Yes, it’s that time of year again – Valentine’s Day is sneaking up on us. Whilst I tend to celebrate with my gals (Galentine’s) with steak and red wine, some people like a special present or a pink gin. So for those of you who have gin favouring other-half’s, here are some ideas for special gin presents:
*Full disclosure, some products I’m showcasing in this post were gifted so I could try them out, these are all clearly marked. This post also includes affiliate links, which raise money to keep the blog running, at no extra cost to you. These are also clearly marked beside the link*
Gin presents for Valentine’s Day
Tappers Gin – Roses are Red, Violets are Blue
Tappers have created not one, but two gins for their Valentine’s gift set. Roses are Red and Violets are Blue. The limited edition heart shaped gift box comes with both the gins in 50ml miniature size.
Roses are Red is a floral gin with rose and hibiscus (which gives the colour). Violet are Blue uses sweet violet flowers and butterfly pea flowers, to give a parma violet flavour and the bright blue colour (which changes colour when tonic is added).
Shed 1 Gin – Shed loads of Love
Shed 1 Gin are based in Ulverston in the Lake District and their limited edition Shed loads of Love gin was awarded the ‘Simply delicious’ star by the Great Taste awards.
Made with strawberry leaf and lavender, this gin is floral, with a wave of chili and a dry finish. The Great Taste award judges said it was a very pleasant drink that’s well blended.
Available from Shed 1 gin online for £37.50
Craft 56 Gin Club [gifted]
If you sign up for the Craft 56 Gin Club, you’ll get a box of gin, tonic, complementary gin chocolates and a unique artwork with information about the gin. Oh and all the gins are craft gins made in Scotland, in fact everything in the box is Scottish!
Last month I received Mackintosh gin in my Craft 56 gin club box. This is one of my favourite gins, made by some great gin pals. Your first order comes with a copa gin glass, and you get 2 tonics – Cushiedoo in this case, a complementary snack, I got gin chocolates and a unique art work with tasting notes and the story of the gin.
You can sign up for monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly subscriptions for £40 a month (not bad when you consider it’s a full size bottle of gin).
Sign up at Craft 56 Scottish Gin Club [affiliate link]
Gower Gin gift sets [gifted]
My favourite Welsh gin company Gower Gin, has several products that would make great Valentine’s gifts:
Pinwydd gin is infused with wild foraged pine tips, cranberry, orange and pink peppercorn. This one is best served as my favourite cocktail – a Negroni.
Pinwydd gin from the Gower gin companyBuy 50cl Pinwydd gin for £29.95 with free delivery
Gower’s latest gin is their Bara Brith, inspired by the famous Welsh speckled bread. Made with Welsh tea-soaked fruit, citrus, cinnamon and nutmeg, this is a spiced gin that’s a little taste of Wales.
Edinburgh Gin #BotanicalBouquets
Yes it’s flowers, yes it’s gin, yes there are random botanicals thrown in there too! The Edinburgh Botanical Bouquets sold out in 24 hours last year so if you fancy gifting flowers and gin to your loved one, you’ll need to get in quick (or do a DIY job…)
Get the special edition Valentine’s Gin, the classic Edinburgh Gin, or Rhubarb and Ginger Gin (not the liqueur – this is the full strength gin!) for £65, including 70cl bottle and bouquet of flowers.
Gin cocktail box from The Gifted Food Co [gifted]
Going one further than the usual Valentine’s present the Gifted Food co have the perfect gift box for people like me = negroni lovers! Their Gin Cocktail Box
In this box you get 2 pre-mixed negroni cocktails, Coco gin and tonic chocolate, Joe & Seph’s Gin and Tonic popcorn, Lixir tonics and a Cheers to me glass. I always love G&T chocolate so that was the first to disappear in my box! I also have to mention that the box presentation itself is great. The smart box comes with a card to leave a message on, a bow and it’s inside a cardboard box to protect it in the post.
This is a generous gift for the small price of £15. Whilst I drank my negroni’s with ice and orange peel, you can also make these a long drink using the Lixir tonics. I definitely recommend trying the tonics as a G&T if you can too.
Buy the Gin Cocktail box, or the Gin Connoisseur box for £15 at the Gifted Food Company online.
Pinkster – the original Pink Gin
I remember seeing Pinkster for the first time at Taste of London festival. At that time I was fascinated with the colour, as my Mum had previously mistaken the blue bottle for Bombay Sapphire to be actually blue gin. That wasn’t the case, but the use of raspberries to give the natural pink colouring of Pinkster was definitely a first. This was also the first non-liqueur that was pink and gin related. So obviously I bought a bottle for my Mum, it makes the perfect present for Valentine’s or Mother’s Day. Note this gin is not a sweet gin – it’s dry on the finish, but Pinkster do recycle their boozey raspberries for other products (see below).
Or for something less involved, try the new Pinkster Royale – a raspberry liqueur made from the gin-soaked recycled raspberries. Just serve with prosecco for a Pinkster Royale Fizz.
Or why not go the whole hog and get a Pinkster hamper?!
Not any old Pink Gin – Victory Pink
Victory have added a new kind of pink gin to the market: Made in collaboration with Minus 8 vineyard, it’s all natural, with a fruity flavour and rose colour come from verjus. This is the acidic juice made by pressing unripe grapes. It adds sweetness and acidity to the gin, so that you get spring cherry, cranberry and green plum flavours on top of the juniper, orange and orris.
I’ve not yet tried the Victory Pink, but plenty of friends have and love it. So hint, hint, if anyone wants to get me something for Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day…
Non-Alcoholic ‘gin’ treats – Eden Mill pre-mix cans
For those of you sticking with Dry January through February or perhaps giving up gin for Lent? The Love Gin & Rose Lemonade is a pretty pre-mix and alcohol free option.