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When it comes to gin, Norfolk is leading the way with a host of award-winning distillers and makers across the county
Cracking cocktails from the county’s distillers
Visit any shop, from the big supermarkets to the small independents, and the shelves are groaning with a fantastic array of gins promising all sorts of exciting and distinct flavours. But before you stock up for Christmas on the current drink du jour, have a peek at some of these fabulous local gins brimming with a real taste of Norfolk.
There are ambitious plans afoot for Norwich distiller Bullards – with an exciting new project which will not only see its gin production soar, but will eventually offer customers the ultimate gin experience.
Building work is currently underway to install a huge new still in one of Norwich’s best known buildings, Crystal House on Cattle Market Street, with gin production beginning there this month.
“The copper still was handmade in Stuttgart and was built specifically for this space. We will go from our current 150 litre still to this 600 litre one so we will be able to make a lot more gin,” says Bullards chairman Russell Evans.
“The new still will stand floor to ceiling and anyone walking past will be able to see the gin being made. Bullards has a long history in the city and we want that to continue. The dream is to turn our new distillery into much more than just a place to make and bottle our gin though. We want it to be an attraction in itself.”
Bullards currently makes three different gins at its distillery at The Ten Bells pub and has recently relaunched its bottles to reflect the brands rich heritage. Its latest gin, Old Tom, will join its London Dry and Strawberry and Black Pepper.
Once gin production starts at the new distillery, work will begin to develop the rest of the building. Bullards has launched a £175,000 crowdfunding initiative to help fund the full renovation of the Grade II listed building with plans to offer tours, tastings and, eventually, a bar and ‘ginstronomy’ restaurant. bullardsspirits.co.uk
BULLARDS WINTER GARDEN
50ml Bullards Old Tom Gin; 50ml apple juice (freshly-pressed is best); 1 tsp of Norfolk honey; 15ml freshly-squeezed lime juice
Shake the Old Tom, apple juice, honey and lime together and strain over ice. Garnish with sliced apple and a stick of cinnamon. Best served in a copa glass or large balloon.
OPPOSITE:The Whatahoot Berry Christmas cocktail BELOW: Bullards Gin Photo: Emily Revell