Aimee Horton

So you think you don’t like gin?


I love gin, I think that’s obvious from all of my social media channels, oh and my blog name…plus they feature heavily in all of my books.

However, I hear some of you aren’t necessarily a fan, you don’t get the appeal, you think it’s a tad tart…sour even.


Now, I see what you’re saying, I really do. But it’s just a matter of how it’s been served. You CAN get it wrong, so here are my top five tips to learning to love gin – because to be honest – it’s the only way you can survive in this madcap world.

  1. Find your gin.

If you’ve dismissed gin because you had a quick Gordons and Schweppes at the pub, this is your problem. All gins have their own flavour, it’s worth finding your own. I can’t tell you my favourite, but if you’re looking for something smooth go for Aldi (I’m not kidding) Bombay, Plymouth or Bloom. For a stronger flavour Hendricks, Opihir, or Adams Copper House.

  1. Pick your mixer.

It doesn’t always have to be tonic. I’d fully recommend if you find it sour, get rid of full fat tonic all together. THAT’s what makes I it sour. Instead, opt for slimline tonic. Alternatively, bitter lemon, ginger ale or apple juice also make amazing mixers.

  1. Make sure your mixer is fizzy.

Flat tonic is grim…in fact, all drinks that are meant to be fizzy, but have turned flat are. Except coke – flat coke is surprisingly good for a hangover. But that’s beside the point. If you’re not drinking G&T regularly it’s worth splashing out on the serving sized bottles and tins so that you never have the disappointment or grossness of a flat first sip.

  1. NEVER use lemon.

It’s just NOT WORTH IT. At the most bog standard use a slice of lime. If you’re not into citrus there is a world of options. My current favourite is a couple of big fat strawberries. Although, mixed berries (blueberries and raspberries) are nice. Apple is amazebogs, and if you’re feeling really healthy cucumber is just the bees knees – especially if you have it with ginger ale – go on, try it.

  1. Ice Ice Baby.

Just like a flat mixer, no ice makes the drink defunct. I like to keep reusable ice-cubes in the freezer so that I never run out!


So with that in mind, and the fact that it’s Friday, I am setting you a task – go forth – and try gin – and let me know how you get on and what your favourite combo is!