COCKTAILS AT SELFRIDGES WITH BOTANIST GIN

Holy mother of Hades it is HOT today!

It was 25 degrees at 9 o’clock this morning and it’s just hit 33 and there’s a real possibility that my face has eaten my makeup.

(Add to that the 70% humidity, my polyester uniform top and my office’s lack of proper aircon, and you can imagine that I am quiiite the attractive sight right now…)

So what’s a girl to do when her makeup is melting, her hair is wilting and she’s forgotten what a normal body temperature feels like?

Well I don’t know about you, but I find a nice cold gin always hits the spot…

summer gin cocktail

The Botanist gin

If you’ve never heard of The Botanist gin before, I feel like today would be a really good day to fix that little problem. I’ve become a liiiittle bit obsessed with it since trying it for the first time last month.

Distilled on Islay (a teeny-tiny little Scottish island ), The Botanist gin is made using a whole bunch of hand-picked botanicals, including (among others) things like apple mint, chamomile, elder, hawthorn, heather, juniper, lemon balm, meadowsweet, mugwort, bog myrtle, white clover, wild thyme and wood sage.

1.  The Botanist gin sounds like a Potions recipe.

2. I definitely just had to Google the definition of “botanical” to check that it meant what I thought it did. (It does.):

“A substance obtained from a plant and used typically in medicinal or cosmetic products.”

So that means that this gin is basically medicine right?

3. The multiple botanical elements make the gin incredibly aromatic and delicious.

4. I’d never heard of bog myrtle before. Apparently it’s a herb. So can we just take the time to appreciate the fact that “bog” is another word for “toilet” in weird English slang, and that JK Rowling named her Ghost in a Toilet: Myrtle.

BOG. MYRTLE.

5. This is why I heart JK Rowling.

botanist gin cocktail

bearded barman

the botanist gin

So where can you try The Botanist gin? Well.

You could buy a bottle of it, of course…

ORRR. You could head down to Selfridges and try one of the fantastic cocktails that the Selfridges bar team have put together for the summer.

Eight of them went foraging on the Island of Islay for botanicals to infuse their The Botanist gin with. They hand-picked all their own botanicals, infused their different flavours in a gin infuser, and then created four different cocktails to be served at each of Selfridges’ iconic bars: Harry Gordon’s Bar, The Corner Restaurant and Champagne Bar, Aubaine, and Selfridges’ rooftop restaurant, Forest.

Leanne and I were invited to their press launch a few weeks ago and can confirm that they are aaaall delicious (though some more than others!)

lemon gin cocktail

lemon and star anise

The Urban Botanist – Harry Gordon’s Bar

The Botanist gin infused with: bay leaf, star anise and thyme.

Add lemon juice, stir, and top up with ginger beer.

It’s fresh and zingy, with a warm aftertaste from the ginger that I loved.  This one was my fave! The lemon and star anise garnish is stunning as well.

(Pictured above.)

The Botanist Wild Cherry – The Corner Restaurant and Champagne Bar

The Botanist gin infused with: lavender, rosemary, long peppercorn and pink peppercorn.

Add an extra half shot of regular The Botanist gin, elderflower cordial, lemon juice and muddled black cherries, then top up with ginger beer.

This one was also really nice! Fruity and sweet, but not too sweet. It’s perfectly balanced with the lemon juice and ginger beer.

(Pictured below, on the right.)

The Botanist Fizz – Aubaine

The Botanist gin infused with: lavender.

Add honey and lemon, shake, then top with prosecco and a slice of lemon.

I loved the simplicity of this one. It’s very classic and elegant, perfect for being served at Aubaine!

(Pictured below, on the left)

The Botanist Garden – Forest on the Roof

The Botanist gin infused with: goji berries.

Add lime juice, lemon juice, cream, one egg white and Mezcal, then top up with soda water and garnish with edible flowers.

This one was nice, but a bit too much for a hot summer’s day I think. The cream and egg white make it creamy, and it does taste delicious, but it’s just too heavy for this weather. Shame, cos it’s really very pretty!

(Pictured below, centre)

Botanist Gin cocktails

the botanist gin

Which one do you think would be your favourite?

