#LDNTheatreBlogger Meet-Up: GINSPIRATIONAL
Earlier this week a whole host of London Theatre Bloggers made their way down the windy stairs of Central and Co (fittingly located next door the the Palladium’s Stage Door) for an evening of networking (less wanky than it sounds I promise) hosted by the wonderful folk over at Official Theatre. When I was first invited, I was like YEAH sounds GREAT, getting a chance to say HIYA to a whole host of other blogger type folk, and then I found out that we would be doing a GIN-TASTING evening curated by Martin Miller’s Gin
I mean, mother may I.
Having found our way downstairs and through a big heavy velvet curtain, the lovely Ed from The Gizzle Review and I had big gin and tonics thrust into our hands and set about mingling (GIN-gling MORE LIKE) having a good old chinwag with some of the theatre blogging communities finest.
We also spent a fair few minutes admiring the delicious and not at all creepy decor.
Having settled into teams we were lovingly greeted by the beautiful Rebecca from Official Theatre (who was rocking a beautiful mint suit and just threw a spanner into all my wedding outfit plans this year gosh darn you) who set about setting up the evenings cocktail making competition. Not only did each team have to come up with a whole gin-based cocktail recipe, we also had to come up with a PUNtastic name for it. Luckily, as well as Ed and I, we were surrounded by a gaggle of RAZOR SHARP WITS on our team including West End Wilma, Michaela of Unlacing Her Corset Strings and Deborah of Kay and Way.
After a swift masterclass in cocktail making from Dashing Scottish Aidan from Martin Miller’s (and yes, Dashing Scottish Aidan IS his full name) I now understand why egg whites work in cocktails. We dashed over to the bar and set about mixing what we felt was clearly going to pip the others to the punch.
We really used our imaGINations (I’ll stop soon I promise) and blended bubblegum syrup, chambord, lemon juice and just a dash of bitters to come up with:
However, despite striding away feeling like Lord Smug of Smug Hall, during the judging (which was GINtense to say the least) we were sadly pipped to the post by this badboy:
I am still not quite over the fact that we nearly won a MAGNUM of gin and tried valiantly to mollify myself in the free rounds of gin shots that were heralded over as a consolation prize.
Special mention must also go to these guys:
Dashing Scottish Aidan consoled us further by coming round to give us a masterclass in gin tasting and botanical sampling. Tell ya what, following my jaunt round the Beefeater Home of Gin Distillery t’other week, I felt like a right swot. A GINius if you will. (sorry). Fucking can’t get enough of crushing juniper berries me.
We were soon presented with big glasses of wine and sturdy wooden boards bearing cheese and breads and oils and chutneys and all that good stuff (seriously man, this night just got better and better) and we all nestled down for a good old shouty chinwag about all things bloggy and webby and theatrey and the aim to create a stronger London Theatre Bloggers community. If you’re a theatre blogger with summat to say or would like to get involved and see some of the other folk who were in attendance, use #LDNtheatrebloggers on twitter to have your say.
Staggering out into the night we embraced and wobbled off singing “Donnn’tttt cryyyy for meeee ArGINtinaaaaaaa” (I SWEAR that’s the last one). CHEERS Official Theatre for such a GINCREDIBLE NIGHT (I lied.) HOORAY. Here’s to new pals, writing, all things theatrical and more creative meetings of minds.
(P.S I’m sorry about all the gin puns. I GINuinely am. hahahahahaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa)