In this workshop we will be diving right into the world of gin and covering things such as it’s history, how it’s made + production methods, botanicals, where tonic water and G&Ts came from, and of course we will be making some gin on the day. By the end you will be a gin master, and be able to say you have had experience first hand in making it!
We start off by getting right into it, and setting up our mini copper pot alembic still, selecting our botanicals and beginning the process of distilling gin. We will be making gin in a London Dry style, and the process is exactly the same as the way the big distilleries do, albeit on a much smaller scale. You’ll get to see first hand how the process works, see the ratio of botanicals, and see how the copper pot stills function. The distilling process will take around an hour, and once complete the gin is ready to be consumed right away.
While thats under way, we start with our first gin and tonic tasting. We will start with a very classic style of gin paired with tonic water made here in Ibiza. Once you are enjoying your first G&T we’ll then start to discuss the history of gin, going back to the dutch times of genever. How the English reinvented the spirit, and how this led to the demise of the population during the gin craze of the 1700s which coined the term “mothers ruin”. This leads us to the gin styles that developed from there, and the new world styles we have today.
We’ll cover things such as distilling methods, and get into the world of botanicals covering the most common ones and how they affect the flavour profile of different gins.
We’ll jump across to the gin & tonic. Explore it’s origin during the times when India used to be the part of the British empire, and the British officers stationed there used quinine as an anti-malarial drug. We will go back even further to the 1600s when this time Spain had the biggest empire of the world, and how they discovered quinine as an anit-malarial in the bark of a tree in Central America. We’ll talk a bit about tonic water today, and explain a little about the tonic water made here in Ibiza.
From there we will jump into a mini gin and tonic masterclass, which will cover things from glassware, ice, gin and tonic pairings, garnishes, and serving methods. We hope to lay down any misconceptions about the infamous gin & tonic which should just be a simple drink to be enjoyed!
Lastly, when the distillation of the gin is complete, we will measure the alcohol content, dilute it to drinking strength, and then we all get to enjoy a gin & tonic with the gin we just made!
All in all, it’s aimed to be a fun, informative and hands on experience where you get to unravel the wonderful world of gin.
Various gin and tonic tastings (the quanitiy is not fixed as it depends on what you want to try, but it will be at least 3x gin and tonics)
Snacks and nibbles will be provided
The workshops are held in English, with some references available in Spanish and German.