Our guide to garnishing your gin


The final step in rustling up a spectacular tipple?  Add an equally eye-catching gin garnish. 


Choosing a gin garnish can be subjective. One gin can work with multiple garnishes and there’s always personal preference. However, for an approximate guide, we’ve dug down deep into true tried and tested territory to give you an understanding of which garnish can enhance what gin. These garnishes will add that extra touch of class to a gin and tonic.

Herbal garnishes

As a general rule of thumb, herbs are perfect for adding to citrus or herbal based gins. Try a sprig of mint in your Persie Zesty Citrus gin to soothe the sharpness of the limes and blood oranges. Or add a touch of basil to your Berkeley Square or Botano Gin.

Lavender can compliment a herbal or a floral gin. Match the lavender undertones of Aviation Gin with this delicate flower perched on top.

Rosemary is a great gin twin and is scientifically proven to restore memory. Now you’ll remember every gincident from the night before…

Mint brings freshness to your gin cocktails with the added bonus of settling an upset stomach. Did someone say hair of the dog?

Lavender will fill your home with gorgeous scent, fill you with calm and top off floral gins to perfection.

Freeze dill with blueberries in ice cubes to make the best accompaniment for clean, Scandinavian gins.

Basil is especially good paired with strawberry or cucumber. Or pack in your greens with a Basil Smash – Put 25ml of lemon juice into a cocktail shaker with a handful of basil leaves and gently muddle together. Top up with gin, 15ml of sugar syrup and ice. Shake and strain.

hendricks gin garnishes

Fruit garnishes

The most famous fruit pairing of them all is likely Hendrick’s gin with cucumber. Infuse with rose and top up with tonic and strawberry slices for summer in a glass.

Grapefruit can add a touch of freshness to floral gins or add strawberries to your Bloom Gin to give it a fruity edge.

Pink Grapefruit adds a splash of vibrancy to your glass

Orange Serve it spiced with cloves or keep it fresh

Yuzu are the Japanese cousins of our oranges and lemons. Add to tonics and twists.

Lemon & Lime  Adding a sliver of lemon or lime can enhance the citrus flavour. A classic companion of a London Dry Gin.

Cucumber    The best friend of a good ole Hendrick’s

Apple  Crisp and fresh – add to Jinzu or keep it fruity by adding to Edinburgh Rhubarb & Gin Liqueur 

Pomegranate  can look masterful in a glass

Rhubarb can perfectly compliment a sweet, floral gin such as the lavender edition of Masons Dry Yorkshire. 

Juniper Berries may seem like a strange addition but since it’s the foundation of gin, why not add more!

Spiced garnishes

For an aromatic and spicy gin, look no further than Ophir. In fact, the only thing that can make an Ophir Oriental Gin even better? Add a bell pepper for a striking twist to your drink.

Star Anise A versatile spice that can also be used in cooking

Pepper  Black pepper can add a kick to the fresh, fruitiness of strawberries. Delicious in Fresha gin.

Chilli & Ginger  The ultimate heat companion. Bring the fire to your Le Gin and Le Gin 1 & 9.

Bitters

Not technically a garnish but a fantastic embellishment to any drink nonetheless.  Any time is cocktail time with The Bitter Truth Cocktail Bitters Traveler’s Set.

The mysterious little tin contains five bitters to add a touch of magic to your gin tipple. Try the included recipes and match a cocktail to your location – we’re all over a Dry Martini as we watch a Mediterranean sunset. Best of all, it’s cabin bag friendly, so ditch the toiletries and pack this instead.


Our gin reviews can help you choose your next bottle – or two

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Ashleigh Gibbs