This summer’s g-spot is gin. Not so long-ago gin was an acquired taste. Something only (almost) the elitist knew about. Now with gin foregoing predictions of just being a trend, everything from mainstream to craft, to those in between is both top of mind and on the tip of every tongue. People are enjoying regular gin and tonics with craft gins or exploring gin cocktails with mainstream brands or vice versa. The bottom line is that gin is going strong and this summer, it’s best to know which brands are popular and people are drinking them!
Let Them Drink G&Ts!
For that day-drinking pool party convenience or even that lazy Saturday braai there are two great ready-to-drink gin and tonic blends. Greenall’s RTD comes in the Original Gin & Tonic and Wild Berry Gin. The pre-mixed beverages come in bold can packaging, adding a colourful nod to the two flavours, with the pearlescent bright pink for Wild Berry Gin & Tonic and bright green for the Original Gin & Tonic. Super cute for the millennial audience.
For something more of an oriental experience, try Opihr (pronounced O-peer). Opihr serves are a festive offering with a twist-off cap, giving both you and your mouth a blast of summer living a three delicious flavours – Opihr G&T with a dash of ginger, Opihr G&T with a twist of orange, or the simple classic Opihr G&T.
Local is Lekker!
We are totes #StrongerTogether. South Africa proved it by ushering the Bokke into a stellar finals match against England in the recent Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. And right here at home, we have two authentic brands that are moving the local gin industry further into the international spotlight. Formerly known as Hope on Hopkins, the rebranded Hope Distillery celebrates a new visual identity; one that encapsulates the spirits of the products, the people who produce them and the core local fynbos and flavour profiles they house. Hope’s African Botanical Gin is made using a grain-based spirit because of the inherent softness and smoothness that this gives the final result, while their Mediterranean Gin is distilled from an aromatic grape base sourced in the Western Cape.
Another local hero is the spirit of the Great Karoo – the Bossieveld Gin. The gin recently won double gold for Inspiration at the 2019 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards, held in October. This gin is distilled with traditional gin botanicals and complemented by a selection of Wild Karoo Bossie botanicals. Traditional botanicals include juniper, coriander, chamomile, lime, orange peel, lemon peel, orris route, angelica, and cassia bark. The gin is juniper-driven with hints of citrus and floral notes. Wild Karoo botanicals subtly accentuate herbal notes and add a truly amazing finish and completeness to the gin.
Get the Royal G-Spot
Britain might seemingly be struggling with an exit of sorts, one thing we can be sure of is their entry in the South African market. In this case, with two premium gin brands namely: BLOOM London Dry Gin and Thomas Dakin. Delivering a floral experience, BLOOM London Dry Gin is one of the world’s fastest growing super-premium gin. Created by Master Distiller Joanne Moore, BLOOM is a light and floral product inspired by nature with notes of pomelo, honeysuckle, and chamomile.
For something a little bit more traditional, look no further than the small batch of craft gin from the forefather of quality English gin – Thomas Dakin. The classic style gin has an unmistakable character thanks to the addition of ‘red cole’ which give it the delicious savoury and smooth finish.
Remember, which ever way you have your gin, always drink responsibly. Enjoy the summer like an adult and you’ll savour every cool moment of it with your favourite gin (& tonic).