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 ūüėČ

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

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:

Lymington Market: Saturday 26th August.

We also have a programme of Wednesday and Friday evening tours available for booking – visit 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



Dancing Cows on television on the 6th April 2017 with Sarah Parish and Pig the Dog!

TV crew

On MORE4 this week at 8pm, we make a cameo appearance on the Walks with my Dog programme as actress Sarah Parish walks along the coastal path between Lymington and Keyhaven with her dog called Pig.

The filming took place last August – we picked some angelica on Lower Pennington Lane, tasted the botanicals going into my new foraged rowan berry and oat gin and then sampled a few measures of different spirits….and all before 10am!

The programme features several celebrities with their assorted hounds meeting local people along the way around beautiful areas of the UK. One of the slightly weird initiatives is a¬†‘dog-cam’ to show the walk from the¬†pooch’s perspective.

Here’s¬†a video of Sarah walking up the road towards Sadlers Farm Workshops with the¬†producer having to clean up¬†after¬†Pig who decided to show what he thought of the film crew!

Mother’s Day Madness – free tours when you buy gin this week

MotherGin SunDayDon’t forget that Sunday 26th March is Mother’s Day and you have just eight days to find a gift that shows how much you care.

Imagine the joy on her face when she unwraps her gift this year to find a bottle of Lymington Gin instead of the usual flowers, chocolates or (in desperate cases) assorted cleaning products…

Now we are offering you double brownie points! Spend ¬£25 or more at our online shop this week and we’ll email you a voucher for two free Dancing Cows Distillery tours worth ¬£9.50 each. The tours can be booked via Eventbrite at any scheduled date you choose (and we won’t tell a soul if you decide to keep the gin for yourself…..)

On the tour, you’ll be welcomed with a gin and tonic as Richard explains how beers and various spirits are made and how alcohol production has shaped our culture through 8,000 years of history.

Witbier Launched

WitbierThe Winchester Beer Festival starts on Friday this week (17th March) and we are launching our new Witbier to celebrate.

Brewed with Torrefied wheat, oats and local Keyhaven barley, it is a refreshing, naturally hazy, beer with a good wheat base overlaid with cloves and orange notes from the late additions of coriander seeds and orange peels.

We find that a wedge of orange really brings out the botanical notes in the beer…..and you can then claim it as one of your five-a-day….

To order some, please email Richard


It has been a long winter already and it is good to see signs of spring appearing at last. To celebrate, we are going to have a Mad March of wild and frivolous goings-on. These are some of the highlights:



Monday 6th March – Start of British Pie Week with a six-pack of our Foreign Extra Stout for the best recipe for a beef in ale pie (details will be published on Facebook and Twitter).

Saturday 11th March – Fordingbridge Town Hall Artisan Market (10am – 2pm). They are trying to resurrect the ancient Fordingbridge Market so please come along to support their efforts (see @FordingbridgeFoodMarket on Facebook for more details).

Friday March 17th – St Patrick’s Day – Launch of Half Wit Beer at the Winchester Beer Festival and beer and spirits tasting at Cork and Cheese in Park Gate.

Monday March 19th – remind yourself to get your Mother a bottle of Lymington Gin for Mother’s Day (lasts longer than flowers and gives more pleasure….;))

Saturday 25th March – Lymington Market all day – come and try our award winning spirits and beers…..and hopefully our first big batch of Hopkins Rum will be available.

Sunday 26th March – Mother’s Day…..still time to order your Mother a surprise Dancing Cows distillery tour voucher….

All through the month, we are running our regular tours on Wednesday and Friday evenings Рplease see EVENTBRITE for details and ticket bookings.

And remember that you can buy online at our shop¬†and you can save on delivery charges by going for the click and collect from the distillery option using the ‘LOCALPICKUP’ discount code…..or you can just call in and buy during the week (we are open 9am until 6.30pm Mon-Fri and we take credit cards or cash).