Hayman’s Gin Review – Plus 2 Gin cocktail recipes!

The other day, I was asked if I would like to try a few little samples of Hayman’s London Dry Gin. Now, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that I was going to be more than up for that!

My samples arrived Friday, just in time for the weekend, and so I indulged in a couple tasters (it would have been rude not to) as well as concocting a couple of delicious cocktails for you all using their Gin.

Having heard of Hayman’s but never trying it before, I was intrigued to see what sets it apart from the abundance of other Gin’s that are available to us here in the UK. Read on for my recipes and to see what I thought of their Gin!

 A bit about Hayman’s…

Hayman’s currently distill six different gins and the Hayman’s family have been in the gin making business for generations. The company is currently run by James and Miranda Hayman, along with their father Christopher Hayman.

Why couldn’t I be descended from a line of Gin distillers?


The story of Hayman’s Gin began with Christopher’s great-​grandfather, James Burrough, who was a curious and charismatic pharmacist. In 1863 he bought a gin and liqueur rectifying business on Cale Street in London and started producing a range of cordials, medicinal ingredients and gin. His coveted gin recipes, which we still follow today, can be found scribbled in notebooks dating back to that time.

Over subsequent years, James Burrough’s sons joined the family business, exporting their gins to the USA and Canada under the Burrough name. Neville Hayman, husband of Marjorie Burrough (James Burrough’s granddaughter), was the first Hayman to join the family business in 1951 – which was now well known for producing, among others, Beefeater Gin. He helped shape the company to make sure we could survive the aftermath of WWII, which included rationalisation of the gin styles made. And just 18 years later, he was joined by his son, Christopher Hayman.

In 1987, the family business was sold to the then brewer, Whitbread. It could have been the end, but the Hayman side of the family were not ready to leave a life of gin making behind. And who would be?! So Christopher Hayman gallantly led the way in buying back James Burrough Fine Alcohols Division Limited, changed the company name to Hayman Distillers and worked tirelessly for a number of years get them to a position where they could begin to do just that again.

Christopher, James and Miranda still continue to run the business today, upholding family traditions with an inherent passion for distilling original gins.

All for the love of gin, eh? Wonderful.

A ‘Gin-uine’ review of Hayman’s London Dry Gin

As the name might suggest, Hayman’s London Dry Gin is a classic style of gin. Distilled using a family recipe, with a blend of 10 different botanicals which are steeped for a full day prior to distillation to allow the flavours to release into the alcohol, it has gentle hints of juniper, coriander, lemon and orange peel. These flavour combinations are what help this Gin to taste like a traditional London Dry Gin, which I really love. The more unusual botanicals used in Hayman’s London Dry Gin are orris root, cinnamon, cassia and nutmeg. Despite the taste of this gin being classic, it’s strong juniper and citrus hints make it anything but mundane. Hayman’s London Dry Gin  was launched in 2008 and is bottled at 40% ABV. It’s definitely a Gin I would happily stock in my drink cupboard and indulge in regularly thanks to it’s fairly affordable price tag, retailing at about £25 for 70cl in most shops. An easy to drink, traditional London Dry Gin.

Image – haymansgin.com

Here are 2 Cocktail recipes I’ve created using Hayman’s London Dry Gin. Happy Drinking!


Gina nd Amaretto Martini with Hayman's Gin

Coconut, Lime and Gin Fizz

 You can find out more about Hayman’s and their Gin’s by visiting their website.

Disclosure: I was sent a sample of Hayman’s Gin in return for an honest review. All words, thoughts and opinions are my own.

A little Ginspiration. My top 5 Gin recipes!

Seen as it was World Gin Day yesterday, I am clubbing together the top 5 Gin recipes from my blog to give you a little Ginspiration!

 1. Strawberry and Rose Gin Fizz

A fruity little number, guaranteed to put a smile on your face on a Sunny day! Made using fresh strawberries and Rose water.

Gin cocktail with strawberries

2. Gin & Lemon Pancake Syrup

This is the syrup of Kings. Drizzle it over pancakes, ice cream, sponge puddings, whatever you fancy. It’s as potent as you want to make it so taste and add more Gin if you want to!

