Craft Gin Club Summer Road Trip: Creating cocktails in the Cotswolds

Summer time = traveling time! What's better than throwing your gear in a suitcase and throwing your work into the dustbin as you leave your stress and troubles far behind in exchange for a sun-filled season of new adventures? We can't think of much - except sipping a cool, craft G&T. But what makes that G&T even better? Drinking it at the distillery where the gin was made!

This summer, we're taking a trip through the regions of our craft distiller partners, the places where they make the delicious, small-batch gins that Craft Gin Club Members enjoy every month. 

This week we're visiting the Cotswold's Distillery in the beautiful eponymous region. The distillery is the brainchild of Dan Szor who set out to make whisky - the first whisky made in the Cotswolds - and who has gotten into gin as the whisky ages. But the gin has become so popular that Dan thinks it might become his distillery's signature drink! The team at the Cotswolds Distillery is also very experimental and create concoctions such as an Espresso Martini that start out being tested at the distillery shop before they move on to broader distribution. With so many innovative projects in the pipeline, the Cotswolds Distillery is definitely one to keep an eye on.


Where to drink amazing gin - The Cotswolds Distillery

A visit to the Cotswolds Distillery is the spirits equivalent of visiting Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Here you see the Distillery Shop that is featuring spirits that you can only taste if you visit. The team would love to welcome you!

A visit to the Cotswolds Distillery is the spirits equivalent of visiting Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Here you see the Distillery Shop that is featuring spirits that you can only taste if you visit. The team would love to welcome you!

Where to eat fancy food for your fancy gin

Le Champignon Sauvage is the Cotswolds' premier restaurant. With 2 Michelin stars, it has garnered rave reviews from a wide number of critics including Guardian restaurant critic Marina O'Loughlin who gave the restaurant her highest score - 10/10 - the first time she had ever given that score.

Le Champignon Sauvage is the Cotswolds' premier restaurant. With 2 Michelin stars, it has garnered rave reviews from a wide number of critics including Guardian restaurant critic Marina O'Loughlin who gave the restaurant her highest score - 10/10 - the first time she had ever given that score.

How to stay warm if it’s raining

Centuries ago, traders around Europe and beyond knew that the best wool came from the Cotswolds, a fact that made the area very rich, the richest in all of Europe. Arlington Row (pictured) - which was built in the 14th century was made to store wool and was later used for weaving wool - is a testament to that period and wealth.

Centuries ago, traders around Europe and beyond knew that the best wool came from the Cotswolds, a fact that made the area very rich, the richest in all of Europe. Arlington Row (pictured) - which was built in the 14th century was made to store wool and was later used for weaving wool - is a testament to that period and wealth.

How to time travel back to Cotswolds Culture

The Cotswolds is populated by a number of churches known as "wool churches" in reference to the fact that their construction was funded primarily by money earned in the wool trade. Northleach Church (pictured) dates back to the 12th century and includes depictions of the wool trade. 

The Cotswolds is populated by a number of churches known as "wool churches" in reference to the fact that their construction was funded primarily by money earned in the wool trade. Northleach Church (pictured) dates back to the 12th century and includes depictions of the wool trade. 

Where to chill out

Ellenborough Park is the Cotswolds premier 5-star luxury hotel and spa. Situated in a converted Cheltenham racehorse estate, the hotel houses a top-notch spa and will organise activities such as hot air ballooning and picnicking for guests. It was named the UK's leading spa hotel in 2014.

Ellenborough Park is the Cotswolds premier 5-star luxury hotel and spa. Situated in a converted Cheltenham racehorse estate, the hotel houses a top-notch spa and will organise activities such as hot air ballooning and picnicking for guests. It was named the UK's leading spa hotel in 2014.

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