Last Updated on August 15, 2020 by Fiona Maclean
Cut your alcohol without compromising on taste with CleanGin.
CleanGin, the new low-alcohol gin is the concept Spencer Matthews, the former Made In Chelsea reality TV star, (and Pippa Middleton’s brother-in-law)
Spencer Matthews has created the gin in collaboration with Union Distillers in Leicestershire, experts in both botanicals and distillation. With the idea of producing something different, CleanGin is full of ginger, peppermint and citrus, yet with barely any juniper noticeable at all, making it a distinct and memorable drink choice.
The principle objective was to produce an ultra low alcohol gin using classic copper stills and traditional productions methods to create a drink that can stand on its own when compared to regular alcoholic drinks. The resulting CleanGin has a trace level of 1.2% abv but, by using the traditional methods, full flavours are maintained with an amazingly low alcohol level. Perfect for those of us trying to cut our alcohol consumption!
CleanGin makes for a very good Gin and Tonic, but to bring out its best you need to use lemon and not lime, as well as softer tonics rather than the mainstream harsh variety. Low alcohol Cocktails are a perfect way to showcase CleanGin, but again, expect softer and more fragrant fruits to be used. It’s much more Mothers Making than Mother Ruin, and whilst not the same as regular gin, it can certainly hold its own.
Spencer Matthews says the name CleanGin was chosen to reflect both a positive way to describe low-alcohol and also to reflect people choosing an all-over cleaner lifestyle. It’s a lot cooler and easier to ask for a CleanGin at the bar than a low-alcohol drink.
The Clean Liquor Company, owned by Spencer Matthews and business partner Justin Hicklin has already raised investments of over £1m so the future looks bright for CleanGin. And, if you want to try it now, Sainsbury’s is the exclusive supplier on the high street.
- 50ml CleanGin
- 150ml of a light tonic
- Lemon slice
- Fresh mint leaves
Simply pour the CleanGin, tonic and lemon into a highball and add the lint leaves to garnish. Top up with ice as required. The clean steely edge to the mild herbal flavours is maintained, and although smoother and more scented, it could almost be a regular gin and FeverTree tonic.
Founders Favourite Gin, Raspberry and Basil cocktail
- 50 ml CleanGin
- 150 ml light tonic
- handful Basil leaves
- 3-4 Raspberries
Pour the CleanGin and tonic into a highball
Add the raspberries and basil to garnish
Top up with ice as required.
If you want to use less ice, freeze the raspberries instead. That still chills the drink and adds all the delicate aromas of raspberry without the ice.
As the ice melts (or the raspberries) you get more of the raspberry taste, so you may find there is an optimal taste time.
Find your bottle of CleanGin at Sainsburys here.