If you love a good ol’ fashioned gin, you simply have to try these G&Ts…
The classic gin and tonic is 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
Banyan is one of the only places you can get Empress 1908 in the UK. 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.
Eton Mess G&T at The Liquorist
How do you make a gin and tonic taste like an Eton Mess? The Liquorist has the answer. They take a classic bottle of Gordon’s gin, pair it with a light tonic, and add a generous dollop of Chambord. The top is drizzled with raspberry and it comes with a double side to bring out the flavours of the drink, in the form of a fresh strawberry and a mini meringue.
The Liquorist, 5-7 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RW.
Monkey 47, Cucumber and Mint 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.
Mason Dry Yorkshire 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.
The Antidote at Vice & Virtue
The Antidote is a gin and tonic with a twist and you can try it at Vice & Virtue. It’s a typically creative concoction, inspired by the full-bodied, juniper-driven notes of Silent Pool gin. They mix it with Fever Tree light tonic, then add framboise eau de vie, chamomile syrup and angostura orange. It’s served on the rocks, for a bold, floral G&T experience.
Vice and Virtue, 68 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.Cover image © Copyright Leeds-List 2019 by Ali Turner.