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15 Best Summer Gins to Sip into the Long Hot Evenings

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Some people like a gin bursting with citrus, others enjoy a deep fruity flavour; whatever kind of taste you love, summer is the perfect time to discover a new gin or two.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect base to your summer cocktails, or simply a G&T to sip in the sun, these gins are the ultimate refreshment.

Best Summer Gin

  1. The Lakes Pink Grapefruit

    Bursting with uplifting citrus notes and refreshingly tangy pink grapefruit flavour, The Lakes Pink Grapefruit Gin would have anyone contentedly sipping on a summer’s day.

    £33 from the Gin Kin Shop. 70cl, 46% ABV.

  2. Shetland Reel Simmer Gin

    Inspired by the long, almost never ending summer Shetland nights – known as the simmer dim – the eight botanicals in Simmer Gin reflect the long summer days and lasting amber skies at sunset.

    £36 from the Gin Kin Shop. 70cl, 49% ABV.

  3. Bright Spirits Peels Gin

    A zesty gin with a citrus kick, Peels Gin is distilled with fresh Amalfi lemon, crushed key lime and yuzu citrus. No artifical ingredients, just quality gin with 100% natural peel-good summer flavour.

    £36.95 from the Gin Kin Shop. 70cl, 40% ABV.

  4. The Lime Tree Gin

    Lime Tree Gin is a true taste of summer. Juniper and lime blend perfectly together to produce a fresh, zesty flavor with a smooth citrus burst at the finish.

    £35 from the Gin Kin Shop. 70cl, 40% ABV.

  5. Sea Glass Gin

    Sea Glass Gin has as many fresh aromas as a day out at the seaside. Taking you through warm juniper spice, floral lavender tones, citrus notes from lemon verbena and orange, followed by a fresh cucumber and mint finish.

    £43 from the Gin Kin Shop. 70cl, 43% ABV.

  6. Samara Gin

    Samara gin is inspired by sunny Costa Rica – its nature, flavours, aromas, people and culture are infused in every drop. Botanicals such as hibiscus, roses, honey and elderflower are all there to bring you tropical sunshine in a bottle.

    £38.90 from the Gin Kin Shop. 70cl, 40%.

  7. Rock Rose Summer Edition Gin

    Rock Rose Summer Edition manages to capture a summery citrus flavour without using any citrus peel. Lemon balm, lemon verbena and lemon thyme give a wonderful fresh lemon smell and savoury, herbal edge.

    £37.50 from the Gin Kin Shop. 70cl, 41.5% ABV

  8. Orkney Gin Company Johnsmas

    ‘Johnsmas’, meaning ‘midsummer’ in Old Orcadian was traditionally marked by bonfires, festivals and music. Orkney Gin Company’s wonderfully floral Johnsmas Gin is inspired by the long, clear days of an Orkney summer.

    £34 from the Gin Kin Shop. 50cl, 41.3% ABV.

  9. Lind & Lime Gin

    Lind & Lime Gin is made with a delicate balance of juniper, fresh lime peel and pink peppercorns to create a deliciously refreshing gin, with a crisp, thirst-quenching citrus character.

    £35 from the Gin Kin Shop. 70cl, 44% ABV.

  10. Cambridge Distillery Elderflower Gin Liqueur

    Cambridge Distillery’s Elderflower Gin Liqueur is inspired by the heavy, fragrant heads of elderflowers that bloom on the banks of the river Cam in the Cambridge summer.

    £29.99 from the Gin Kin Shop. 70cl, 21% ABV.

  11. Watermelon Gin

    Pop open the bottle and let the aroma of watermelon rush over you. Juniper is at the fore, accompanied by a touch of citrus sweetness, and a vibrant and refreshing watermelon finish.

    £35 from the Gin Kin Shop. 70cl, 40% ABV.

  12. Sky Wave Raspberry & Rhubarb

    Sky Wave Gin’s Raspberry and Rhubarb Gin is the perfect summer tipple. Hand crafted with home grown Oxfordshire rhubarb and ripe raspberries, it delivers a fruity burst which is full of flavour whilst being fresh and light.

    £35 from the Gin Kin Shop. 50cl, 42% ABV.

  13. Gin Bothy Strawberry Gin Liqueur

    Gin Bothy’s Strawberry Gin Liqueur is created using their Scottish gin and adding fresh sun-ripened Scottish strawberries, handpicked from Angus and Perthshire fruit farms.

    £26 from the Gin Kin Shop. 50cl, 20% ABV.

  14. Old Curiosity Pink Elderflower & Jasmine Gin

    We could have selected any of Old Curiosity’s colour changing gins as they all capture the magic of summer. The relaxing property of elderflower is perfectly complemented by the restorative nature of Jasmine.

    £35.95 from the Gin Kin Shop. 50cl, 39% ABV.

  15. Porter's Tropical Old Tom Gin

    Porter’s Tropical Old Tom has a classic juniper base, lifted by tropical notes of passion fruit, guava and white tea, which are cold-distilled to retain their juicy freshness.

    £31.95 from the Gin Kin Shop. 70cl, 40% ABV.