15 May 2019

From fashion to food and drink to travel – trends are often led by popular culture, whether that be film, TV or music and gin is no exception. Having enjoyed a resurgence in popularity and shaking off it’s ‘granny’s tipple’, mothers ruin tarnish, gin may not always have been glam as it is now, but it has always played a part in popular culture.

We’ve put together a rundown of gin in film and TV with a few ways to ‘ginspire’ you:

Mad Men

Set in the 1960s when vodka was in ascendance, the ladies and gentlemen of Mad Men are pretty much partial to any liquor, at any time of day. The New York based series centres around an advertising agency and is a showcase of classic drinks, featuring old fashioned gin favourites such as the Gimlet and the Tom Collins. The show had a significant impact on the drinks industry upon its airing, with Bartenders (especially in New York) noticing a rise in demand for previously less popular, ‘passé’ cocktails.

For a fresh Tom Collins recipe that stands the test of time, head to our online recipes: HERE.

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15 April 2019

The Easter weekend brings us a blissful 4-day weekend and in London, there is no shortage of ways to fill your time. Here at The Distillery, we’re lucky to call Notting Hill home so we’ve put together a list of things to do and see in our lovely neighbourhood over the long weekend.

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12 April 2019

Game of Thrones is back (finally!) and we’re ever so excited here at 186 Portobello Road. Us ‘Gin Maesters’ (sorry) have spent The Winter creating a range of Game of Thrones-inspired drinks that even Robert Baratheon would be proud of and will have you drinking like a Khaleesi at your home-viewing party.

Each cocktail is prepared with ingredients straight from a Tyrell’s potions cabinet and served in vessels fit for the true Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, whoever they might be.

Valar Morgulis

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Ingredients:

50mls Portobello Road Gin

3 dashes of absinthe

20mls lemon juice

100mls tonic water

sprig of rosemary, sprig of lavender

Method: Shake all the ingredients except the tonic and double strain into a drinking horn packed with crushed ice. Top with the tonic water. How to serve? Dripping with blood on a bed of broken flowers, of course.


Winter is Coming

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Ingredients:

50mls Portobello Road Gin

5mls limoncello

25mls Grand Marnier

Juniper berries, cassia bark & nutmeg

Method: Set alight, toss from flaming cup to flaming cup and then fling into a large warmed brandy balloon and serve with a flame bright enough to keep a White Walker at bay.

Kissed By Fire

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Ingredients:

50 mls Portobello Road Gin

200mls tomato juice

one bottle of dark ale

the contents of one whole egg

pinch of cayenne pepper

A Generous slug of Tabasco Sauce

Method: Pour the mixture from one cup to the next with a little crushed ice and then strain the whole thing into a blown dragon egg and serve on a bed of fire.

The Lion & The Rose

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Ingredients:

35mls Portobello Road Gin

25mls Abor Gold wine (any Sauternes will suffice)

1 spoon Rose’s lime marmalade

1 individual drop of rose water

20mls egg white

Method: Shake & strain into a Dragon goblet and garnish with a rose.

Mother’s Mercy

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Ingredients:

25mls Portobello Road Gin

17.5mls crème de cacao blanc

2 scoops vanilla ice cream

25mls full fat milk

12.5mls Cocchi Americano

Method: Blend the whole lot with a little ice and then pour into a pomegranate-molasses ‘blood stained’ milk bottle.

12 April 2019

This is a very simple drink to make, although one of the ingredients needs a little advance planning!

 

Ingredients:
40mls Local Heroes No 3
20mls Tokaji
10mls Oleo Sacharum
Orange Leaf Garnish

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12 April 2019

We named this one after the classic Dire Straits Romeo and Juliet because like the star-crossed lovers in Shakespeare’s tragedy the ingredients of both this drink and this gin don’t easily unite. Essentially a gin sour but with an extra layer of flavour and texture from the unusual addition of olive oil, which is also one of the ingredients used in the distillation of Local Heroes No.3 gin.

 

Romeo and Juliet is one of the most loved of Marks songs, it featured on the 1980 album Making Movies and reached number 8 in the UK chart when it was released as a single in 1981.

Ingredients:
35mls Local Heroes 3
20mls egg white
5mls extra virgin olive oil
15mls Capillaire
10mls Olorosso Sherry
Five drops of olive oil on to top of drink and mint sprig Garnish

Serve in a cocktail glass.

9 April 2019

Zesty, fresh, lively, all the things you want in a gin and tonic. This one is named for the song Portobello Belle from the Dire Straits album Communiqué, which Mark wrote in 1979, shortly after having moved to the neighbourhood.

