Bottoms up! 6 of the best local gins
In times of need - yep, like right now! - we turn to gin. These delicious local tipples should take the edge off your night in and can all be delivered to your door.
Well, if there was ever a time to drink this is it! Weak? Certainly not, sometimes I don’t even bother with tonic water. (OK that’s a joke before anyone starts dialing social services). G&T is definitely our favourite tipple at Muddy and lucky us that some of the best gins in the land happen to be local to Bucks and Oxon. Order a couple of these bad boys for delivery, and fill your boots until the corona nightmare is over.
This family-run distillery tucked away in the village of Penn Street, Amersham started off as a challenge for two brothers to make a gin to impress the family. Well, it certainly worked, and now they’re impressing gin experts and the discerning palates of the Bucks locals alike with their cold-distilled gins (plus, just look at those bottles). We’re partial to their award-winning Original gin, which is best served cold with an orange peel garnish and a fresh bay leaf. £34 for 70cl – and for a limited time, you’ll get a free ‘Gin Hand Tonic’ hand sanitiser with your order. Handy! (Sorry.)
Gin fans will no doubt be familiar with this bottle and its dapperly-dressed mascot (TOAD stands for The Oxfordshire Artisan Distillery, FYI), but for the uninitiated, this classic Juniper-forward dry gin from Oxford’s most famous distillery is well worth splashing into your next G&T (£39.50 for 70cl). Fancy trying something new? Pick up the Oxford Botanic Garden Physic Gin, made with 25 unique specimens from the Oxford Botanic Garden, or the Ashmolean Dry Gin made with botanicals inspired by the Museum’s collections from around the world. Whichever you choose, TOAD are currently offering free UK delivery – so stock up to your heart’s content.
You can’t get much more local than a gin with your postcode on it! The OX series of gins from Chalgrove Artisan Distillery is packed with botanicals and isn’t chill-filtered, which means maximum flavour. We’re fans of their multi-award-winning OX44 Gin, which nabbed a Gold medal at the 2019 London Spirits Competition and is flavoured with pine, juniper (obv), and lemon and orange. Pick it up at £25 for 30cl, or their minis set to try all four gins for £25.
Feeling fruity? Pop one of these gin liqueurs from Bucks-based Foxdenton Estate in your glass – after all, they’ve had four generations to perfect it. Flavours on offer include Raspberry, Rhubarb, Winslow Plum and Golden Apricot, but we’ll be adding this super-fresh Lemon & Cucumber flavour to our cart (a total bargain at £20 for 50cl) to pair with sparkling elderflower. Purists may prefer Foxdenton’s 48 London Dry Gin (£32 for 70cl) – either way, don’t forget to use code CHINUP for free delivery from 2019’s Muddy Award winners.
You will have seen us singing the praises of Bicester’s newest gin distillery recently, as their London Dry Gin (£35 for 50cl) just nabbed a slew of prizes at the World Gin Awards, including World’s Best Contemporary London Dry Gin. If that wasn’t enough of a nudge to try it, Sky Wave are offering free delivery on all orders at the moment, as well as a 20% discount to NHS and emergency services staff. Go go go!
A G&T that can make us look younger? Pour us two – one for each hand. Created by Oxford-based beauty fans Camilla Brown and Liz Beswick, Collagin is a clever way to get your dose of collagen (yes, as in the stuff that plumps skin and erases wrinkles) in a handy cocktail format. Gimmicky? Perhaps, but it’s also darn tasty too – serve with ice cold tonic water, a drop of vanilla bitters and a slice of pink grapefruit. £34.99 for 50cl.