Alice Temperley has teamed up with Gordon's gin to create the most beautiful new bottle designs. Our dinner parties just got a whole lot more stylish...
Close your eyes and think of a gin bottle and the chances are you picture the green one hanging upside down behind every bar you’ve ever been in.
Gordon’s has been around so long (244 years) we forget how distinctive the design is: the square shoulders, the white cap, the medicinal green glass. It’s as British as a cucumber sandwich.
Alice Temperley notices things like that. Having grown up on a cider farm, she was the perfect designer to go to when Gordon’s decided to reinvent the classic label. She spent the summer hand-designing ten new limited-edition labels including a Lotus print inspired by her Autumn/Winter 2012 collection, Jasper prints inspired by her Autumn/Winter 2013 collection and new feather, lace and jewel designs.
‘The prints draw on personal inspirations, from a 1920s embroidered shawl I discovered in my family archive, to my vintage jewellery collection and the striking colours of the countryside,’ Alice says. ‘I love the final result and how they all complement each other.’
We first heard a rumour about the Temperley bottles at this year’s Goodwood Revival where Gordon’s mixologists in plus-fours and butcher-boy hats were whipping up delicious cucumber cocktails in a little gazebo, first in glorious sunshine and then in the mother of all thunderstorms. (That’s British summer for you.) Now they’re on the shelves, it’s clear what the fuss was about.
‘I hope that fellow gin lovers around the country will agree that this is a collection to brighten up their drinks cabinet,’ Alice says.
And if one green bottle should accidentally fall into yours, it might just be worth keeping.
The ‘Ten Green Bottles by Gordon’s & Temperley’ limited edition collection is available in all major retailers nationwide in 70cl bottles (RRP £14.99) and 1L (RRP £20.89).