Review: The healthy but delicious gin and tonic you can drink before driving

One of the best things about spring coming is having an ice cold gin and tonic in the sunshine – and Cotswolds Gin Distillery has you covered.

We can even have a G&T with friends in the garden now, as lockdown rules allow us to meet in groups of six outside.

And whether you like a hefty double or aren’t a fan of drinking much, the Stourton gin company has two perfect options for you.

If you want to freshen up your G&T game, the No. 2 Wildflower Gin is just the ticket.

“Inspired by the glorious grasslands of the Cotswolds, the golden-hued No.2 Wildflower Gin is a delightful blend of gentian, lemon balm, elderflower and chamomile layered over a classic London Dry gin,” the company says.

And you can definitely taste those flowers. We’d recommend this gin for drinkers who like a bittersweet kick to their drink. It has a strong and unique flavour and comes in at £34.95, meaning it would make a special present for any gin connoisseur.

And if you’re driving, want a healthier drink, or want to take it easy on the alcohol for any other reason – Cotswolds Gin Distillery have an amazing solution.

Its Dry Gin Essence gives you the taste of a G&T with a fraction of the alcohol content.

So how does it work? The £14.95 product is already 10x more botanically intense than most premium gins.

This means you can use it to make a G&T with all of the flavour and 90% less alcohol than a standard 50ml serve. And it’s much healthier too – with each 5ml serve of essence (all you’ll need to use) containing just 0.23 units of alcohol and 14 calories.

All you do is squirt five droppers of the concentrate into your tonic and ta-dah – you’re ready to go.

Obviously it doesn’t take EXACTLY like a fully alcoholic gin and tonic – given it hasn’t got as much alcohol in it.

But it comes very close and if you’re craving that G&T freshness, it makes a great alternative to your standard gin.

You can also pick up some of the beautifully blended Cotswold Distillery drinks at Amazon too.

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