Hawthorn’s Gin is British through and through. Founded by Will Turnage in July 2015, Hawthorn’s is produced to a recipe formulated by his late grandfather, Royal Navy Commander Michael Wallrock, during the Second World War and was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. 

Hawthorn’s is a single batch award-winning gin and the botanicals are sourced from the same four corners of the globe in which Will’s grandfather laid anchor. Staying true to traditional hand-crafted methods, Hawthorn’s is distilled from 100% English wheat in a vintage copper pot still. 

Many of the stills are over a hundred years old and have been passed down through generations of Master Distillers along with their knowledge, techniques and expertise. Whilst the exact recipe remains a secret, some of the botanicals included are: juniper from Macedonia, orange and lemon peel from Seville, Orris Root, Angelica Rootand Cassia bark from Indonesia.

Hawthorn’s have developed a range of cocktails to complement the flavours found within the gin, these include (from left to right): Hawthorn’s On Fire (with Chilli), Hawthorn’s Gin Mule and Hawthorn’s Pumpkin Gin Fizz.

Hawthorn’s on Fire

50ml Hawthorn’s Gin

25ml sweet vermouth

½ teaspoon of freshly squeezed ginger juice

2 pinches of fresh, finely-chopped chilli

1 whole red chilli to garnish


Fill a martini glass with ice to chill while you prepare the drink. Add the gin, vermouth, lime, finely sliced chilli and ginger to a stirring jug filled with ice and stir 30-40 times. Empty your martini glass of ice before double straining the drink into it. Garnish with a whole chilli. Don’t cut the chilli because it will release too much heat.

Hawthorn’s Gin Gin Mule

50ml Hawthorn’s Gin

15ml lime juice

15ml sugar syrup

6 mint sprigs

50ml ginger beer

1 splash soda water


Muddle the lime juice, syrup and mint sprigs at the bottom of a mixing glass. Add gin and shake. Pour over ice in a high ball glass, top with ginger beer and a dash of soda.

Hawthorn’s Pumpkin Gin Fizz

25ml Hawthorn’s Gin

25ml pumpkin purée

40ml fresh lemon juice

40ml sugar syrup

Ginger ale


Mix the ingredients in a shaker of ice, and top with ginger ale.