Making my own gin – 45 gin school

August 22, 2018
45 Gin School Review

I challenge you to find anything more refreshing than a good gin and tonic. Served in a giant goblet with lots of ice, a slice of lemon and some juniper berries, it’s hard to beat.

Craft gin is having a moment. It’s been having a moment for the last five years and luckily for me, as a self-confessed gin addict, it shows no sign of stopping. There are gin bars, gin delivery clubs and even places where you can make your own gin.

45 Gin School – Review

Enter 45 Gin School in Leicestershire. Forget Disneyland, this is where dreams come true.

First things first, you need to organise a driver or book a taxi as you’ll almost certainly be over the limit when you’ve finished.

We arrived and were greeted with a cup of tea (I was surprised too) and a biccie before being led into their distillery.

On entering we are confronted with ‘Messy Betty’, Burleigh’s impressive, custom made, copper still. It’s shinny pink and copper colour lights up the room and mesmerises us as we begin to learn the art of gin making.

Copper gin still

At 45 Gin school, they make London Dry Gin. Surprisingly this has nothing to do with London and can be made anywhere in the world. A London Dry Gin cannot have any botanicals or flavourings added after the distillation process.

We learn about the heads (the first bit of gin), the hearts (the good bit) and the tails (the end bit that tastes horrid). We hold and smell different spices, learning that all gins have to include juniper berries as the dominant flavour and most have between 4 and 12 spices in total.

After we’ve learnt how to make the gin, this is where the fun really be-GINs. We’re finally given a giant, freshly made Burleigh’s gin and tonic, and head to our mini copper stills.

Burlington's gin and tonic

Mini copper gin still

Making our gin

First, we pick our ingredients. They have a huge array of options from the classic such as juniper that you have to include to more unusual options such as silver birch bark or liquorice root. Luckily for us, our master distiller checks our recipe and guides us to make sure we’ll end up with a drinkable end result!

Next, we bubble away, drinking unlimited gin and tonic all the while. We keep a close eye as our gin drips out the end funnel, tasting regularly to judge when we have reached our gin tails.

Our finished gin

Finally, our gin is done! We name and bottle it, and head home for family and friends to do blind taste tests of our gin compared to the official 45 gin, which we couldn’t help but treat ourselves to a bottle of.

Ginning like a Cheshire Cat with my bottle of gin.

45 Gin School ReviewFinished Gin

45 Gin School Experience can be bought here and is £145 for two, and is well worth it.


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  • Reply Anosa - MyrabevLife August 23, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Oh wow, looks so cool, something I would like to try one day

  • Reply Beth @ August 23, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Ohh this does sound like a great experience… although, sadly, it’s not for me as I don’t really like Gin. Haha! I think my Mum would love it though.

  • Reply All about a Mummy August 23, 2018 at 11:03 am

    This is my idea of heaven! This is definitely a fantastic idea for my Husband’s birthday!

    • Reply Doolittle Days August 23, 2018 at 11:34 am

      If you live need I’d absolutely recommend it but there must also be other places that do similar!

  • Reply Kat Eat.Love.Live August 24, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    This is SO cool! Looks like you had a lovely time and this is something that I would love to do! Kat x

  • Reply Cliona August 25, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    That sounds like such a brilliant experience! I love gin and it would be so amazing to make my own. It’s really pretty good value too.

  • Reply lambandbear August 25, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Gin & Tonic is my favourite. I like it served with cucumber and elderflower. This sounds like such a great day out! I’d love to try it.

  • Reply lindsey bray August 26, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Wow my step mum loves gin this would be an amazing present. I do too but im trying to stop/cut down.

  • Reply lauren October 10, 2018 at 11:11 am

    This looks like so much fun! Nothing beats a refreshing G&T! It’s so cool that you got to make your own!

    • Reply Doolittle Days October 10, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks Lauren, definitely recommend trying it if you get a chance!

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