Unfortunately we see ourselves in that dreadful situation again, dare I say it, lockdown! Fear not as SplitSmiths will continue to trade throughout, we are running a click and collect service from Middleton Hall or we can deliver drinks to your door!
To soften the blow we have also launched our next interactive online drinks tasting hosted by the DrinkSmith and owner of Spirit of Stonewall Joe Wilson. The tasting will feature two of his gins, London Dry and Pink Rhubarb Gin. We’ll be live on Zoom on the 27th November at 7pm. The gin, mixers and nibbles will get delivered to your door, all you have to do is tune in, relax and pour a few gins!
Stonewall has a really interesting history so let's have a quick look at the gin and the message behind the bottle.
The world changed forever on 28th June 1969 when the police raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York. The Patrons of the Stonewall Inn and other bars in the neighbourhood decided to start an uprising against the police when they became violent. These riots are believed to be one of the most important landmark events that have led to the gay liberation movement and the fight for LGBTQ rights.
With this in mind Joe rediscovered the history of these events and wanted to raise awareness and support this community. For every bottle of gin sold £1 is donated to the Stonewall UK Charity.
Stonewall Gin is produced in Lincolnshire in a small batch craft distillery. The recipes have been tried and tested countless times to ensure the quality of the gin is high and the flavours of the gin are prominent.
The London Dry gin is made in the classic style being juniper led and no added sugar in the distillation process. Other botanicals used are cardamom, orange, liquorice, almonds and a berry located on the coast called sea buckthorn that helps to impart a wonderful citrus and mango flavour to the gin.
This lends itself to the classic gin and tonic but with the London Dry style the world is your oyster in regards to cocktails, from the classic Gin Martini to a twist on a Cosmopolitan.
When the London Dry gin had been perfected Joe experimented with different elements of distillation and had discovered that rhubarb worked well with the flavours of the botanicals that are used in the base, with the citrus of the sea buckthorn helping to enhance the wonderful floral notes of the rhubarb.
We are big fans of this gin here at SplitSmiths and have developed a take on the Stonewall cocktail! This uses lots of ginger elements so works perfectly with the rhubarb.
Muddle the ginger in a boston glass, add gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup and shake with ice. Fine strain into gin balloon glass filled with ice. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a slice of lemon - enjoy!
If you would like to find out more about Stonewall, and more importantly, try their delicious gins, be sure to bag a ticket for the tasting!
Is it your New Year's resolution to cut back on the amount of alcohol you drink? Or have you gone cold turkey for a dry January?
Gone are the days of feeling like you are missing out by not drinking. We have introduced a new range of alcohol-free spirits that you can use to make your favourite cocktails.
Throughout January our blogs will focus on some of the best alcohol free options, exploring great producers, plus some fantastic non-cocktails you can try at home. First up, our Spotlight On series continues with the award-winning brewery, Big Drop.