Entries by joansholegin

The rarest drink in the world

One might have trouble topping this bottle of Cognac for rarest tipples in the world: 1795 BRUGEROLLE Said to be the last remaining hand-blown jeroboam (6 litre, smaller bottle shown above) bottle in the world and believed to have travelled with the army of Napoleon Bonaparte as it waged war against Austria and the British. […]

A River Runs Through it

Dick Brook by the artist Alistair Bell. Painted in 1973 – currently in the Bewdley Museum Dick Brook Dick Brook is famous as Andrew Yarranton built the first canalised brook in this country, at the place Dick Brook.  There is no apparent reason for it being called this, but it could have been named Glasshampton, […]

Picker or Taster?

Well 4,000 might be a bit ambitious!  A poster from 1915 calling all pickers to the Scottish highlands, presumably for berry picking. Perhaps tasting is more you thing… The London Gin Club has regular tasting sessions 

What would you do with a Buddhas Hand Fruit?

Well put it in your gin of course! The aromatic rind of the Buddha’s Hand infuses perfectly in alcohols like vodka or gin. Choose your base spirit (something strong, high in proof, works best) and add sliced citron in an air-tight jar. Shake up the contents a few times and let it sit for a week […]

PATXARAN The Basque Liquor

    “Patxaran”, a very popular liqueur in the Basque provinces of both Spain and France  is made with sloe berries. The only difference is that instead of using gin as a base, they use anisette liqueur. It is served cold or at room temperature, as an “aperitivo”, cold and with ice cubes or in […]

The Real Hogwarts Express

Just down the road from Joan’s Hole is the legendary Bewdley Steam Train.  It has been run everyday since the 1960’s by enthusiasts. The former owner of Joan’s Hole was a man by the name of  Harry Potter ( no we are not joking – Harry Potter really did live at Joan’s hole) . Here […]

Make your own Damson Gin

Fancy having a go yourself?  This great video gives you a step by step guide to making your own damson gin. Of course our old secret recipe at Joan’s Hole is a little bit more involved and our special ageing process makes our damson gin incredibly smooth.  Why not try for yourself and then compare