The Best Summer Gin Cocktails

Soho Sling

It’s the time of the year when all drinks journalists sigh under the burden of endless emails from drinks PR companies promoting the virtues of their clients’ latest summer cocktails. Some are frankly absurd but others are truly imaginative. We’ve … Continue reading

Caorunn Takes to the Hills


Foraging for wild ingredients grown locally is now an established feature of the international gastronomic world led by the world famous Copenhagen restaurant Noma and others. Great to see that the foraging ethos has jumped from table to bar and … Continue reading

Exclusive Gin Dinner at the Edinburgh Sheraton Grand


On Thursday 21st November One Square at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh will host an exclusive Gin Dinner, a fabulous evening of food, drink and discussion with Gintime Editor and author of The Mixellany Guide to Gin Geraldine Coates.  One … Continue reading

Our Best Bar – Venice’s Skyline Bar


Having just attended the very splendid Worlds 50 Best Bars Awards Ceremony in London (massive congratulations to The Artesian for winning for the second year by the way and all the others who were crowned too), it does occur that … Continue reading

What We Learned at London Cocktail Week

L-R Peter McKay of Alcohols Limited, Charles Maxwell of Thames Distillery, Nik Fordham of Bombay Sapphire, Desmond Payne of Beefeater and Tom Nicol of Tanqueray

Gintime Editor Geraldine Coates reports from the frontline of London Cocktail Week 2013. London Cocktail Week’s programme featured 250 events, with an increasing focus on on gin naturally. Obviously there was a lot of cherry picking required to hear about … Continue reading

Hendrick’s Carnival of Knowledge at London Cocktail Week

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The delightfully diverting Hendrick’s Carnival of Knowledge ­ a unique travelling parlour of enlightenment ­ will offer intellectual sustenance to all curious minds at this year’s London Cocktail Week (11th ­ 13th  October 2013).  Hendrick’s Carnival of Knowledge brings together … 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

Hendrick’s new Midnight Tea Party Pack Available Now


How delightfully Alice in Wonderland – Hendrick’s Gin introduces its Midnight Tea Party Pack, featuring a limited-edition Hendrick’s teacup and saucer, as well as a bottle of its delightfully peculiar gin, at no extra cost. Available now at selected retailers, the Midnight Tea … Continue reading

House of Hackney

at the House of Hackney Store launch party, 131 Shoreditch High Street, London

House of Hackney has just launched its first flagship store in the heart of Shoreditch, the design hub of Hackney. And Bombay Sapphire was there to help celebrate by creating a signature Bombay Sapphire Palmeral G&T, made with Bombay Sapphire … Continue reading

Shaken or Stirred?

Patience Gould revisits the Martini question In the recent remake of Casino Royale, Daniel Craig’s Bond no doubt sent shock waves through Martini aficionados around the world when he orders a Vodka Martini; nothing odd in that of course, but … Continue reading

Viva L’Espana

Geraldine Coates looks at the Spanish GinTonic revolution An email from a gin lover recently pointed out that we Brits have allowed one of our great national drinks to become boring and ‘stuck in the mud.’ Having stumbled upon Spanish … Continue reading

Plans for Bombay Sapphire’s New Home Revealed

Hot off the press comes the news that Bombay Sapphire has unveiled plans for its distillery in Laverstoke Mill, Hampshire. The project is a multi-million pound restoration of the historic buildings, which once housed one of England’s most important bank … Continue reading