Tigerlilly Quinn: G and Teatime with Living Social

Thursday, 6 February 2014

G and Teatime with Living Social


On Saturday my lovely friend Lizzie and I went along to a gin tasting class called G and Teatime with a Living Social voucher. It's only been the last year or so that I've started to enjoy gin properly thanks to a rather silly teenage incident of rather too much gin and a good few days of feeling very poorly! I've always been a bit jealous of people sipping their G&T's in the summer time when the smell still made me feel a bit funny.

Anyway something must of happened over these past two years (I dunno call it motherhood!) and I suddenly realise I actually do like gin, hurrah!

We were greeted with a yummy gin tea, cream cakes and sandwiches and were given a brief history about the origins of the spirt. We were then given a neat glass of gin with the option of tonic and some extras to make our cocktail (I chose basil and grapefruit which was a really nice addition). Over the next 90 minutes we were offered various different types of gin which we drank neat (one was really super strong and a little too much for me in the early afternoon!). We were showed how to clean our palette before we drank by swooshing the neat gin around our mouth like a mouthwash before we drank the rest. I'm not sure I tasted all the things I was supposed to but I think it did help me enjoy the spirt on its own without it tasting just of alcohol.

If there was one thing I would change I think I would have preferred a little more time to chat and drink slowly but I understand that there was a lot to fit in within the time frame. What I kind of love about deal sites like Living Social though is that you have an opportunity to try things you might not ordinarily have thought about before.

One good tip we learnt though was that Aldi gin is actually very good and is of the same quality as lots of the expensive gins, a very useful tip! I'm looking forward to stocking up our drinks cabinet ready for the summer.

I was given two tickets to G and Teatime through Living Social but all words and thoughts are my own

72 comments:

Claire said...

I used to be the same about Gin until I had a "Gilmore Girls Night In" with my sisters and we made Gin Martinis. They were so nice. Basil and Grapefruit sounds great and I love that top photo! xxx

Hurrah for gin said...

Hurrah indeed!! ;)

Helen Peakle Pie said...

Not my kind of tipple but it seems like fun!

Claire Toplis said...

I LOVE GIN ..

Josie said...

Hendrick's gin with cucumber is the most refreshing drink on a balmy summer's eve. Oh how this has made me long for summer now...

mummyoftwo said...

That sounds lovely! Got to love a G&T!

Terry My Journey With Candida said...

Hahaha.... I can't drink the gin because of candida, but I do love my tea. G and Teatime sounds like a great time.

UK Parenting said...

You had me at G&T... something of a fave of mine !

Charlotte said...

Great post, and good to know that the cheaper shops are just as good! x

Jen Walshaw said...

I think that Aldi does pretty good everything. I can vouch for their Baileys too

Anna said...

Not into gin myself but the day sounds fun!

Kirsty Hornblow said...

Sounds like a lovely event and nice to do something different. Aldi keeps coming up, lots of people keep telling me it is great!

Globalmouse said...

Oh I LOVE gin!! And I would love to go to a gin tasting!! I do love gin and tonic but recently we've got into damson gin which is amazing!! Great tip about Aldi, thanks (I can feel a shopping trip to Aldi coming on!!!)

Mellissa Williams said...

I love cocktails but hate gin, I guess it's an acquired taste! Your day sounds like fun though :) Living Social have some great deals

Jenny said...

I love gin :)

Agata Pokutycka said...

When I was younger gin was my drink of choice... I still like it a lot :-)

bloggingastrid said...

I don't particularly like gin,b ut it's great you had fun and your cocktail was good.

Orli, Just Breathe said...

I have never tried gin so I have no idea if I like it, but it sounds like you had a great time :)

Adele Jarrett-Kerr said...

I've not yet tried Aldi gin but their wines are definitely up there with the best.

Kara said...

Loving the Aldi tip - thank you

Michelle Ordever said...

I love the smell of gin! I like to sip it too in the summer ;) What a fun event to go to.

Helen Actually Mummy said...

I must admit that I've previously only thought of gin as something to slosh into my tonic, but my husband did a stint working with Bombay sapphire and since then we've really experimented. Now that my body is rejecting wine (very unhappy about that), and beer carries the dreaded wheat, I'm faced with spirits or nothing, so I feel a future of gin snobbery coming on for me!

