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Hawthorn’s Gin is still produced to a recipe formulated by my seafaring Grandfather, a Commander in the Royal Navy during the Second World War.

I found the recipe in his secret wartime diaries containing detailed battle plans and analysis of previous confrontations. I also found the invitation from his ‘first dance’ with my Grandmother. I had no idea that he used to distil his own gin and finding his recipe was a great surprise.

Decorated many times for his bravery, he used to distil his own gin and take it to sea to boost morale. His maritime boast of being sunk three times and never getting his feet wet was always proudly toasted at each port with what became his legendary ‘On the Rocks’ measure.

Hawthorn’s was created in his memory, to honour his desire to see his ‘old tipple’ brought back to life. He used to invite fellow officers to join him and toast ‘the future’, and we invite you to raise a glass of Hawthorn’s to him and ‘to future drinks’.



“Every man is the architect of his own fortune”