Cocktail Class At The Gin Garden, The Hoxton Hotel
Guest Reporter Sofie Birkin tries her hand at making gin cocktails at the achingly hip Hoxton Hotel…
Bombay Sapphire, the fragrant gin in that unmistakeable blue bottle, has collaborated with The Gin Garden, the creators of travelling gin gardens, to transform the courtyard of the terribly hip Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch into ‘The Gin Garden’s Bombay Sapphire Botanical Experience”.
I was lucky enough to go last Friday, turning up slightly late after getting severely rained on after a busy day at work, and it turned out to be exactly the tonic I needed (excuse the pun). Although the courtyard is outdoors, it was undercover and the patio heaters provided a warm, cosy feel, which was set off nicely by the icy gin and tonic placed in my hand shortly after arrival. Bombay Sapphire’s expert mixologist Sam Carter gave us a guided tour through the various exotic botanicals (Grains of Paradise from Ghana and Cubeb Berries from Java, anyone?) that make up the gin, as I slyly made my way through the canapés on offer (who can resist the lure of the tiny burger?)
In honour of the unseasonal weather which I expect we are all used to, trays of hot gin cocktails in teacups garnished with cinnamon sticks were brought out, which went down just as well as I imagine they usually do in the depths of winter. The erudite Mr Carter then led us through the process of making our own cocktail, leaving the collective imaginations of a gaggle of excited journalists to run wild- I opted for a brightly coloured lavender, blueberry and basil gin with Mediterranean Fever Tree tonic, garnished with a wedge of pomegranate, and my friend went with the delightful pear drop infused Bombay Sapphire with fresh raspberries.
The courtyard was a beautiful place to de-stress and begin our weekend, and the bright blue goodie bags holding bottles of Bombay Sapphire, Fever Tree tonic and those wonderful glasses you can see pictured which were handed to us as we tipsily made our way out were a brilliant souvenir.
The Gin Garden finishes this week, but there will be G&T master classes in the new Apartment at the Hoxton Hotel thereafter, and at £25 per person I can honestly say they are completely worth it. Best served after a long day.
Sofie @ FashionBIte xx