Flavoured gins are a popular and diverse category, one where it’s possible to find a spirit to suit everyone, whether you prefer a classic sloe gin, a fun pink gin (check out the results of our pink gin taste test here) or something more left field (hello, earl grey and cucumber!). Flavoured gins are also hugely versatile – try them with tonic water in a G&T, topped with sparkling wine, as a base for a cocktail or simply sipped neat with ice. Here are a few of our favourites.
Want to discover more unique gins? Check out our round-ups of the best Scottish gins, Welsh gins, and British gins, or travel the world from your home with our unusual international gins. After, have a go at making your own rhubarb gin with our recipe, or for a sunny boost to your G&T, check out our round up of citrus gins.


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19 best flavoured gins to try at a glance

  • Best flavoured gin for gifting: Opihr Arabian Edition Black Lemon, £25.99
  • Best citrus gin: Hayman's Exotic Citrus Gin, £27.24
  • Best refreshing flavoured gin: Masons Pink Grapefruit & Cucumber Dry Yorkshire Gin, £33.95
  • Best tropical gin: Porter's Tropical Old Tom Gin, £34.50
  • Best charitable gin: Elephant Orange Cocoa Gin, £36.50
  • Best blackcurrant gin: Tanqueray Blackcurrant Royale, £28
  • Best alternative to an aperitif: Tarquin's Cornish Sunshine Blood Orange Gin, £32.99
  • Best unusual flavoured gin: The Wrecking Coast Distillery Clotted Cream Gin, £33.49
  • Best for chocoholics: Sipsmith Orange and Cacao Gin, £25.99
  • Best sloe gin: Hayman's Sloe Gin, £21
  • Best sloe gin alternative: Bathtub Damson and Bay Gin, £34.95
    Best grapefruit gin: Chase Pink Grapefruit and Pomelo Gin, £22
  • Best blood orange gin: Whitley Neill blood orange gin, £26
  • Best gooseberry gin: Slingsby Gooseberry Gin, £29
  • Best small-batch gin: Pipehouse Earl Grey & Cucumber Gin, £46.59
  • Best Spanish flavoured gin: Tanqueray Flor De Sevilla, £29.95
  • Best flavoured gin liqueur: Hedgepig Zesty Elderflower Fruit Gin Liqueur, £24.99
  • Best for wine buffs: Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin, £40.19
  • Best for beer fans: Eden Mill Hop Gin, £33.99

19 best flavoured gins to try 2023

Opihr Arabian Edition Black Lemon

Opihr Black Lemon 40% Green Bottle

Best for gifting

Sweet, earthy and tangy Persian black lemons and zesty Timut peppers give an intense citrussy twist to this Arabian version of Opihr’s juniper-forward spiced London dry gin.

Flavour profile: citrus

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Botanicals: juniper, Persian black lemons, Timut peppers, camphor

Perfect pairing: serve over ice with Fever Tree tonic, a bay leaf and a wheel of lime, or in a spiced daiquiri with lime juice and sugar syrup

Available from:
Amazon (£25.99)
Sainsbury's (£27)

Hayman’s Exotic Citrus Gin

Hayman's Exotic Citrus G&T and bottle of gin

Best citrus gin

Balham’s citrus-forward London Distilled gin is given an elegant finish with the addition of exotic, hand-peeled, sun-dried fruit peels. Fragrant pomelo, zippy Persian lime, sweet mandarin and tangy kumquat combine with hints of spice to create a zesty yet smooth, elegant finish.

Flavour profile: citrus

Botanicals: juniper, kumquat, pomelo, Persian lime, mandarin

Perfect pairing: serve over ice with Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic, a slice of fresh orange and a sprig of fresh basil.

Available from:
Master of Malt (£27.24)
Amazon (£21)
Ocado (£26)

Masons Pink Grapefruit & Cucumber Dry Yorkshire Gin

MASONS Cucumber and grapefruit gin

Best refreshing flavoured gin

This summery option is a citrusy and refreshing twist on the juniper-forward dry Yorkshire gin. Masons of Yorkshire uses Harrogate spring water to create its super smooth gins, to which the pink grapefruit brings lively zesty notes and the cucumber adds a cool, crisp and sweet finish. The perfect summer tipple to pair with an afternoon tea.

Flavour profile: citrus

Perfect pairings: serve over ice with tonic water and a slice of fresh grapefruit.

Available from:
Master of Malt (£33.95)
Amazon (£31)

Porter’s Tropical Old Tom Gin

Porters Tropical Gin

Best tropical gin
With botanicals of passion fruit and guava this subtly sweet old tom gin is well proportioned, with juicy tropical notes balanced by an earthy, classic juniper base.

