Cornwall is well known for its celebrity chefs, delicious seafood, and traditional Cornish cuisine; and now it’s getting a name for its locally made beverages too. From Cornish gin to local ale and fresh fruit juices, try a tasty tipple this holiday for the full Cornish experience!
The popularity of gin continues to rise, with a plethora of different flavours and options available, including a number of gins which have been created and produced right here in Cornwall. Isobel Hudson, from The Waterfront in Perranporth, knows her Bombay from her botanicals, and offers over 50 different gins with suggestions for which tonic and accompaniments to pair them with. Here are her recommendations for Cornish gins to try this summer:
“The Tarquins range have a fabulous selection of different flavours, and one of this years’ favourites seems to be the Rhubarb and Raspberry, served with a ginger ale (good for people who don’t like tonic). We were all very excited when Trevethan brought out three new flavours for summer including Zesty Lemon, Rhubarb and Apple, and our best seller so far, Passion Fruit and Orange Blossom, which we serve with a lemon tonic and orange slices, it’s a lovely summery drink.
Also Curio have a Blueberry gin which is delicious. It tastes like blueberry, vanilla and lime but is still quite dry. We suggest pairing it with an Indian tonic and a wedge of lime. Finally, Tinkture Cornish Rose Gin is made locally by Hannah Lamiroy. She has created a good quality, organic, beautiful tasting gin and also offers refill pouches to help be environmentally friendly.”
With all the wonderful Cornish gins now available, earlier this year a premium Cornish tonic was launched to pair with them. Navas is named after a small Cornish village called Port Navas and is made from natural botanicals and Cornish spring water. Delicious as a thirst-quencher on its own, or as a mixer to pair with spirits; it’s just the tonic.
Photo: Navas Drinks
A new micro-brewery and taproom has opened in Perranporth! Black Flag Brewery, on New Road, is now open to the public from Thursdays to Sundays. They produce a range of year-round and seasonal beers in traditional cask, keg, can and bottle, and also serve a range of other drinks. The taproom offers a chance to drink Black Flag beers at source, in the best possible condition. The award winning Driftwood Spars down at Trevaunance Cove in St Agnes also brews its own real ale which can be enjoyed in the beer garden or by a cosy wood burning stove, depending on the weather! All of the Driftwood’s own beers are gluten free.
Camel Valley is Cornwall’s largest vineyard and has been producing award-winning, world-class wines since 1989. Located in Nanstallon near Bodmin, traditional vineyard practices are combined with a modern approach to wine making, and the results are exceptional still and sparkling wines. Visit for a tour of the vineyards, or to enjoy a glass of wine from the sunny terrace. Polgoon is another award-winning, family-run vineyard and orchard. Based in Penzance, all of their wines, ciders and juices are certified vegan. Tours can be booked to look around the vineyards and take a peak behind the scenes at how these wonderful wines are produced.
Photo: Camel Valley Vineyard
Only a few miles from Perranporth, Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm is an award winning cyder producer, home to Rattler Cyder, and is Cornwall’s only distillery. Now with a shop on Perranporth high street, you can pop in to sample the different cyders and buy your favourite Rattler (choose from Original, Pear, Berry and new Pineapple).
Photo: Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm
Healey’s also produce delicious juices made from freshly pressed apple juice. They don’t add any artificial colourings or flavourings, so the you know that the clean refreshing taste is all natural. Choose from Cornish Apple Juice, Elderflower Presse, Apple and Strawberry Juice, Cloudy Lemonade, and Still and Sparkling Water sourced on the farm. Cornish Country Cordials are award-winning fruit cordials made in Cornwall in small batches in the Tamar Valley, without any artificial sweeteners, colours, flavours or preservatives. Everything that goes in is 100% natural. Proper Squash! Flavours range from classic Lemon or Ginger Beer to the more exotic Hot Lime and Ginger and Pink Grapefruit. Great with still or sparkling water, or delicious added to prosecco or a G&T!
Photo: Cornish Country Cordials
So whether you stop for a refreshing drink along a coastal walk, or sip a sundowner or two at the end of a busy day sightseeing, there’ll be a Cornish drink perfect for the occasion. Luckily many of these Cornish beverages are available to buy online, so even when you’re back home you can enjoy a glass of your favourite holiday tipple and be transported back to days by the beach, Cornish sunsets and happy holiday memories!