I have many fond memories of visiting the North York Moors, exploring the beautiful historic towns and cosy country pubs (Lancashire Hot Pot was an essential order). It was a family favourite and we visited at least once a year throughout my childhood. One of my favourite places to visit is Harrogate, a Victorian spa town known for its picturesque setting, Ripley Castle, Turkish Baths and Betty’s Tea Room.
In 1571 William Slingsby, discovered the unique properties of the natural spring water in Harrogate’s Tewit Well. Marcus Black and Mike Carthy wanted to create a product that celebrated the heritage of Harrogate. Pairing carefully selected botanicals and pure single grain spirit with the water from the world-famous Harrogate aquifer, in 2014 the Spirit of Harrogate was born.
The first product from The Spirit of Harrogate family launched in 2015, Slingsby London Dry Gin. Four years on, Slingsby is now an award-winning brand, offering a wide range of artisan spirits including Navy Strength Gin, Yorkshire Rhubarb Gin and even Slingsby Vodka.
Ensuring that each of their spirits are flavoured and crafted to perfection, locally grown plants are used to infuse them. Rosehip, primrose, nettle and sweet cicely are just some of the beautiful botanicals, famous tea suppliers Taylors of Harrogate’s tea’s also feature including green and jasmine tea.
As a gin lover, I am always attracted to a beautiful gin bottle. Inspired by a 19th century chemist, each of their colourful square-shaped bottles are emblazoned with William Slingsby’s signature. Slingsby’s statement logo is ornate, detailed and takes pride of place in the centre. Slingsby’s stylish bottles most definitely stand out, making it the perfect addition to any drinks station.
Slingsby’s Gooseberry Gin is one of the newest members of the Slingsby family. Infused with Yorkshire Gooseberries, providing a tangy, fruity flavour with subtle sweetness. Slingsby Gooseberry Gin still retains the classic citrus notes of the award-winning London Dry. The beautiful bottle was presented in a luxurious, emerald green textured box, the Slingsby logo printed in white and gold foil. Perfect for gifting or having on display.
With the recent sunny spell in London, I was inspired to create a yummy Spring/Summer cocktail using this delicious gin. Perfect for spring dinner parties or summer soirees.
Gooseberry Gin Sling
50ml Slingsby Gooseberry Gin
- Splash of Elderflower Cordial
- Soda Water
- Lime Juice
- Mint Leaves
Although quite tangy, the gooseberry flavour makes it a lot smoother than a traditional London Dry (Oliver loved it so much he drank it neat). Adding the elderflower cordial creates a deliciously sweet taste, whilst still allowing the sharpness to cut through. You could swap out the soda water for a flavoured tonic, however I think the soda water allows you to taste the full flavour of this delicious gin.
The Spirit of Harrogate also provide an amazing Gin Experience at their flagship Harrogate store. With over 150 spirits to choose from including Slingsby, learn about the original styles of gin as well as how gin as developed today. Packages start from £40 per person and are great for a hen or stag party.
The passionate team at this wonderfully British brand deliver vibrant flavour with their expertly crafted spirits. Slingsby has most definitely become my gin station must have!