When we think of Italian alcohol, drinks such as Prosecco, Limoncello, Sambuca or Amaretto may spring to mind. Italian gin may not be the most obvious connection to make.
However, Italians seem to do everything with style; think of cars, fashion and food. So it’s no surprise that Italian gin is every bit as classy as other Italian produce.
Here is a selection of Italian gin that will give you a taste of Tuscany, a sip of Sardinia and will make you feel like you are living a life of luxury in a Mediterranean café.
VII Hills Gin
VII Hills Gin (seven hills to you and me) is inspired by the creation of Italy’s capital Rome, which according to legend, was founded upon seven hills.
The gin has seven botanicals to match the legend, including juniper, artichoke, blood orange, pomegranate and Roman camomile. All the botanicals are locally sourced in Italy.
Another influence in the creation of VII Hills Gin dates back to when the Romans used to add juniper into their wine to help them get an appetite.
VII Hills Gin (70cl) 43% ABV is available to buy from Master of Malt for £29.95.
Malfy Gin Con Limone
Malfy Gin is made on the outskirts of Torino, historically an area traditionally famed for the production of quality liqueurs. This tradition has obviously influenced this gin which, when tasted neat, is reminiscent of Limoncello.
Made from a selection of coastal grown Italian lemons, Malfy Con Limone is a deliciously zesty tipple that balances citrus flavour with juniper.
The picturesque Amalfi coast is the inspiration here; some of the lemons used as botanicals are grown in the eastern coastal region.
Malfy Con Limone (70cl) 41% ABV is available to buy from Amazon priced at £21.99.
Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin
Luxardo is an established liqueur brand that has recently ventured into the gin market by infusing its famed Marasca cherry juice with its London Dry Gin distillate.
Marasca cherries are harvested at the beginning of every summer by Luxardo and put into an alcoholic infusion in larch-wood vats together with some leaves and branches of the same trees for up to three years.
The taste results are smooth but sharp. Along with cherry, expect hints of of dark chocolate, vanilla and orange marmalade, making it a perfect base for cocktails.
Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin (70cl) 37.5% ABV is available from Master of Malt for £29.95.
Inspired by the carefree spirit of the Italian Riviera in the 1960s, O’ndina Gin, from the makers of Campari, has an effortless premium quality that just oozes class.
Alongside the obligatory juniper, 19 hand-selected Italian botanicals including fresh basil from Liguria (famed for its bright green colour and refreshing sweetness) and citrus from southern Italy.
The refreshing and herbaceous flavour creates the perfect Mediterranean G&T and an exquisite all-Italian Negroni.
O’ndina Gin (70cl) 45% ABV is available from Amazon priced at £28.99.
Gin del Professore Madame
This is a floral, fruity gin produced by the Jerry Thomas Project in Rome. In 2010 a group of bartenders decided to open a small club in the heart of Rome in which colleagues and industry representatives could meet and share their expertise and knowledge.
A few years later the resulting gin has an element of sweetness from the combination of cinnamon and vanilla, but finishes with an elegant and refreshing note of wild rose.
Gin del Professore Madame (70cl) 42.9% ABV is available from Master of Malt for £37.95.
All images from the respective distilleries.