Gin Cruises setting sail this summer
We've just the tonic for those summer days when you want to spend time enjoying the sunshine while sipping a G&T.
It is safe to say the UK has fully embraced the gin resurgence.
Last year, Brits spent £40m buying gin as annual sales rose 16% breaking the £1bn barrier. Dubbed the 'year of the gin', the resurgence saw distilleries pop up across the country as festivals dedicated to the spirit made their way into our drinking calendar.
With the spirit showing no signs of slowing, there's now a new way to enjoy a gin or two across summer as you can swap your back garden for a boat and hop on board for a gin-fuelled tour.
From Edinburgh to Bristol, we've rounded up six of the best gin cruises on offer across the UK so you can get ready to sip while you sail.
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Manchester will have its own 'Gincident' cruises, launching on June 30th with six dates throughout summer. On board, you'll receive two mixed drinks and five cocktails made from gin with specifically paired food. The tour also includes a fun and informative history of gin on the 3-hour cruise.
Tickets for the Gincident cost £55 via The Liquorists.
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Just one hour from London, Henley-on-Thames offers a Gin, Fizz and River Cruising on board Hobbs of Henley's flagship vessel The New Orleans. With three cruises daily on June 3rd and September 23rd, the cruise includes a welcome drink of choice (Hobbs of Henley's Gin with Fever Tree tonic or Champagne) and servings of G&Ts throughout the 75-minute sightseeing trip along the River Thames.
Tickets for the Gin, Fizz and River Cruising cost £37.50 via Hobbs of Henley's.
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Dorset's first gin distillery Conker Spirit has curated its own specialist tours on board a 1938 vintage motor yacht throughout summer. The Gin Tasting Cruise features 3 gin cocktails and gin inspired canapes on a three-hour cruise. Alternatively, you can opt for a VIP experience with a private gin masterclass, three unique Conker Gin cocktails, a three-course meal at the Quay Priory Restaurant and a 700ml bottle of Conker Gin.
Tickets for the Gin Tasting cost £35 while VIP tickets cost £125 via Dorset Cruises.
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Bristol Dry Gin has teamed up with Foozie for the Bristol Gin Cruises throughout summer. Setting sail from the centre of Bristol, the two-hour boat cruise features three gin cocktails or three gin and tonics, with tokens to be exchanged for your tipple of choice on board. Once on land, you will be taken to Bristol Dry Gin distillery to see how gin is made.
Tickets for the Bristol Dry Gin Cruise cost £29.50 via Foozie.
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Juniper will host a 2-hour Gin Tasting cruise on board the Lochrin Belle on Saturday August 26th. Setting off from Fountainbridge on a trip along the Union Canal, you'll be able to sample five gins neat and then sip on those G&Ts or within a cocktail while you tuck into bites from Inside Out Chef.
Tickets for Juniper's Gin Tasting cost £35 via Solid Liquids.
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The Away2Dine canal cruiser will transform into a floating gin palace on May 26th and June 10th. The 2-hour cruise will teach you the history of gins past, present and future and will feature 5 boutique gins neat and 5 gin and tonics with complimenting garnishes.
Tickets for Birmingham's boozy boat cost £48.38 via Eventbrite.Gin Fans! Visit our shop for a range of gin sets!