Flavour profile: fruity

Botanicals: juniper, passion fruit, guava, white tea, coriander, angelica, orange, lemon, orris, cassia, cinnamon, liquorice, almond

Perfect pairing: tonic water and fresh passion fruit

Available from:
Master of Malt (£34.74)
The Whisky Exchange (£34.75)
Amazon (£34.50)
Ocado (£34.50)

Elephant Orange Cocoa Gin

Elephant Orange & Cocoa gin

Best charitable gin

This layered flavoured gin takes Elephant's original London Dry Gin – made using a blend of rare African botanicals – and adds organic Spanish orange and roasted cocoa beans. The result is heady aromas of citrus and mellow milk chocolate – think Terry's Chocolate Orange in the best possible way. Those rounded cocoa and vibrant citrus notes remain on the palate but it's drier and more herbaceous to taste, with a hint of spice. Even better, 15% of profits from each bottle sold go to African elephant conservation.

Flavour profile: citrus

Botanicals: organic Spanish orange and roasted cocoa bean.

Perfect pairing: try in a subtly cocoa-tinged negroni.

Available from:
The Whisky Exchange (£32.95)

Tanqueray Blackcurrant Royale

Tanqueray Blackcurrant Royale

Best blackcurrant gin

Floral, mellow and brimming with French blackcurrants, Tanqueray’s Blackcurrant Royale has got summer sipping written all over it. It’s smooth and elegant in both texture and taste (helped by added vanilla) and, though packed with fruit, remains on the subtle side of sweet.

Flavour profile: fruity

Botanicals: Blackcurrants, vanilla, coriander, juniper, angelica root, liquorice

Perfect pairing: make a beautiful violet-tinged G&T, or add to prosecco for a lighter twist on a kir royale. For something fancier, mix Blackcurrant Royale with lemon juice, sugar syrup and prosecco for a summery take on a French 75.

Available from:
Amazon (£28)
Ocado (£28)

Tarquin's Cornish Sunshine Blood Orange Gin


Best alternative to an aperitif

Sweetly tart citrus, rhubarb and berry flavours are balanced by a herbaceous bitterness that brings to mind an Italian-style aperitif such as Campari or Aperol.

Flavour profile: citrus

Botanicals: juniper, coriander seed, liquorice root, angelica root, orris root, green cardamom, cinnamon, bitter almonds, orange, lemon and grapefruit peel, violets, gentian root, rhubarb, blood orange, raspberries

Perfect pairing: Complex and smooth enough to drink neat on its own, but we suggest serving it spritz style – preferably at aperitivo hour.

Available from:
Master of Malt (£35.90)
Amazon (£32.99)

The Wrecking Coast Distillery Clotted Cream Gin

Clotted Cream Gin Bottle

Best unusual flavoured gin

Sounds like it could be one step too far, right? But The Wrecking Coast Distillery has executed this totally Cornish gin with such subtlety that it’s actually the dreamy mouthfeel of clotted cream that you get, as opposed to the flavour. To make it, fresh clotted cream is cold-distilled under vacuum (to produce a clear spirit) and combined with classic botanicals and Cornish spring water. The effect is a gin with all the depth of clotted cream, but with a surprisingly light and honeyed floral flavour.

Flavour profile: Floral

Botanicals: Juniper, coriander, chamomile, vanilla, angelica, liquorice, orris, grains of paradise, cassia bark, cinnamon, lemon peel and aniseed

Perfect pairing: With a good-quality tonic water and fresh strawberries, plus a little squeeze of lime.

Available from:
Master of Malt (£33.49)
The Whisky Exchange (£38.75)

Sipsmith Orange & Cacao Gin

Sipsmith Orange and Cacao 50cl

Best for chocoholics

An orange and cacao gin sounds like it could be incredibly sickly – this is anything but. With clean, bold juniper aromas, sweet, marmalade-like citrus and subtle, well-balanced cocoa notes on the palate, this is the classy gin equivalent of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange.

Flavour profile: citrus

Botanicals: cacao nibs, orange blossom, Seville orange peel, juniper

Perfect pairing: it’s smooth and sweet enough to drink on its own, over ice.

Available from:
Amazon (£25.99)
Waitrose Cellar (£26)

Hayman’s Sloe Gin


Best sloe gin

This festive number is made by steeping hand-picked sloe berries in Hayman’s London Dry Gin for three to four months. With a nice balance of sloe berries and a gentle hit of alcohol, it has a rich, fruity flavour without being too sweet and tastes like a proper sloe gin. Browse our best sloe gin round-up here for more inspiration.

Flavour profile: fruity

Botanicals: juniper, coriander, lemon peel, orange peel, angelica, cinnamon, cassia bark, orris, liquorice, nutmeg

Perfect pairing: drink neat over ice, or top up with sparkling wine for a kir royale-style cocktail.

