When we moved into our house in January, a ‘selling’ point is the proximity to the Bombay Sapphire gin distillery. This is something we learnt after we bought the house, and at a mile and a half down the road, it is great to be able to send people off to sample the local gin. For some of our friends, we are not sure if they were coming to see the house or to get a sneaky trip in to the distillery!
A few weeks back we had a group of friends come and visit. This group fit into the ‘nice house, where’s the gin?’ category and came to visit the distillery (as well as us!). We thought it would be a good idea to carry on the gin when they returned and decided our garden also needed it’s own gin tasting bar, so we started getting creative. Who doesn’t want a gin tasting bar in the garden?
We recently bought a potting table from Clas Olsen that makes for a great decorative counter and a good start for a bar, along with its practical purpose of a potting table. A few herbs, plenty of glasses and clear signage gave us the start of the bar. For bar supplies try Ikea, H&M Home or TK Maxx.
To make the perfect gin, you do need a good tonic. We tend to like the FeverTree tonic over the others as it has a more subtle flavour. Plus it comes in glass bottles that look good and are easier to recycle.
We learnt about garnish for cocktails at the London Gin Club. Garnished definitely help make a good G&T, bringing out the flavours in the gin. For the gins we selected, we had a range of garnishes from ginger and thyme to strawberry and lime. The herbs weren’t there just for decoration!
Each gin has its own history, botanicals and distillery method. One of the great parts about tasting notes is learning the history. The best part is tasting the gin and knowing what to look out for when you taste the gin are given to you in the notes. It is important to taste the gin at its absolute best, the tasting notes give you the hints to ensure that!
As Bombay Sapphire had already been sampled that day, we decided to go for a few other gins. Some choices were made and we found – okay we raided our bar – a bottle of Ophir, Gin Mare and Bloom. On a trip to Lidl we found their own gin – Hortus. All great gins and a great selection of gin that is currently available.
Garden Gin Tasting Bar
We can say, with certainty, that every house should have a garden gin tasting bar. We have had a number of bars in the past and they make for a great focal point. What do you think? What else would you add to the gin bar?
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