The countdown to Christmas has begun, and if you’re looking for the perfect festive tipple to enjoy all December long, look no further- as we’ve put together a list of the best Christmas gins for 2020!
Our selection of Christmas gins has everything, from gins inspired by candy canes and Christmas cake to gins distilled with frankincense and myrrh, and Norway spruce (from the traditional Christmas tree!).
Get into the festive spirit and read on to discover our favourite Christmas gins for 2020…
Produced by Gravity Drinks in the UK, this lovely gin is presented in the most beautiful Italian-made glass bottle decorated with a delightful festive wintry scene. It comes with edible 23 carat gold leaf and has a button on the base that turns on the integrated LED light, lighting up the wintry scene inside. With just a little shake, the golf leaf flecks will start to cascade around the scene just like snowflakes! This gin offers a delicious festive blend of zesty orange and warming gingerbread, accompanied by undertones of cinnamon and wintry spices.
Recommended Garnish: Slice of orange
Notable Botanicals: Real Seville oranges, cinnamon, wintry spices
Sipsmith’s Sloe Gin Liqueur is created with a base of their award-winning London Dry Gin, which is left to rest on ripe sloe berries, harvested in the autumn months. This process takes around three to four months, thus allowing the fruity goodness of the berries to really shine through. A lovely smooth gin with notes of delicious winter fruits and sweet cherry, balanced beautifully with hints of warm spice and piney juniper.
Recommended Garnish: Orange wheel
Notable Botanicals: Juniper, sloe berries, coriander, Seville orange peel, liquorice root, cassia bark, cinnamon, angelica root, orris, Spanish ground almond, lemon peel
This gin really is Christmas in a bottle! A wonderful offering from the folks at Edinburgh Gin, this award-winning gin is made with a blend of seasonal botanicals including frankincense and myrrh – providing wonderful rich aromatics. It has zesty sweet orange notes balanced with a festive warmth coming from the cinnamon and nutmeg. For a Christmas serve it makes a lovely G&T, and also works very well in a Negroni – where the sweet myrrh provides a nice balance to the Campari’s bitter taste.
Recommended Garnish: Orange twist
Notable Botanicals: Frankincense, myrrh, nutmeg, sweet orange, juniper, angelica root, coriander, orris
Made by Yattendon Distillery in rural West Berkshire, this expression is distilled in a pot still (named Harry) using a selection of hand-picked botanicals including the likes of Norway Spruce, coriander, sweet orange peel and grapefruit. It is produced in the heart of the 9,000-acre Yattendon Estate, the UK’s largest grower of Christmas trees, and is inspired by the surroundings by featuring Norway Spruce in the blend of botanicals. A refreshing gin with crisp notes of pine, citrus and subtle warming spices.
Recommended Garnish: Lemon wedge and a small sprig of pine or juniper
Notable Botanicals: Juniper, angelica root, coriander seeds, orris root, cassia bark, orange peel, lemon peel, pink grapefruit, Norway spruce
Warner’s recently released Limited-Edition Christmas Cake Gin is inspired by founder Tom Warner’s mum’s Christmas cake recipe. With a wonderful combination of dark chocolate, treacle and festive spices – what more could you ask for from a Christmas gin!
Recommended Garnish: Slice of fresh orange
Notable Botanicals: Juniper, cinnamon, orange peel, nutmeg, ginger, black treacle, cherry juice, cacao
You can read our full review of Warner’s Christmas Cake Gin 2020 by clicking here.
Produced by G&J Distillers in Warrington, North West England this seasonal offering was created to enjoy over the festive period. Taking inspiration from the traditional sloe gin liqueur, this gin pays homage to the humble mulberry tree which has been a familiar sight in the English countryside for centuries. It is made with Boodles Gin, mulberries and other carefully selected botanicals including rosemary, nutmeg and sage. A flavourful gin with a sweet flavour profile, it has notes of raspberry and currant balanced with herbal undertones and a hint of piney juniper on the finish.
Recommended Garnish: Lemon wheel
Misty Isle Mulled Christmas Gin is a seasonal gin, from Isle of Skye Distillers, presented in a very stylish bottle featuring a lovely festive design. Combining the traditional flavours of mulled wine with a good measure of juniper, the result is a delicious fruity gin with prominent juniper and warm notes of spice running through. The botanicals are all soaked in Italian Amarone red wine before being distilled, thus allowing the mulled flavour to develop fully.
Recommended Garnish: Slice of orange and a cinnamon stick
Notable Botanicals: Juniper, cassia bark, orange, lemon, star anise, Tonka beans, liquorice root
For those with a sweet tooth, Scottish distillers Eden Mill created this festive tipple especially for Christmas – inspired by the seasonal sweet treat enjoyed by many over the festive period. It features peppermint as a botanical, giving it a rich minty flavour, alongside bilberry and hibiscus providing a ruby red colour to the expression. It offers sweet notes on the palate with cool peppermint and subtle berry fruits. The finish is refreshing with zesty peppery tones. It can be enjoyed with a premium tonic or lemonade and even added to a Hot Chocolate – for a delicious wintry evening treat!
Recommended Garnish: Blackberries and a candy cane
Notable Botanicals: Juniper, angelica, cassia bark, black peppercorn, lemongrass, star anise, orange peel, bilberries, hibiscus