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From Jaffa Cake rums to parma violet gins, the alcohol industry has come a long way since the days of a traditional pint of ale and glass of Chardonnay. Nowadays millennials want everything from more taste and high percentages, to peculiar flavour combinations. 

If you too are looking to update your typical tipple and elevate it from a standard G&T to one with subtle hints of apple crumble, read on to find out some of the weirdest alcohol brands that are actually worth trying.

Jaffa Cake Rum, Vodka & Gin 

Love Jaffa Cakes? Us too, which is why when we found out that there was an alcohol brand dedicated to the orange biscuit-cum-cake flavour we couldn’t contain our excitement. 

The company started out distilling Jaffa Cake Gin, a deliciously sweet gin distilled with juniper, fresh orange peel, cocoa powder and real Jaffa Cakes (yep, you read that correctly! REAL Jaffa Cakes). Blended at Atom Labs, it’s a great gin to add into cocktails or to pair alongside your favourite tonic. 

Both the Jaffa Cake Vodka and the Jaffa Cake Rum are made in similar ways, to help add that real orangey goodness to your tipple. The zesty tipple is one that’ll certainly level up your usual nightcap.

Order a bottle at: jaffacakegin.com or order a bundle at: masterofmalt.com

Warner’s Distillery Apple-Pear Gin 

Apples and pears, anyone? 

Apples and pears are usually fruits you’d associate with a good ol’ pint of cider, but in this instance, they’ve been pressed and juiced into gin. Warner’s Distillery, renowned for its array of fantastical gin flavours, partnered up with Joules, to bring gin lovers a tipple that blends the flavours of harvest with their favourite tipple. They decided to stray away from the ordinary and create an apples and pears gin, infused with fresh elderflower to really create the ultimate summer tipple. 

Harvested from local orchards, the apples and pears are pressed and juiced, alongside elderflower, to create a fragrant gin. It’s best served alongside a Mediterranean FeverTree tonic and will no doubt be the drink you’ll be sipping on throughout the sunny rays of summer.

It’s best served alongside a Mediterranean FeverTree tonic and will no doubt be the drink you’ll be sipping on throughout the sunny rays of summer.

Order a bottle at:  warnersdistillery.com

Whitley Neill Parma Violet Gin 

Let’s face it, you either love or you loathe Parma Violets. For some, they’re associated with the older generation, with a soapy, floral taste. But for others, they can’t get enough of the purple little sweet capsules. 

If you’re in the latter group, you’ll love Whitney Neill’s Parma Violet flavoured gin. They’ve crafted a way to bring your childhood favourite sweets to life in a more civilised adult form. Well, about as civilised as sweet flavoured gin can be… 

Full of the floral flavours you’d expect, the handcrafted blend is made with vibrant juniper, followed by a floral note from the violet. Perfect for those who like a little colour to their drinks. 

They’ve crafted a way to bring your childhood favourite sweets to life in a more civilised adult form. Well, about as civilised as sweet flavoured gin can be… 

Order a bottle at: whitleyneill.com

Three Wrens Apple Crumble 

What happens when you combine your two favourite things together? It results in a game changing recipe. That’s exactly what Tree Wrens have achieved with their Apple Crumble gin infusion. 

Their take on the British pudding, the gin is distilled with juniper, toasted oats, Cheshire apples, cinnamon, Demerara sugar and orange peel. It’s also not overly sweet, just adding a subtle apple finish to every sip.

What happens when you combine your two favourite things together? It results in a game changing recipe.

Order a bottle at: threewrensgin.com

Laplandia Açaí Vodka 

Known as the wonder food, helping to improve cholesterol levels, brain function and generally just jammed with antioxidants, açaí isn’t the first ingredient you’d expect to find in your typical corner shop vodka. But then again, Laplandia Vodka isn’t just your average typical. 

Laplandia Vodka’s Açaí Vodka is packed full of all the best attributes of the popular health berries, which are then infused into their world famous vodka.

Laplandia Vodka’s Açai Vodka is packed full of all the best attributes of the popular health berries, which are then infused into their world famous vodka.

Order a bottle at: thebottleclub.com

Chase English Rhubarb Vodka

Rhubarb has certainly come into its own the last few years, with chefs incorporating the summer ingredient into their fine dining menus to every countryside household rustling up at least five rhubarb crumbles, pies or alternatives over the short summer season. And now drinks brand, Chase have taken it to a whole new level with their English Rhubarb Vodka offering. 

This lightly sweetened vodka is made by infusing freshly pressed English rhubarb juice with Chase Vodka, and the result is truly beautiful. It’s not too sharp and not too sweet, but just right. Enjoy it this summer or all year long with Chase’s offering.

And now Chase have taken it to a whole new level with their English Rhubarb Vodka offering.

Order a bottle at: chasedistillery.co.uk

Realm of the Unicorn gin

Another alcohol craze that’s been rather popular over the last twelve months is that of the mythical creature – unicorns. 

See the mythical creature brought to life through the Realm of the Unicorn gin-based drink, from Manchester-based drinks brand, Zymurgorium. As you’d expect, the gin is incredibly sweet, bringing fragrant vanilla notes. 

This unicorn gin isn’t the first wacky creation from Zymurgorium. The brand is known for its wild flavours and thought-out designs. Take a look on their website and uncover the Flamingo pink gin, mandrin flavours or try their Choc-O-Bloc, a chocolatey take on alcohol.

See the mythical creature brought to life through the Realm of the Unicorn gin-based drink, from Manchester-based drinks brand, Zymurgorium.

Order a bottle at: selfridges.com

Nu Litr Orange Puglia, Calcarius

Orange wine is having a moment and has become increasingly popular in recent years. We love Nu Litr Orange Puglia, Calcarius.  It’s made using harvested grapes, which are destemmed and fermented before a maceration process and matured in stainless steel vats. 

It’s rich in flavour, colour and is really rather delicious.

It’s rich in flavour, colour and is really rather delicious.

Order a bottle at: montywines.co.uk


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