Gin Festival Bournemouth*

Last weekend, I re-GIN-dled my love for a much-loved spirit.

Terrible puns aside, the Gin Festival at Bournemouth Pavilion was an absolute delight. The Ballroom was packed with a variety of sights and smells, with over 100 delectable premium gins to sample.

Armed with my trusty partner-in-crime Lisa, we ventured to the Festival on the Friday evening and we were not at all prepared for such an experience! We were kindly looked after by some very hospitable staff and we learnt all about the history of gin and some rather interesting flavour pairings. Oh, and we got to take home our beautiful glasses too!

 

The idea being that you purchase drinks tokens to exchange for your gin and then you choose which Fever-Tree mixer to pair it with (the sponsors of the evening). I opted for classic tonic water whereas Lisa preferred lemonade in her drinks.

My first choice was Pinkster, a dry London gin made with fresh raspberries. Garnished with a raspberry and a mint leaf, it had a very smooth sweet taste. Lisa opted for Silent Pool with lemonade and an orange garnish. It was also very fruity and had a floral, citrusy aftertaste.

Next we wandered over to the exhibitors of the night. Local Dorset brand Conker Spirit was very light, it didn’t have the burning aftertaste that some shots do and went down very smoothly. Next we spoke to James from the Locksley Distilling Company. They were serving their Sir Robin of Locksley Gin with elderflower tonic, which had a really nice blend and a taster of pink grapefruit.

 

 

Our absolute favourites of the night however were Brockmans from Langley. Their gin smelt delectable and got its jam-like sweetness from blackberries and blueberries. Mike from Brockmans told me that they are a brand about the ‘darker side’ of gin, hosting raunchy events and creating some questionable content online. In Mike’s gin masterclass, he told us the story of ‘Mr Gin’ and the creative process that inspired them to combine flavours for a gin you could enjoy over ice. I’ll be buying a bottle of Brockmans for my next night in with friends, that’s for sure!

Gin Festival - Bournemouth Pavilion - Brockmans

Gin Festival - Bournemouth Pavilion - Brockmans

At this point, musicians Holder & Smith took to the stage. Having performed magic tricks amongst the crowd, the duo played some great and fitting jazz and swing covers to liven up the party mood. Having had a delicious pulled pork roll made by the Pavilion’s in-house catering and a bit of a boogie to ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’, we then decided to enjoy some drinks outside overlooking the beautiful Bournemouth pier.

Gin Festival - Bournemouth Pavilion - Pier - Jenna and Lisa

 

We opted for two Edinburgh Gin Liqueurs. Lisa had the Raspberry with lemonade and said it was her favourite as it tasted ‘like fizzy squash’. I had the Rhubarb and Ginger liqueur with tonic which was also really sweet with a great tangy aftertaste. This was my favourite too!

 

Bournemouth Gin Festival - Edinburgh Rhubarb and Ginger, Raspberry Liqueur

 

At the festival, you could also exchange two tokens for a choice cocktail. Lisa chose a ‘Rhubarb Rumble’ which combined Edinburgh Rhubarb and Ginger Gin Liqueur with Advocaat, apple juice and fresh lemon. We also got a rhubarb and custard sweet, which the cocktail tasted just like and Lisa said it reminded her of ‘her childhood in a drink’!

I too had a gin cocktail, a ‘Drunken Tulip’ made with Martin Miller’s Gin, Prosecco, pomegranate juice, elderflower cordial and fresh lemon. This was really refreshing and I joked that all the fresh, fruity flavour made it taste ‘almost healthy’…

We had a quick chat to the ladies from Gin Explorer too. They are a subscription service who send you 4 carefully chosen 50ml vials of different gins each month. We tried new Black Shuck gin there and the ladies very kindly gave me a code for £5 off your first order with them. Visit GinExplorer.com and use ‘PASSPORT‘.

You’re welcome!

 

Gin Festival - Bournemouth Pavilion - Gin Explorer Subscription Box

Gin Festival - Bournemouth Pavilion - Gin Explorer Subscription Box - £5 off codeWe had a great time at Gin Festival and I’d recommend that you get tickets to an event near you soon.

Make a night of it!

Have you been to a Gin Festival?
What’s your favourite gin or gin cocktail?

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below.

 

* This post is a collaboration with Gin Festival.

For more information, see my disclaimers.

 

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food: the perfect Pimms (for 18+ | drink responsibly)

Edit: Okay, so an alcoholic drink isn’t exactly food but there’s fruits in this recipe, so I figured it can sit on the food pages of the blog.

Whether you’re a drinker or not, there is a fitting beverage for all sorts of weather.  In the winter months, I’m partial to a hot chocolate with a snifter of Baileys’ in. For summer sun, my choices have to be fruity and cold. What better way to make them boozy than with the perfect Pimms and lemonade?

For my mum’s birthday, my Nan and I treated her to Pimms with some cute stirrers and little cocktail umbrellas (because why not?). Mum worked as a top barmaid for a few years, so she couldn’t resist showing me the steps to making a Pimms pitcher perfect. Naturally I thought that I would share them with you guys!

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strawberries – as many as you wish
a lime
1/2 an orange
1/2 cucumber
a handful of fresh mint
Pimms No. 1 liqueur
lemonade (of your choice)

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While I was preparing the fruit, my little sister showed me a nifty way to remove the leaves from the strawberries without chopping the tops off. Using a straw, if you push through the bottom towards the leaves, you can lift them out!

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Once the fruit is prepped and chopped, you should soak it in the Pimms No. 1 for ten to fifteen minutes. The recipe will call for one part liqueur to three parts lemonade so it’s up to you to get the proportions right but remember to account for the space taken up by the fruit and the ice!

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Next add a big layer of ice to keep the drink chilled!

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Finally, top up your jug with lemonade of your choice (we used Schweppes) and serve immediately into glasses. If you’re enjoying it outside, a jug with a lid or a cover would be best in order that the fruit doesn’t spoil.

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TIPSY TIPS:

  • Remember to pace yourself with soft drinks or water in between to prevent the dreaded hangover the next day!
  • if you’re boozing in the sun, make sure that you spend some time in the shade now and again. 

Enjoy responsibly!

Do you like Pimms?
Do you have a recipe for a favourite summer drink?
Let me know and leave me links in the comments below!

Jenna
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