The number of gin distilleries in Britain has doubled in six years, with 49 opening last year alone after a huge boost in demand.
Official figures from HM Revenue and Customs show there were 233 licensed UK producers by the end of 2015.
The increase, up from 116 gin producers in 2010, is said to have been driven by "boutique distilleries" that are making small batches of the spirit.
The Wine and Spirit Trade Association predicted sales of gin in Britain would reach £1billion in 2016 after rising to more than £900 million last year.
Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, told The Times it had been "a hugely exciting time for everyone involved in the UK gin industry".
The rise of British gin was boosted in 2009 when Sipsmith, based in west London, won a two-year legal battle with HMRC for the right to produce gin in small quantities rather than on an industrial scale.
Craft gin-makers have now sprung up across the country, with even a small distillery in the North Terminal at Gatwick Airport.
Exports of UK-produced gin are reported to have risen by more than a third in five years.
Sipsmith gin distillery in west London
The news comes as a charity renewed calls for minimum unit pricing for alcohol after a snapshot study found the recommended 14 units a week can be bought for little over £2.
Alcohol Concern's survey of supermarkets and off-licences in six towns and cities found alcohol on sale for as little as 15.5p per unit and "numerous" examples of units available for under 50p.
It means that 14 units – the maximum that men and women should stick to per week under NHS drinking guidelines published in January – can be bought for £2.17.
"Introducing a minimum unit price would bring a significant reduction in alcohol harms by changing the drinking behaviours of this group without penalising moderate drinkers"
Mark Leyshon, Alcohol Concern
The charity said the January snapshot, although small, found a total of 113 different alcoholic drinks including ciders, beers, wines and spirits on sale for under 50p per unit.
The results showed the extent to which cheap alcohol is available on high streets and emphasised the need for a minimum unit price for alcohol, it said.
Mark Leyshon, from Alcohol Concern Cymru, said: "Our study shows that minimum unit pricing is as relevant as ever. As the leading cause of death for men and women aged 18 to 49 years, the health harms caused by alcohol remain one of the biggest problems facing Britain.
"Many of these illnesses and injuries are linked to cheap alcohol sold in the off-trade – in supermarkets and off-licences – at prices far below those in pubs.
"Typically, it's heavy drinkers who favour low-price alcohol, meaning that it is the cheapest alcohol on the market that is bought and consumed in the greatest quantities and which caused the greatest harm.
"Introducing a minimum unit price would bring a significant reduction in alcohol harms by changing the drinking behaviours of this group without penalising moderate drinkers. It's high time to get minimum unit pricing on the statute book for the benefit of all of us."