Currently the in vogue drink, gin has been elevated from the staid old mothers ruin of yesteryear, to the must have drink for the in crowd
We offer a range of gins in various flavours including;
We can source and supply virtually any flavour to suit your requirements, ranging from an artisan gin company to more popular offerings.
This makes a great reception drink at indoors or outdoors events, or as a tasting event at private parties. We can even provide a gin and prosecco service.
Our new gin bar service, offering a range of fun and quirky gins, with mixers, garnishes and a range of themed bar units, this is perfect for reception drinks, exhibitions, weddings and corporate events. We also offer a whisky bar, prosecco and Pimms bar, or any combination to suit your requirements, and wow your guests.
We offer a range of bar units to suit different events and requirements. Also any of our bar units can be themed to specific requirements such as Alice in Wonderland etc.
We offer bars as standard in;
We can also design and build specific mobile bar units for exhibitions and custom events.
Mobile Gin Bars
Our gin bars are provided with a full range of garnishes to ensure that your drinks look as good as they taste.
Mixers, and of course ice ensure you have the perfect refreshing drink at all times.
Gin has a history stretching back to production in the Netherlands in the 13th Century. Originally known as genever, the drink was distilled from walt wine to around 50% ABV. The original drink wasn’t really drinkable, so it was softened with herbs and spices, Juniper berries initially for their supposed medical properties.
Depending on the method of distillation, the alcohol tasted similar to vodka or whiskey. The British discovered the drink whilst fighting in Antwerp, assisting the Dutch against the Spanish in the 80 Years War in the late 16th and early 17th Century.
They would drink genever before battle due to its supposed calming properties, some claiming this was the origin of the phrase ‘Dutch Courage’.
English distillers began to make their own version, shortening the name to gin. When William of Orange took the throne in the Glorious Revolution, the drink saw a major jump in popularity.
What a lot of people fail to remember, is that at the beginning of the 18th Century, much of our drinking water was pretty unclean. Drinking gin was probably a healthier choice. Additionally during that period,we were engaged in one of our many spats with the French, and as a result increased levies on French Brandy. The government of the day reduced taxes on gin and encouraged the production of the beverage in small workshops. Additionally the drink could be distilled fairly cheaply from homegrown British produce, poor quality barley that was unsuitable for beer brewing, could be used to make gin.
At one point over half of London’s 15,000 drinking establishments were dedicated to gin.
Sadly as time went on, the drink became similar to the modern drug epidemic, with widespread drunkenness being blamed on the low cost of the drink. Finally the government imposed an expensive licensing requirement in the Gin act of 1736. When no one bothered to pay for a licence the drink was promptly banned. Sadly, as in the U.S. prohibition produced the opposite effect to that intended, and the drink became more popular than ever.
In 1751 a new Gin Act lowered the taxes but made it illegal to sell the drink from premises whose rent was less than £10 per year, intended to prevent the sales from unreputable premises. By the turn of the 19th Century the gin craze had pretty much ended. The only major manufacturer to survive was Alexander Gordon, whos brand survives today and accounts for over 50% of the U.K. market.
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