How does our Virtual Christmas Market work?
Taking place over 3-days, Friday 4th to Sunday 6th December, we’ll be putting on a festive programme so delightfully Christmassy that you’ll be forgiven for having Christmas songs on repeat for day’s afterwards!
Starting from 1pm-5pm each day, we’ll be hosting a variety of different speakers and brands, covering everything from festive inspired distillery tours, gin-dulgent Christmas cocktail lessons, perfect Christmas dinner food and drink pairings, and craft sessions like how to make your own gin bauble and how to upcycle your favourite bottle into something fancy.
We’ll also be interweaving limited edition festive releases, and an array of other spirits like rum and vodka to create a jam packed grotto of merriment you just won’t want to leave. Yule be sorry to be miss out!
The 3-days will also be recorded, so not only will you be able to interact LIVE, but you’ll be able watch separately as part of your own festive celebrations at a time that suits you.
FRIDAY 4TH DECEMBER
6.00pm-7.00pm: Virtual Gin-Mas Market Launch & The Festive Collection
Join us for a sneak peek of the brand-new Gin To My Tonic Bar & Gin Tasting HQ, located in the quaint market-town of Faringdon in Oxfordshire. Founders Em & Paul, will be transforming their Festival Collection range of gins, into a true Festive Collection, using a range of different mixers, cocktails, garnishes and food recipes to ensure your gin serves are suitably ‘Christmassy’ and leave a lasting impression.
SATURDAY 5TH DECEMBER
1.00pm: An Intimate Island Experience with Isle of Harris
Join us we head to the Isle of Harris Gin Bar, which recently opened in Glasgow’s Merchant City. We will meet their talented team for an intimate Isle of Harris experience, including three bespoke cocktails, and recommended seafood pairings guaranteed to enrich your Christmas dinner celebrations! We will also dive into the fascinating story of how Isle of Harris came to be the coveted gin we know and love today….
1.30pm: Ignite Your Christmas Spirit with a Bit of Black Powder!
Start the festive season with a metaphorical bang as co-founder of Black Powder Distillery, Tony Dalnas, and his merry team take you on a grand distillery tour. Savour the fruits of their labour (quite literally, as they make over 30 fruit gin combinations!) and learn all about their unique process and how they have evolved into one of Lancashire’s foremost distillers. You would be crackers to miss it!
2.00pm: GIN:tv LIVE with Bond Street Distillery
Get ready for a dose of Christmas nostalgia, as Bond Street Distillery create their own version of SM:tv Live (remember the Saturday morning TV Show?). Sketches, competitions and challenges combine with gin, distilling, wise-men and Christmas elves to share the story of this fun and fascinating distillery, all whilst bringing the fun factor.
2.30pm: Late Night Indulgent Cocktails with Brockmans Gin
Staying up late to wait for Father Christmas or just staying up late? Join Brockmans Brand Ambassador Mike Whatmough for some cocktail recipes to enjoy by the fire into the wee small hours. Starting with a winters twist on the classic Brockmans Perfect serve Mike will ensure you have the perfect formula for your festive G+T. He’ll show you how to make Brockmans Fire Side cocktail and finish with the late-night classic Martini and discuss variations from Brockmans cocktail bars around the world. If this isn’t enough to keep you going Mike will be giving away 2 of the Brockmans Gin Cocktail Books that are bursting with amazing cocktail ideas and he’ll have a sack full of offers.
3.00pm: Strange & Quirky Holiday Traditions with Hendrick’s Gin
What are your strange and quirky holiday traditions? We will be celebrating the unusual and taking a fascinating trip to ‘Girvana’, the beloved home of Hendrick’s Gin for a behind the scenes exclusive into their cucumber filled world!
3.30pm: How to Make Your Own Sloe & Damson Gin with Doghouse Distillery
Ever wondered how to make your own Sloe and Damson Gin? Join us in the Doghouse, where Co-Founders Braden and Katherine will be teaching us how to make our very own Sloe and Damson Gin. We will be learning about the differences between the two, what makes a Sloe or Damson Gin truly standout, and festive inspired serves like Mulled Sloe Gin.
4.00pm: The Perfect Edinburgh Christmas with Edinburgh Gin
Join Edinburgh Gin as they capture the wonder of Christmas with perfect serves featuring Rhubarb & Ginger and Raspberry. Plus, we’ll be introducing their limited-edition Christmas Gin, along with all the fabulous ways you can incorporate it into your celebrations. Think comforting yuletide warmth alongside unique botanicals such as frankincense and myrrh.
4.30pm: GET CRAFTY: How to Make Your Own Gin Bottle Table Centrepiece
SUNDAY 6TH DECEMBER
1.00pm: Mulled Gin, Cheese & Jazzy Jumpers with Pilgrim’s Gin
Pop on your jazziest Christmas jumper, get cosy and join founder of Pilgrim’s Gin – Allan Drysdale – as he explores how to use Pilgrim’s award-winning liqueurs in your festive celebrations. From welcome drinks to the obligatory after dinner cheese board; you will learn how to impress your friends and family with unique recipes and flavours.
1.30pm: Christmas in Southeast Asia with Tarsier Spirit
More information coming soon!
2.00pm: Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate! with Locksley Distilling
Join us in Sheffield, where Locksley will be using their Cocoa Nib Liqueur, a collaboration with local chocolatier Bullion, to make Christmas extra special for the chocolate lover in your life! Learn how to make easy, but decadent, boozy chocolate Christmas truffles. Come in out of the snow, to a grown-up, peppermint hot chocolate that Father Christmas would most definitely appreciate. And shake up a mochatini (chocolate espresso martini), a perfect cocktail to keep you fuelled-up for marathon gift wrapping.
2.30pm: TBA with Sky Wave Gin
More information coming soon!
3.00pm: Bringing History to Life & Gin with Bashall Spirits
More information coming soon!
3.30pm: Christmas Party Fun & Cocktails with Stockport Gin
Stick on the Christmas music, get dressed up and be ready to have some fun as we join Paul and Cheryl from Stockport Gin as they host their very own Christmas Party – and show you how to make some great cocktails from their range of gins at the same time!
4.00pm: GET CRAFTY: How to Make Your Own Gin Crackers & Baubles