International Gin Show Junipalooza Is Back With A Bang At Tobacco Dock

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Calling all gin lovers! Junipalooza, THE international gin event is back and better than ever at Tobacco Dock for World Gin Day. What’s Junipalooza you ask? Let’s break it down, Juni: an abbreviation of Gin’s signature botanical, juniper, and Palooza: a party, celebration or festival. It is the only gin show where gin fans can meet makers and sample unique gins from all over the world is back for 2017, and it’s better than ever before.

Junipalooza returns to London’s Tobacco Dock on the 10th & 11th June, along with 50 distillers flying in from 14 countries including Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and beyond. Now in its fourth year, the fun and inclusive event shines a light on the huge variety of gins in the category, many of which are debuted in the UK at the show.

Unlike other gin events, Junipalooza promises gin stands hosted by the distillers themselves, category-wide masterclasses, music, food, a cocktail bar hosted by the team at Beefeater Gin and of course, hundreds of tasty gins to sample in what promises to be a fun-fuelled experience for 3,000 gin-thirsty fans.

Junipalooza is proud to coincide with World Gin Day on Saturday 10th. With a ticket that includes a FREE sample of gin, there is no better way to celebrate World Gin Day than with distillers from all over the world. New to the show this year is the dedicated masterclass area, a space where ticket holders can sample over 100 gins during one of three sessions held over the weekend.

Sessions run from 11:00-15:00 and 16:00-20:00 on Saturday, and 11:00-16:00 on Sunday. The Gin Kiosk shop will also stock all the exhibiting gins in one convenient spot for ticket holders to purchase. Sessions cost £30 and can be purchased online at or Eventbrite.

Commenting on the festival, Gin Foundry’s Editor Olivier Ward says: “Junipalooza is a rare opportunity to meet the actual gin-makers, who fly in for the occasion from all over the world just to be there to share their passion. Having them all there in person always creates a very inclusive and fun atmosphere – it’s a true celebration and one that’s a must-do for any gin fan.”

Fever Tree To Pop-Up On World Gin Day

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In celebration of World Gin Day, the Fever-Tree World Gin Day Pop-Up Bar will be taking up residency on the Southbank from 9th – 11th June for a weekend of fun, festivities and G&Ts. The debut appearance of its all new double-decker container bar, there will be rooftop masterclasses, live music and a sneak peek at Fever-Tree’s new Aromatic Tonic.

Fever-Tree’s portfolio of all-natural tonics will be paired with a wide selection of premium gins, including some of the capital’s favourites such as Tanqueray, Sipsmith and Portobello, as well as special guests from further afield including Dorothy Parker gin from the US and Four Pillars gin from Australia.

In addition to this guests will be able to enjoy a first tasting of Fever-Tree’s Aromatic Tonic before it officially launches in July. Based on a historic 19th Century Naval recipe, it uses angostura bark from South America and has a rosé pink hue, making the Pink G&T the drink of the summer season.

On World Gin Day itself, Saturday 11th June, Fever-Tree is offering a programme of G&T rooftop masterclasses to guests between 12.00 – 16.30. Running for an hour, guests will learn about the history of the G&T serve as well as gaining some exclusive insider knowledge on making the perfect G&T. A tasting of five gins and a complimentary Pink G&T are included in the ticket price, which can be enjoyed against the backdrop of London’s skyline.

Fever-Tree World Gin Day Pop-Up
Thursday 9th – Saturday 11th June, 12pm – 9pm
Location: Riverside Grass (close to the National Theatre), Southbank, London, SE1 9PP

Masterclasses, Saturday 11th June
Times: 12pm – 1pm; 1.30pm – 2.30pm; 3pm – 4pm; 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Tickets: £12 per person, includes a tasting of 5 gins and a complimentary Pink G&T using Fever-Tree’s Aromatic Tonic

Hallmark The Welcombe, Stratford Upon Avon Launches Its ‘Summer Garden Gin Tea’

Hallmark The Welcombe

Arriving just in time for summer’s alfresco season, The Summer Garden Gin Tea will be a quirky twist on the English classic, swapping the traditional glass of high tea fizz for a refreshing Hendricks gin and tonic, presented in a china tea pot over ice and lemon, alongside luxury finger sandwiches, miniature open rolls, freshly baked scones, the hotel’s finest jam, clotted cream, delicate pastries, petit fours, and a macaroon, as well as the obligatory endless loose leaf tea of your choice (or coffee).

2016 marks the hotel’s 150th anniversary and is also England’s year of the garden, so what better way to celebrate than with this unique version of the quintessentially English tradition, served overlooking the hotel’s breathtaking landscaped gardens, fountains and water features.

The Welcombe is a picturesque country house retreat, positioned at the northern tip of The Cotswolds, amidst the Shakespearean surroundings of the historic town of Stratford-Upon-Avon.
A majestic hidden gem within the Warwickshire countryside, the Jacobean-style hotel features four poster bedroom suites, luxury spa, 18 hole championship golf course, and a 2 AA Rosette Award winning restaurant overlooking the garden grounds.

