Say it with Gin this Mothers Day!

There’s still time to get your beloved Mother a personalised bottle of gin in time for the big day on Sunday 11th March. All of our products can be personalised by ordering online at the Dancing Cows Shop and then adding on one of the bespoke label options.

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Within the size constraints, you can add images, graphics, poems, jokes – the choice is yours. You can even send us a complete design and, as long as the resolution is high enough, and the dimensions fit, we can print it.

Please note, if you want us to send the package out, we need orders by close of play on Wednesday 7th March to guarantee delivery before Sunday 11th.

An interesting week for drinkers….

The week ahead has some significant dates for anyone interested in the role that drink has had in world history:

You are probably aware that this Thursday 25th January is Burns Night when the Scots celebrate the life of their great poet. The first official Burns Night was held on the 29th January 1802 but the merchants of Ayr then discovered that they had got the wrong date since Rabbie was actually born on the 25th! Much whisky is drunk on the night – mostly to make the haggis more appetising….

The Convivial Rabbit in Dorchester is holding an English take on this with their ‘Barnes Night’ and they are serving our Turnstone Rye alongside quails egg scotch eggs and oat covered sausage-meat bonbons.

 

The 25th January is also the Welsh equivalent of Valentines Day. Saint Dwynwen was not a happy soul – her Father wouldn’t let her marry the man of her dreams so she turned her lover into ice and then ran off to be a hermit on Anglesey.

Finally…..Friday 26th is Australia Day down under…..but it is also Rum Rebellion Day in honour of the 1808 uprising in New South Wales by the local militia who locked William Bligh (yes the very same man who endured the mutiny on The Bounty) up in Government House. One of the causes of the unrest appears to have been Bligh’s desire to stamp out the local black market where rum was the main form of currency.

Bligh was eventually shipped back to England where he was promoted to Rear Admiral with a job firmly behind a desk at the Admiralty for the rest of his career!

William Bligh

 

Christmas opening times and last orders

We’ve now passed the hour for guaranteed delivery before Christmas but you can still click and collect online with collections from the distillery at Sadlers Farm Workshops from 9am until 6.30pm Weds/Thu/Fri and 10am until 5.30pm on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th.

We will also be at Lymington Market on Saturday 23rd……and the Dancing Cows may be making an appearance!

If we don’t see you before the big day…Happy Christmas from everyone at Dancing Cows!

BESPOKE GIN AND BEER FOR CHRISTMAS

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Looking for something a little quirky to fill a stocking? Look no further than one of our bespoke beers or gins – £9.50 for a 100ml gin (choose from our Lymington, New Forest Oak Aged or Myristica Gins) or £4.50 for either our IPA or our Stout in a 330ml bottle. Email richard@dancingcows.co.uk with details of what you want on the bottle and we will let you know when it is ready to collect (we can also send stuff out but it is getting tight to guarantee it will arrive before Christmas….).

Angostura Bitters are in the pink!

After years in the wilderness at the back of the drinks cupboard, Angostura Bitters are making a comeback. Largely driven by interest in Fever Tree’s pink aromatic tonic, made  using the bark of the angostura tree, the most bitter of bitters are back in vogue.

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But all is not quite as it seems…..

Angostura is a place in Venezuela – or rather, it used to be a place in Venezuela – it is now known as Ciudad Bolivar and it sits at the mouth of the Orinoco River.

In the early 19th century, a German surgeon, Johann Siegert developed a health tonic for the troops under his care and it was so successful that he left the army and set up a distillery to produce his new invention. In 1875, the whole operation was moved to Trinidad and the House of Angostura company now makes rum as well as the bitters throughout the region.

INTERESTING FACT ONE: Angostura Bitters contain not one single strand of Angostura bark – they stopped using bark very early on in their history and the main flavouring is Gentian root.

We’ve been using the Fever Tree aromatic tonic (the one with the Angostura bark in it!) with our raspberry, nutmeg and vanilla Myristica Gin and it complements the fruit flavours very nicely, particularly with a raspberry garnish and a rub of lime around the rim of the glass…..but you can also add the Angostura Bitters (drop by drop until you reach the right amount for your taste buds) to the Myristica to make a grown up sipping gin cocktail over ice.

Angostura Bitters are a vital component in Old Fashioned and Manhattan cocktails and, of course, Pink Gin (saves a fortune on tonic) and, whilst we can’t vouch for the health benefits of Angostura Bitters or Fever Tree aromatic tonic, both Gentian root and Angostura bark have been used by tribespeople for centuries to treat all sorts of ailments including flatulence and baldness…..so I live in hope!

INTERESTING FACT TWO: Pink Gin has the distinction of being ordered on-screen by James Bond in The Man with the Golden Gun…..and Captain Peacock in Are You Being Served…..

 

Mad Cow August

There’s lots going on in August for Dancing Cows:

Cowes Week – 29th July – 5th August – Lymington Gin making a debut at the Gin Bar at the splendid Northwood House in Cowes. Every Week is Dancing Cows Week but there is only one Dancing Cowes Week each year 😉

Lymington Seafood Festival – 12th/13th August – this will be a big event and the organisers are planning to make it an annual extravaganza of all things fishy….we will be running a G&T and cocktail bar at the heart of the festival – for more details, please visit..www.lymingtonseafoodfestival.co.uk

Gin and Beer Fest at The Cliff House, Barton-on-Sea – 24th – 28th August with a Dancing Cows gin tasting at 3pm on Monday 28th…..there’s live music, stunning views and great BBQ food….more info at: http://www.thecliffhouse.co.uk/events/index.html

Lymington Market: Saturday 26th August.

We also have a programme of Wednesday and Friday evening tours available for booking – visit https://dancingcows.co.uk/tours/ for more details.

Fathers’ Day – June 18th 2017 – the facts!

Did you know that we should really celebrate Fathers’ day on March 19th?

St Joseph’s Day has been used to celebrate Fatherhood since medieval times but the modern ‘tradition’ of Fathers’ day on the third Sunday of June started in the US  in 1908 when Grace Clayton suggested to her local pastor that it was time that men got a special day as well.

It is not known who was the first Father to receive socks as a gift on Fathers’ Day….

Happy World Gin Day with the French 75

French 75

Gin is so much more than G&T – celebrate World Gin Day with a French 75 cocktail…..

25ml Dancing Cows Lymington Gin

12.5ml lemon juice

12.5ml simple syrup (sugar dissolved in water)

Top up with prosecco, cava or champagne in a flute glass

garnish with a slice of lemon

 

Simple, sophisticated and a beautifully refreshing cocktail on a bright summer’s day