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Where better to experience the fabulous qualities of Gin Mare than at six of London’s coolest bars? Take a tour of the capital at these decadent drinking dens…
To prove its credentials as a drink that blends the old with the new, No.3 Gin hosted a cocktail competition at London bar Graphic and asked some of the city’s top bartenders to create a modern drink that was simple in concept and used the past as inspiration. Now it’s your turn to create a cocktail using No.3 Gin and three other key ingredients of your choice.
Martin Miller’s gin is holding a series of cocktail masterclasses at the Miller’s residence in Notting Hill, giving you a chance to join the Gintelligentsia. This intimate evening provides the opportunity to learn some gin trivia and cocktail tips from Miller’s brand ambassador Craig Harper, as well as embark on a history of the martini cocktail. Tickets (£10) include the masterclass, all drinks on the night, and a bottle of Martin Miller’s Gin to take home. Classes will be held on 24 November, 2 December, 12 & 19 January, and 2 & 9 February. Visit the Miller’s website for more details.
Tanqueray Tables offers members of the public the opportunity to enjoy the impressive roof terrace at No 4 Hamilton Place, a venue normally closed to the public. Top chefs and mixologists have collaborated to create a menu of complementary cocktails and canapés, all inspired by or including Tanqueray gin. These provide an ideal accompaniment for a summer evening overlooking Hyde Park from a building that once housed the Duke of Wellington.
The alfresco pop-up bar at Somerset House, Bombay Sapphire Dusk, will be holding a series of masterclasses entitled Bombay Sapphire Gintelligentsia. The gin’s ambassador, Sam Carter, will be imparting his gin knowledge, as well as teaching aspects of the art of cocktail mixing. Carter will also teach specifics about Bombay Sapphire as well. The £20 ticket price gets you private tuition, with between four and eight people in each class, and includes cocktails. In addition to the classes, the pop-up bar is also offering a different cocktail collection each month, devised by some of London’s finest mixologists. Classes will run from 10 August to 18 October, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, from 7pm.
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