The cocktails are all available for a limited time only, and though they’ve not announced the official cut-off date yet, I’m going to assume they’re only here for the summer.

So make the most of it while you can!

Despite not being my favourite of The Botanist cocktails, I’d also like to recommend the Forest rooftop bar as a FAB place to gather with friends for drinks, nibbles and some giggles. The  sunsets are goooorgeous!

Just don’t forget to book.

And please for the love of all that is holy, remember to wear sun cream.

Happy summertime folks!

*Leanne and I were guests of The Botanist for this event.

*Hand modelling by Leanne, because she has prettier nails than I do.

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  • oh my gosh the myrtle thing is SO COOL! I swear that woman should win a nobel prize or something :P I think i read on Pottermore, something about the origin of Minerva as a name, then of course “Scorpius” is a classic :) I have to admit i always imagine myself in a potions class when i make cocktails – i don’t know why all the students hated it so much, it would have been my FAVOURITE class!

    Bumble & Be

  • oh my gosh the myrtle thing is SO COOL! I swear that woman should win a nobel prize or something :P I think i read on Pottermore, something about the origin of Minerva as a name, then of course “Scorpius” is a classic :) I have to admit i always imagine myself in a potions class when i make cocktails – i don’t know why all the students hated it so much, it would have been my FAVOURITE class!

    Bumble & Be

  • Wow they all sound super yummy!!! 👌🏻

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  • Wow they all sound super yummy!!! 👌🏻

    Sophiekate.co.uk

  • This looks rather fabulous! Almost enough to tempt me to try liking gin. And if you like artisan gin, you could try Rock Rose. The most northerly gin distillery in the UK! All botanicals foraged from the Caithness coast :) (Not affiliated, but I went to school with the owners and they’ve almost brainwashed me!!)

  • This looks rather fabulous! Almost enough to tempt me to try liking gin. And if you like artisan gin, you could try Rock Rose. The most northerly gin distillery in the UK! All botanicals foraged from the Caithness coast :) (Not affiliated, but I went to school with the owners and they’ve almost brainwashed me!!)

  • Oooo MUST try this gin, it sounds lush! The cocktails look so so yummy too :) Xx

  • Oooo MUST try this gin, it sounds lush! The cocktails look so so yummy too :) Xx

  • Holy moly. Everything looks so beautiful & thoughtfully created. I love the garnish. :]

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  • Holy moly. Everything looks so beautiful & thoughtfully created. I love the garnish. :]

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  • Sophie

    Ah The Botanist is one of my favourite gins ever. It’s so lush! And goes perfectly with EVERYTHING!
    Sophie
    x
    A Story of a Girl

  • One of the best gins ever, we visited them on Islay. Just absolutely great. I highly suggest some on the rocks with a slice of kiwi fruit. Trust me, it works ;)

  • reneejessome

    You know, I’ve never tried gin before. It sounds pretty darn good though!

    Renee | Life After Lux

  • reneejessome

    You know, I’ve never tried gin before. It sounds pretty darn good though!

    Renee | Life After Lux

  • OH JEEPERS it is bladdy hot isn’t it?! I did have two tinny’s of gin and a magnum on the way home from work yesterday. Obvs not as nice as the Botanist Gin, but hey I do work opposite Selfridges so I miiight just have to nip up to the Forest roof top for a cheeky lunchtime bev. Teehee. Immy x

    http://www.immymay.com

  • OH JEEPERS it is bladdy hot isn’t it?! I did have two tinny’s of gin and a magnum on the way home from work yesterday. Obvs not as nice as the Botanist Gin, but hey I do work opposite Selfridges so I miiight just have to nip up to the Forest roof top for a cheeky lunchtime bev. Teehee. Immy x

    http://www.immymay.com

  • Ooh this gin sounds yummy. I’m not sure I’d be able to choose between the cocktails, so I’d need to sample them all! :)

  • Ooh this gin sounds yummy. I’m not sure I’d be able to choose between the cocktails, so I’d need to sample them all! :)

  • ninegrandstudent

    I’ve finally started to appreciate gin, these sound delicious! x

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