Have you heard of Ginvent yet? It’s the simple concept of trying 24 different gins – one for each day of Advent. Think of it an alternative Advent Calendar! Gin Foundry originally came up with this concept a few years ago and their Ginvent calendar is the original (& best!). However this year you can also get involved at their Old Street pop up, as well as online via Twitter…
Ginvent: Pop Up and Tweet along
Should you get one? Well the gins included are a new mix of different flavours and types, all carefully curated and some even created by the Gin Foundry team. You won’t be able to taste the same quality of gins for less and in the case of the Tarquins limited edition Tan Ha Mor it will be very difficult to get your hands on a bottle of it at all!
Ginvent Pop Up
Ginvent is being brought to life at Old Street tube station, where the bar and bottle shop is popping up until the 8th December (except Sunday 2nd).
If you are headed through Old Street (or can detour easily to there!) then it’s open from 4pm – 10pm. Not only is there a great curated cocktail list, there is the chance to try the first 12 gins out of the Ginvent calendar and to buy the bottles!
Oliver has come up with a short and sweet range of cocktails using the Ginvent gins.
There’s a hot one = the Hot Toddy, a bitter one = Negroni, a sweet = Reverse Martini and a classic = Spritz. I was lucky to try the Reverse Martini, the Hot Toddy and the Negroni on Monday night. For me the Scapegrace Hot Toddy did the job on warming on several levels! The Malfy Negroni is served with lemon peel, to highlight the lemon in the Malfy, a refreshingly different serve. The 209 Gin in the Reverse Martini complemented the cherry liqueur and didn’t over power the other flavours. So they all got the thumbs up from me!
However the menu changes next week, so I’ll just have to go back…
If you don’t fancy a cocktail on your evening commute, then you can try the gins with tonic instead. All shown below with their suggested serves:
Obviously my favourite was the negroni…..
Keep up to date with the Gin Foundry and #ginvent online to see which gins are being tasted each day. Corner 53 and Campfire gin have already done tastings, and Hayman’s gin is up on Friday afternoon/evening. More to be announced so keep your eyes peeled!
As I mentioned already, the pop up includes a shop where you can buy full size bottles of the Ginvent gins.
Here is a selection of those bottles:
There are also some bottles available for tasters – just ask the lovely staff. If you want to find out more about what is in the Ginvent Calendar (and hence stocked at the shop) then head over to the website. But be warned, there are obviously more major spoilers!!!
If you have the Ginvent calendar at home, then you can tweet along with the tastings every evening at 7:30pm. Check out Olivier’s guide on how to join in here: Join the Ginvent community
Broadly speaking it goes something like this:
7.35pm (ish). Tasting (neat)
7.40pm (ish). Time for Tonic.
7.45pm (ish). Overall Impressions.
Remember to use the hashtag #Ginvent so everyone can track what you are saying!
So when are you heading over to Let the Festivities Be GIN?!