Available from:
Amazon (£21)
Master of Malt (£25.49)
Ocado (£26.50)

Bathtub Damson and Bay Gin

Bathtub Gin Damson & Bay

Best sloe gin alternative

This flavoured gin has well-balanced sweetness, jammy wintry berry flavours and herbal aromas from the juniper and bay. Swap for sloe gin in a sloe gin fizz, or sip neat over ice as a digestif.

Available from:
Master of Malt (£34.95)

Chase Pink Grapefruit and Pomelo Gin

A pretty pink bottle with dark pink floral design on the front

Best pink grapefruit gin

Created by distilling Chase gin with grapefruit and pomelo peel, this is a super-fragrant spirit, full of zesty tartness and well-balanced bitter notes.

Botanicals: pink grapefruit, pomelo, juniper, coriander seed, bitter almond, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, angelica, liquorice, lemon peel, cardamom

Perfect pairing: try with tonic water and a wedge of pink grapefruit

Available from:
Waitrose Cellar (£30.50)
Amazon (£22)
Ocado (£28)

Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin

Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin

Best blood orange gin

This fragrant number packs in lots of juicy citrus, with dryness from Sicilian blood oranges that pairs well with the gin, and subtle notes of orange peel and pepper.

Flavour profile: citrus

Botanicals: juniper, orange, lemon, orris bark, coriander seed, angelica root, blood orange extract

Perfect pairing: enjoy in a G&T with fresh slices of orange, or try it with fresh grapefruit juice and lime for a zesty paloma

Available from:
Master of Malt (£27.50)
Amazon (£20)

Slingsby Gooseberry Gin

Slingsby Gin

Best gooseberry gin

Slingsby’s rhubarb gin was a hit at olive HQ and now the Yorkshire distillery has released another tart and zesty winner. Here, tangy gooseberries (also sourced in Yorkshire) marry perfectly with the citrussy notes of the base gin.

Flavour profile: citrus

Botanicals: severn sea rosemary, silver posie thyme, green and jasmine tea, citrus thyme, garden thyme, rhubarb, sage, lovage, chervil, nettle, sweet cicely, rosehip, angelica, cassia, orris root, coriander, liquorice, grapefruit and juniper

Perfect pairing: the gin’s creamy mouthfeel means it would be lovely sipped neat with ice, or try topping up with some sparkling white wine for a spring-like spritz

Available from:
Ocado (£30)
Master of Malt (£31.99)
Amazon (£29)

Pipehouse Earl Grey & Cucumber Gin

Pipehouse Gin

Best small-batch gin

Proof that flavoured gins don’t have to be sickly sweet, this small-batch number, made in Tunbridge Wells, is clean and refreshing, with an intriguing vegetal back note. A less flowery alternative to Hendrick’s.

Flavour profile: floral

Botanicals: juniper, angelica, cucumber, earl grey

Perfect pairing: serve with tonic water and a slice of cucumber

Available from:
Amazon (£46.59)
Master of Malt (£39)

Tanqueray Flor De Sevilla

Tanquery Flor de Sevilla Bottle

Best Spanish flavoured gin

The bittersweet zestiness of Seville oranges adds a taste of the Med to the botanicals in this gin, and subtle notes of orange blossom evoke fragrant summer evenings.

Flavour profile: fruity

Botanicals: Seville oranges, juniper, coriander, angelica, liquorice

Perfect pairing: serve with tonic water and a wedge of orange

Hedgepig Zesty Elderflower Fruit Gin Liqueur

Hedgepig Gin Bottle on a wooden surface

Best flavoured gin liqueur

We loved the opulent floral and citrus notes of this beautifully packaged, silky liqueur, which has a pleasing sharp-sweet character that’s not too sugary. It’s also wildlife friendly – 50p from every bottle sold is donated to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

Flavour profile: floral

Botanicals: raspberry, elderflower, juniper, lemon

Perfect pairing: serve with tonic water, neat over ice or add to sparkling wine

Available from:
Drink Supermarket (£24.99)

Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin

Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin

Best for wine buffs

This Australian distillery takes local Yarra Valley shiraz grapes and steeps them in gin before pressing to release all of the juices. The end result is a corker – bursting with rich berry fruits, and elegantly subtle spice, herb and juniper notes.

Flavour profile: fruity

Botanicals: shiraz grapes, whole oranges, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, Tasmanian pepperberry leaf, lemon myrtle

Perfect pairing: serve with lemon tonic water

Available from:
Amazon (£40.19)
Master of Malt (£41.50)

Eden Mill Hop Gin

Eden Mill Hop Gin

Best for beer lovers

A quirky hybrid of gin and beer flavours, this St Andrews-based distillery uses Australian galaxy hops as a botanical in its Hop Gin. Linking the two crafts of brewing and distilling together, this is an unusual spirit, with a strong, rich flavour.

Flavour profile: floral and citrus

Botanicals: juniper, angelica, coriander, Australian Galaxy hops

Perfect pairing: try with tonic water and fresh red chilli

Available from:
Amazon (£25)


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