6.30pm 1st May 2013
James Wong Talk at Heals
196 Tottenham Court Rd London W1T 7LQ
Break free of the 'grow your own' time-warp and discover incredible edibles far more exciting than anything you would ever think could be grown on our blustery North Atlantic island. From Szechuan peppers and edible fuchsia berries, to tiny cucamelons and even homegrown green tea, up to 3,000 edible crops can be grown extremely easily in the UK climate. Yet as most books focus on the same tiny handful of staid 'dig for victory' favourites,
James has set out on a mission to reveal the other 99% of weird and wonderful flavours that us Brits are missing out on. Offering a light-hearted, dynamic and innovative alternative to conventional 'spuds and sprouts' gardening talks, in this all new 'Homegrown Revolution' lecture James reveals how growing your own can be so much more cutting edge than you might think.
The Gin Garden will be serving a selection of refreshing, fragrant botanical No.3 Dry London Gin drinks made with 'home-grown' ingredients such as inca berries, pine berries, saffron and thai basil.
All drinks will be made with No.3 London Dry Gin and Fever Tree Mixers, for the recipes click on our 'Gin Garden Serves' tab.
26th March 2013 (4pm-9pm)
RHS London Spring Fair - Late
RHS Halls, Westminster, London
The RHS Spring Show Late will feature a unique ‘Juniper Bar’ – curated by The Gin Garden and No.3 London Dry Gin and serving spring-inspired gin cocktails.
Educational talks about gin and No.3’s support of a juniper conservation project with the charity Plantlife will be combined with gin-tasting sessions.
The bar has been specially created as an indoor garden complete with juniper bushes, blossom trees, a living herb wall and log seating.
The RHS Spring Show Late takes place at the Society’s spectacular ‘Lindley Hall’ – which will be transformed into a 1950s garden fair. Tree-lined avenues decorated with fairy lights and bunting will set the scene, while the best nurserymen and women from around the country will be clothed in 50s attire, displaying barrows brimming with spring flowers.
There will be swing dancing lessons from ‘The London Swing Cats’, accompanied by the lively 50s sounds of ‘The Reel Society’ band - and plenty of opportunities to play nostalgic fairground games such as Hoop-la!
The Juniper Bar Cocktail List
Juniper: Juniperus communis linn
Juniper is best known for its aromatic berries, which are prized for the flavour they impart to gin.
Honey I Drank The Gin
No.3, Home-made Lavender Syrup, Lime, Honey and Viola Flower
A flowery drink to celebrate spring
Lavandula angustifolia - calming & relaxing
Strawberries and Green
No.3, Strawberries, Cointreau, Cranberry Juice, Basil
Who needs cream when they taste this good with basil?
Ocimum basilicum - a potent antioxidant
No.3, Mint, Cucumber, Lime, Tonic and Borage Flower
Our weather may not compete with Cuba's but this twist on an old favourtie can
Mentha - good for the stomach
No.3, Freshly Squeezed Pink Grapefruit Juice, Home-made Thyme Syrup, Soda
Water What time is it? It's always gin thyme
Thymus vulgaris - good for digestion
No.3, Home-made Rhubarb Syrup, Lime, Soda
You know it's spring when the rhubarb arrives
Rheum x hybridum - balances appetite
No.3, Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice, Lemon, Honey
The Bee's Knees has nothing on these!
Citrus x limon - uplifts and soothes stress
Rosemary Lemonade (non-alcoholic)
Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice, Home-made Rosemary Syrup
When life gives you lemons, add rosemary
Rosmarinus officinalis - aids memory
All gin drinks £7, Non-alcoholic £3
Tickets are selling fast, to ensure entry please book on the RHS website:
Talk/gin-tastings will be held at 1pm and 4pm.
The 'Juniper Bar' will be open from 4.30pm till 9pm serving cocktails of herbs, spring fruits, lavender, flowers and honey.
1st - 23rd December 2012
The Christmas Café
Clifton Nurseries, Maida Vale, London
9.30am - 4.30pm (Mon-Sat)
11am - 4.30pm (Sun)
Plus 3 late night shopping nights with full Gin Garden bar:
6th/11th/20th December (till 9pm)
This December The Gin Garden travels to Clifton Nurseries in Madia Vale, West London, to run an enchanting Christmas pop-up café. Inspired by the horticultural surroundings, using rare and 'exotic' botanical ingredients, we will be cooking up a storm during the most magical time of the year. This is set to be a Christmas culinary experience no foodie will want to miss.
Breakfast menu examples include:
Bircher muesli with Barberis (optional Argot Oil booster)
Home made Gravlax with pickled Cucamelon
Spiced Stewed Pear and greek yoghurt (optional Manoka Honey booster)
Locally made artisan pastries
Weekend lunch menu examples include:
Spiced Butternut Squash Soup with Diced Pork Belly and Chilli Cress
Chicken Broth with The Day's Rainbow Vegetables
Leg of lamb, Celeriac Gratin, Peas & Radish salad
Warm Salad of Ham Hock, Shaved Heritage Apple and Roasted New Zealand Yam
Pear, Nasturtium Root and Pickled Walnuts
Rainbow Beetroots, Goats Cheese and Pumpkin Oil & Hazelnuts
The menu will be complemented by the botanically inspired cocktails and drinks to refresh and revive the weariest Christmas shopper.
