It might have been a Monday night but who can turn down plans when they have the word ‘Gin’ in them? Especially on the bluest day of the week (Well I think it is).
I’ve suddenly become a lover of Gin over the last few months, Alex (the bf) just doesn’t understand my love for the stuff, but we are in the middle of a “gin-naissance” so I’m sure most of you guys will appreciate why I now go for a classic G&T as my go to drink. A tasty and refreshing, light drink that won’t weigh me down or make me super bloated for the evening!
Lucy and I heard about the Gin Social which is held at the Graphic Bar in Soho and just had to pop along to see what it was all about – after all, it sounds awesome right?
The Graphic Bar is super cool, the lighting and interior is really contemporary and they have some awesome cocktails – some of them are even served in paint tins! So this seemed like a really great place for something like this.
There were between 20 and 30 of us who all gathered at the front, getting cosy on the sofas and comfy on the pouffes ready to be enlightened by this month’s gin brand to take the stage – Sip Smith.
Rich from SipSmith was charismatic and great at telling the history behind Gin – Did you know gin has been around since the 1600s? It started in Holland and is behind the phrase ‘Dutch courage’, as soldiers would drink this on the battle field before charging at the opposition with no fear, although back then it had a slightly different name, Gineva. Obviously the English wanted to get their hands on it and that’s how it first came over to Britain.
Rich then spoke abut SipSmith, how they came about and the effort they had to put in to be granted the first license to distil gin in 200years! SipSmith were the first small batch distillery in the UK and make roughly the same amount of Gin in a year that Beefeater make in a day – Crazy stuff!
We also found out that the name Sipsmith came from their obsession on craftsmanship and how they were taking something of lesser value and adding craftsmanship to create something great – crafting a delicious sip! We got to try the London Dry, the VJOP (Very Juniper over-proof) which was pretty strong, Navy standards, and Sloe Gin – this was the first time I’d tried it and absolutely loved it.
The floor was opened to questions, and cocktails were brought round by the guys at Graphic Bar before we were left to enjoy the rest of the evenings.
Lucy and I really enjoyed it! For £5 it’s such a good deal for an evening plan in London. I highly recommend trying it out if your a gin-enthusiast or just starting to like it, you’ll be converted after anyway.
I’m already looking into going again next month – I think it’s Pink Pepper Gin next time – and will definitely be returning to Graphic Bar for some of those paint tin cocktails!
Have you been?
*I was invited along to go to this month’s Gin Social but all thoughts are my own, and I’m definitely returning.