The 10 best gins for Mother’s Day 2022
Gin is the greatest gift of them all. It makes a failsafe purchase, especially for Mother’s Day. Nowadays, there are so many varieties to choose from making it easier than ever to find a bottle to suit your mum down to a tee. Whether she’s into flavoured gin liqueurs in the form of rhubarb or peach, or if she likes hers infused with botanicals from the sea, we’ve scoured the country and found 10 great gins, suitable for every budget and taste this Mother’s Day. Cheers to that!
If your mum’s go-to drink is a G&T, a bottle of Bayab Gin would be a real treat. This African-made gin features African botanicals such as citrus and fruit from the Baobab tree and is a take on the classic dry gin. Notes of celery also make it the perfect ingredient in a dry martini. The gin is from the Spearhead company, a black-owned business that aims to showcase the craft of the African continent, and its founders donate a portion of profits to community development in South Africa and other African countries. Available from The Whisky Exchange (£29.95).
Tarquin’s Black Cherry Gin
This limited-edition Black Cherry Gin is available until April 2022 and trust us when we say it makes for a NEXT level martini. Mix with white vermouth, stir with ice, strain then garnish with a maraschino cherry for a Mother’s Day cocktail of dreams. The gin also makes for a wonderful Black Cherry Sour – just sub it in for whisky in this recipe. Available from Tarquins (£33.95).
Hollywood filmmaker Paul Feig has created Artingstall’s Gin, naming it after his mother, and it really is one-of-a-kind. With a blend of eleven botanicals, this gin acts as the star spirit in a whole host of cocktails. Whether your mum likes a G&T, martini, French 75 or gin fizz, the botanicals of orris root and coriander really shine through. The impressive bottle is inspired by vintage decanters from the ’50s and ’60s, bringing to mind the old-school glamour of the era. Hats off, Paul. Available from The Whiskey Exchange (£39.95).
June Wild Peach & Summer Fruits Gin Liqueur
Flavoured gins, is your mum a fan? Admittedly, some of the fruit-based gin flavours have been done to death and can be laden with sugar but this is the first peach-flavoured gin we’ve come across and is a super drink for warmer days. Top tip: a splash of this refreshingly fruity gin is great when topped up with fizz. Available from Master of Malt (£29).
Apparently Nouaison Gin is a big hit with bartenders, and it’s clear to see why… it makes a mean Negroni. Flavour-wise, it’s lovely and spicy – we simply can’t get enough of it served straight up with ice, tonic and a wedge of orange as a garnish. Take it easy on this one, it comes in at 45% abv. Available from The Whisky Exchange (£35).
South African-based gin brand Inverroche has designed a conscious gift set which encourages the planting of wildflower seed bombs across the country, which in return creates an abundance of aromatic, blooming flowers for mums to enjoy throughout the seasons. The gin itself has a delicate floral hint with a slight sweet warmth and is best enjoyed with tonic on ice with a twist of lemon or lime. The gift set also comes with a canvas tote bottle bag, great for regifting! Available from Spirits Kiosk (£39.95).
Hendrick’s Neptunia gin
Hendricks super fans, you’ll have to move quickly as this one’s a limited edition… Hendrick’s new Neptunia gin is based on the classic recipe but represents the sea air, with added Scottish coastal botanicals. We love this refreshing take on a G&T. Available from Clink (£30).
Mermaid Pink Gin
If only pink gin will do, Mermaid Pink Gin from the Isle of White distillery is our pick. Fresh and zesty, it has notable notes of strawberry, citrus and pepper, with a smooth finish. With no added sugar, this drink isn’t saccharine, but fruity and incredibly well-suited to a gin fizz or bramble. Available from Master of Malt (£35.79).
Beauty is in the eye of the bottle-holder with this cracking hexagonal bottle from Roku (which is the first and only gin made by Japan’s legendary Suntory distillery). Although the buzz for British is still definitely at large, those curious to try something from further afield should definitely give this smooth Japanese option a whirl. Unlike a classic London dry, this gin has been favoured with six native Japanese botanicals: cherry blossom and cherry leaf, green tea, refined green tea, sansho pepper and yuzu peel. Available from Waitrose (£30).
Still on the lookout for the perfect gift? Make sure you browse our Mother’s Day gift guide for 2022.