The best citrus gins
There's nothing like a vibrant, citrusy gin to deliver a sunny boost to your G&T. From tart grapefruit and fragrant pomelo to zesty blood orange flavours, there's something for everyone here
Explore our favourite citrus gins, then check our other gin round ups including British gins, flavoured gins and savoury gins.
Best citrus gins to try
Masons pink grapefruit & cucumber dry Yorkshire gin, £29.99, Master of Malt
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 ideal summer tipple to pair with an afternoon tea. Serve over ice with tonic water and a slice of fresh grapefruit.
Tanqueray Flor De Sevilla, £25/70cl, Ocado
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. It's magic with tonic water and a wedge of orange.
Chase Pink Grapefruit and Pomelo Gin, £28/70cl, Waitrose
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. Drink with tonic water and a wedge of pink grapefruit.
Tarquin’s Cornish Sunshine Blood Orange Gin, £38/70cl, John Lewis
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. It's complex and smooth enough to drink neat, but we suggest serving it spritz style – preferably at aperitivo hour.
Elephant Orange Cocoa Gin, £32.90, uk.elephant-gin.com
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. Try in a subtly cocoa-tinged negroni.
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LoneWolf London Dry Gin, £24.40/70cl, Amazon
The first gin from beer legends BrewDog, made from their own malted barley spirit and using a BrewDog yeast to create the desired flavour combination. It’s a precise and thorough labour of love. To taste, there’s an initial whack of citrus, especially lemon peel, with underlying lavender tones. Next, a hint of lingering pine needles, a little coriander seed and lemongrass. But the overall impression is definitely a citrusy one. Pair with tonic water and a sprig of lavender or, if you really want to ramp the citrus up, a slice of grapefruit.
Hayman’s Exotic Citrus, £25.95/70cl, The Whisky Exchange
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. Serve over ice with Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic, a slice of fresh orange and a sprig of fresh basil.
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