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Booze Walk – 13/05/17

On Saturday we were delighted to host our first Booze Walk. This was a walk to introduce people to some of the common plants that grow at our feet and the amazing concoctions that can be made with them. Yes, there was plenty of sampling and top tips. The walk was lead by Andy Hamilton who is one of THE experts on wild booze. He is the author of the best-selling Booze for Free and Brewing Britain: The Quest for the Perfect Pint, writes for The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph amongst others and frequently appears on TV and Radio talking about foraging and booze.

Drink 1 - Bertie’s Fairy Haw (Haw Syrup, Cider Vinegar, Gin, Pastis)
Drink 1 – Bertie’s Fairy Haw (Hawthorn Blossom Syrup, Cider Vinegar, Gin, Pastis)

 

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Drink 2 – Wild Rose Vermouth (photo by @sotoncraftbeer)

 

Drink 3 - Treegroni - Vegroni with Cedar Vodka (Cedar and Pine buds) instead of Campari
Drink 3 – Treegroni – Vegroni with Cedar Vodka (Cedar and Pine buds) instead of Campari

 

Drink 4 - Chocolate Blossom - Crème de Cacao, Elderflower and Lime flowers
Drink 4 – Chocolate Blossom – Crème de Cacao, Elderflower and Lime flowers

 

Drink 5 - Épine (Blackthorn leaves in a red wine with Brandy)
Drink 5 – Épine (Blackthorn leaves in a red wine with Brandy)

After the final, “Secret Drink” (I’d have to kill you), a selection of home-made drinks that the guests had brought with them appeared and were passed round for critique including from the expert. These included a Cider, Sloe Gin and a selection of vodkas (Rhubarb and Ginger, Fennel and Damson, Quince and some of my own Japanese Knotweed)!

Bring a bottle (or two)  (photo by @sotoncraftbeer)
Bring a bottle (or two) (photo by @sotoncraftbeer)

Thanks to all that attended for being a great group and to Andy for his enthusiasm, humour, knowledge and amazing concoctions.

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