Cocktails with… Carnaby Inne Gin

Carnaby’s Inn London Dry Gin is a grain based Gin bottled at 40%ABV. This is a very cheap Gin; 200ml cost me a mere $4.00 (£2.50).

1) On its own
Nose: Spicy, piney juniper, vanilla, and coriander.
Taste: Relatively sweet, with a peppery finish, some citrus (specifically lemon and orange zest) and coriander, followed by more juniper. I have to say, this is pretty good, given the low, low price, and it’s in the a classic style that you would expect from a bog-standard London Gin.

2) Gin & Tonic
Very classic, but also quite average as Gin & Tonics go. It’s also very cloying at the end. I would say that this is acceptable only in a pinch, when value is key. One way to improve it would be to add a nice, zesty garnish, possibly even serving it in the Evans style, using both lemon and lime.

3) Martini
Okay, but not great. Still, it is easily drinkable and again, given the price of the Gin, it’s not bad at all.

4) Negroni
Passable, but not outstanding. There are worse drinks out there and this is probably the best use for this Gin. The sweet-bitter balance is there, but the Gin is pretty much lost under the other flavours.

In Conclusion
This is a low-cost Gin and I have had worse. It is not complex, but ticks the very basic boxes of a Gin. As such, it is very much a case of you get what you pay for and, for the more complex gin cocktails, I think this could be quite a good option, as the subtleties of a Gin are often hidden behind a mask of liqueurs and fruit juice anyway.

My favourite way of drinking Carnaby’s Inn was in a Negroni.

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