Booth's Gin

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Booth's Gin was a well-known and widely-consumed make of London dry gin, founded by a Lincolnshire branch of the ancient Booth family in about 1740.[1]

Booth's was most famously sold in distinctive hexagonal glass bottles. Its paper labelling alluded to the Red Lion distillery in Clerkenwell where the drink was originally produced,[2] and to the heraldic crest of the Booth family.

Known as the "gentleman's gin", reputedly it was a favourite of both Queen Elizabeth II, and the Queen Mother.[3] Sir Kingsley Amis favoured Booth's as a mixer for Pink Gin.[4]

The brand, owned by Diageo Spirits, ceased production in 2017.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Review of Booth's Finest Dry Gin by the GIN is IN". Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  2. ^ British History Online [1]: 'Clerkenwell Road', in Survey of London: Volume 46, South and East Clerkenwell, ed. Philip Temple (London, 2008), pp. 385-406.
  3. ^ The Greasy Spoon: it's not just about haute cuisine
  4. ^ Ode to the gin & tonic
  5. ^ "Review: Booth's Recipe No. 1 Finest Dry Gin Cask Mellowed". 3 April 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2018.

External links

  • Diageo – official site
  • Difford's Guide: "Booth's Gin"
  • Booth's 1740 foundation
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