F. Scott Fitzgerald
“For what it’s worth… it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be.
There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing.
We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it.
I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you’ve never felt before.
I hope you meet people who have a different point of view.
I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start over again.”
The City of London has a rich gin history. During the Gin Craze in the 18th century there was a gin distillery or gin shop in every street in the City benefiting from the spices and citrus fruits coming in to the port of London.
When the Gin Craze ended, very few gin distilleries survived, and for nearly 200 years there wasn’t a single gin distillery in the City. That is until the City of London Distillery opened in 2012.
The City of London Distillery opened on 20th December 2012 inside Jonathan Clark’s cocktail bar in Bride Lane, within the City of London.
The production of gin began on a pair of 200L copper stills named Clarissa and Jennifer (named after ‘The Two Fat Ladies’ of the BBC food show). Their first gin was a classic London Dry Gin – followed soon after by our celebration of the City of London – Square Mile gin. Since then they’ve added a very popular Sloe gin, an Old Tom gin, a Christopher Wren gin as well as the contemporary flavours Six Bells Lemon Gin, Murcian Orange Gin and Rhubarb and Rose Gin to their range.
In 2016 a larger 500L pot still was bought in alongside the original pair to scale up production. This new larger still was launched in 2016 to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday and named Elizabeth accordingly.
Old Tom Gin
City of London Distillery Old Tom Gin is a beautiful modern style of Old Tom Gin that emphasises subtlety. Enjoy a measure of City of London Distillery Old Tom Gin poured over ice, with Navas Premium Tonic, a slice of orange, with a cinnamon stick.
Six Bells Lemon Gin
City of London Distillery Six Bells Lemon Gin is a complex and bright citrus forward gin infused with delicious Spanish lemons. Enjoy a measure of City of London Distillery Six Bells Lemon Gin poured over ice, with Navas Garden Tonic, a slice of lemon, with a sprig of rosemary.
For more information about the City of London Distillery and for their wonderful cocktail recipes, visit their website!
Want to these gins a try? We have two in this month’s box!
ILoveGin boxes are £19 on their own, but ILoveGin Club members get their box and all our members perks, for £17.50 per month. ILoveGin.com/join