An August Update from the Spirits Team


As we draw to the end of August, still revelling in the balmy summer evenings, here in the spirits department our office has been very quiet with summer holidays taking most people away for a week or two. However we have not abandoned entertainment and training over these warm months, of course not, and there is more to come…

No.3 Gin has featured as the spirit of the week every Thursday for the last six weeks at the Drake and Morgan group bars. If you work in the city or Canary Wharf you have no doubt come across these. Now that the staff have all tried our award-winning gin, don’t hesitate to ask them for some No.3 Gin inspired cocktails; they really know their stuff from classics like Clover Club to ‘electric bitters’ enhanced creations garnished with jelly bears!

We continue to share cocktail ideas for No.3 Gin and for The King’s Ginger liqueur through Facebook ( or Our most recent creations have been fresh and light, often ‘sours’ using egg white and lemon, very well suited to summer tastes. However keep an eye out for richer cocktails as we head into September, playing with lovely autumnal syrups and tonics you can make at home.

And what about our whisky, The Glenrothes? August saw me head to Oxford to join the Alcademics to host my first solo full length masterclass. It involved a mini zen garden, a watering can and a tiny bucket… and it was a success! Hopefully you will soon see more whisky classes like this on offer – around London to start with; they are eminently suited to beginners, though the delicious tasters and cocktails will interest long term aficionados as well, and a summary on how whisky is made is always welcome by the most confident drinkers!


Dates for your diary:

Sunday 1st September

Mauritian Supper Club Yummy Choo joins with Pink Pigeon Rum

This amazing dining experience takes place at Bedford & Strand and offers a 5 course tasting menu with two Pink Pigeon rum cocktails and a talk on rum and Pink Pigeon itself. All this for £37.35 and tickets are available here:

Sunday 8th September

St John’s Hill Festival in Clapham

The “Powder Keg Diplomacy” bar is celebrating its 2nd birthday by hosting a series of No.3 Gin masterclasses. We will take you through:
– 3 centuries of gin history, 3 cocktails samples and all in just 20 minutes so you can enjoy the other events including live music and delicious food
– Tickets are £5, including samples; we will also throw in your favourite cocktail of the three at the end to enjoy!
Tickets and timings are available by calling 020 7450 6457 or emailing

Monday 30th September

No.3 Gin tasting at the City of London Distillery, Bride Lane

From 5pm, come down to this gem of a bar in Blackfriars where we will teach you about our award-winning gin, offer you a taste and then why not ask the very knowledgeable bar staff to make your favourite cocktail, classic or modern. There is also a working still on site making gin and vodka, to help you better understand the production process in a totally unique way.