Gin liqueur is a category of its own. It’s absolutely gorgeous added to prosecco, incredibly versatile in cocktails and even easy drinking on the rocks.
If you’re reading this, you may already know and love it, but first off: what is gin liqueur?
Liqueurs are flavoured, sweetened gins that are created at a lower alcohol strength — around 20% ABV rather than the minimum 37.5% ABV required for gin.
One of the beautiful things about liqueurs is that you can go as budget or premium as you like. Whether you’re in the market for a great drink for £12 or £40, you’re guaranteed to find something delicious.
1, 2, 3 & 4: Edinburgh Gin Liqueurs, Amazon, £16
Hands down one of the most popular gin liqueurs on the market, Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb and Ginger Liqueur is the runway bestseller of an extremely popular liqueur range.
They all come in around the £16 mark. Score!
5 & 6: Zymurgorium Liqueurs, John Lewis, £25
These creatively flavoured expressions capture the joys of Turkish delight and Parma Violets in some playful packaging.
7, 8, & 9: Eden Mill Gin Liqueurs, £18
Eden Mill, already makers of gin, beer and now whisky, debuted their liqueurs last September.
If you’re not familiar with the range you may find these elegantly distilled expressions less heavily sweetened than liqueurs by Edinburgh Gin and Lidl’s Hortus range.
See our Eden Mill Liqueur review
10: Poetic License Baked Apple and Salted Caramel Liqueur, Amazon, £16.49
Close your eyes and imagine the aroma of spices and baking apple pie wafting through the air. Now imagine that translated to gin and you’ve got Poetic License Baked Apple & Salted Caramel Liqueur.
It’s dessert in a glass. What could be a more ringing endorsement?
11, 12 & 13: Unicorn Tears, Firebox, £7.99 for 20cl, £39.99 for 70cl
Firebox, love it or hate it, always makes a splash. Their signature Unicorn Tears gin liqueur line is allegedly imbued with the glittery tears of the mythical animal.
Don’t miss the inky black Black Gin Liqueur version. It’s said to come from battery farmed unicorns(!).
14 & 15: Lidl Liqueurs, £11.99
Sweet, pink and sold at a killer price, Lidl’s Hortus gin liqueurs fly off the shelves. Seriously. The return of these liqueurs is news on its own.
Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, Lidl Raspberry and Lidl Rhubarb & Ginger are a treat for summer (both £11.99 for 50cl).
£11.99, buy both Hortus Gin Liqueurs in-store at Lidl
16: Tiptree Little Scarlet Gin Liqueur, £25
Who is better suited to create a super jammy, fruity gin liqueur than jam and marmalade producer Tiptree?
Tiptree Little Scarlet Strawberry is crafted from wild English berries. Super smooth and beautifully coloured, this strawberry liqueur is the real deal. And that’s saying something because the strawberry gins market is fiercely competitive.
17: Solway Spirits Raspberry Ripple Gin, Master of Malt, £20.95
Some of the most popular flavoured gins lean on childhood nostalgia and Solway Spirits Raspberry Ripple Gin Liqueur is no different.
It was only a matter of time until someone transformed the creamy, fruity ice cream to a wickedly moreish liqueur.
18, 19, 20, 21: Gin Bothy Liqueurs, £26
Gin Bothy creator Kim Cameron of Kirriemuir, Scotland, was first a champion jam maker.
In fact, gin distilling first started as a byproduct of her leftover jam. Hence she describes herself as an ‘accidental gin maker’.
Buy Gin Bothy Liqueurs from Gin Bothy’s online shop