At the beginning of 2023 I decided to take a little break from booze. Contrary to what you might assume, I don’t actually drink that much, so it wasn’t that hard for me.
Dry January turned into Feb Fast before I knew it, I was well into March before I had a ‘proper’ drink – a sublime Melbourne Gin Company martini at their 10th Birthday party.
Times have certainly changed from designated drivers being served a fizzy drink as a booze-free alternative. Nowadays every bar as a decent section of no/low offerings on the menu and are moving away from the term ‘mocktails’ (thank god!). My favourite low alcohol cocktail was a ‘Quiet American’ from The Everleigh. A yummy riff on an Americano.
Unfortunately I haven’t found a non-alcoholic replacement for gin that would make me part with my cash.
So what to do if you want gin flavour with a lower ABV?
Enter Haymans Small gin.
It might be small, but it’s definitely mighty!
The ABV of Small gin sits at 43% which doesn’t sound very low alcohol does it? However, Haymans have boosted the botanical recipe to such a degree that you only need 5ml to get the same tasty G&T as you would with a 20ml pour. This equates to 0.2 units of alcohol.
The flavour profile is what you’d expect from a London Dry gin – fresh juniper and citrus on the nose and light spiciness on the finish.
Each bottle of Small Gin comes with a specially designed 5ml measuring thimble making it easy to mix a perfect Small Gin and Tonic every time.
The price – $59.90 might look steep for a 200ml bottle of gin, but there are around 40 servings per bottle which I think is great value.
P.s. If any of you have a favourite gin alternative do let me know!
Haymans Small gin is available at The Ginporium.