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First look: Sheffield Dry Gin’s New Gin Making Experience

The vibe is relaxed, the host is engaging, and the drinks are aplenty. After 5 years of hosting Sheffield's first Gin School, the team behind Sheffield Dry Gin have been hard at work to refurb the premises that the experience takes place within, aptly named the Sheffield Dry Gin emporium.

In a very speakeasy nature, you enter the Sheffield School of Gin via a quaint black door on Eldon Street. The space includes a distillery area where guests make their own gin, a tasting bar for up to 10 guests, a darts board and a record player.

Having been located in the city centre and delivering a Gin School for some time, this new, interactive experience allows customers to produce their own craft distilled gin in beautiful copper pot stills in a fun and relaxing space.

Paired with like-minded gin enthusiasts, the host will take you on a journey of discovery into botanicals and how they're best used as you try your hand at being a distiller for the afternoon.

There are hundreds of botanical ingredients that can be used in making gin. Each gin has its own secret recipe and most recipes contain no less than four and no more than twelve botanicals. The only legally required botanical is juniper berries and this should be the predominant flavour. Other botanicals fall into different groups such as spicy, floral or herbal.

Not forgetting the history of gin, where the school promises not to go over the years with a fine-tooth comb, instead, only the milestones and interesting facts will be picked out to ensure you have plenty of time to make your own gin from scratch.

The session lasts approximately 3 hours, during which time you will receive a Sheffield Dry Gin and Franklin & Sons tonic, a couple of gin cocktails, and finishes with the Curators' choice cocktail at The Old House.

The Sheffield School of Gin experience takes place at 47 Eldon Street, Sheffield, S1 4GY. It's priced at £70 per person and if you love gin, this experience is the perfect way to discover more about it, whilst making your own to take home. Tickets are issued with a 12 month expiry date from the date of purchase. You can even purchase a ticket as a gift and the recipient can arrange their chosen session directly.

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