Clean Gin Review
There are hundreds of reasons why people may choose not to drink, and it is a decision that more and more of us are making. For a long time there was a certain stigma about not drinking (a concept I am certain future generations will look back on with bewilderment), but that is slowly disappearing – and the non alcoholic market is exploding as a result.
You see, while more and more people are choosing not to drink alcohol, we are beginning to demand a much better calibre of drink. Overly sweet and sugary soft drinks just won’t cut it anymore – just because we are not drinking alcohol doesn’t mean we have child-like tastebuds.
All of this is why alcohol free gin exists – and why the range of these drinks is becoming greater and greater all of the time. And I mean ‘greater’ in every sense of the word. Long gone are the days where the only alcohol free alternative to a gin and tonic was ‘just tonic’. All of a sudden we have so much choice that it can be overwhelming.
Don’t worry though – we are here to help. We have made it our mission to hunt out the best alcohol free alternatives to help you enjoy the best drinks on the market today. Today we are looking at Clean Gin – a relative newcomer to the market. So who are they, how do they make their gin and, crucially, what does it taste like? Let’s take a look in our Clean Gin review.
About The Clean Co Company
When you look into the background of an alcohol free drinks producer, it is not often you see a name you recognise. Here though, we will find Spencer Matthews – star of Made In Chelsea and brother-in-law to Pippa Middleton. When he decided that he wanted to make an alcohol free alternative to gin, he enlisted the help of Union Distillers from Leicestershire – botanical and distillation experts.
They only launched their first drinks in 2019 – so are one of the newest companies around. They have made major waves though, and have expanded the range of their drinks to include a wide range of spirits and even ready to drink cocktails in a can – and you get the feeling that they are just getting started.
Matthews himself explains his passion for the industry, and how the company fits into it: “Why Clean? I felt that describing what we offer as “Clean” was a more positive approach than the often negative connotation surrounding No & Low alcohol. It makes for an easier bar call and makes more sense for people like me who drink less, or not at all as part of a cleaner lifestyle.”
One thing is for sure, he really means business. So let’s take a closer look at Clean Gin.
Clean Gin Ingredients
The official ingredients label reads as follows:
Ingredients: Water, Vegetable Glycerine, Natural Flavourings, Acid: Citric Acid, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate.
While this fulfils their legal obligations, it only tells half the story – it’s the Natural Flavourings that we are really interested in – the botanicals. They aren’t overly forthcoming with this information, to be honest, but after a little digging I have found that they use juniper, orris root, cardamom and angelica root – this is what gives the gin its flavour, so it’s good to know.
The other thing that is good to know is what it doesn’t include – as well as being non alcoholic, this is also a sugar and sweeteners free drink. One of the biggest complaints levelled at non alcoholic drink producers has often been that they replace the flavour of the alcohol with sugar, so it’s great to see that this won’t be the case here.
Clean Gin Taste Verdict
I think there is a lot to be said about the entire experience of drinking a drink like this. Spirits, and now their non alcoholic equivalents, are not just enjoyed for their taste alone – there is a certain amount of theatre and excitement involved in making a drink like this. You have the ice, the mixers and the measures, you have countless different recipes for exotic drinks to try, even the bottles themselves are these elegant looking vessels that have had so much thought and care put into them.
You get a real sense of this from your first look of Clean Gin. At first glance it is a very traditional looking gin bottle – that deep green colour that has been synonymous with gin for so long. Look a bit closer though, and the style and sophistication shines through. I love the hexagonal shape of the bottle, it has a certain subtle unconventionality to it. Then there is the art-deco detailing around the logo – brings to mind the roaring 20’s. Before you even open the bottle, you are having a nice time.
Then you get to drink it. For my first test I decided to go for a classic gin and tonic, and to be honest, I was amazed by the results. I think to say that it genuinely tasted like a ‘traditional’ gin and tonic would be doing it a bit of a disservice – this is a great drink in it’s own right, and the comparisons between these drinks and their alcohol equivalents can feel a little condescending.
You really get a hit of juniper from the very first sip, and it was so well balanced with the tonic that it made for a truly refreshing drink. I used just a slice of lemon in it and I really think that is all that is needed. I used a (fairly budget) softer tonic, so that I could really taste the gin and it worked perfectly. As a general rule, I do find that the more expensive tonics tend to overpower the flavour of alcohol free gins, so I tend to avoid them.
All in all, this is a great tasting alternative to gin. For relaxing of an evening, or sitting outside on a hot day, this will help you to make a beautifully refreshing drink, and a great option to offer guests.
How Best To Drink Clean Gin
As I mentioned above, this makes a great gin and tonic. I have tried it with lime as well, but I found that the less powerful the taste of the fruit, the better the overall drink tasted, so I stuck with a small slice of lemon – just enough to give a hint of citrus.
A gin and tonic is just the tip of the iceberg, though when it comes to the various drink options that you have with Clean Gin. They even go to the trouble of sending you a little booklet of cocktails if you order it directly from their website, which is packed full of ideas to get the most out of this drink.
One of my favourites has been the Clean Cobbler, which combines elderflower cordial, lemon wedges, mint leaves and soda together with Clean G to make one of the most refreshing drinks I can remember. It is now my go to drink when I want something a little bit fancy to relax with on a hot day.
Clean Cobbler Recipe
- 50ml of Clean G
- 15ml of elderflower cordial
- 3 lemon wedges
- 6 mint leaves
- a cucumber slice
Squeeze the lemon wedges into a wine glass, slap the mint leaves and add along with the cucumber. Mix in the elderflower cordial, Clean G, ice and churn. Top with soda and churn once more. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and a lemon wedge. Enjoy!
As you have probably already gathered from this review so far – I am a huge fan of this drink. Once again, I would like to reaffirm my position that this should not be compared to traditional gin – I don’t think this is trying to replace gin, it is aiming to provide an alternative. It absolutely succeeds at this as well – it produces one of the nicest, most refreshing alcohol free gin and tonics that I have ever tasted. When you add in the versatility and range of options for cocktails with this drink, you have a bottle that won’t last very long in your drinks cabinet!
As one of the cheaper bottles of alcohol free gin available today, then my advice to you would be to have a bottle of this in your house at all times. You will be able to find more complex flavours of gin, I’m sure, but for versatility and reliability, I think this will take some beating.
Clean Co are blazing a trail at the moment, and they are showing no signs of letting up – the money is being poured into this business and the results are there for all to see. One of the biggest ranges of alcohol free alternative drinks around, and all done since 2019. Get on board now, with the excellent Clean Gin.