A Review of Premixed Gin and Tonics
Whoever thought of putting premixed gin and tonics in a tin is clearly a genius and an ardent gin lover. These little cans offer the ultimate in convenience: all the deliciousness of a cold G&T on a summer picnic without the juggling of bottles, glasses and tonics.
The festival/picnic/bbq on the beach season is nearly upon us and what better way to celebrate the herald of summer than with sampling gins in tins. I sampled around a dozen premixed gin and tonics that are readily available in supermarkets ~ all in the interest of market research!
Having seen that Edinburgh Gin is launching two premixes: Rhubarb & Ginger and Edinburgh Gin & Tonic I’m quite keen to try them naturally. But as they are only at select Tescos stores, for now, I will have to wait until my local supermarket is all stocked up then ramraid them.
At 5% ABV premix gins in tins are verging on the lightweight. I worked out that each contains roughly, or just over, a standard shot. In fact, most of them taste like a watered down version of themselves. None of them really had the juniper-forward taste that I like. I put this down to the quantity of tonic. I normally drink my G&T with a ratio of 1:2 or 1:3. That’s 25ml gin plus 50ml or 75ml of tonic. Or more typically 50ml with 100ml or 150ml of tonic. The tin ratio is 1:9.
Quite a few of the gins in tins had a metallic twang to them which was hard to ignore. None of the slimline versions were sampled as these use artificial sweeteners which I just don’t like. All cans were 250ml. All were drunk straight out of the tin ~ for authenticity of course!
Pick of the bunch at £1.99 per can. Lemony, refreshing and utterly delicious. It tastes like a real G&T and also manages to avoid that metallic twang which so many of the others fail to do. The tin is nicely designed and immediately recognisable as Copperhouse. You wouldn’t feel embarrassed at a bbq with a tin of this in your hand.
Next up at £1.80 per can. Fruity with a lovely fresh grapefruit flavour it verges on the side of an alcopop. But the grapefruit flavour is authentic and not at all artificial. The tins are colourful too. Other fruit flavours are available.
Third on my list at £1.50 a can. I’m a big fan of Fentimans Rose Lemonade and while this rose lemonade doesn’t quite hit the spot it is rather tasty and dry. Sainsbury’s also do a refreshingly lemony London Dry Gin and Tonic. The design of both tins is rather pretty. Not bad, not bad at all.
At £1.80 a can it came in fourth. I’m not normally a big fan of Gordons gin but this was rather nice. It didn’t have the metallic twang of some of the others and remained authentic to the original. There is also an elderflower version which tastes rather strange. And the tin design of the original is quite boring.
Finally, the marmite gin in a tin ~ there’s always one. At £2 per can and 8% abv it is double the strength of all the others and also the priciest, (if only by 1p). It smells strongly of mint but not in a good way and tastes like fizzy mint sauce. I loathed it. My other half loved it. We agreed to disagree. I include it for his sake.