BRIGHTON Gin has won a number of awards at the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2017.

It won four categories:

- Gold for packaging

- Overall White Spirits packaging trophy

- Silver for best London dry gin

- Bronze for best Gin and Tonic.

This success comes shortly after Brighton Gin was voted the UK’s best gin in a public vote by winning The People’s Choice Gin in the 2017 People’s Drinks Awards.

Founded by gin-loving Brightonians in 2014, Brighton Gin is made from 100 per cent organic grain spirit, juniper, fresh orange and lime peel, locally-grown coriander seed and liver-cleansing milk thistle.

Founder and distiller Kathy Caton said, “We’re thrilled to receive this industry recognition for both our product and packaging.

“Brighton has taken its gin to its heart - it is stocked and served throughout the city and is gaining popularity nationally and increasingly internationally.

“This is due not just to the quality of the liquid but also our branding and packaging which creatively communicates that Brighton Gin is distilled for good time boys and girls everywhere.

“It draws on Brighton’s creative, free-thinking, inventive and pleasure-seeking heritage and characters – both contemporary and historical.”

Distilled beside the seaside, each bottle of Brighton Gin is filled, labelled and wax-sealed by hand, the distinctive blue colour being that of Brighton’s seafront railings.

The logo reflects the lights of Brighton’s iconic pier features on a bottle label design inspired by a pier ride ticket.

The packaging design was by Our Design Agency who sought to differentiate Brighton Gin in a crowded gin market and draw on the unorthodox and unique spirit of Brighton.

Ms Caton is thrilled at the success.

She said: “Versatile and adaptable, Brighton Gin is particularly delicious as a classic gin and tonic served with a fine tonic and a slice of orange, the better to bring out the flavour of its citrus botanicals.

“It’s also smooth enough to be sipped neat over ice and makes the finest of Negronis.

“Locals often drink it as a unique Brighton Gin Rocktail – with tonic, ice and a chunk of Brighton rock.”

Brighton Gin was voted The People’s Choice Gin in the 2017 People’s Drinks Awards.

en Lindsay of The People’s Drinks Awards said: “The idea for these awards stems from talking to consumers at our events and our own experience judging on awards panels.

“Brands love the recognition they receive from industry experts through awards but this is something different.

“Brighton Gin were our incredibly worthy winners.

“We are absolutely thrilled for them and are looking forward to working with their team.”

Ms Caton said: “With Brighton Gin we wanted to create the best possible quality spirit this city deserves and we’re ecstatic that people across the UK voted us as the country’s best gin.”