Just in time for World Gin Day I’d like to raise a glass of ‘mother’s ruin’ to Emma Bishop and Nicola Yapp aka The Little Gin Company.
Emma and Nicola have been trialling gins together for many years, but it wasn’t until this year that they decided to create their own mobile bar for their favourite tipple.
As well as serving a thoughtfully chosen range of gins, mixers and garnishes, their business The Little Gin Company operates from a lovingly converted horse trailer.
The trailer of choice was a Rice horse trailer due to its retro style, as that fitted with the overall vision for the brand. The girls set themselves a total budget of £4,000 to get the business from concept to launch, which included converting the trailer, becoming personal alcohol licence holders, completing a trailer driving test and stock purchases.
For their first outing, Emma and Nicola debuted The Little Gin Company in their home town of Stratford upon Avon. By partnering with Scoff, they joined the street food traders in a Friday night party alongside the river. The evening was a great success and they haven’t looked back.
Emma and Nicola say “We want to bring you a unique twist on the classic G&T experience”.
Here are some of their favourite tipples:
Cotswold Dry Gin with Pink Grapefruit Juice, Tonic & Slice of Lemon
The London Dry style Gin from Cotswolds Distillery is delectable blend of their pure wheat spirit, along with nine carefully-considered botanicals. The result is a classic well-balanced juniper-led gin with crisp citrus and spice. Botanicals include Cotswolds lavender, grapefruit, cardamom, bay leaf, lime and black pepper.
Monkey 47 Gin, Tonic & Chunky Orange Garnish
An unusual gin from the Black Forest in Germany, Monkey 47 contains a unique ingredient. No, not that! Cranberries! The 47 comes from the number of botanicals that go into this unique gin, and the fact it’s bottled at a healthy 47%.
Sir Robin of Locksley Gin, Elderflower Cordial, Tonic & Slice of Lime
This small batch, hand raised gin, is a smooth and truly delicious affair. A multi-purpose sipping gin that falls somewhere between a London Dry style and an Old Tom. For a distinctively unique gin, Sir Robin of Locksley is a blend of traditional botanicals, infused with the more delicate notes of elderflower, dandelion and pink grapefruit.
Sipsmith’s Sloe Gin, Bitter Lemon Tonic & Slice of Lemon
First, Sipsmith distil the award-winning London Dry Gin in their copper still. Then it is left to rest on wild sloe berries, hand-picked in the autumn. The result is a truly handmade sloe gin that is subtle, complex and bursting with flavours such as cassis and soft cherry hints.
You can find The Little Gin Company next week at Sarehole Mill’s street food and folk festival on 21 June. They are also available for private hire, weddings, corporate events -basically any excuse for a party! @thelittleginco