What do Martinis, Negronis, and Singapore Slings have in common? That’s right, gin. Having long since shed its reputation as ‘Mother’s Ruin’, this lively and versatile spirit has become the darling of the cocktail world. And it’s easy to see why. With its fresh, playful bitterness, gin is a spirit that is as equally suited to a complicated cocktail (here’s looking at you, Ramos Gin Fizz), or something as simple as the classic G&T.
So, as World Gin Day returns for its ninth year on 10 June, we raise a glass to the best gins sold at airports today. From big name distillers to collagen-infused gin, we’ve got something for everyone.
This multi-award winning distillery located in The Lake District, England, produces a range of spirits with water sourced from Lake Bassenthwaite – interestingly, the only true ‘lake’ in the Lake District as all the others are meres or waters. It’s an authentic taste of Cumbria, with six of the 14 botanicals used to create the gin foraged from the Lake District region. Serving suggestion? Neat, straight from the freezer.
Available at Newcastle International Airport, Manchester Airport, and key airports in Australia and New Zealand (including Melbourne Airport and Auckland Airport)
With the rise in ‘beauty drinks’ showing no signs of abating, it was only a matter of time before someone thought off adding beautifying agents to our booze. Enter Collagin, the world’s first gin range distilled with pure collagen. Fortunately, the collagen does not affect the taste, aroma, or appearance of the gin, meaning that you can can enjoy all the age-defying benefits of collagen without compromising on taste.
Available at Dublin Airport
Handcrafted in the Scottish Highlands, Caorunn Gin (pronounced “ka-roon”) is infused with five locally foraged botanicals including dandelion, heather, coul blush apple, bog myrtle and rowan berry. In fact, the name Caorunn comes from the Gaelic name for rowan berry, which grows wild in the area surrounding the distillery. We suggest serving the Caorunn G&T with thin slices of red apple, premium tonic water, and plenty of ice – just right for summer days.
Available at Edinburgh Airport and Glasgow Airport
Greenall’s first travel shopping exclusive, Greenall’s Extra Reserve, is a slightly more citrusy take on Greenall’s The Original. By including sweet Moroccan orange, Turkish grapefruit and Spanish lemon, this new gin delivers a balanced and smooth taste with a distinct zest. Created by Master Distiller Joanne Moore at Greenall’s Distillery, England’s oldest gin distillers, this is a classic London Dry Gin.
Available at World Duty Free stores across the UK
Inspired by nature, BLOOM features the flowers of chamomile and honeysuckle, alongside the citrus fruit pomelo. It is a London Dry Gin and works particularly well in a French 75 cocktail as the fresh floral notes are allowed to show off. With its Art Deco packaging, this bottle certainly makes an eye-catching addition to any drinks cabinet.
Available at World Duty Free and Heinemann Duty Free stores