Gordon’s Gin is one of the oldest gin brands in the world today. Production remains meticulous as the spirit is distilled thrice in ten days before pouring into a single bottle.
Gordon’s London Dry Gin is sold in different colored bottles and strengths. In the United Kingdom, it’s sold in a green bottle and has an ABV of 37.5 percent. However, overseas (including the United States), the Gordon’s Gin label is yellow and has a higher ABV of 40 percent.
Gordon’s Gin: A Brief History
Gordon’s London Dry Gin was developed by Alexander Gordon, a Scottish Londoner, in 1769.
Gin used to have terrible quality and a horrible reputation across England. Alexander owned a small distillery in Southwark and worked tirelessly to improve the spirit’s quality, and in turn, revolutionized the gin-making process.
The vast improvement in the spirit’s quality reached the Royal Family, and they enjoyed it so much that the Kings and Queens of Britain honored it with royal warrants.
The 200-year-old recipe for the Gordon’s London Dry Gin remains a guarded secret, but the brand has revealed the usage of juniper berries, coriander seeds, angelica root, licorice, orris root, orange, and lemon peel.
Legend says that one of Alexander’s ancestors saved the then-King from a boar — the reason why Gordon’s Gin has a boar head on its label.
How to Drink It
Gins can always be drunk neat or straight, but the subtle juniper and other flavor profiles in the spirits best stand out when paired with mixers.
Gordon’s London Dry Gin is excellent in cocktails, the more popular of which are the classic gin and tonic or martini.
Special London Dry
Gordon’s Special London Dry is the gateway gin if you’re new to the brand. The brand personally handpicks the berries used in production and stores them for two years. This careful method ensures an intense juniper flavor with each sip.
Premium Pink Distilled
Gordon’s Gin’s version of the pink gin is an original recipe that dates back to the 1800s. This spirit is infused with strong hints of strawberries, raspberries, and redcurrant, for an authentic sweet berry taste.
Gordon’s Sloe Gin was first released in 1906 and uses sloe (more commonly known as blackthorn) and juniper. The sloe berries are slowly steeped before distillation. The result is a tart liquor in a rich plum color.
We’ve had two berries in the roundup; it’s now time for the flowers. Gordon’s Spot of Elderflower’s aroma is subtle and delicate, just like the elderflower. The spirit has a fresh, summery flavor, with a hint of berry and citrus.
Common Gordon’s Gin Prices
|Gordon’s London Dry Gin||750ml||75||$8.99 – $13.99|
|Premium Pink Distilled||750ml||75||$9.99 – $14.99|
|Sloe Gin||750ml||75||$8.99 – $13.99|
|Gordon’s with a Spot of Elderflower||750ml||75||$9.99 – $14.99|
Gordon’s Yellow Dry Gin Compared with Other Brands Prices
Williams Chase Elegant 48 Gin
Enthusiasts might not consider Williams Chase Elegant 48 Gin real gin due to its subdued juniper taste. This product favors the crisp flavor of the organic apples more and has higher prices at $32 per bottle.
Tanqueray Export Strength
This brand truly embraces its London dry roots, with production still done in the United Kingdom. The Tanqueray is heavy on the juniper with a more earthy finish, thanks to angelica root and liquorice flavors. It also sells higher, starting at $26 in prices.
Plymouth Navy Strength
Sailors used to “test” this product against gunpowder to see the quantities of alcohol present in bottles — it is the highest in ABV among the brands at 57 percent (or 100 proof). It amplifies the juniper flavor and all other botanicals yet remains smooth, a trait the Plymouth brand is known for in the market.
Popular Gordon’s Yellow Dry Cocktails
Gordon’s London Dry Gin is versatile and can be substituted for all cocktails that require London dry. Try your hand with these recipes:
Sicilian Lemon & Tonic
The Sicilian is a refreshing drink if you want to put a spin on the classic gin and tonic.
- 1 ½ ounces Gordon’s Sicilian Lemon Gin
- 3 ounces tonic water
- Lemon wheel for garnish
- Fresh ice
Fill up a balloon cocktail glass with fresh ice and all in all of the liquids. Stir gently with a bar spoon and garnish with a lemon wheel.
Instead of wines night, try serving the quirky Ruby Cooler instead — a drink that’s both tangy and spicy. We’re sure your guests will be begging you for the recipe once they’ve had a sip!
- 1 ½ ounces Gordon’s Gin
- 3 ounces cranberry juice
- Ginger ale
- Fresh ice
- Fresh raspberries for garnish
Fill a highball glass with ice and pour in the liquor and juice. Top with ginger ale and garnish with fresh raspberries.
The impact of James Bond on British culture was phenomenal — it even led to a spike in gin sales . Here’s how to make Bond’s favorite drink.
- 2 ounces Gordon’s Gin
- ½ ounce Russian vodka
- ⅓ ounce Kina Lillet
- Lemon peel
Pour the gin, vodka, and kina lillet inside a chilled cocktail shaker and give it a good shake as per his instructions: “Shaken, not stirred.” Strain in a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a thin lemon peel, just the way Bond likes it.
The Ginger Fizz is a savory drink that’s spicy and peppery with a hint of citrus.
- 1 ½ ounces Gordon’s Gin
- 4 thin slices of ginger
- 1 dash of Angostura bitters
- Ginger ale
- 2 teaspoons castor sugar
- Lemon slices
- Fresh ice
Muddle the ginger at the bottom of a tall glass to release its flavors and oils. Pour in the liquor and sugar and combine everything. Add in lots of cubed ice and the dash of bitters, then squeeze in a couple of lemon slices. Top up with ginger ale and give everything a final stir. Serve with a lemon slice.
Is Gordon’s a good gin?
Yes, Gordon’s Gin is one of the best quality gins with a rich history. It is also affordable and is available in any nearby market.
Can you mix Gordon’s gin with coke?
Yes, but we do not recommend it. You should be able to mix anything you want with Gordon’s gin, but we find that the sweetness of coke tends to overpower the gin’s subtle flavors.
We recommend subtle mixers like soda water or vermouth as they provide a special something to compliment the natural flavors of Gordon’s Gin better.
Gordon’s Gin has a long history that dates back to the Royal Family — this spirit has unparalleled quality. And although there are now plenty of gins available in the market, be sure to get a bottle of Gordon’s Gin — they’re not second most-sold without reason.
Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds!