Pickering’s Gin: A recipe kept secret since 1947


Pickering’s finds it roots in Bombay, India and is based on a recipe found on a fragment of paper dated 17 July 1947. It is only after 66 years that this recipe saw the light again… and we are really glad it did!

The Story

Pickering’s Gin was founded in 2013 when the business partners and life-long friends decided to start making what they wanted and could not find on the market.

United by their love of delicious gin they bring to the table unique skills that make Pickering’s Gin so special. Marcus is a businessman who has been previously involved in the industry of distilling. It was his idea to turn Summerhall into a distillery for its great location and creative spur! He now takes care of branding, sales and communications. Matt is the mastermind behind the scenes, the engineer who made the renovation and construction of the distillery possible.

They begun experimenting and tweaking the original recipe at Summerhall Distillery, the first exclusive gin distillery to be established in Edinburgh for over 150 years!

Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, at Pickering’s is handmade. The core range has three multi-award winning, marvellously mixed gin but limited editions ones are often launched and sell out before they can be bottled!

The Distillery and Botanicals

There are 9 botanicals in each edition of Pickering’s: juniper, coriander, cardamom, angelica (cinnamon in the 1947 Gin), fennel, anise, lemon, lime and cloves. They are measured and macerated in the neutral grain spirit to extract the most flavour..

Pickering’s Gin 

A modern twist on a gin style largely lost to history! Pickering’s gin is based on an old, family recipe, which was written down in Mount Mary, Bombay, in 1947.

By the time Pickering’s Gin launched in 2014 the recipe had been fine-tuned to suit the contemporary palate. Replacing cinnamon with angelica root removed the sweetest element, leaving a classic, dry characteristic in its place. The result is delicious! Extremely refreshing citrus top notes give way to lingering juniper, finishing with a satisfying spicy bite.

Botanicals: Angelica root, cardamom, cloves, coriander seed, fennel, anise, dried lemon peel, dried lime peel & Juniper.






The Pickering’s G&T

  • Pour 50ml of Pickering’s gin over ice
  • Top with 150ml of Indian tonic water
  • Garnish with a slice of Pink Grapefruit

Pickering’s Navy Strength 57.1%

In 2014 the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo spotted the Pickering’s Gin distillery from their home at Edinburgh Castle, what with them being less than a mile away. Together they collaborated to distil a suitably Military themed, special edition gin. So adored for it’s fuzzy little bearskin hat as muc


h as its rich flavour, Pickering’s decided to keep the Navy Strength ‘Bearskin Gin’ as part of their core gin range and continue a partnership Edinburgh’s most iconic, international spectacle.
Distilled to the same recipe as Pickering’s Gin but with a higher alcohol content; at 57.1% more concentrated botanical oils are carried. This is a big, punchy juniper forward gin. Exceptionally smooth an
d beautifully balanced, Pickering’s Navy strength is a more vivid expression of Pickering’s Gin. Hearty spice takes the supporting role and it isn’t until this gin is diluted with tonic, or in a cocktail, that Pickering’s signature zingy citrus notes reappear!
Botanicals: Angelica root, cardamom, cloves, coriander seed, fennel, anise, dried lemon peel, dried lime peel & juniper

Navy strength perfect serve: garnish with a slice of lime

Original 1947

This edition is made precisely to Pickering’s original recipe, as it was written down in Mount Mary, Bombay, in 1947. Here the botanical mix includes cinnamon, which adds a decidedly warming and
spicy kick to the spirit.

Tasting notes: Spicier, sweeter and more intense, it’s a decadent trip back to the last days of the Raj. Cardamom, coriander, clove and cinnamon spice lead to a crisp, refreshing and long finish.

Recommended serve: with ice, tonic and a wedge of orange. For a more warming drink, substitute tonic water for ginger ale.



Find out more information on the Pickering’s Gin website!


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