Gin on the rocks, straight gin
Jul 10 2020 / Richard Thompson

Can you drink gin neat?

Potentially biased, but gin really is a special, unique and versatile spirit.

Let’s rewind to the mid-17th century when it coined the nickname ‘Mother’s Ruin’, it was most popular consumed straight from the bottle (no messing around there)! In 21st century, we like our gin in cocktail form whether it be paired with tonic, vermouth or another flavour-transforming mixer.

Gin is shaped by the product in which it’s made and the way it is produced. Grain, grape, rice or beetroot can all make this neutral spirit – pick wisely, these will all affect the characteristics in our end product.

Why go neat?

Tasting a spirit neat will help you to understand the different botanicals in the gin. An array of wonderful botanicals are now used in gin from fresh citrus notes such as orange, grapefruit and lime to floral, herbal and spicy notes. Give it a go, your taste buds are crying out for a Sing Gin neat or on the rocks!

When tasting gin straight, the aromas on the nose are coming from the botanicals which are used to flavour the base spirit. Essentially, as the gin changes on the nose you are smelling time and the progression of aromas from the still.

If the gin is top quality, there’s no reason to mask your spirit with other ingredients… the aroma should be continuous, rounded and well-balanced.


Not only does our choice of glassware make us feel fancy, it’s true that certain drinks work better in certain glasses.

So if you’re feeling brave and neat with your Sing Gin… consume in a tasting glass – which is a short tulip-shaped glass with a small bowl narrowing at the lip. This will enhance the intensity and concentration of aromas of the gin.


Tasting Glass, Straight Gin

Set of Tasting Glassware

Sipping on the rocks? Go for a rocks glass (also known as a tumbler or old-fashioned) – a short, broad vessel with a heavy base. The glass takes its name from a nickname for ice: rocks. The short length of glass means the aromas tend to be closer to the nose which works well for the more delicate gins. When serving on the rocks use fresh ice from filtered water. To learn more about ice, visit our ‘How to make the perfect G&T blog!

Less is more for your garnish… garnish can certainly enhance flavour and appearance, but at the same time, it can also provide unwanted flavour and detract from the aromas of the spirit.

Sing on Ice

Sing Gin is carefully crafted from two white varieties of grape native to Spain – we use grape for the taste and texture you know and love. Grape is more flavoursome and aromatic, delivers a fruity silky smoothness ,and a softer mouth-feel than grain.

  • 50ml Sing Gin
  • Plenty of fresh-ice
  • Fill a rocks glass with ice and pour gin. Stir a little to soften the drink and enjoy!


Fancy some reading material with your neat Sing Gin, take a look at our other blogs below:

  1. How to make the best gin and tonic?
  2. Best Summer Gin Cocktails