Brixton to grow its own gin ingredients

Brixton Gin will soon be flavoured with locally grown juniper.

Brixton Spirits has teamed up with Urban Growth, an organisation that transforms disused spaces – including the orchard opposite the new town hall building – into gardens, to grow and harvest juniper, as well as other botanicals used to produce its gin.

The plants are in a number of local places, including Pop Brixton.

Calandra Smith, co-founder of Brixton Spirits, said: “We came up with the concept for Brixton Gin during the first lockdown last year when the importance of supporting your local community was never more apparent.

bottle of gin

“Growing the botanicals for our gin within the neighbourhood is just one way we can support our community and enhance our local environment.”

Urban Growth has planted coriander, wood violet, angelica and juniper to go into Brixton Gin. The gin also contains raw honey from hives in Brixton. 

Brixton Gin was only launched in November last year but is already stocked in over 40 retailers, bars and restaurants including Oddbins and Master of Malt. 

“Brixton is quite rightly recognised as an international foodie destination,” said Smith. “We want it to have a gin that befits that reputation.”

You can pick up a bottle of Brixton Gin at Guzzl in Brixton Village or enjoy it at a number of local bars and restaurants including Pop Brixton, Sushi Revolution and the Wine Parlour.

You can also buy the gin online

Brixton Gin is a premium small batch gin which contains nine botanicals including hibiscus and wood violet and crafted to provide “a distinctive taste profile” in a premium market packed with classic London dry gins.

“It is fragrant with citrus and floral notes ,” says the distiller.

It is best served with a lighter tonic such as Fever Tree Refreshingly Light, and a slice of orange or lemon.