Best flavoured gin (2021): the best pink gin and more
For those who prefer their gin with a little bit of flavour.
Flavoured gin. Two words that were always destined to go together and delight taste buds the world over. Brits just can’t get enough of the stuff - which is precisely why we thought it apt to compile our pick of the best pink gins and the best flavoured gins around.
As pleasing on the eye as they are on the tongue, these gins really do taste as good as they look in your drinks cabinet - trust us, we’ve tried and tested them.
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The gins we’ve selected span the spending spectrum, with cut-price offerings and a few high-end additions for good measure. The entries on this list are also all ideal with a couple of ice cubes and a hearty serving of tonic.
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Best flavoured gin and best pink gin
1. Pink Marmalade Gin
One of the smoothest gins we tasted on the list and definitely a crowd pleaser. Not only does the liquid turn from subtle blue to pink when you add some tonic in, it tastes fantastic. There's a real hint of marmalade, slightly salted, and punchy citrus cutting through. The bottle looks great, too, if you are looking merely for shelf appeal.
2. Portobello Road Savoury gin
Not a fan of most flavoured gin or pink gin in general, Portobello Road Savoury gin is trying something different with the category. It is offering a gin with a distinct taste that's a far cry from those who add in sugar and the like to their mix. While this one could easily be drank as a 'normal' gin, we think its herbaceous taste - with basil and rosemary notes - really makes this one of the most distinctive gins out there and that's why, tautology aside, we have added it to this list.
3. Keepr's British Raspberry & Honey Gin
The British Honey Company has created a number of honey-infused drinks but Keepr's British Raspberry & Honey Gin is our favourite. There is a real richness to this gin which combines the tartness of raspberry with the smoothness of honey. This is one that can be sipped on its own, with an ice cube cooling everything down.
4. OPIHR Black Lemon
We are big fans of the spices that come in OPIHR gin and its latest expression makes for a fantastic G&T. OPIHR Black Lemon is a sharp, spicy gin that has a smell that conjures up Persian cooking and a taste that is really clean. There's a great mix of citrus and spice in this drink and isn't as overpowering as some of OPIHR's previous efforts.
5. Elephant Orange Cocoa Gin
Taking its base from Elephant Dry Gin and adding the citrus-fresh, aromatic complexity of sweet organic oranges with roasted cocoa beans, this is a sumptuous drink that really does have a smooth taste. Pair it with a Mediterranean tonic and you have a fantastic tasting (and smelling) G&T. And the bonus of buying a bottle is that 15% of bottle profits are donated to African elephant conservation efforts.
6. Pinkster Gin
If you're looking for a gin with a touch of something different, this rose tinted offering is made using fresh, juicy raspberries. Pinkster came about when founder Stephen realised wine and beer no longer agreed with him so, as a keen maker of sloe liqueurs, he decided to concoct something a little fresher. It's fruity, it's fresh - and there's also gin jam if you're feeling exotic.
7. Grace O'Malley - Heather Infused Irish Gin
Again, we were close to adding this one to our traditional gin list but there is enough of a distinctive flavour here for it to be classed as a 'flavoured' gin. That's how powerful the heather is in this bottle. Its distinctive sweet character really adds to the complexity of the flavour, making it one of the most aromatic gins around
8. Kopparberg Premium Strawberry and Lime Gin
A name your used to associating with cider as opposed to gin, Scandi brand Kopparberg has tried their hand at a vibrant pink gin. This 37.5% ABV is double distilled over a two-week period before being unleashed into the bottle. Suitable for both vegans and vegetarians, this offering ties in perfectly with a punch tasting tonic.
9. Bloom Passionfruit & Vanilla Blossom Gin
The first time we tried this one it was in a cocktail that we rustled up with using actual passion fruit as a base and it was delicious. If you were to have it on your own, then we would recommend adding a little bit of lemonade to the glass, instead of a tonic.
10. Malfy Con Arancia Sicilian Blood Orange Italian Gin
We've been testing this one for some time now, that's how good it is - with a rich orange taste that works really well with a standard tonic. The colour is fantastic, a deep orange which will look good in whatever cocktails you are also preparing.
11. Tarsier Gin
There is a lovely unique taste to Tarsier gin which makes it into this. It’s not flavoured as such but the Southern Asian botanicals that are used - including Calamansi, Thai Sweet Basil, Galangal and Kampot Pepper - give it a taste that is nothing like a standard gin. Because of this, it’s a good gin to have on the rocks or with a decent punch of citrus. For those after even more flavour, there is a pink version available with dried Raspberries and Red Dragon Fruit giving it its colour.
