Gin is perhaps the most romantic of all spirits. Scented with botanicals, both floral and fruity, harvested or cultivated, dry or almost sweet, this spirit offers plenty of romantic possibilities.
Here’s a roundup of delicious gins to sip, shake and stir on Valentine’s Day.
Citadelle Jardin d’Été gin, $25
Released in 2021, Alexandre Gabriel was inspired by a French garden cultivated by his wife, Debbie, to create this delicate gin. Jardin d’été is made with melon flesh, whole lemon, yuzu zest, and more orange zest, in addition to the 19 botanicals used to make Citadelle Original. “This garden is bursting with flowers, fruits and vegetables, and the smell is so intoxicating,” says Gabriel, who created the gin as a love letter to his wife. The subtle perfume adds a romantic note to any cocktail you plan to shake up your evening.
Oxley Gin, $40
This unique London dry gin company invented its own patented cold distillation process (which took eight years and 38 different recipes to perfect) to distill flavors you can’t get when distilling with heat. This technology allows Oxley to use freshly frozen citrus peel instead of dried peel, resulting in a smooth sipping experience. Each bottle is individually numbered so you can create an intimate, intimate experience this Valentine’s Day.
NOLET’S Silver Gin, $49
With peach, raspberry and rose among the unusual botanicals, NOLET’S Silver gin has an unusual floral yet fruity profile. With its unique flavor, you can make an extremely delicious cocktail or two on Valentine’s Day to toast your special someone. It makes for an exceptional negroni.
6 Hour Damson Gin, $34.99
Fantastically fruity, this 6 O’Clock gin is something special. Damson plums are picked, then steeped in Damson’s London Dry Gin for about six months. This ruby red gin, slowly aged, offers a soft and velvety taste and will create striking cocktails for your Valentine’s Day. If you don’t like fruit, 6 O’Clock London Dry is just as fantastic.
Feather & Folly Copper Pot Distilled Gin, $35
A grape-based spirit, Feather & Folly Copper Pot Distilled gin is made in Washington State’s Columbia Valley by the Monson Family, the team behind Goose Ridge Estate Vineyards and Winery. This handcrafted gin is distilled from sustainably farmed Goose Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in the Goose Gap AVA and infused with unusual botanicals including locally sourced juniper berries, as well as angelica root, black lime, coriander, orange peel and liquorice. “Using a grape-based spirit with fruit from our estate’s vineyards allows us to tap into the unique aspects of the Goose Gap appellation,” says Master Distiller Brian Morton. “Feather & Folly highlight this terroir and the end result is a uniquely expressive gin with a fruity style.” Check out some delicious Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes here, such as the Folly Folly Blueberry French 75 or the Vido & Folly Vesper.
Sipsmith London dry gin, $33
Sipsmith presents a quintessential expression of a London Dry style gin, with its exquisite craftsmanship. It’s a versatile gin, with a smoothness that works well in a martini, as well as in a Collins, G&T or negroni.
Pump & Whimsy Dry Gin, $37.99
If your crush is a feminist, then this might just be the gin you want to drink this Valentine’s Day. Pomp & Whimsy was founded and owned by Dr. Nicola Nice, who is on a mission to give women their rightful place in the history of gin and the cocktail. This dry gin unites traditional botanicals with citrus, fruits and flowers to create an elegant and delicately balanced dry taste.
Uncle Val’s Gin Restorative, $39
Uncle Val’s Gin is inspired by 3 Badge Beverage Corp.’s president August Sebastiani’s real-life Uncle Val, Zio Valerio Cecchetti. The real Uncle Val was known for his botanical concoctions that he grew in his garden in Italy. While all of his gins will add a festive note to your Valentine’s Day celebrations, Uncle Val’s Restorative offers a smooth yet crisp floral flavor, with a blend of juniper, coriander, rose petals and cucumbers. The pleasant bouquet adds a burst of flavor to any cocktail you mix.
New Riff Wild Gin Bourbon Barreled ($32.99)
Each bottle of this gin begins with local, wild-grown Kentucky botanics, capturing the native flavors of the Ohio Valley and reflecting historic Kentucky gin ingredients. Twelve botanicals are distilled directly in the pot, including a range of quintessentially European gin ingredients such as angelica root, orris, liquorice and three types of citrus. To that, New Riff adds two local farmer-bred wild seasonings, including a wild juniper and the amazing American herb bush, plus a little Kentucky’s state flower, goldenrod. The base spirit contains a splash of new make rye whiskey spirit, which enriches the texture and prolongs the flavor, then ages for five to seven months in bourbon casks, giving it enough oomph to impress your date on Valentine’s Day.
The Botanist, $32.99
This Islay dry gin is distilled using 22 botanicals sustainably harvested from the hills, marshes and shores of Islay from March to October each year. It takes professional collector James Donaldson every seven months to pick and dry each botanical, but the resulting gin is herbaceous and floral. The work that goes into this gin is remarkable, and it’s sure to impress your date this Valentine’s Day.
Bombay Sapphire Bramble Gin, $22.99
Bombay Sapphire’s Bramble gin adds a gorgeous jewel-toned color to your Valentine’s Day bar cart. This gin owes its rich berry flavor to fresh blackberries and raspberries that are harvested before being added to the distillation. Although fruity, there is no added sugar, making it perfect for shaking or stirring into a romantic cocktail.
Great Lakes Distillery Rehorst Gin, $30
This craft distillery gin has nine different botanicals, including two unusual ones: sweet basil and Wisconsin ginseng. The two add a delicious depth to this fully drinkable gin, and if you just add some tonic and lime you have an easy cocktail to celebrate your love.
Hendriks Gin, $34.99
Because Hendrick’s is infused with rose essence, this gin is perfect for Valentine’s Day. With 11 botanicals (and the essence of cucumber), Hendrick’s gives a floral nose to all the cocktails you drink this holiday.
Empress 1908 Gin, $39.99
Crafted by hand in copper stills in small batches, Empress 1908 Gin is created by Victoria Distillers and inspired by the legendary Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia. On top of traditional botanicals, they add a signature blend of black tea served at the Empress Hotel and butterfly pea blossom, an exotic herb that balances gin’s traditional citrus notes with a warm spicy earthiness, and gives the gin its natural indigo colour. That deep shade of blue changes to monarch purple and then to rose petal pink with the addition of tonic or citrus, turning your Valentine’s Day cocktail into a show that will impress (or, empress, as they say). Check here for some cocktails to try.