Hallmark The Welcombe Summer Garden Gin Tea : Price £35.00 per person
Or for those looking to enjoy the whole Welcombe experience, at only 2 hours by train from London’s Marylebone station, indulge in an overnight stay at the hotel with the:
Hallmark The Welcombe Summer Garden Getaway : Price from £145.00 per person (based on 2 persons sharing)
Price includes overnight stay, breakfast, use of spa and golf club facilities and Summer Garden Gin Tea for two.

Hallmark The Welcombe | Warwick Road| Stratford upon Avon| Warwickshire| CV37 0NR| 01789 295252 @hallmarkhotels #summergardengintea

Masons Yorkshire Gin Celebrates Third Birthday With Awards and Prizes!



Exciting things are happening for Masons Yorkshire Gin, as it prepares to celebrate its third birthday on June 11th, a date already significant as World Gin Day.

In addition, Masons have also recently been awarded both a silver for the Tea Edition and a bronze medal for the Original Edition at the prestigious 2016 San Francisco World Spirit competition in the best contemporary gin category.

In order to mark these three great achievements, Masons Gin are holding a birthday give away on the big day, which will see them award a gin and tonic gift bag to the first three people to wish them a happy birthday at every venue they are attending on the day.

The events they are attending and which the prizes will be awarded at are as follows: Filey Food Festival, Harewood House Antiques Fair, Bramham Horse Trials (in the NFU tent), Ragley Hall Great British Food Festival and the Newcastle Gin Festival.

If you’re a fan of Masons Yorkshire Gin, why not head down on June 11th to try and bag yourself a freebie.

The New Ellington Hotel’s ‘The Gin Garden’

New Ellington Gin Bar

A completely new saloon experience, The Gin Garden, boasts over 100 varieties. Whether a gin novice or connoisseur, this treasure trove of gins is bound to have something to tickle your tastebuds, stocking unique blends that even the biggest gin fan has yet to discover.
From the rare Monkey 47 to the Hendricks and cucumber classic, the Gin Garden invites you to escape the chaos of the city and sip your gin in style.

Choose from the selection of over 100 varieties, served on the rocks with your choice of tonic. Or, for those in search of gin with a twist, a collection of gin based cocktails, from the ‘Ginito’ to a ‘Sloe Gin Fizz,’

Welcome to the garden and let the expert bar tenders advise you on the gin to suit your character and taste.

Masons Yorkshire Gin Soon to Celebrate First Birthday

Masons Gin - Rudding Park Rose

World Gin Day 2014 is fast approaching which can only mean one thing, the quintessentially Yorkshire spirit, Masons Yorkshire Gin, is about to celebrate its first birthday! To celebrate this accomplishment, Rory Gilbert, senior bar tender at Rudding Park Hotel, has created a unique cocktail using Masons Gin, and has christened it the ‘Rudding Park Rose’. It has certainly been a spectacular first year for Masons, with some phenomenal achievements, and of course, plenty of happy customers.

The Rudding Park Rose
(Created by Rory Gilbert, Senior Bar Tender at Rudding Park Hotel)
50 ml Masons Gin
25 ml Cointreau
50 ml of Fresh Orange Juice
12.5 ml Sugar Syrup
Shaken and served over crushed ice with a splash of soda in a large balloon glass.

The turn of 2014 saw Masons getting some serious attention from both local and national press, with reviews and editorial featuring in publications ranging from The Yorkshire Post to La Di Da Magazine. But it doesn’t stop there; earlier this April Karl and Cathy Mason garnered some serious attention with interviews from the BBC, on both TV and radio, and in the same month were invited to showcase their gin at the esteemed British Embassy in Paris.

Masons Yorkshire Gin is rapidly growing, and nothing characterises this more than the recent arrival of their new custom-made 300 litre copper alembic still. Christened ‘Steve’ by Karl, the still is already busy creating the fantastic artisan spirit that many have come to love. “Interest in Masons Yorkshire Gin is growing all the time” said Karl, “and we’re hoping that soon we can get a visitor centre set up in our distillery in Bedale”, truly an exciting prospect for any locals keen to see Steve the Still in action.

Further evidence of Masons Yorkshire Gin’s success can simply be found by looking at the prestigious venues now stocking the spirit. From Michelin Starred restaurants like the Pipe and Glass, to exclusive connoisseur venues such as The London Gin Club, the list of spirit vendors rushing to stock this premium Yorkshire product is growing fast, and with Mason’s partnership with prominent distributer Gordon and McPhail in late 2013, it doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon.

One thing is for certain, this past year has been one big success for Masons Yorkshire Gin, but it’s definitely not over yet, with many exciting events planned for the rest of 2014 and beyond, the quintessential Yorkshire spirit is set to conquer the nation!