Brighten Your Day With Colorful Gin

Traditionally, gin only gets a bit of color if they’re aged in barrels. But these gin brands get their color post-distillation from ingredients such as fruit, flowers, and saffron. Taste the rainbow!
Apr 27, 2019
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    10 Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin
    80
    Fruity
    Gin fans Matt Jones, Stuart "Stu" Gregor, and Cameron "Cam" MacKenzie founded Four Pillars in 2013 as their way to contribute to Australia's craft spirits industry. They named their distillery after their four pillars approach to gin production - "stills, water, botanicals, and love." This Bloody Shiraz gin starts with their Rare Dry Gin combined with Australian Shiraz grapes. Note: As this gin is unfiltered, the brand recommends consuming within two years of vintage listed.
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    9 Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin
    83
    Fruity & Rich
    Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin is made by the family-owned Italian company best known for its liqueurs, most notably its Maraschino Liqueur which is the industry standard. The base for the gin is the brand's London Dry Gin which is made using nine botanicals--juniper, coriander, iris, angelica, sedge, licorice, cinnamon, cardamom, and bitter orange. The gin is then infused with Luxardo's own Marasca cherry juice. These Marasca cherries are cultivated exclusively by the Luxardo family in the orchards of the Euganean Hills in Veneto. This flavored gin is bottled at 37.5% ABV and is available in the US as of mid-September 2018.
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    8 Malfy Gin Con Arancia
    85
    Fruity & Sweet
    Malfy Gin Con Arancia is made with Sicilian blood oranges peels which are infused with juniper in an Italian grain spirit for 36 hours. Four other botanicals are used in its production. Made at the Torino Distillati just outside Torino by master distillers Beppe Ronco and Denis Muni, it is suggested to serve this gin with tonic, lemonade, or Prosecco. This dark orange-colored gin is bottled at 41% ABV.
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    7 The London No. 1 Original Blue Gin
    85
    Spicy
    The London No. 1 Original Blue Gin is, in fact, distilled in London. However, due to the pale blue color which is added post-distillation it is not a "London Dry Gin". It is produced using 12 botanicals including savory, bergamot, licorice, cinnamon, and iris root and an English wheat neutral spirit. It is bottled at 47% ABV.
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    6 Pinkster Gin
    88
    Fruity
    Launched in 2013, Pinkster Gin gets its lovely pale pink color from macerating raspberries into a finished gin. These and two additional botanicals are added post-distillation to a gin which is made to their standard with five botanicals at G & J Distillers. Note: This is not currently available in the U.S.
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    5 Gabriel Boudier Saffron Infused Gin
    88
    Juniper
    Gabriel Boudier's Saffron Infused Gin is distilled in Dijon, France. The list of botanicals includes juniper, coriander, lemon, orange peel, angelica seeds, iris, fennel, and, of course, saffron.
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    4 Empress 1908 Gin
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    Floral & Rich
    Released in the US in the summer of 2017, Empress Gin achieves its indigo blue color with the infusion of butterfly pea blossom. The pH of this blossom is such that the addition of citrus or tonic will change the color of the gin from indigo blue to a light pink. In addition to the butterfly pea blossom and requisite juniper, the gin uses blended tea from Victoria's own Fairmont Empress Hotel. Other botanicals used are grapefruit peel, coriander seed, rose petal, ginger root, and cinnamon bark. All botanicals are organic and the spirit base is non-GMO corn.
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    3 Tamworth Garden Apiary Gin
    90
    Sweet
    Tamworth Garden's Apiary Gin is distilled with juniper berries, poplar buds, and red clove, and also features the addition of honey. This distilled gin is bottled at 46% abv.
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    2 Malfy Gin Rosa
    89
    Juniper & Fruity
    Malfy Gin Rosa is made with the peel of sun-ripened Sicilian pink grapefruit grown in citrus groves on the Mediterranean. The peels are infused with juniper in an Italian grain spirit for 36 hours. Five other botanicals--lemon peel, grapefruit peel, angelica root, orris root, and coriander are used in its production. Additionally, a rabarbaro (rhubarb) distillate is added post distillation giving the gin a pale pink color. Made at the Torino Distillati by master distillers Beppe Ronco and Denis Muni, it is suggested to serve this gin with tonic, lemonade, or Prosecco.
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    1 Old Raj Dry Gin (55%)
    93
    Spicy & Juniper
    First introduced in 1972, Old Raj Dry Gin is bottled by WM Cadenhead, an independent bottler based in Scotland. Two versions of Old Raj are produced, each with different ABVs. Both gin styles are made with nine botanicals: juniper berries, orange and lemon peel, coriander seed, angelica root, orris root, cassia bark, almond powder and saffron. All of the botanicals are distilled with the base spirit except saffron, which is infused with gin following distillation because of its delicacy. This gin product is bottled at 55% ABV and is sometimes referred to as Old Raj 'Blue Label' to differentiate from its lower-ABV counterpart (which uses a red label).