Making my own bottle of Liverpool Gin at the Liverpool Gin Distillery

Bottles of Liverpool Gin from the Liverpool Gin Distillery

Famous for its range of gins, the Liverpool Gin Distillery is a distillery, bar, kitchen and gin lab located on Castle Street, Liverpool. In its City Centre location, the Liverpool Gin Distillery produces its very own organic Liverpool Gin in custom-built 60-litre copper stills – everything from its signature serves to a Valencian Orange blend. Over three floors, guests are welcome to enjoy the full range of Liverpool Gins at their in-house gin bar, head downstairs to explore their dark spirit selection, or even create their own unique blend of gin at the Liverpool Gin Lab Experience – the latter of which I’ll be sharing with you right here. Come along as I take you through the full gin lab experience at the Liverpool Gin Distillery. 

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The Liverpool Gin Distillery

Famous for its range of gins, the Liverpool Gin Distillery is a distillery, bar, kitchen and gin lab located on Castle Street, Liverpool. In its City Centre location, the Liverpool Gin Distillery produces its very own organic Liverpool Gin in custom-built 60-litre copper stills – everything from its signature serve to a Valencian Orange blend. Over three floors, guests are welcome to enjoy the full range of Liverpool Gins at their in-house gin bar, head downstairs to explore their dark spirit selection, or even create their own unique blend of gin at the Liverpool Gin Lab Experience – the latter of which I’ll be sharing with you right here. Come along as I take you through the full gin lab experience at the Liverpool Gin Distillery.

Liverpool Gin and Tonic from the Liverpool Gin Distillery

The Liverpool Gin Distillery Gin Lab Experience

With our second gins in hand, we headed up to the gin lab on the first floor to start making our unique gins. In the gin lab, there are 32 mini copper pot stills sat on wooden benches around the outside of the room. Each still has its own name (mine being the lovely Judy) and was set up with all the equipment that we’d need to get started on the making process. After a brief history of gin from our gin lab leader, Akil, it was time to choose what we wanted to add to our gins. When it came to choosing the botanicals for our own gins, we were told we had to include three key Botanics; angelica root, juniper and coriander seeds. These three botanicals have to be added to all gins in order to actually make the gin.

Copper stills at the Liverpool Gin Distillery

Making my own Liverpool Gin

We were then given a sheet with all of the different botanicals we could add to our gins. Each different one had a recommended range for how much you should add, e.g. 0.5-1g of rowan berries (this way we knew that our gin wouldn’t taste terrible!). And we were told to add no more than five to the three base botanicals. I added three extra ingredients into my gin, varying from strong herbal flavours to a small hit of sweetness to balance it all out.

Gin botanicals at the Liverpool Gin Distillery
Liverpool Gin at the Liverpool Gin Distillery

With my ingredients all picked out, I added them into the still with ethanol and patiently waited as it did its thing. Slowly the first bit of liquid started to drip out of the still, which is called the head (mostly harsh chemicals). Once these harsh chemicals were out, I got to test my gin at a mind-blasting 80%. It was so exciting getting to taste the first bit of my gin, even if it was incredibly strong!

Bottles of Liverpool Gin from the Liverpool Gin Distillery

When the gin was finally finished, I added distilled water to the liquid to bring the ABV (Alcohol by Volume) down to 40%. Then I poured the final blend into a classic Liverpool Gin bottle. Once everyone had bottled up their gins, we headed over to the waxing room to seal our bottles up. To end the experience it was time to add a label to our gins. We each got to name our gins whatever we wanted and then printed the names onto a Liverpool Gin label. The end result looked super professional – not bad for my first bottle of gin, eh?

End-of-the-night Orange Negroni

To finish the evening, we got to choose a cocktail from their cocktail menu. After having lovely light gins earlier in the evening I decided to shake it up with an Orange Negroni. It was the perfect drink to end the evening sipping on. If you’re looking for a unique gift to give to someone special then an experience at the Liverpool Gin Distillery’s Gin Lab could be perfect. Plus, you’ll even get to take an extra gift home with you; your own bottle of Liverpool Gin!

The Liverpool Gin Distillery Orange Negroni

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18 thoughts on “Making my own bottle of Liverpool Gin at the Liverpool Gin Distillery

  1. I love orange gin and I’m so curious as to how it tastes with a basil tonic, I need to try that! The gin making experience sounds like so much fun. My mum would love that, sounds like a great birthday/ Christmas present x

    Sophie

    1. The basil tonic was absolutely amazing! I didn’t even realise it existed until I tried it at the gin making experience. Definitely a must try if you love your gin x

  2. A distillery that serves food?? This looks incredible, what an amazing experience it must have been and just in time for Christmas too! xx

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