Every now and then a product comes along that blows your mind. Like the first time that flavoured beer emerged, or when pear cider created a new category in the market, or when mixed spirits in a tin revolutionised drinking on-the-go.
And then there was Unicorn Tears Gin!
You can be forgiven for giving a double-take. The relatively new introduction of this gin based drink, has caused quite a stir – so to speak.
But while the drink may be new, unicorns are not. This mythical horse-like creature with a single horn on its forehead, dates back to ancient Greek mythology. Yet, it remains as popular today as it was back then.
Created by novelty website Firebox, Gin Unicorn Tears launched into the market in 2015, selling out in two weeks. Its base ingredient, London Dry gin is mixed with sugar, herbs and spices. This gives it a distinctive citrus flavour, with undertones of juniper and a touch of Curaçao orange.
However, what makes this product truly unique is the addition of edible silver flakes. When swirled, these give the drink a unique iridescent shimmer that adds to its novelty appeal.
For those who enjoy gin, but are looking for a sweeter kick, this is the ideal drink.
Now for the science bit: according to the creators, this mysterious drink is made from unicorns held in a secret location, who live on a diet of citrus fruit, oranges, juniper berries, liquorice and coriander. Giant glittery tears of the good stuff are harvested during this process. Or, so legend has it!
Since its launch, brand variants have been introduced, including miniature bottles as well as blackberry and raspberry flavours. This led to a number of complaints about it being marketed to children. However, it didn’t stop the company releasing ‘Pixie Tears Gin’ and ‘Dragon Tears Whisky’ in its range.
Gin unicorn tears is 40% ABV and retails for £39.99 for a 500ml bottle.
How to Drink It
This shimmering gin liqueur can be enjoyed in a number of ways, popularly replacing traditional gin in cocktails.
For instance, it can be mixed with prosecco and lemon peel to create a ‘Unicorn Fizz’, or when combined with lemon juice over ice and topped with soda, presents a modern ‘Tears Collins’.
For gin aficionados, it can be sipped on the rocks, with a wedge of orange or lime.
However, the most popular way to drink Gin Unicorn Tears is mixing it with tonic. While this is unlikely to replace the traditional gin and tonic, it’s a fun alternative for those looking for a cute cocktail, particularly with a sweeter uplift than the traditional version.
Mixologists have wasted no time bringing it to life on cocktail menus either. The ‘Cosmopolicorn’, as it’s known, can be easily rustled up as follows:
- In a cocktail glass or mixer, add Gin Unicorn Tears (50ml) with the same amount of triple sec.
- Add freshly squeezed lime juice (15ml) along with no-added sugar cranberry juice (15ml).
- Shake, shake, shake, then strain into a cocktail glass.
- Serve with a garnish of lime.
Reassuringly, no unicorns are harmed in the process.