Mayonnaise….with a touch of gin?!

Gin Mayo Logo

A while back I was scrolling through Instagram looking at the many different pictures of cute cats and dogs that seem to litter my feed when something caught my eye…

A picture of a bright blue tube, not dissimilar to a tube of toothpaste, with the worlds “Gin Mayo” written in yellow…

Cue Peter K moment…

What? Gin Mayonnaise? Gin. Mayonnaise? GIN? MAYONNAISE? Am I hearin’ you right? Gin Mayonnaise? No, thank you.

I was shocked and slightly dubious… Was it the 1st April? I checked my calendar closely and decided that it was in fact not the 1st April and this Gin Mayo might actually be “a thing”… I decided to do some more digging.

Gin Mayo

Not your regular Mayonnaise

After a brief google, I was assured that this really was “a thing” and comes from the guys at Mussel and Gin in Amsterdam. Their mixture of ‘Zaanse Mayonaise’ and Bobby’s Dry gin was created back in 2014, but after a guest requested if their popular gin mayo was for sale the idea arose to create it in tubes.

Josh Shelter, co-owner of restaurant Mussel & Gin: “We experimented with many different gins at Mussel & Gin and for this mass production we have chosen for Bobby’s Gin because it is a crazy good spicy gin, which gives the gin mayo a good kick.”

Fast forward a month or two and I’m sitting on the couch with a plate of freshly cooked curly fries (the best fries in my opinion) and a large helping of GinMayo on the side. I was nervous… sweat was dripping from my brow… “What would it be like?” I thought. Would I recoil in horror at the combination of creamy mayonnaise and juniper dryness?

Bobby's gin

Bobby’s gin gives the mayo a zing thanks to the coriander and lemongrass

Like the brave man I am, I decided to dive in and…well…WOW!

It works, I wasn’t met with a creamy, juniper mess but more a zingy mayonnaise not too dissimilar to a Thousand Island dressing. The coriander and clove in Bobby’s gin are potentially the reason for that zing. You can also get a little lemon thanks to the lemongrass in Bobby’s. Luckily you don’t get any overpowering floral notes which are present when you try Bobby’s over ice as these are probably smothered by the taste of the mayonnaise while the coriander, clove and lemongrass hold their own and add to the flavour.

There is a lot of talk at the moment about how so many companies are messing with gin – gin and tonic crisps, gin yoghurt and gin sausage to name but a few – and while I’m not totally turned off by all these different combinations there are some that I firmly believe to be too far. Luckily, Ginmayo is not one of them – I think (surprisingly) the flavours really work and can see how this zingy mayo would be a perfect accompaniment to a fish dish. Saying that I can see it going with chips, crips, on a sandwich, in some tuna mayo…the list just goes on and on and on!

I would like to say a big thank you to the guys at Gin Mayo for sending me some to try – it has gone down a storm in our household!

You can Follow Gin Mayo on Instagram and check out their website here


Want to win your own tube of Gin Mayo? Just comment below with why you think you should win – the best answer (in our humble opinion) will be selected at the end of October – Good Luck!



  • Katie September 30, 2017 at 9:46 am

    I should totally win – being a gin lush and major goodie I frequently try out recipes involving gin – from gin truffles, gin and tonic drizzle cake and various gin based macaron fillings. Basically I need this in my life! ? (Ps I adore Bobby’s gin too!)

  • Tracy burton October 1, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Love to win this to share with my gin friend on her birthday at her mini gin festival


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