September being the season of mists and mellow drunkenness we are running a foraged gin weekend over the 30th September – 3rd October. With gin botanicals expert Susanne Masters we will explore edible plants around Inshriach, focusing on those used in gin and other beverages. We will find, identify and pick wild plants including local juniper then move indoors and unlock their tastes and aromas through the power of bar top science. Using freshly foraged finds, local plants and a few exotics we will work through some classic gin cocktails and novelties made using our local inspirations. Attendees can find their perfect martini by tailoring their own vermouth and gin. Outdoors and at the cosy firesides of Inshriach house there will be plenty of time to learn about juniper and gin around the world.
Cost is going to be £450 per head with accommodation at Inshriach House and the weekend will be fully catered by chef Gilly Howarth using local ingredients. There will also be the option of staying in the Canopy and stars spaces if you prefer to be out in the wild.
Susanne works with distillers on ingredient selection. Recent projects include gins for the Isle of Harris Distillery and Boatyard Distillery in Fermanagh. Susanne writes about botanicals in beverages including features and recipes for the American Distilling Institute’s ‘Distiller Magazine’ and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’s ‘Teas, Tonics and Tipples’. As well as having explored juniper and gin with a global perspective from Iceland to Bhutan and South Africa, Susanne is familiar with local plants having hiked around and swam through Speyside.
Schedule for the weekend
Welcome with Crossbill Gin and Tonic
Making an interactive flavour wheel with aromas and tastes of locally foraged and exotic plants
Cocktail making using teas, shrubs and tinctures of local plants
Walk around the estate seeing, tasting and getting to know wild plants used in gins and other branded alcoholic beverages
Creating own vermouth and making martini
Cocktails in the shed
Extra nights self catered accommodation are available, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org for booking and any further details.