Gates 1948 Gin

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We’re excited to announce the release of our very special Gates 1948 Gin Collection.

Each bottle of our small batch, hand crafted Gates 1948 Gin contains a drink infused with heritage, tradition and recollections of times gone by.

If you’re an ardent gin lover, or you would like to drink something unique and refreshing, then read on to discover all about our Gates 1948 Gin. We also have some sensational serving suggestions for how you can enjoy Gates 1948 Gin at its best in three English floral gin cocktails mixed by our team.

Why launch Gates 1948 Gin?

Gates 1948 Gin Fred & Ivy

It was way back in 1948 that Fred and Ivy Gates began planting seeds, growing plants and serving locals from their kitchen garden in the tiny village of Cold Overton. An impressive 75 years later, the Gates family continue to run the thriving garden centre from its original site.

To celebrate this incredible 75th anniversary, we are marking the occasion with something special that is reminiscent of the roots of the company that Fred and Ivy nurtured all those years ago.

Our Gates 1948 Gin is named to honour the origins of the Gates journey, and our passion for flowers is reflected in the flavours we have chosen for our gins: just like Fred and Ivy all those years ago, we continue to grow traditional bedding plants in glasshouses to this day.

The inspiration for Gates 1948 Gin

The Gates 1948 Gins are inspired by a visit to Fred and Ivy Gates’ walled garden on a summer afternoon in 1948. Here, we are surrounded by fresh country flowers, herbs and vegetables. On a hill, the traditional garden catches a slight breeze from across the countryside and warmth emanates from the old brick walls. The bees hum and delicate aromas fill the air… Even now, you will find these same brick walls still stand on our site and the bees continue to buzz around our aromatic plants on heady summer days.

Our small batch, hand-crafted, proper English gin is distilled locally in Oakham, Rutland, It is flavoured with hand-picked Viola flowers grown by Gates and botanicals inspired by Fred and Ivy’s most precious specimen plants, grown all those years ago, which are layered over a classic dry gin.

With three enticing flavours to choose from, everyone is sure to find a blend which appeals to them. So whether you are searching for the perfect base for your classic Tom Collins recipe, or you want to explore some exciting gin flavours with your chosen mixer, we have a drink which will fit your needs.

The Gates 1948 Gin Collection

Gates 1948 Gin Dry Gin

Gates 1948 Dry Viola & Thyme

Gates 1948 Dry is our classic style dry gin which is distilled in traditional copper pot stills.

It introduces juniper and citrus followed by subtle spices with a wonderful floral note of viola.

The flowers that flavour the Gates 1948 dry gin are hand-picked from the Gates glasshouses.

Gates 1948 Gin Raspberry and Lavender

Gates 1948 Raspberry & Lavender

Our Gates 1948 Raspberry & Lavender evokes English summers gone by and captures them in a glass.

We pick whole raspberries and macerate them until the flavour is just right, before adding them to our classic dry gin.

We then distil fresh lavender flowers from the glass house and blend them together creating a beautifully fresh and fruity gin

Gates 1948 Gin Apple & Pear

Gates 1948 Apple & Pear

The Gates 1948 Apple & Pear is a rich, classic English combination.

We infuse our classic dry gin with juicy pears and ripe apples creating a full bodied, bold and fruity flavour.

Containing a good hint of juniper and a floral nose, this is a well balanced and moreish gin.

Gates 1948 Gin English Floral Cocktails

With three blossoming flavours to explore, the possibilities of drinks you can make with Gates 1948 Gin are endless. Here are three recipes for our favourite gin cocktails, mixed by our talented team, which are based on Gates 1948 gins.

Gates 1948 Gin Cocktail Gates Gimlet

Gates Gimlet


  • 50ml Gates 1948 Dry Gin
  • 15ml simple syrup (sugar syrup) or to taste
  • 4 lime wedges


  • Lime wheel
  • Viola flower


Shake or build – champagne saucer or martini glass 

Muddle the lime wedges in a cocktail shaker or large glass, add the gin and simple syrup. Fill with ice and shake or stir until the outside of the glass is ice cold. Strain using a tea strainer into a chilled champagne saucer or martini glass and garnish.

Gates 1948 Gin Cocktail Gates Raspberry Collins

Gates Raspberry Collins


  • 50ml G1948 Raspberry & Lavender Gin
  • A few fresh raspberries
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 10ml simple syrup (sugar syrup) or to taste
  • Soda water


  • Fresh raspberries
  • Lemon wheel
  • Sprig of fresh lavender


Build – highball glass

Muddle a few fresh raspberries in a highball glass, squeeze in the lemon juice and add the gin and simple syrup. Fill the glass with ice and stir. Top with soda water and garnish.

Gates 1948 Gin Cocktail Gates Summer Garden

Gates Summer Garden


  • 50ml Gates 1948 Apple & Pear Gin
  • 25ml elderflower cordial
  • 3 lime wedges
  • 75ml fresh cloudy apple juice


  • Cucumber slice
  • Lime wheel


Shake or build – highball glass

Muddle the lime wedges in a cocktail shaker or large glass, add the gin, elderflower cordial and apple juice. Fill with ice and shake or stir until the outside of the glass is ice cold. Strain into a fresh highball filled with ice and garnish.

How to experience Gates 1948 Gin

All three flavours in our premium quality Gates 1948 Gin Collection are available in 70cl and 20cl sizes. Each bottle features beautifully-illustrated labels, so whether you seek a refreshing summer drink for yourself or a remarkable gift for a loved one, our gins are the perfect choice.

Join us on Saturday the 5th and Sunday 6th of August in the Gin Bar at our Gates Family Fun Weekend, for an enticing gin tasting, where you can delve deeper into the world of Gates 1948 Gin accompanied by a live 1940s band.

You will find the entire Gates 1948 Gin Collection for sale in the Farm Shop.

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