A short history of marmalade

Orange Gold The story of Marmalade Gin begins in the 1760s on the stormy North Sea. A cargo ship carrying Seville Oranges came into trouble on their route from Spain. Seeking refuge, the captain sheltered in Dundee harbour until the storm passed. James Kellier, a local merchant known for his unluckiness, happened to make acquaintance with the ship’s captain during his brief time in Dundee. The captain explained that although the ship was [...]

By | 2018-04-09T16:02:12+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

10 Edible Flowers That Already Grow in Your Garden

When the spring months roll in, the British countryside bursts in to life. What was a predominately brown and grey landscape erupts with colour. Unlike many countries, we’re lucky here in the UK. Maybe not for the weather or our public transport. But we do have a vast amount of edible flowers that grow happily in our gardens, woodland and hedgerows. In fact many of the flowers that you have in your garden [...]

By | 2018-02-28T16:32:35+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why is gin so popular?

Why is Gin so Popular? Over the last couple of years ordering a gin & tonic has changed dramatically. Massive selections of gin and tonics come with tasting notes and elaborate garnishes. Glassware has evolved from the humble rocks glass to great balloons that look like mutated brandy glasses. But where’s all this come from? Why is gin so popular these days? Well there is no one single answer. Spirits come and go [...]

By | 2018-02-26T14:28:19+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Flowerbomb Gin

Flowerbomb Gin Flowerbomb gin has dropped! Husband and wife team Max and Marie run the Victory London Distillery, a stone’s throw from the ancient Tower Bridge that crosses the Thames in the heart of London. Victory distillery approach gin slightly differently to many producers. Shunning the traditional copper pot stills, favouring cold distillation instead of blasting botanicals with heat and keeping their ecological values in check by being the first to bring [...]

By | 2018-02-19T13:36:41+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

London’s top 5 gin excursions

This Year's Top Five Gin Excursions London’s gin scene is booming. With distilleries, specialist bars and festivals, gin-lovers are never short of ways to indulge their passion. With so many venues and events vying for top place, there are a few that stand out from the rest of the competition. We’ve brought together London’s Top 5 gin excursions to ensure you get the most of what London has on offer: [...]

By | 2018-02-16T16:51:53+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|1 Comment

My barrel ageing gin experiment

How to Barrel Age Gin at Home The history of barrel ageing spirits goes back thousands of years. The Romans would transport wine for their troops in tall clay jugs known as amphorae. As the Roman empire swept north, they witnessed the Gauls transporting their beer in barrels made of oak. Oak is fairly light, grows in abundance across Europe and has a tight, waterproof grain. It became the vessel of choice [...]

By | 2018-01-26T10:38:49+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|4 Comments

How to Make Tonic Water at Home

How to Make Tonic At Home Foreword - To make tonic water at home you need to use Cinchona bark, this is where the ‘quinine’ in tonic water comes from. It can be dangerous. Whilst safe if used with care; if you ingest even a small amount of the bark solids they can cause some nasty side effects. This is bad. I'm [...]

By | 2018-01-12T09:58:04+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

World Gin Day Teams Up With London Cocktail Week This Summer

World Gin Day 2018 Since 2009, the 2nd Saturday of June has been all about coming together and celebrating gin. You’ll have noticed that World Gin Day has grown year on year. But this summer's celebrations are set to be the biggest yet. 2018's World Gin Day celebrations will be extended to a full 4 days, so you can make the absolute most of [...]

By | 2018-01-11T13:47:23+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 Facts That Are Sure to Come up in Every Boozy Pub Quiz

The world of gin is always interesting and often bizarre. We've collected 5 surprising facts about gin that'll make amateurs look like aficionados.  Look no further for your pub ammunition! 1. Ever wondered where the phrase, “Dutch courage” comes from? During the Dutch War of Independence, English soldiers got a taste for the local spirit known as jenever. The phrase came about as a type of slur against the Dutch. Much [...]

By | 2017-12-20T15:48:34+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Gin Eggnog

Eggnog is often seen as “one of those American things”. Like baseball or country music, we’ve given it a go but never excelled at it as a nation. Instead, we’ve left it to those that know best. Unlike a lot of stateside traditions, Eggnog is something we started! Back in the 14th century, the Brits were busy mixing ale, milk, eggs and brandy all year [...]

By | 2017-12-21T13:49:14+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments