Created by best friends Emira Shepherd and Paul Hudson-Jones, The Gin To My Tonic began life as a humble Instagram account (follow at @the_gin_to_my_tonic). It’s now a giant in the gin world, hosting meet-the-maker shows, festivals and tastings, plus an online store and monthly gin club. The club provides you with five craft gin miniatures, five bottles of Fever-Tree mixers and a link to a live Saturday-night tasting event starring representatives from featured distilleries.
There are monthly or bi-monthly subscription options (£30 including delivery), and if you don’t fancy signing up, you can buy the latest box as a one-off purchase – ideal for a special occasion or gift. One more nod to flexibility: if you don’t like tonic, you can swap it for lemonade instead.
What we love most about our bundle of mini gins is the diversity. From Salcombe Rosé Sainte Marie gin, with its orange blossom aroma and summery finesse, to a hard-hitting BeauFort Fifty-Seven gin that smacks of gunpowder and Frazzles, every 50ml sample is unique. Garnishes aren’t included, although the information sheet (written by Em and Paul) makes suggestions if you want to buy them yourself. The virtual tasting – which you can access at a later date, if you can’t make the live event – is a smoothly run Zoom affair, with Em and Paul hosting a dazzling line-up of gin distillers (including the Hendrick’s master distiller, Lesley Gracie), ambassadors and mixologists. For overall value for money, five 50ml miniatures (including gins that you’re unlikely to discover yourself), Fever-Tree mixers and 2½ hours of live meet-the-maker screen time makes this a pretty sweet deal.