These artisan gins that help wildlife, are ideal if you like a tipple of gin and tonic, but also want to help endangered species. Gin is very popular in England because juniper grows here, and there are dozens of good artisan gins nationwide, so give them a try.
Avoid quinine water (and grapefruit slices) if pregnancy or breastfeeding or for certain medical conditions and avoid rhubarb tonic waters for stomach/kidney issues.
- Wild Gin donates 20% of proceeds to RSPB for its work preserving Scotland’s endangered Flow Country. It’s distilled with 9 wild botanicals, some of which are found in the world’s biggest blanket bog in the northern tip of Scotland. The bog acts to naturally store carbon, holding twice that of all the trees in the UK, helping to offset climate change. Most herbs are grown in their Secret Garden.
- Elephant Gin is a German gin that uses funds to help elephant charities. The 14 botanicals include rare African ingredients, with an undertone of mountain pine. The sloe gin with wild berries has a fruity bouquet, with less sugar and more alcohol. See more ways to save the elephants.
- Pangolin Gin is made in Somerset with 11 hand-picked botanicals including juniper, coriander seeds, orris root, angelica root, cardamom, lemon peel, orange peel, grapefruit peek, baobab, rooibos and honeybush. The difference is that profits are used to help pangolins, amazing scaled creatures that are severely abused for ‘wet markets’ (believed to be the source of COVID-19).
- Cloud Leopard Gin has a big hit of classic juniper, with a bright zing of lemon zest and fruity notes of mango, balanced by fragrant black pepper spice. 15% of profits go to Born Free, which rehomes endangered clouded leopards in spacious sanctuaries).