The love of gin lasts a lifetime – and, with that in mind, we’re playing the long game! Here are five gin-tastic experiences to put on your ginny bucket list. How many can you check off?
Customise Your Barware
From the perfect G&T glass to an engraved cocktail shaker, the kit you use to serve and enjoy your gin says a lot about you. But collecting the perfect cocktail kit and glassware is a lifetime endeavour. Do you have your ideal bar kit? What pieces are you hoping to add this year?
Visit Your Favourite Distillery
Be it around the corner or across the world, we all have a special place in our hearts for one particular distillery. So why not pay a visit to the distillery making your absolute favourite gin? Wherever it is in the world, meeting the team behind your perfect spirit is always an inspiring experience.
Take the Scottish Gin Trail
For the trip of a lifetime, turn to the Wine and Spirits Trade Association’s Scottish Gin Trail, a 17-location tour of the best distilleries, bars and gin-soaked experiences that Scotland has to offer. To do justice to every stop on this tour could take up to a month – and you’ll take in much of Scotland’s stunning countryside as you go. So, whether you do it all at once or break it up into pieces, this is one trail every gin lover has to follow.
Make Your Gin Knowledge Official
Ginned! Magazine is an education all on its own, but there are lots of ways you can make your mastery a little bit more official. Pursuing a certification from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is an amazing educational experience – and, at the end of it all, a proper qualification!
Distil Your Own Gin
The Holy Grail for any gin lover? Making their own bespoke blend! From Cambridge Gin Company to 58 Gin, a number of distillers across the country offer the experience of selecting your own botanicals and working at the still, sending you home with a bottle or two of your own gin. Some will even keep your recipe on file so that you can order more when you run out!