Gin cocktail Journey tasting event
A journey through the evolution of cocktails in England through the illuminating lens of gin.
Which ever name they went by: dainty drinks, anti-fogmatics or racy sensations, cocktails have a long and eventful history driven by peoples endless quest for novel refreshment and luxury coupled with mild intoxication. But how did cocktails come about? What was in them? Who drank them? Were they really drunk in the morning?
We’ll take you on a journey from the origins of the cocktail in the gargantuan punch bowls of 18th Century London, through early Victorian mixed drinks enjoyed by both the high and the low, speed across the water to experience racy transatlantic “Sensation Drinks” and see how these were shaped by prohibition to land back on our doorstep in the glamorous pages of the Savoy cocktail book.
Along the way you will meet some colourful and sometimes contradictory characters, and sample five authentic gin cocktails:
- an original recipe 18th century milk punch*,
- a Victorian Purl,
- we will recreate James Pimms original No1 cup,
- a John (Tom) Collins and
- you will finish on Harry Craddocks gin cobbler made using a genuine prohibition gin created by us here at the gin club from a prohibition recipe by F Scott Fitzgerald, the king of the jazz age himself.
By the end of the session you’ll know your sling from your smash, your fix from your fancy cocktail and just what makes a perfect martini.
This is an informal tasting intended to inform and entertain. You can, of course pick our brains about all things gin during the tasting, or sit back, relax and let us take you on a journey through 300 years of mixed drinks.
- Duration 1 1/2 hours
- Space is limited to 20
- Tasting events on Saturdays start at 4pm sharp
- Tasting events on Wednesdays and Thursdays 6.45pm sharp
- We recommend you arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in.
*please note the gin punch contains whey. If you have allergy/intolerance concerns please let us know a week in advance so we can prepare something suitable
You are more than welcome to stay on after but you will need to reserve a table in advance (The London Gin Club)
PLEASE NOTE TICKET PURCHASES ARE FINAL AND CANNOT BE REFUNDED OR EXCHANGED. IF YOU CANNOT COME YOU ARE MORE THAN WELCOME TO SELL THEM ON BUT PLEASE LET US KNOW THE BUYERS NAME FOR OUR GUEST LIST.
If you'd like to collect your tickets in person please come to The London Gin Club, 22 Great Chapel Street, London W1f 8FR