In addition to the 52 original gin cocktails being served by the 250 bars and restaurants participating in London Cocktail Week, there are 15 events organized by gin distillers and tonic producers. A mixture of popup bars and Masterclasses, attending a few of them will get you introduced to some of the UK’s best gin and the cocktails for which they best lay the foundation.
Burleigh’s Gin, a new line launched by distilling legend Jamie Baxter, is holding two events, a Master Class on Monday, Oct 6th and a Gin Pop Up taking place from Monday the 6th through Friday the 10th. The events are being held at Merchant House and are free of charge.
Burleigh’s makes a London Dry Gin, an Export Strength Gin, and a Distiller’s Cut and will be mixing “woodland-influenced” cocktails at its Pop Up bar.
The Sipsmith Distillery, which makes gins and vodkas, is hosting two events during LCW14.
The first, 100 Classic Martinis, promises guests quite a unique experience. At Kettner’s in Soho, let the professionals take care of you as they lead a martini trolley around to each table, mixing your choice of one of the 100 martinis on offer. The event is being held every night bar (no pun intended) Wednesday in two two-hour sittings, one beginning at 17:30 and the second beginning at 19:30.
Secondly, the Distillery is throwing a ping pong tournament in conjunction with a distillery tour in an event called Gin and Japes being held Tuesday evening from 6pm to 8:30pm. £22.50 gets you the tour and entrance to the tournament as well as three cocktails. The winner of the tournament will walk away with a bottle of Sipsmith’s V.J.O.P - A Very Junipery Over Proof Gin.
All events are in partnership with famous British chef, Mark Hix. The Masterclass, Popup and Tonight we Tanqueray party will be held at Mark’s Bar at his restaurant Hixter on Devonshire Square near Liverpool Street while the Tanqueray Dinner will be held at Hixter Bankside on Great Guilford St.
The Masterclasses and Popup last all week from 6pm to 7pm and 12pm to 9pm respectively and are free of charge. Tonight we Tanqueray is feature live music, activities and cocktails and is on Friday the 10th from 7pm to 2am, also free. The Dinner is being held on Tuesday beginning at 6:30 and costs £85.
You won’t find any cheetahs chasing down wildebeest, but you’ll find plenty of thirsty Londoners chasing down their next cocktail with Fever Tree’s Ultimate G&T Safari. On-trade manager at Fever Tree and gin connoisseur Craig Harper will lead the safari group to five bars where participants will taste a different G&T at each while learning about the history of the G&T and how to find your perfect blend. The safari runs from Monday through Thursday from 7pm to 10pm.
Lean back and relax and let the pros do the cocktail mixing - while they exercise! Hendrick’s is throwing two events on Earlham street, including the Boneshaker Cocktail Bar which employs the world’s first pedal-powered cocktail shaker lovingly known as “The Boneshaker”. The Boneshaker will also mix drinks for Hendrick’s No Rush Hour Society being held during happy hour from 6pm-7pm Thursday through Sunday. The Cocktail Bar is also open Thursday through Sunday from 1pm to 9pm.
The London Distillery Company will show off its stills that produce Genuine British Spirits including Dodd’s Gin. The Distillery Tour costs £5 and is running from Tuesday through Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
What by some measures is the second-largest small batch gin after Hendrick’s, Caorunn, is throwing a punch and cocktail party in the chic Punch Room at the Edition Hotel on Wednesday, Oct. 8th from 8pm to 1am.
If you’re curious about what effect our cousins across the pond are having on your craft gin cravings, then you should go listen to Aviation Gin and Few Spirits producer talk about the Role of American Craft Distillers in the Gin Renaissance. Entry is £10 and will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9th from 7pm to 8pm at Merchant House.
The East London Liquor Company is holding a Special Distillery Tour for trade professionals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 3pm to 4pm. For £25, visitors get an introduction to the history of gin, ELLC’s distillation processes and samples of all of their spirits including three different gins.