by Andy Pearson

Gin and Earl Grey tea combine to make the most sophisticated cocktail in town.

Drinks and cocktails

Buyer's guide

An increasing number of ‘super-premium’ gins are available, flavoured with ever-more-unusual botanicals. Most are of excellent quality.


Gin will keep well for long periods, although the fragrance of some of its botanicals may fade over time.


Gin is used in cocktails such as the Gimlet, the Gin Fizz and the G&T. It can also be used in cooking, to ‘cure’ raw fish dishes, or to de-glaze pans in sauce-making.