5 Do-Good Gins That Belong In Your Suitcase

5 Do-Good Gins That Belong In Your Suitcase

By Christina Maness

There’s nothing like a refreshing gin cocktail on a European summer afternoon or for sharing with new friends on a train journey.

We know you’re a gin connoisseur. You don’t sacrifice on taste for your spirits, and your gin comes top shelf, period. You always feel good after a nice drink too, don't you? Now, you just need your gin brand to do a little good too.

Fortunately, there are some amazing gin producers on a mission to help you drink well and do good at the same time. Here’s 5 do-good gins. Make sure you have at least one of these bottles in your luggage at all times.

1897 Quinine Gin

Quinine was one of the first treatments for malaria. And it’s since made its way into our G&Ts via tonic water. Given quinine’s history, it seems appropriate that tonic’s best friend—gin—should also be an antidote to malaria.

That’s exactly what 1897 Quinine gin aims to do. Every bottle of this gin purchased results in one family in Africa getting a mosquito net, which helps prevent the spread of malaria. To make this happen, more than 50 percent of 1897 Quinine gin’s profits go straight to Malaria No More UK, the charity which ensures that mosquito nets are delivered and set up in African homes.

According to the charity, over the last 15 years, approximately 4.3 million lives have been saved through malaria prevention.

There’s still plenty of hard work to be done, but buying and drinking this delicious gin is easy.

Buy it here.

 FAIR. Gin

You know that gin is made with juniper, but do you know how your juniper was made?

Fair and sustainable sourcing of spirit ingredients is at the heart of the FAIR spirit brand’s mission, and their line of gin is no exception. The juniper berries for this delicious gin are sourced from a nature reserve in Uzbekistan, where farming is the reigning source of income. FAIR pays these farmers not only what they need to cover the costs of producing the juniper; they make sure they earn enough to thrive.

And FAIR isn’t just flying high on their own message. They’re certified. Actually, the first spirits brand to be Fair Trade certified. Cheers to that.

TRU Organic Gin

What if the carbon offsets for your trip were actually contained in your glass? With TRU Organic Gin, it is.

This complex gin is produced by Greenbar Craft Distillery. Greenbar Craft Distillery is, in its words, “radically carbon negative” and “radically revolutionary.” Greenbar is committed to helping the environment by using organic ingredients that keep farmland clean of harmful pesticides, reducing packaging, andimpressively—by planting trees.

Greenbar plants one tree in Central America for every bottle sold. According to their sustainability mission, with TRU Organic Gin, your G&T is carbon negative. With its tree planting program, every two ounces of this gin that you drink removes 62 kgs of carbon dioxide from the environment. That’s more than the average American’s daily production of carbon dioxide, or roughly 55 kgs. Of course, if you’re traveling, you may have a higher footprint, so make sure you’re drinking enough. Wink.

Buy it here.

Elephant Gin

Now this is a rare gem of gin. It’s a London Dry Gin made in Germany, but with the flavors of Africa, including Baobab, Buchu, African wormwood, and local apples and sprigs. Its bottle label, with the map, will reinforce the great explorer that you are.

This innovative gin will transport you to Africa, regardless of where you’re currently traveling. Best of all,  a whopping 15 percent of revenues from every bottle sold is sent to two foundations committed to conservation in Africa: anti-poaching group Big Life Foundation and Space for Elephants, which helps these creatures to migrate and roam freely.

Buy here.

Death’s Door Gin

Death’s Door Spirits produces this craft gin in America’s heartland: Wisconsin. We’ve included this gin because of their commitment to sustainability and locally sourced ingredients where possible.

This tasty craft gin uses wild juniper berries grown on Washington Island, as well as coriander and fennel that also come from farms around the state. Death’s Door Spirits even hosts an annual juniper festival in which guests can come and learn about local farming while picking wild juniper berries.

When it comes time to drink this bottle,  you’ll smell the fennel and taste these wild juniper berries. And doesn’t it just go down smoother when it’s local?

Use this map to find where you can pick up a bottle.

We love these gins. They bring a whole new meaning to drinking responsibly. Did we leave out a tasty gin brand driving positive change in the world one drink at a time? Let us know in the comments.

Published: 11/27/2015

While traveling the world as a digital nomad, Christina found it difficult to find the fine travel experiences that satisfied her conscience. She started The Wayward Post with Ziggy to help travelers find those travel experiences that are driving positive change and to give the Wayward hat tip to travel-related brands doing the right thing. All while amplifying the work of amazing writers and photographers.

When she's not writing for The Wayward Post, you'll find her working with do-good brands run by amazing people with the marketing agency, ZATWIC. Or maybe just drinking a craft cocktail.  Follow her on Twitter.

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