Brighton Gin is “The Spirit of Sussex”

Kathy Caton, founder and MD of Brighton Gin

Brighton Gin will be launching in The Netherlands during The Hague Cocktail Week this Autumn. Nick Mosley talks to founder and managing director Kathy Caton about her weird and wonderful winding road to becoming the city’s Queen of Gin.

Despite being reappropriated from Dutch jenever in the 18th century, gin has long been an iconic English drink, although its image was a little dated at the turn of this century and it definitely played second fiddle to vodka in pubs and clubs across the UK. Around 15 years ago, that began to change as a handful of small batch distillers began to pop up – including in Sussex – accompanied by a demand from consumers for more flavoursome food and drink products that fed their thirst for uniqueness, local provenance and, above all, quality. The UK gin market was worth an astonishing £2.3 billion in 2019.