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In aid of the Rainbow Fund and celebrating the Brighton Pride festival, the award-winning Brighton Gin is releasing 1,400 Limited Edition bottles in eight colour and letter variations a month ahead of Brighton Pride.
Collectively, the limited edition eight-bottle range spells the world BRIGHTON (or any creative anagrams you can think of) in pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet labels reflecting the original colours of the iconic Gay Pride Rainbow Flag.
Founded by Brightonian, Kathy Caton, in 2014, Brighton Gin is handmade in small batches in the city’s first distillery, just across the road from the beach. Each bottle is made from recycled glass sourced from Brighton, and is filled, labelled and wax-sealed by hand, with the label and wax in the distinctive blue colour of Brighton’s seafront railings. Brighton Gin is made using certified organic wheat spirit and botanicals including juniper, peel from fresh oranges and limes, coriander seed and milk thistle. It is smooth enough to sip neat, over ice with a twist of orange or as a classic G&T. It is also the only gin that is served in the British Airways i360 tower and the Brighton Dome concert hall, no surprise given it’s multitude of of wining medals international competitions since 2017.
At Vada, we tried Brighton Gin in a couple of cocktails, and for a refreshing summer sip, we recommend trying a Grapefruit and Basil Gin Fizz made with 50ml Brighton Gin stirred with 150ml grapefruit juice, 50ml tonic water and a dash of Angostura Bitters poured over some muddled grapefruit and basil, served with plenty of ice.
Alternatively a Bee Knees (made with 50ml Brighton Gin, 20ml fresh lemon juice, 20ml fresh orange juice and 15ml honey) is a remedy for a tough day at work.
Kathy is setting out to be bolder, more beautiful and brilliant than ever. She is proud that her free-thinking home city hosts the UK’s biggest Pride Festival and wanted to contribute to the essential work of the Rainbow Fund in supporting the city’s LGBTQ+ community and voluntary sector. The limited edition design therefore pays homage to the 40th anniversary of the use of the Gay Pride Rainbow Flag (in San Francisco Gay Pride in 1978).
The Limited Edition Brighton Gin bottles are priced at £45 each (for a 700ml size). They can be bought from local, independent retailers from 29th June and from Brightongin.com (where the Pride Collectors’ Range can be ordered as a complete set). £2 from each bottle will be donated to The Rainbow Fund, the Brighton and Hove based grant-giving fund for local LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS organisations.
For those going to Brighton Pride on 4th August, they will see the Brighton Gin team walking the Parade.