We didn't invent gin, we made it greater in India. Last year at junipalooza I was completely blown away with Hapusa gin from India. What I loved was the botanicals that were used are ones I've grown up loving in my Indian food. They went on to tell me Hapusa gins is one of the first Indian gins.
Surely with all the botanicals it would only be natural to have more gins? Later that year I came across stranger and sons which I adore too. After doing se research I came across Gr
Let's rewind to mid December. We had just returned from a trip to Vienna, a perfect long weekend away. We started discussing where our next trip away should be as we had time off booked for Ivan's birthday at the end of January. We both decided that Edinburgh would be perfect. We both love the city, it's full of culture and history, not to mention the countless amount of bars. I suggested we make a few visits to local distilleries and Ivan said he would take care of it. He ca
In a time when new gin seems to be popping up every single day, something has to make the gin different. You need to be able to see the passion and excitement by the founders of the brand. The branding has to be thought out and well executed. It needs to leave a lasting impression, especially when your at a spirits show trying a silly amount of gin. While attending The Boutique Bar show 2018, I stumbled across a gin that somehow caught my eye. Could have been a few things tha
The original indigo gin Colour changing gin... It's becoming a thing now. Going from one colour to the next. Shades of blue to pink, orange to pink, dark pink to pink, you get the gist right? I'm not going to name and shame here but the taste and quality of these gins to vary. Most are style over substance for sure. I have a bunch in my gin collection but its a type of gin I pull out for my friends if they are new to gin as its fun. These gins change colour when tonic water o
I know I’ve spoken about tea in previous posts but I’m back here talking about it again. When I were younger my family and I would go to Punjab, India to visit my grandparents and family every few years. I have lots of fond memories, running through the fields my family owned, being terrified of the water buffaloes on our farm and my mother telling me to drink tea. My mother always told us to drink it, “someone has gone to the effort to make it for you so drink up.” Indian te
Hayman's of London So let’s go back to when Hayman's gin first launched their campaign to call time on fake gin, I was interested to hear more about the campaign and I read their manifesto. A month later I was at the #ginoff hosted by graphic bar and Hayman's gin was participating. Out of all the cocktails that night, this was my favorite, the cute school lunch bag sold it for me and it was the first time I got to try one of their gins. After this it seemed like everywhere I
English summers.... Thinking about the English summer a few things pop to my mind... Wimbledon, strawberries, 6 different types of ice-cream in the freezer at any given time and endless visits to garden center. My mother takes great pride with her fruit and veg patch in the garden, she wakes up every morning and talks to her flowers/crops and gives them more attention then she pays to me. My mother takes great pride with her fruit and veg patch in the garden she spends most o
There is something very romantic about this just gin. If I was watching the sun set with the love of my life, this would be the gin I would want to be drinking during it. What makes this gin romantic I hear you cry... well, after the initial notes of juniper you can taste the rose buds and raspberry leaf. Lets not forget the bottle, rose gold foil lettering makes this bottle stand out from the crowd. The guys at Kalevala are keeping the recipe of their gins a secret. However
Lets go back to November 2017, when I saw through a Instagram post that tickets for Junipalooza were going on sale. No idea what I would be doing on the 9th of June I purchased a pair of tickets praying that I would be able to convince a friend to join me. Fast forward 7 months and I felt like a 7 year old on Christmas eve. Super excited to be attending, like eager beavers we got there super early, we didn't want to take any chances on securing tickets for the gin experiences
It was last August when I visited Mr foggs Gin Parlour and I was recommended on trying Whitley Neill’s Quince gin with the house tonic. At the time I didn’t know what quince was. (Yellow pear like fruit) It was a nice fruity sweet gin and came home thinking I need to get myself a bottle. I had the same thought with every gin I tried that day however Whitley Neills Quince Gin was the only one I ended up purchasing. It was my brothers 30th birthday that weekend so I was happy t
When I first started drinking gin my cousin said I should try Brockmans gin, she told me all her friends would be impressed when she pulled out the bottle at her place. So naturally when I was in a bar in Calgary I asked for a Brockmans and tonic. I really enjoyed it, before trying this gin I hadn't really tried anything fruity. I brought a bottle when I saw we sold it at the place I worked. Since then its been a staple in my collection. Last summer they had a 'Press for gin'
Everyone loves a miniature bottle of gin. On Instagram I see people taking photos of ones they have picked up daily. Photos of miniatures taken on flights, weekend trips away and pictures of ever growing collections. Minis are a big deal in the gin world.
I tend to buy miniature bottles of gins so I can try before committing to spending money on buying a full size bottle.
I was pleasantly surprised to stumble across the Instagram page for Drinks In A Tube.
A great way to try
This cute speakeasy is a little tricky to find. When they say to look out for the optician sign they weren't kidding. I think I walked past three times the first time I visited. On my first visit we reluctantly opened the door which had a brass pigs head as a door handle and we walked up questioning if we were in the right place. We were greeted by friendly hosts at the top of the staircase. Once seated we were given menus full of beautiful illustrations bringing back floods
I've been to Banff countless amount of times over the years and I'm always blown away at how beautiful it is... Actually I would say one of the most beautiful places in the world. The mountain tops dusted with snow and the tall pine trees line the mountains. I always imagine grizzly bears wondering around the forest. I always imagine grizzly bears wondering around the forest. I visit Calgary often and try to make a point of going up to Banff every time, Its just to beautiful
After a gin fueled evening we found ourselves wondering around Carnaby Street looking for a little something to eat and well soak up all the gin we consumed. My friend suggested we should go to Dirty Bones. When we sat down, I made a confession to my friend... I've never eaten fried chicken before. The look I got in return was the one I wish I had captured with my phone. The look I got in return was the one I wish I had captured with my phone. So I was about to pop the friend
Scrolling through my twitter account a week ago I came across a tweet from Graphic Bar about a event they were having. "The most Epic cocktail competition of the history is back" " Get ready for eclectic cocktails, magic bartenders tricks and a lot of juniper love" My initial thought was where do I sign up? Tickets were on sale. Each ticket included four cocktails. At £10 a pop it seemed too good to be true. Guess what... it was true. I didn't really know what to expect from
When I told my brother about gin and how I was getting into it a year ago he laughed... MeMe your such a collector. I was a little startled by his response and I asked him to explain. Well look how you were with Johnny Cupcakes. MeMe your such a collector All of a sudden I had a realization, I am a collector. How had I never classed myself as one before? Now those of you who don't know me are thinking Johnny what?!?! Those of you who follow me on Instagram are probably thinki