How to Drink Gin

Drink-ology | Spirits Masterclass

Rating: 10.0

hosted by Culinary Anthropologist

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Back by popular demand, drinks expert Victoria Moore will be joining Anna in the kitchen to host a masterclass on gin, Victoria's favourite spirit.  There is little she doesn't know about this complex drink, so book this one fast as tickets will certainly fly! 

After a welcome drink (Victoria's delicious gin & elderflower cocktail), we will taste and compare at least five fabulous gins.  These will include London's newest gin, the new Sipsmith VJOP, and Warner Edwards' lavender-scented gin (which against all the odds has become Victoria's drink-at-home favourite).  There will also be a mystery gin test...

You will learn what gin really is, and what distinguishes London Dry Gin.  We'll explore the importance of the coriander botanical and discuss choosing the perfect gin for different drinks.  You'll compare a range of tonics and Victoria will show you how to make the perfect gin & tonic

Gin is great in cocktails, including both Victoria and Anna's favourite - the negroni - which we will make to finish off the night in style.  Now will be your chance to pick Victoria's cocktail brain and plan your future gin-based experiments.

Of course we will keep you well fed with nibbles and snacks paired with the drinks.  You will leave with a new level of gin expertise and a bagful of tips and tricks for how best to drink gin.


Victoria Moore is an award-winning journalist who's been writing about drinking since 1998 when she began a column in the New Statesman.  She's now the wine correspondent for the Telegraph and Olive magazine, having previously written the wine column for the Guardian Saturday Weekend magazine.  Victoria is also a judge for the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards.  Her bestselling book, How to Drink, is a hugely readable and beautiful handbook that aims to inform, entertain and ensure you are never without the perfect drink for every occasion. 


Comments from previous How to Drink class guests:

"Fabulous wine! Fabulous cocktails! Loved it!"

"A really wonderful evening - beautiful food and drinks."

"Fabulous darling! When's the next one?"

"Excellent, as always!"


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Genius Gin Class

Rating: 10

acshep attended in July 2014, reviewed on 30 July 2014

For discerning gin drinkers and novices alike, this class was a wonderful, informative foray into the world of gin. We tasted a carefully chosen selection of established brands, such as Tanquerey, through to lesser known gins such as Gin Mare from Spain.
Each gin was discernibly different from the last, with styles ranging from London Dry Gin to Old Tom.
Anna's (The Culinary Anthropologist and the host of the evening) generous and delicious nibbles paired superbly with the botanicals in the gin.
Drinks writer Victoria Moore's unfussy and expert knowledge encouraged everyone to identify their preferred gin style and flavours throughout the course of the class.

This event was a really refreshing alternative to some of the slightly intimidating drinks tastings on the market these days as everyone felt involved and was encouraged to contribute.

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