Is there anything so quintessentially British as a G&T? We may not have invented the spirit (we have the Dutch to thank for that), but we did invent the cocktail - and we sure adopted the drink as our own!
The G&T was born in the British East India Company's army in the 1700's - and we're still drinking it some 300 years later! Tonic water was originally a way to give antimalarial quinine to British soldiers in India - but it tasted gross. So the soldiers started adding gin to the drink - along with lime and sugar - to make it more palatable. Trust a Brit to add booze to make the medicine go down!
Today there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of gin distillers in England. From independent business making small-batch artisanal gins, to large-scale producers that have worldwide names. So I've picked out a few of my favourites, to take you around the country in 10 gins. Some of these distilleries also offer tours, which is a great way to spend an afternoon when you're exploring a new area and the perfect way to learn a little more about my favourite drink.
Thanks to Emily's wonderfully curated list, we hope that you have discovered some new gins each with wildly different ingredients, histories, and merits but all united in their creation on English soil. Thanks again, Emily!
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