31 July 2019

A classic cocktail with a much debated recipe, the Singapore Sling has somewhat been forgotten amongst modern drinks but World Class Bartender, Joe Schofield is here to show you why you should rediscover this deliciously fruity cocktail.

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1 July 2019

As proud purveyor of London’s spirit, we’re thrilled to announce the introduction of a new lower alcohol spirit to our portfolio, ‘Temperance.’


Bottled at 4.2% ABV, Temperance by Portobello Road has been crafted especially for gin-fans who are looking to moderate their intake of alcohol yet don’t want to compromise on flavour.

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5 June 2019

Made with Local Heroes 3 gin, produced in collaboration with Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, world class Bartender Joe Schofield created the Brothers in Arms drink to showcase the gin in this delicious blend of flavours. Named after the 1985 track by Dire Straits, Joe is soon to open his own bar with his brother, Daniel so this creation is a personal one of taste and story-telling.
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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.

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12 April 2019

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


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.

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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