even when the spirit is chilled on ice – I prefer a twist of lemon as a garnish. The zesty citrus peel cuts through the sweetness of the gin. It’s personal preference, of course, but the sweetness for me is almost too heady. I like my Martinis clean, pure and strong, and this ticks all the boxes.

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Gin Foundry’s Martini Forecaster

Gin Foundry are at it again. The home of ace infographics, hosts of Junipalooza and all round gin geniuses have come up trumps with a nifty little bit of kit called the Martini Forecaster.

Can’t decide what kind of Martini to order? Well worry no more, folks!


It’s silly, sure, but charming all the same. Download yours here.

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A Martini by any other name would still get you sloshed

Does The Alchemist make the world’s best Martini? Well, no, probably not. The drink I had wasn’t even called a Martini, for a start, but it was – and I don’t say this lightly – abso-bloody-lutely delicious.

Famed for it’s clever cocktail making and fancy techniques (it’s amazing how thrilled one can be by the novelty factor of dry ice in a drink, don’tcha know?), The Alchemist is a gimmicky cocktail bar. Fun and different, sure, but it’s built a reputation on magic and glamour. I decided to shun the fancy stuff and go for something simple when we visited the London branch of The Alchemist recently.

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Something fancy with dry ice and Chambord

The White Martinez is a heady blend of Hayman’s Old Tom (40%), stirred with lemon bitters, Gancia Bianco Vermouth, and garnished with lemon peel. Delicate citrus flavours lifted the sweetness of the gin and created something pretty special. Given half the chance, I’d have guzzled 12. Highly recommended for something a little lighter on the palette than a regular dry gin Martini with a twist.

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I have a confession to make…

I’ve been cheating.

I’ve been cheating on my good, old reliable chum, gin, with a dark, classy, mysterious mistress. In short, dear reader, I am addicted to Espresso Martinis.


That would be two parts vodka and two parts espresso to one part Kahlua, in case you’re wondering. Shaken vigorously over ice. Espresso beans optional.

The last time I ordered one, my friend looked in in mock-horror that I hadn’t ordered something gin-based, which made me wonder, would gin in an Espresso Martini work? My heart says ‘HELL no, you mad woman’, but my head says ‘errrm, remember Hotel Chocolat’s Cocoa Gin?’

Watch this space.

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Gin Foundry’s Ginfographic

A little while ago I took part in Gin Foundry‘s gin-based survey (which, by the way, is the biggest gin-based survey EVER), and the results have just been released!

From the best tonic brand to the nation’s favourite garnish, there’s a lot to digest. My favourite stat is this one – what is the perfect gin to tonic ratio? The eternal question, the long-standing argument, the issue that everyone has an opinion on. While I’m in the minority, I still firmly believe you should be able to taste the gin in your G&T, it seems not everyone agrees…

You can download the full infographic here.