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5 G&Ts You Absolutely Need to Try in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

You’ll be in G&T heaven with these 5 creations.

Gin and Tonic at Smokestack

If you love a gin, you simply have to try these G&Ts…

It’s one of the most popular drinks in the UK today, but what exactly should you be drinking? We’ve made a list of the five best G&Ts in Leeds, so you can indulge your love of Mother’s Ruin with a series of classic, contemporary and downright adventurous tipples. What will you try first?

Empress 1908 at Banyan

Empress 1908 Gin and Tonic

Empress 1908 gin has just launched in the UK and Banyan is one of the only places you can get it. It’s not as sharp as traditional gins and it has more depth of flavour, but the real magic happens when you add the tonic. You see, Empress 1908 is purple, but it doesn’t stay that way. The butterfly pea blossom that gives it that distinctive hue changes to a subtle pink when the tonic is added.

Banyan, 2 The Old Post Office, City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2ES.

The Citrus at Pintura

The Citrus Gin and Tonic, Pintura

Pintura doesn’t just do G&Ts, they serve extravagant creations you won’t get anywhere else, like The Citrus. It uses Portobello Road gin as its base, then they add grapefruit marmalade and pamplemousse liqueur – bold flavours that bring the G&T to life. It’s finished with Nordic Mist tonic, grapefruit & lemon for the perfect aperitif G&T.

Pintura, 1 Trinity Street, Trinity Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AP.

Monkey 47, Cucumber and Mint at Water Lane Boathouse

Monkey 47 Gin and Tonic at Water Lane Boathouse

Have you ever tried Monkey 47? The name comes from the number of botanicals that go into it – it has the citrus twang of bitter oranges, lemons and pomelos, the spice of six different types of pepper and a fruity hit of cranberries. The result is a complex, woody gin that is wonderfully complemented by a simple combination of Fever Tree tonic, cucumber and mint.

Water Lane Boathouse, Canal Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5PS.

Tanqueray 10 & Dehydrated Ginger at Smokestack

Smokestack treat their G&Ts like their cocktails by bringing together interesting and often unusual flavours to impressive effect. Here they’ve taken a classic gin, Tanqueray 10, and given it new life. The natural flavours of lime and orange are coupled with the warming spice of dehydrated ginger – it works surprisingly well, in fact, it might just become a new favourite.

Smokestack, 159a Lower Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LY.

Mason Dry Yorkshire at The Botanist

Gin and tonic at The Botanist

Made just an hour away in Bedale, Yorkshire’s own Mason gin is a must-try. It’s slow distilled in copper alembic stills using Harrogate spring water. It’s full of soft juniper, lime and orange rind with a fennel nose and hints of aniseed, citrus, green apple and cardamom on the palate. That’s why The Botanist’s serve works so well – they keep it simple, finishing it with orange zest, green cardamom pods and Franklin & Sons tonic.

The Botanist, 67 Boar Lane, Trinity Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.

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