Gin and lemon syrup for pancakes

3. Gin & Tonic Loaf Cake

This super simple loaf cake was made using some fantastic Silent Pool Rose Gin – it’s truly divine. That said, any Gin will work in this cake and, as always, feel free to add a splish more if you want a stronger Gin flavour. Who wouldn’t?! Perfect for a cheeky afternoon tea or as a grown up treat for after lunch.

Gin and Tonic loaf cake

4. Pimms & Gin

This one was a bit controversial at the time of posting because people, quite rightly, pointed out to me that Pimms is in fact a Gin based drink. I understood it was Gin based, but it really is something that is very easy (by that I mean I drink too much of it and then feel a bit tipsy) to drink. By adding in a shot or two of your Gin of choice, this, sometimes sweet, summer drink becomes something a little more grown up and something you savour. Have a go and tell me what you think! Perfect for drinking when Wimbledon is on!

Pimms and Gin

5. Gin, Lemon and Passionfruit Collins

This is one of my all time favourite Gin cocktails. I am a huge fan of passionfruit and this is a really refreshing drink to have on a sunny day sat in the garden. I use passionfruit syrup in this recipe but, by all means, try using a fresh passionfruit if you wish.

Gin, Lemon and Passionfruit Collins

I hope these recipes have given you some food (or drink!) for thought! I know I enjoyed them so I hope you do too.

 What are your favourite Gin recipes?

Why don’t you head on over to my Facebook page and share them with me?! I’d love to hear them!

Pick your Poison: Strawberry and Rose Gin Fizz

It’s the Bank Holiday weekend at last! And the sun is (kind of) out! It’s a miracle!

To celebrate the fact it’s a long weekend (and because it’s my birthday tomorrow) last night I had some of my Silent Pool Rose Gin. I hadn’t had any for a while (mainly because it’s a special limited edition bottle so I find myself rationing it! #frugal) and I had almost forgotten how lovely it is. I do love a hint of rose flavouring in food and drink (Cadburys Turkish Delight – which by the way has been discontinued due to ‘peoples tastes changing’. WTAF Cadburys?! – and Fentimans Rose Lemonade I’m looking at you).

After having a few Strawberries ripen in the garden yesterday, I thought I’d put them to good use in a cocktail. Here is my recipe for Strawberry and Rose Gin Fizz. You don’t have to have Rose Gin to make this cocktail by the way, but should you happen to own some, you can use that in place of the rose water in the recipe.

Perfect for sipping in the sunshine. Happy Bank Holiday folks.

  Strawberry & Rose Gin Fizz recipe

Pick your Poison: Gin, Lemon and Passionfruit Collins

It’s the Bank Holiday weekend!

Can I get a hell yeah?!


Truly, I am massively sorry if you have to work this Bank Holiday or if you’re a parent who has children that don’t give a toss about what this kind of weekend means for a grown up. Ie; sleeping in, not waking up in the middle of the night to tell you they’ve just eaten a bogey, going to bed on time so you can watch a film and drink cocktails, that kind of thing…

Regardless of the ungodly hour my toddler is going to get me up tomorrow, I will be using tonight as an opportunity to have a cocktail or two. It’d be rude not to.

Seen as the sun has been out this afternoon and I have been busy in the garden planting strawberry plants (thanks mum and dad for those beauts) I am feeling a little…fruity.

No, not that kind of fruity.


Ah, you know what I meant.

This is a recipe for a Gin, Lemon and Passionfruit Collins and it is all those things personified.

Summery, fruity, perky, perfect.

 Passionfruit, lemon and gin collins recipe

Pick your Poison: Gin & Juice Cocktail

“Sippin’ on gin and juice, laid back (with my mind on my money and my money on my mind)”

Golly gosh, I sound so down with the children isn’t it?

Totally gangster and shizzle.

Oh, who am I kidding? I don’t really ‘do’ rap music but I couldn’t write a cocktail post about Gin and Juice without referencing the Snoop Dogg Classic now could I?

I have no idea what the Gin and Juice is that Snoop refers to (hopefully it’s not code for something else!) but I thought I would make up my own Gin and Juice recipe as a little weekend pick me up.

Fruity, zingy and refreshing; this cocktail is made with just a few ingredients that you will all be able to lay your hands on easily.

Here goes!

 Gin and Juice Recipe Card

Enjoy Knutters!

Head on over to my Drinks Cabinet and my ‘Pick your Poison’ section to find more drink recommendations and cocktail recipes.