As a gin lover, I love my gin and tonic. The popularity of this spirit has made me wonder which country drinks the most gin. I researched the market statistics and compiled a top 10 list in this post.
Which country drinks the most gin? Spain heads the list of Gin consumption per capita with an average of 1.07 liters per person. If we look at Gin consumption in total, the United States takes first place, with 68.9 million liters consumed by the entire population.
Europe dominates the top 10 list of countries with the highest consumption of gin per capita, occupying eight positions on the chart. North America is the only other continent appearing on our list, with the United States and Canada positioning on the bottom half of this ranking.
Top 10 Countries That Drink the Most Gin Per Capita
With Spain occupying the first position, Belgium appears at a distant second place in the ranking. The Spanish drink, on average, 0.34 liters more than Belgium.
And despite the reputation for making the gin and tonic one of the most popular cocktails, the United Kingdom only places in fourth on the top 10 rankings, consuming approximately half of what a Spanish person consumes.
This chart shows country rankings for gin consumption per capita:
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Top 10 Countries That Drink the Most Gin in Total
We now know which country drinks the most on average. But which country drinks the most gin in total?
I researched the population size of each country. Multiplying the population size with the consumption per capita will give us a new ranking focused on the market size.
Doing this simple math, we see that the United States is the biggest gin consumer. Not a surprise since the United States has a much larger population size than any European country. Spain and the United Kingdom hold the second and third place, respectively.
This chart shows country rankings for gin consumption total:
Why is Gin Consumption Highest in Spain?
An article on Forbes.com attributes the popularity of gin cocktails in Spain to Rafael García Santos. For ten years, between 1999 and 2009, Rafael García Santos held The Best of Gastronomy summits in San Sebastián. This summit brought in elite chefs, and every night the gin and tonics were a sensation.
The gin and tonic success at the summits passed on to bars and restaurants. The Spanish gin-tonic became an art form and a favored drink for after work. The cocktail became elaborate, garnished with different herbs and spices to bring out the gin’s botanicals.
Trending Interest in Gin by Country
Now we know who drinks the most gin and the most significant markets. Let’s find out in which countries’ gin is trending most. I used Google trends for an interest-based search on gin.
The results show that gin continues to trend in Europe, filling all the places in my search result ranking.
The United Kingdom didn’t rank for number one in consumption but took first place in popularity.
This chart shows the interest-based country ranking for gin: