Gin & Vodka

gin and vodka produced in the UK

Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival

4 September 2014 - 14 September 2014

Not long now until Brighton & Hove kick off their Autumnal celebrations of all that's fun in food and drink. And you can join in. Whether it's fab ales, tasty ciders, new age gin or serious sparklers, the Festival helps you get to taste some of the region's finest produce. 

Always fun, always tasty, below are a few of my highlights. To catch up with all the events, head to the comprehensive Brighton & Hove Food Festival website to see what takes your fancy.

And follow the action on twitter, @brightonfood, and facebook - Brighton Food Festival

Kingston Food Festival

3 August 2013 - 11 August 2013

Local drinks old and new add a dose of liquid style to this year’s Kingston Food Festival as it heads into its final weekend.

Along with organic – and award-winning – stalwarts Sedlescombe Vineyard, I can vouch for the tasty brews from new Guildford-based nano-brewery, The Little Beer Corporation, There’s also traditional cider crafted from from East Kent cider apples from the Battle crew, and a delectable range of Blackwood spirits from the ever innovative Sarah at Lurgashall winery. 

Langtons No 1 Gin

A soft, smooth gin, with a bright palate which is well worth trying straight.

Langtons No.1 hails from Skiddaw in Cumbria, where two local lads, intent on creating a gin that reflected their roots, discovered a million year old aquifer, or underground water source.

40% / 70cl, £38, from Booths, Harvey Nicols, and specialist retailers.

London Cocktail Week

8 October 2012 - 14 October 2012

Gin features strongly on this year's London Cocktail Week schedule, with Ginstitute blending classes alongside Hendrick's Gin Mobile Library and cocktails galore at a variety of top bars and restaurants around the capital.

This year's action is based at Seven Dials, Covent Garden, with a number of pop-up bars, masterclasses, and local shops offering cocktails so you can sip while you shop.

All masterclasses must be booked in advance. For details on timings and all activities, see

World Gin Day

9 June 2012

Bars in Melbourne, Mumbai and San Francisco will be joining gin lovers in Blighty this year to celebrate the fourth World Gin Day on 9 June.

The brainchild of Neil Houston, the 20-something gin lover behind, this day is all about celebrating the distinctiveness of this most British of spirits, whether it’s out and about Birmingham’s own gin palace, The Jekyll & Hyde in hip London bars  Callooh Callay or a new one to me (must get out more!), the London Gin Club.

Kamm & Sons Ginseng Spirit

Bitters are very much in vogue. Their distillation of myriad specially chosen botanicals into a liquid that can transform a drink, soft, spiritual or otherwise, with just a splash, are finally being appreciated.

This little brown bottle, which looks decidedly antiquated and medicinal, contains some home-grown bitters crafted by enterprising bartender and drinks consultant Alex Kammerling.

Previously of London’s 69 Colebrooke Row, that hotspot of cocktail creativity, Alex has been devising this recipe in his north London flat for some time now – around five years I believe! The end result is a liquid that’s been infused with over 45 botanicals, and is an aromatic and complex as you might imagine.