Clare Goldthorp Rudd said...

I do like Gin, although not as much as other alcoholic beverages. We have sloes growing close to us, so I am determined to make some sloe gin next harvest season!

Anni said...

Love the Knoll sofas. Beautiful

surrey34 said...

http://www.experiencedays.co.uk/extreme-aerobatics-weekend

Elizabeth@rosalilium said...

I love the Eames lounger set. So pretty!

http://www.metrofurniture.co.uk/shop/eames-lounge-chair.html

Claire slater said...

Indian cooking course

Catherine Parkin said...

i'd put it towards an Indian Head Massage

mummygadgetgeek said...

That does look lovely and refreshing! Hopefully by summer (once Pippin has arrived) I might be able to enjoy a glass of it too :) Good tip about the ALDI gin x


Lauren @ mummyisagadgetgeek

Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily said...

I'm not that keen on gin although I've only tried it with tonic which I don't like anyway - I may need to try it again x

Vaichin @Rambling Through Pare said...

Never had gintea before, but now I want to!

Samantha Atherton said...

I'd put it towards a night away

Lorraine Stone said...

Hampton Court Palace Day for Two - I love history, this would be great.

Kate Pirouette said...

I LOVE gin! Best pudding I ever had was gin and tonic jelly and lemon sorbet, beside the harbour on Barcelona. I think I might have enjoyed this little outing a little too much!!

Kate xx
Just Pirouette and Carry On...

Debbie said...

Would love an overnight stay at The Marriott xx

ZARA said...

Everything!

Valerie B said...

A wine tasting masterclass

WeeWillieWilkie said...

I'd put it towards a Hot Air Balloon Flight

Daniel Stacey said...

Vodka Tasting Masterclass

Fiona Mallard said...

I would go for a spa day

Allan Tony said...

The Barcelona Love Seat

Claire Toplis said...

Spa day

Paul Witney said...

Barcelona Love Seat

Stephanie Whitehouse, said...

GEORGE NELSON INSPIRED BENCH MEDIUM

stephanie lovatt said...

Extreme 4x4 Driving Experience - Shropshire

Bryony Crane said...

I love that Isamu Noguchi coffee table in walnut, but it's perhaps not very child friendly (!) so a close second would have to be the little eames elephant!

Pete Cleasby said...

Barcelona Chair in black leather

jacknutter said...

Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman

Katie Skeoch said...

love the eames surfboard eliptical coffee table

Ben Audsley said...

Florence knoll inspired 3 seater sofa in soft White Italian leather with a polished stainless steel base. - it looks so comfy!!

Julie Fisher said...

Arne Jacobsen Swan Chair

Tammy Tudor said...

i love the GEORGE NELSON INSPIRED BENCH LONG BLACK

Solange said...

Barcelona Love Seat

Emily said...

Sounds like fun - understand your point about feeling rushed, I like chatting time too. Good ALDI tip.

sharon mead said...

Philippe Starck inspired Louis XV Ghost armchair

fritha strickland said...

oh that sounds amazing! x

fritha strickland said...

I hadn't either actually! it was really nice x

fritha strickland said...

give it a go! I thought I hated it but am now a convert :)

fritha strickland said...

isn't it! I'm planning on picking some up this week :) x

fritha strickland said...

oh yum!

fritha strickland said...

ooh that's an interesting job! I love Bombay sapphire. God I would hate it if my body rejected wine, yikes! I hope you come up with some interesting gin cocktails, if you do let me know! x

fritha strickland said...

I've not tried any of their booze but I keep hearing great things!

fritha strickland said...

They do don't they!

fritha strickland said...

aww we'll have to go to something like this together in the future then! x

fritha strickland said...

me too! I'm planning a trip there this week :)

fritha strickland said...

good tip!

fritha strickland said...

me too x

fritha strickland said...

ha!

fritha strickland said...

hehe thought you might like this!

fritha strickland said...

I love the sound of a Gilmore Girls night in! x

Emma H said...

I love the Barcelona Chair in Vintage Chestnut Brown Leather

Nefir A said...

Isamu Noguchi coffee table!

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