When late night shopping indulge in martinis of bergamot, saffron and spiced pear; orange blossom gin and tonics; lavender royals; hot chocolates with your choice of extra warmth (chilli or a shot of spicy rum); fresh leaf teas; single estate coffees. Plus all manner of delicious cakes and other treats will be served.
Sip warm punch while you choose your tree decorations or nibble some roast chestnuts as you browse through wreaths and yuletide foliage.
Teas by 'The Rare Tea Company':
Breakfast Tea Rare Earl Grey
Manuka Leaf Tea
Hot Chai Gin
Coffee's by 'Climpson and Sons':
Single Origin - Brazil
Single Origin - Kenya
Koko deluxe hot chocolate
Late night shopping/full Gin Garden bar:
On the 6th, 11th and 20th of December, Clifton Nurseries will be holding candlelight shopping nights, opening the nursery until 9pm. The full Gin Garden bar will be open during these events, serving a selection of seasonal gin cocktails. Come enjoy the festive atmosphere - drink whilst you shop.
Morris Gallery, E17
Morris Gallery Late: 'An evening with the Pre-Raphaelites' We will be
transforming the gallery into a botanical wonder of sensual delights
and tempting you with our Pre-Raphaelite cocktail menu. Indulge
yourself with one of our unique recipes inspired by
Pre-Rapaelite art made with locally sourced ingredients and find out
their health giving properties.
was central to Pre-Raphaelite sensibilities, live harp music will
float through the galleries during the evening.
To accompany the
William Morris Gallery’s Pre-Raphealite exhibition we present
cocktails of 'Tate’ Sacred Gin:
Belle Iseult £7
by the 1858 oil painting by William Morris of his wife Jane Burden.
This beautiful and haunting image depicts both rosemary and oranges.
Sacred Gin, Cointreau, freshly squeezed orange, lemon juice and sugar
syrup. Garnished with a sprig of fresh rosemary and a twist of orange
peel and served on the rocks.
based this cocktail on Dante Gabriel Rossetti's painting,
'Proserpine', 1874. In this image Proserpine is shown holding 'the
fatal fruit' in her hand, after having consumed just one grain of a
pomegranate her fate was sealed.
Sacred Gin, pomegranate, muddled brandied Maraschino cherries,
cardamom gin based cocktail with subtle hint of rose flavour to
reflect the rosebush in the painting this drink has taken its name
Cardamom gin, rose syrup, ruby red grapefruit juice, bitters.
lemonade and raspberry muddle
Home-made Ginger beer
Victorian fruit cakes baked by ‘Aimee Bowen Bakery’
cocktail nuts supplied by ‘Kinomi’
are only £5, book by calling: 020 8496 4390.
Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, London E17 4PP.
11th December (6pm-9pm)
Kew-trained ethnobotanist, BBC TV science presenter, obsessive foodie, aspiring urban farmer & all around plant geek - James Wong – hosted an evening of exotic crop discussions and botanical cocktails.
Our cocktail list:
Jasmine tea Martini
(The Rare Tea Company Jasmine Tea infused Gin)
Lychee, Gin and Ginger
(Gin, Inca Berry, Midori, Home-made Ginger Beer)
Hot Chai Gin Tea
(The Rare Tea Co. Chai Tea, Gin, Manuka Honey)
11th November 2012
Clifton Nurseries, W9 2PHac
We were thrilled to pop up at Clifton Nurseries to serve a selection of specially created cocktails to compliment an authentic Mauritian menu created by the very talented Yummy Choo.
The lunch took place in the beautiful palm house; tables were surrounded by mounts of moth orchids and palms. As diners sat down to eat they were introduced to the Mauritian cuisine and its ingredients by the nurseries experts.
15th Septmber 2012
The Gin Garden @ Fenton House Apple Day Hampstead Grove, NW3 6SP
We were pleased as punch that our first outing was at the Fenton House Apple Weekend, on the 15th and 16th September. An annual celebration of the apple harvest in the beautiful walled gardens and 300 year-old orchard of Fenton House. This National Trust event included bee-keeping demonstrations, tastings, local produce stalls and children's activities.
All the cocktails for the event were made with gin from Sacred Spirits, a micro distillery based in Highgate.
Sacred Gin is unique. Each of its twelve organically sourced botanicals are macerated with the highest quality English grain spirit and then distilled separately in glassware under vacuum. This process is responsible for the distinctively lush, fresh character of Sacred Gin.
We complimented Sacred's gin with Fever-Tree light tonic. Fever-Tree use the highest quality ingredients for their premium natural mixers. Their award winning products taste clean, subtle and balanced with authentic flavours and champagne-style carbonation.
Our cocktail list:
Bramley Apple Martini
Gin and Tonic
English Lavender 75
Gin and Juice
Lemonade with thyme