Cool Britannia may have come and gone but there’s one element of it that was never taken seriously, British Drinks. That’s mostly because there were so few people in the country making waves in that department, all good things come to those who wait however and an array of new distilleries and breweries have opened across the UK. Thankfully for those of a quiet disposition it’s more likely to be trendy young entrepreneurs creating Vodka than a stereotypical middle-aged real ale fanatic with an unkempt beard. We’ve chosen the coolest brands and also our favourite tipple from them.
Created by three young bucks Sipsmith has been making a huge impression on the distilling scene since starting out in 2009. The first distillery to launch in London for 200 years they set up shop in Chiswick and the Gin has been winning awards ever since, three Gold and two Silver at the last count. Buy Sipsmith Gin
Launched back in 2008 and proudly Made in Britain, with a Union Jack on the bottle for good measure, Chase Vodka was an instant success. The Marmalade Vodka may not seem like an obvious next step but it was so successful when it was launched as a limited edition it’s now available year round. Buy Chase Vodka
The bottle may look a little familiar to those lucky enough to have received an invitation to the Royal Wedding, with William and Kate serving the Sparkling Rose to their guests. It wasn’t just the attendees at the wedding of the decade impressed with the bubbly from Kent however the wine has won a Gold Medal at the World Wine Awards. Buy Chapel Down English Sparkling Wine
Situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales Penderyn have been creating fantastic Whisky’s and Vodkas since the turn of the millennium. We’ve chosen their Merlyn though, a cream liqueur that blows the socks off the competition and is definitely making a slightly passé drink with a 1970’s image cool again. Have it on the rocks or just straight up.
Rum isn’t exactly thought of British drink as most of the worlds supply is distilled in the Caribbean or South America. Cue the English Distillery Company setting up shop in a small Village outside Newmarket in Cambridge and impressing the connoisseurs with the only Rum made in the U.K. Chuck out those cheap imports and have a homemade Cuba Libre.