If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for a gin drinker, then I’ve got the perfect selection of gifts for you to choose from!
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The current passion for gin shows no sign of slowing down, in fact if anything it seems to be getting more popular. And if you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas for gin lovers, there’s a huge range of choice out there.
So here are a few suggestions to give you some inspiration, if you’re buying a Christmas gift for a gin fan.
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Gins for Gin Lovers
The best present for gin lovers is probably a new bottle of gin. If they have a favourite brand that they love, then the easiest route is to pick up a bottle of that.
But there are so many small and artisanal distilleries around, and so many new flavours on the market, that you’ll get bonus points if you manage to pick out a gin that they haven’t tried before.
Twisting Spirits are a micro distillery in Oxfordshire, and their passion for gin really shines through in their products. They produce their gins in small batches, and distill, fill and label each bottle by hand.
I received a bottle of their Douglas Fir gin* to try – it has a lovely fresh flavour from the Douglas Fir, backed up with citrus notes and a hint of spice.
Their range also includes a Kaffir Lime and Lemon Grass gin*, which would be perfect for summer cocktails. And their Earl Grey Tea gin* has delicate floral notes as well as notes of tea and crisp citrus. I reckon that it’s ideal for someone who loves both tea and gin!
And for a gin lover with a sweet tooth, a bottle of Bakewell Gin sounds like a great match. As you might guess from the name, it’s distilled with botanicals including cherries and almonds. Click here to buy Bakewell Gin on Amazon.co.uk*.
I also sampled the delicious Sloe Gin from Demijohn. It’s really rich, jammy and warming, everything that a sipping gin should be. Demijohn have got all sorts of delicious flavoured gins, which would make a fantastic gin gift.
Their gift range also includes ideas like their Gin Tower, a selection of three stacking bottles of flavoured gins. You can also add a handwritten message to the bottles for the personal touch.
And if you’re buying a gift for a gin lover who also loves unicorns, I have got the perfect gift for you: a bottle of Unicorn Tears Gin Liqueur *.
It’s a sweet gin liqueur with an iridescent glittery appearance and a flavour that is high in juniper, orange and coriander and a hint of liquorice.
(No unicorns were harmed in the production of this gin…)
Or for someone who loves being by the sea, how about Edinburgh Seaside Gin*
Seaside Gin is a delicately balanced gin, created using foraged botanicals including scurvy grass, ground ivy and bladderwrack, which are complemented with spice notes from grains of paradie, coriander and cardamom.
Seaside Gin will make a deliciously refreshing G&T, bringing to mind a day at the coast.
And this Gin Tasting Kit* would be perfect for someone who enjoys experimenting with their gin and tonic. It is exclusive to John Lewis, and includes miniatures of Edinburgh Gin, Bombay Sapphire Gin and Silent Pool Gin, with a stemless gin balloon glass.
The kit also contains a selection of Earl Grey gin infusion bags that can be reused several times. You simply place a bag in the glass, cover with gin and leave to infuse for 5 minutes. Then you can enjoy the infused gin with ice and your favourite mixer.
You’ll explore the magnificent stillroom, discover the warehouse where the sleeping casks lie, and finish off your tour in the tasting room where you’ll have the opportunity to sample all three of the Lakes Distillery spirits.
But if Cumbria is too far to travel, there may be another distillery near you which offers tours. For example, the Copper Rivet Distillery in Kent offers an experience which covers the whole tour from grain to glass, ending with a tasting of their crafted gins.
If you’re buying for someone who fancies trying their hand at making gin, why not buy them a day at the 45 West Gin School? They’ll get to find out how gin is distilled, select their own blend of botanicals and distill their very own bottle of gin.
Alternatively you could book them a slot on a Warner Edwards Tour. They offer three different options for distillery tours including a private tour of the distillery. You can meet ‘Curiosity’ and ‘Satisfaction’ (the copper-pot stills) and take part in a tasting experience. Warner Edwards also recommend a local B&B and pub, so you could make a weekend of it.
And if travelling to a distillery isn’t an option, then how about a Craft Gin Club Subscription box to bring the gin to them. You can either buy a one off box or pay for an annual subscription if you’re feeling generous. The box select unusual gins from around the world and they’re a great way to try out something new.
Garnishing a G&T is more than just a slice of lemon or lime these days, and this Gin and Tonic Botanicals Gift Set* would be a fab gift to open up on Christmas Day. It contains 12 carefully selected botanicals to enhance your chosen gin, including lavender, pink pepper, raspberry, star anise and more.
The botanicals can be used as a garnish for a gin and tonic, or you could use them to infuse a bottle of gin. Gin glasses are a great gift idea as well.
Glassware is another great gift idea for a gin fan. I love this Dartington Crystal Gintuition Set* of three crystal glasses that are perfect for a G&T or gin cocktail. The set includes classic high-ball and martini glasses together with a copa glass and you can even have the glasses engraved if you wish.
Or you could go old school with crystal high ball glasses from Dartington – click here to buy from Amazon*.
If you give your gin-loving friend a VonShef Stainless Steel Boston Cocktail Set*, they can mix up some gin-based cocktails this Christmas. It includes a wooden muddler, a twisted bar spoon, a Hawthorne strainer, a pourer and a 2-in-1 Jigger – perfect for their next party.
And any gin lover would like to find the Burleighs Signature Christmas Hamper under the Christmas tree! It includes a bottle of Burleighs gin with mixers, gin chocolates, and a pair of copa glasses.
Books for Gin Lovers
Gin: The Manual
This book covers 120 gins which have been tested and scored four ways – with tonic, with lemonade, in a negroni and in a martin. Each gin is also categorised according to its core properties, allowing you to understand the best way to drink it.
The manual also covers how gin is made, what a botanical is and how they impact the flavour of gin.
You’ll also learn the difference between Dutch, London, Scottish, Spanish and American gins and the best way to drink them.
This book is a perfect gift for anyone who wants to learn more about their favourite drink.
Fever-Tree: The Art of Mixing
Rather than starting with the spirits, it focuses on key mixers – including tonic, lemonade, ginger ale, ginger beer and cola. Leading bartenders have created 125 classic and contemporary cocktail recipes to make the most of the botanical partnerships.
The book also explores the origins of key ingredients, including quinine, lemons and elderflower, and the impact that different herbs have on taste.
This guide allows you to understand your favourite drink more fully, and use your knowledge to create the most delicious cocktails.
Gin: Shake, Muddle, Stir
It feature all the staples like the Gin Fizz, Martini and Gimlet, as well as current favourites such as the Pink Lady, Negroni and Rhubarb Sparkler.
The book contains oer 60 drinks ranging from easy three-ingredient-recipes, to punches, apertifs, martinis and more. You’ll also discover syrup recipes to elevate your cocktail making skills to new levels.
For the hours before gin-o’clock – how about this Coffee Keeps Me Going Until it is Acceptable to Drink Gin Mug*!