Which remarkable rhyme won October's poetry prize?

Last month, we challenged our members to tap into their creativity and produce a melodious ode to October's special Gin of the Month, Poetic License. Our members sent in loads of lovely limericks - inspired by the wild spirits behind this tasty tipple and enticed by the marvellous prize they could possibly win!

Craft gin club poetry prize

Our most lyrical bard has won a gin-tasting trip to the home of Poetic License. Along with a companion, they get to stay in the Roker Hotel - perched right along the Sunderland seafront and next to the historic, recently-restored Roker pier. The prize package includes dinner, bed and breakfast, with overnight accommodation in their very own suite plus - most importantly - a gin tasting and distillery tour with Head Distiller, Luke!

So which creative Gin Clubber's piece of poetry won them this extraordinary prize?

Jaquie Chan

of Abergele!

Poetic licence gin competition

Jacquie's amazing 'Sonnet 40.1%' completely blew us away! Her playful take on Elizabeth Barrett Browning's 'Sonnet 43' showcased skill, wit and a way with words that we couldn't help but be envious of. Congratulations, Jacquie, and enjoy your very well-deserved prize!

Check out Jacquie's poem below:

SONNET 40.1%

How might I serve thee? Let me count the ways;

Gently mixed with tonic over ice,
And garnished by a fruity orange slice;
a classic cocktail, worthy of high praise.

Or mixed with marmalade in a martini,
Or an albumenic triple sec White Lady,
Or as a Corpse Reviver, smooth and shady;
a mixture worthy of absinthe's green genie.

The seasonal and festive sweet botanical
Make this the perfect autumn's hearthside cheer -
Averse to phantoms mean and puritanical,
from the heart of Grace, to bring warm comfort near -
To celebrate black Hallowe'en tyrannical,
Driving out dark ghosts with a distilled spirit clear.

Jacquie Chan