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Picnic Gin just the treat from Poetic License

Poetic License's limited-edition Picnic Gin is to be made available again this year. Flavoured with strawberries and cream, Picnic Gin was launched as the distillery’s first limited edition last summer

Mark Hird, managing director, Poetic License, says: “Picnic Gin was a much-loved tipple for many during the summer 2016 however, since we stopped making it last September, we’ve had countless enquiries about it. So we thought we’d give the people what they want and bring the Picnic Gin back, and what better time than as we move into the warmer seasons.”

Poetic License suggest serving with Elderflower Tonic as an alternative to Pimms in a summer fruit cup with lemonade and mixed fruit, or as a topper to fizz for a Bellini cocktail.

Speaking about how he made the spirit, Poetic License’s distiller, Luke Smith, comments: “The spirit’s red appearance is achieved by both distilling and infusing the key botanicals – in this case dried strawberries impart the colour. We were keen to ensure that it remained very much a gin so it is juniper forward and there is no sugar used in the distillation which means that although it is a sweet drink, it does not enter the realms of a liqueur – not least because the ABV is 37.5%. If you try to drink this like you would a liqueur, you will sharp notice!”

The Picnic Gin replaces its Fireside Gin, as its seasonal offering, though the winter-inspired spirit will still be available.

Picnic Gin is available to buy online now, as are the rest of Poetic License products, at

28 March 2017 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, news editor