Slingsby Gin has created an impressive list of gin flavours, including marmalade and blackberry, to accompany the colder months in England perfectly.

Do you drink gin in summer only or all year round? Although, I am not a huge gin drinker I do occasionally enjoy fruit infused gins. My personal favourite is blackberry.

I associate the flavour with autumn and winter. Shortly after the temperatures drop and blackberry shrubs have been picked for pies, jams and infusions. The stay-in cosy nights by the fire with a blanket and a glass of something blackberry flavoured begin.

I celebrated the first official cold Friday night in with a glass of blackberry infused gin by Slingsby. I mixed it with Mediterranean tonic, a few cubes of ice and aronia and raspberries from my garden. There are still a few plants going strong.

Slingsby is a Yorkshire gin brand, inspired by its spa-town heritage but available all around the world. The gins are crafted using locally sourced botanicals, water drawn from the world-famous Harrogate aquifer, pure single grain spirit and a handful of the finest ingredients sourced from around the world.

In addition to the classical London Dry Gin, Slingsby has a few infusions: blackberry, rhubarb, gooseberry and marmalade.

I was sampling blackberry since it is my preferred flavour. It comes in a lovely blackberry shade of purple with a frost effect bottle. The gin write up has the most accurate description: violet followed by blackberry jam notes.

And it was indeed, on the nose there were initial floral notes of violet followed by blackberry jam but without that old granny’s anti-moth wardrobe flavour, which is often present with violet.

Instead, it was pleasantly refreshing and crisp with a sweet finish. Slingsby Gin uses 24 botanicals to create its gins. It is also the only gin to feature grapefruit as the leading and only citrus ingredient as its base.

Although the blackberry gin had the botanical floral base I found juniper was not as present as with gins by other brands. It was different but in a good way. I expect the following flavour infused gins to be up to scratch too.

Slingsby Gooseberry Gin – Fresh Yorkshire gooseberries bring a fruity, tangy sweetness whilst retaining the citrus notes of the classic award-winning London Dry Gin.

An initial burst of refreshing citrus from the grapefruit base leads to an unmistakable tangy sharpness from fresh Yorkshire gooseberries, tempered with a sweet and fruity finish. It goes best with premium Mediterranean tonic water and fresh green apple slices.

Slingsby Marmalade Gin is rich in orange citrus and tangerine flavours. Crisp grapefruit enhances the citrus profile further and the Yorkshire marmalade provides a beautifully sweet finish and a well-rounded feel. Serve over ice with premium Mediterranean tonic water and an orange slice to garnish.

Slingsby Rhubarb Gin took its London Dry Gin and masterfully infused it with the fine Yorkshire rhubarb sourced from the famous Yorkshire ‘Rhubarb Triangle’. An initial sweetness of rhubarb and raspberry is followed by the bitter tang of the pink grapefruit citrus base.

A tart rhubarb finish rounds off the drink, leaving a striking flavour on the palate. Enjoy over ice with premium elderflower tonic water and fresh raspberries and mint to garnish.

And of course it wouldn’t be gin without the classical London Dry Gin featuring 24 carefully selected botanicals. An initial burst of refreshing citrus gives way to juniper, sweet cicely and Taylor of Harrogate jasmine scented green tea. Enjoy over ice with a premium Indian tonic water and garnished with a twist of grapefruit peel and fresh blueberries.

RRP £30.00 (70cl) – available to buy from and Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Morrisons, M&S, Coop, Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Amazon (prices vary depending on stockist).