12. Chase Pink Grapefruit and Pomelo Gin
Crafted in Herefordshire, Chase Pink Grapefruit and Pomelo Gin is a fresh and fruity addition to any drinks cabinet. With its citrus-y edge and juniper hints, this is a must for anyone who favours the bitter edge of grapefruit. It’s punchy, it has 40% ABV and it’s perfect neat or drunk with a tonic mixer.
13. Cotswold No.1 Wildflower Gin
Cotswold Gin's latest pink-tinged offering pretty much constitutes the perfect summer spritz. Packed full of, you guessed it, wild flowers (and an intriguing range of other botanicals), Cotswold's No.1 Wildflower Gin features cornflowers, lavender, rhubarb root and orange to name but a few ingredients, making it an aromatic 41.7% ABV
14. Masons Orange and Lime Leaf Gin
This is a gorgeous gin and comes in the new-look Masons bottles. This one is packed with citrus flavours and the kaffir lime leaf really gives it a lift. We had this one with ginger ale and it’s an absolute treat.
15. Gordon’s Premium Pink Distilled Gin
A big name in (and out of) the pink gin world, Gordon’s pink gin is infused with raspberries and strawberries with a tangy edge of redcurrents. It’s sweet, it’s fruity and with 37.5% ABV, there’s no reason not to enjoy a second glass (responsibly, of course).
16. Limehouse Pink Gin
A fruity little offering packed with flavour, the red berries in this gin actually make it taste a little like drumstick lollies - I know, the nostalgia! It’s a light and smooth offering made right here in the UK - the perfect tipple when paired with tonic, naturally.
17. Cantium Rubesco Pink Gin
We are big fans of Cantium, a Kent-based distiller that creates great-tasting gins and sprinkles in a bit of sustainability by making the bottles they come in reusable as flasks. To go alongside its standard gin is this pink variant. It’s got a superb taste, thanks to its key ingredient: Kentish strawberries and raspberries.
18. Malfy Rosa Gin
This citrus-y little offering has a delightful kick of peppercorn in addition to the Pink Grapefruit and Rhubarb flavours. Its nautical-inspired frosted bottle contains a powerful 41% ABV offering - making it stronger than many in this list - and is blended using Italian grain and spring water to achieve its distinctive colour, flavour and strength.
19. Bombay Bramble
This is another smart gin from Bombay Sapphire. It’s infused with blackberry and raspberry which means that it’s practically a cocktail - all that’s needed it a guzzle of tonic and what you have is a really, cosy and refreshing drink.
20. Greenalls Wild Berry Pink Gin
Combining the brand’s original dry gin with hints of blackberries and raspberries, this gin offering actually contains zero percent sugar - surprising, right? Only the ‘heart’ of the distilled batch is used (the best bit in the middle) and it comes in a delightfully attractive vibrant pink necked bottle.
21. Bloom Gin Jasmine and Rose
This jasmine and rose offering is an offshoot of the classic dry London gin we’ve come to expect from Bloom. With its smooth flavour and natural flavour of jasmine and rose petals, it’s definitely one of the more floral offerings out there. The bottle’s also worth a mention, as this offering would look impressive as part of any drinks cabinet.
22. Hendricks Lunar Gin
There is a lot to like about this limited edition version of Hendricks gin. It’s small batch and has a real earthy taste to it. It’s not exactly flavoured but the flavour is so unique that we wanted to put this one in the list. It’s a gin that begs for savoury additions, such as cucumber and black pepper.
23. Whitley Neill Pink Grapefruit Gin
Taking inspiration from the citrus groves of Spain, Whitley Neill’s sweet and sharp gin is infused by Iberian Pink Grapefruit for a deliciously punchy flavour. With hints of lime flowers, cloves and chamomile to boot, this is an offering worth a sip (or three). It also comes in a pretty attractive looking bottle, y’know, in case that floats your boat.
24. Beefeater Pink Gin
This vibrant strawberry gin is a must for gin fans in search of London made gin with a classic, dry taste. Mixing the delicate taste of strawberry with lemon peel, almonds, seville orange peel and a dash of liquorice root, this offering is a fruitier variety of the classic London dry gin we’ve grown to know and love.
25. Edinburgh Rhubarb and Ginger Gin Liqueur
Sure, some people would consider this void from the list because it’s a liqueur, but over here at Shortlist we say: who cares?! It’s sweeter than your average - thus the liqueur element - but it’s a pretty delightful addition nonetheless. Packed with flavour - and distinctive ginger notes - this is a warming offering if ever we tasted it.
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Additional writing/tasting: Marc Chacksfield