 

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1 April 2019

Proud purveyors of London’s spirit – Portobello Road Gin – have collaborated with legendary rock musician and Dire Straits frontman, Mark Knopfler OBE, to launch a distinctive, special edition ‘rock n roll’ gin this March.

Mark Knopfler – who is a passionate gin fan and former Notting Hill local – worked with Portobello Road Gin’s co-founder, Jake F. Burger to create Local Heroes No.3, which is a bold gin that combines Portobello Road Gin’s nine signature botanicals with lime zest, fresh cucumber peel and olive oil. The unique combination of botanicals results in a robustly ginny profile with strong spice flavour and heat which are quickly tempered by the coolness of cucumber.

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25 March 2019

 

Mum might be the gin to your tonic, but buying a gift for Mother’s Day can be tricky. We’ve all been guilty of falling into the generic flowers and chocolate trap so why not make this year extra special?

We have  gift ideas for all discerning gin lovers that you’ll get to enjoy as much as Mum(if you’re lucky!)

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4 January 2019

London

We’re looking for a Social Media and Content Marketing Executive to join our team at Portobello Road Gin.

Founded in 2011 above a pub on its namesake road, Portobello Road Gin is now one of the world’s fastest growing independent gin brands with a growing portfolio of products and fast paced international expansion. In addition, Portobello Road Gin also owns West London’s The Distillery, which is a four floor mecca for discerning drinkers and home to the highly acclaimed Ginstitute experience.

In this role you will support the marketing of Portobello Road Gin’s products, as well as the marketing for The Distillery, The Ginstitute and the company’s wider portfolio of events which include tequila experiences and immersive dining.

You will work with the marketing team to develop exciting campaigns with the aim to promote the brand’s existing portfolio of products and experiences, as well launch several exciting new projects.

This is a great role for an ambitious and driven individual and offers plenty of career progression.

The Role

Social Media

Develop captivating yet commercially focussed social media campaigns.

Create platform specific content for Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Twitter.  

Manage a multi-channel publishing schedule for all posts, optimising according to day and time to increase customer engagement.

Work with external creative agencies to create original and engaging content in the form of video, photography and animation.

Post live stories from our events, venues and experiences

Post and manage paid social media advertising

Produce monthly reports on social media performance

Grow, develop and manage our online communities.

Respond to community enquiries and comments to increase engagement

Keep abreast of new developments in social media, on existing platforms and new areas.

Meet specific KPIs in relation to engagement, follower growth and sales.

 

Email Marketing

Plan, write and produce regular email campaigns on a weekly basis using Mailchimp

Work with external creative agencies to create captivating visual content for all emailers

Manage and monitor automated campaigns

Produce monthly reports on email performance

Develop tactics to Increase subscribers

Meet specific KPIs in relation to engagement, subscribers and sales.

 

Content Marketing

Produce original content for our websites, blog and third party websites

Copywriting for adverts and other brand activity

Drive traffic to website with a content-led strategy

Produce SEO friendly copy

Work with external creative agencies to create audio visual content

 

PR and Influencer Marketing

Support Head of PR and Marketing on PR campaigns

Respond to journalist enquiries

Help deliver influencer campaigns, identifying relevant influencers and managing relations with existing brand advocates.

Help manage events, brand activations and product launches across the UK.

 

Who are we looking for?

One – two years minimum in a marketing role

Excellent communicator who is able to produce original and unique content, including demonstrable copywriting experience.

Excellent understanding of how social media works as a marketing tool and how to exploit the benefits of the different platforms for business growth

Strong eye for excellent design and beautiful imagery

Knowledge of Mailchimp and email-marketing

Experience of working with creative and design agencies from brief to delivery

Highly organised, including strong time-management

Capable of multi-tasking and managing simultaneous projects

Knowledge of who the latest influencers are, in the areas of drink, food, travel and lifestyle

Understanding of how to write for SEO

Demonstrable passion for the drinks, hospitality and experience industries

Photography and design skills are highly desired but not essential

Languages (Spanish and Italian) are desired but not essential

What’s in it for you?

Competitive salary + bonus

Company benefits

28 days holiday

To apply please send your CV with a covering letter and salary expectations to Hayley Johnson. Portfolios of your work are also welcomed

 

26 December 2018

A good old fashioned Boxing Day enlivener is one of those #momentsofchristmas to refuel and revive for the day ahead.

For country walks or visiting friends you’ll need a go-to-cure for your hazy head. To get you back in the game, feeling right as reign, we’ve crafted a hearty tipple made from a plethora of time honoured ingredients.

Our Red Snapper is the superior cousin of the classic Bloody Mary, made with gin instead of vodka, and designed to put some vim and vigour back in your life.

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