London Dry – The Lowdown


Could it have been London Sec? Did London’s gentlemen distillers get their inspiration from their friends, the vintners? Geraldine Coates investigates the leap from sweet to unsweetened gin. Throughout the early nineteenth century, when people drank gin, they were usually … Continue reading

Plymouth Gin’s New Menu at The Refectory Bar


  If any gin lover happens to be in the West Country this summer be sure to check out the Plymouth Gin Distillery’s Refectory Bar in the heart of historic Plymouth. International Brand Ambassador, Sebastian Hamilton-Mudge has devised a new menu with … Continue reading

Drinks You Really CAN Make at Home (1)

As a drinks writer one is always being sent recipes for the most gorgeous cocktails with the helpful advice that these are ‘easy to make at home’. Truth is most of them require tracking down specialist ingredients and also some … Continue reading

Negroni Journey? We’ll Be Right Over


The Negroni is the perfect gin cocktail, a marriage of the lush, herbaceous piney character of gin with the more bitter, more aromatic flavours of the classic Italian aperitifs of Campari and red vermouth. From this April London Negroni fans … Continue reading

Wanna See Gin Being Made?


Over all the years Gintime has been up and running – 12 and counting by the way – the most common question we are constantly asked by both visitors to the UK and local gin lovers is “Where can I … Continue reading

Plymouth Gin Exhibition Opens at Plymouth Museum


Plymouth Gin is currently showcasing its unique heritage in ‘From Plymouth to the World – the Voyage of Plymouth Gin from Birth to Legend’, an exhibition now open in the heart of its home city at Plymouth City Museum and … Continue reading

Festive Cocktails from The Experts

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Eek how did it get to be December and looking a lot like Christmas already. We’re getting our priorities right and planning the drinks we’ll be enjoying this Festive Season courtesy of some of our favourite bartenders. Can’t wait to … Continue reading

Plymouth Gin to focus on Trademark and Intellectual Property over GI


Geraldine Coates looks at the story behind Pernod Ricard’s decision not to renew the Geographical Indication status of Plymouth Gin. Last month social media was humming with the news that brand owners Pernod Ricard would not apply to renew the … Continue reading

Sloe Gin Fizz and Juniper Game Sauce Combo


Brrr suddenly we’re remembering just what winter is like and how much our thoughts turn to filling our insides as outside gets colder and more miserable. We’ve been playing around with ginny food and drink combos and here’s one that … Continue reading

Taking it Sloe


Although sloe gin is actually available all year round, these crisp autumn days and the fact that sloes are almost ready for harvest right now, turns one thoughts inexorably to the delights of this gorgeous ruby elixir. Many people make … Continue reading

Schweppes Heritage Flavours undergo Taste Test


David Smith of has cast his beady eye over Schweppes new tonic water flavours for Gintime. They’re part of the great Spanish GinTonica movement and currently only available in Spain sadly but we can hope!   As we’ve discussed … Continue reading