An A to Z of Gin

  Four years ago I visited my first gin distillery, more out of curiosity than anything else.  I drank the occasional gin but I still wasn’t sure it was the drink for me.  Certainly I had realised that tonic wasn’t.   Gin was just on the verge of the massive boom we have seen recently that now takes it to a billion Pound industry in the UK and many of us

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Ginmas 2017 — Week 4

So I promised to do a gin a day for the whole of December but only got as far as Christmas Eve.   Which makes it more of a Ginvent and, therefore, week four only features two gins.    To be brutally honest I just ran out of steam and on Christmas Day I was in a turkey induced coma so didn’t really have the inclination to grab a bottle of

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Ginmas 2017 — Week 3

December is whizzing by and it will soon be the end of the year.  How does that happen? Life has been so frantic this year I have really appreicated my evening sit down with a glass of gin and reading a little more about each distillery, so here is a roundup of the seven from this week. 6 O Clock Gin 6 O Clock Gin is made by Bramley And

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Ginmas 2017 — Week 2

Another week, another seven gins!   This is a little snapshot of the seven gins I shared on week two of Ginmas.   How can it now be half way through the month?!  For every item I cross off the “to do” list it seems two more get added.  But at least all the Christmas presents that have arrived or been bought have been wrapped.   Just the last few to arrive now,

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Ginmas 2017 — Week 1

  How can a whole week of December have passed already?!  I have loved doing Ginmas again this year and have tried to include gins that I didn’t feature last year so I learn a bit more about the huge, and ever growing, gins out there! Every week I will do a little recap of the gins I have shared on Instagram so you can read about them at your

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DIY Christmas crackers

When I talked about doing crackers with gin in, Mr B said “ooh I like that idea, especially the spicier ones as that would work really well with cheese. No, you muppet, not actual crackers, I am talking about Christmas crackers.   Gone are the days when we have a plastic thimble that wouldn’t fit on a small child’s finger or some metal links joined together that need to be separated

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Gin of the Month — December — Blogger Gin

The gin of the month for December is really rather special.  It is Blogger Gin.  Made by bloggers, for bloggers.  And when I say made by bloggers, I actually mean me!    Not on my own of course, with the help with a great bunch of people who I have affectionately named the A Team (which makes me Mrs T by the way) and whom I want to thank. First

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The Gin Gift Guide

You can’t move this year for gin related gift ideas.   If it isn’t gin and tonic tea bags (yes they do exist, Fortnums do them), to gin t-shirts then it is actual gin in a multitude of flavours and containers.    I have seen so many different ideas for the gin enthusiast this year I thought I would do a short round up of them all. Kicking off, of course,

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Sorry Heston, your perfect G&T recipe is wrong

Yep. Wrong.   Sorry Heston, but your perfect G&T recipe is wrong.   You and I nearly came to blows over your perfect cup of tea making a few years ago and now it looks like we are going to fall out again, this time over gin.  Which is a shame, as I am a huge fan of yours, hell our kitchen is a like a shrine to you with our ever

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I made a gin!

  And I dont mean in my shed, or in the bath, or at the kitchen sink. Blogger Gin has been a year in the planning.  I cannot begin to tell you how complicated it has been but this week it finally happened! Bloggers spend an awful lot of time talking about gin, so I thought it would be appropriate to have one named after us. I was introduced to

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Gin of the month — October — TOAD

Yes, my gin of the month for October is called TOAD.  Or rather my gin of the month is made by The Oxford Artisan Distillery, TOAD for short.   We first heard about this distillery after Tom, who runs it, was featured on BBC’ Countryfile  because not only has he just started up this distillery in Oxford, but he is doing things slightly differently. You see all gin starts from a

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Gin of the month — September — Fera

I have never had a gin with my name on it before.  Or indeed made a special trip on a Sunday morning, into London to buy a bottle.  But then this a special gin.   Called Fera, it has been my gin of the month for September and is made in the kitchen of the Fera restaurant in Claridge’s Hotel in London. See, I told you it was special. Fera means

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