I can’t get enough of Alston. I think they’re the ones to credit for my growing love for gin! They always come up with the most unique and exciting events, so when they invited me to try their new gin experience, I just couldn’t resist.
We began the night with a G&T using lavender gin as the base. I feel like every time I visit them I try a different gin, and they all find ways to captivate me. For example, last time I thought their bee’s knees cocktail was my favourite, but now the Lavender gin is moving to the top of the list, so I think it depends on your mood.
What I can definitely say is that this gin was incredibly soft and delicious. It works great in a gin and tonic because it feels refreshing and nice after a long day, and I’m sure it’d work just great if you wanted to catch up with friends over some drinks.
After this, we all sat down in some tables looking at Antony, our host for the evening.
He’s part of Alston’s bar & beef team and, after introducing himself, he proceeded to tell us how passionate he feels about gin, which made the entire experience even better. I mean, you can’t argue with someone that has a gin martini tattooed on his arm 😉
Anyway, the evening consisted in Antony sharing with us the story of gin, how it’s made, and some other fun facts that came up during the conversation.
We even sampled some of the gins they make in-house, and I have to say that this Cardamon and fennel gin surprised me in the best way possible. I think I have a new favourite! (let’s see how long that lasts).
Antony made the experience incredibly interactive, because rather than being him just talking about everything, he made sure to include all of us in the conversation, passed around some ingredients for us to guess what they were, and even organised a game of ‘edible or deadible’ that was super entertaining.
To finish the evening, we all had our turns behind the bar where Antony guided us through the process of making our own gin sour.
I have to confess it feels quite cool to be standing behind the bar shaking your ingredients and pretending to know what you’re doing, so if anyone needs a bartender for their next party, message me 😉 jk.
Overall, we had a fantastic and fabulously unique evening, and learned a lot about gin in the process. I can’t recommend Alston enough. Either for drinks, steak or both, they surely know what they’re doing, and the team will make sure you have an outstanding experience no matter what.
I’d love to know about your experience. Have you been to Alston Bar & Beef? What are your thoughts? Leave me a comment below or message me on social. You can find me on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat), Twitter (@mlovestoeat), and Facebook (@michellelovestoeat).
That’s it for today. This foodventure didn’t involve any food but I still wanted to share it. If you want to read something food related, check out last Tuesday’s post.
Thanks for reading me 🙂 and please make sure to come back next week for an amazing brunch recommendation you won’t want to miss 😉