Happy #WorldGinDay! Whether you’re a diehard gin drinker or just someone who appreciates the occasional jab of juniper on the palate, our trio of top-notch gins are sure to make you grab a glass. Not here for that? Then, perhaps, our selection might inspire a trip to the store for Father’s Day…
Aviation American Gin
This botanical gin comes from Ryan Reynolds, the king of dad jokes. “I’ve tried every gin on the planet and Aviation is, hands down, the best. Also, I don’t recommend trying every gin on the planet. Stick with this one!” he declares.
Available at Pick n Pay; TOPS at SPAR and Makro stores nationwide, as well as at Norman Goodfellows for a recommended retail price of R450 per 750ml bottle. Visit aviationgin.com for more info.
Viva, pachyderm poo! Indlovu Gin is juniper-led and made with botanicals that are foraged by elephants, then extracted and cleansed from their dung for infusion. Available at Woodstock Liquors in Cape Town, the Big Five Duty Free store at O.R. Tambo International Airport, SIEGIES on Huguenot in Franschhoek and yuppiechef.com for a recommended retail price of R615 per 750ml bottle. Visit ibhu.co.za for more info.
Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin
Twelve botanicals from across Asia, including gunpowder tea, are slow-distilled in a medieval copper pot at the Shed Distillery in the rural village of Drumshanbo in the republic of Ireland. Available at Pick n Pay; TOPS at SPAR and Makro stores nationwide, as well as at Norman Goodfellows for a recommended retail price of R399 per 500ml bottle. Visit drumshanbogunpowderirishgin.com for more info.
By Malu Lambert