(Guest Blog by Kayleigh Toyra from The Travel Company)
Throughout the sunny summer months and into early autumn, Guernsey offers a veritable feast of exciting cultural and culinary events, bringing people and communities together to enjoy good food, good music, and good times. As such, we’ve put together a handy guide matching Guernsey/Sark events with their ideal Blue Bottle Gin cocktail counterparts. Sit back, sip and enjoy…
The Rocquaine Regatta: a fun and rather unusual family day out on the west coast of Guernsey. On this day filled with boat races, barbecues, pavement artists and cheerful live music (not to mention its unique ‘wife carrying’ event), there’s more than enough novelty to go around. Visitors also get free entry to the Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum.
As such, the Gimlet seems like the perfect fit for a day of maritime adventures. Made from two parts gin, one part lime juice, and soda, it’s believed that the Gimlet was named after the British Royal Navy Surgeon Sir Thomas Gimlette, who created the strong citrus drink as a form of anti-scurvy medication for his fellow sailors.
Sark Summer Festival
Found 80 miles off the south coast of England and just a one-hour ferry trip from Guernsey, the small island of Sark has some truly astounding coastlines. The Sark Summer Festival brings together a motley crew of acts and performers, along with local food and drink producers, and a mixed bag of craft activities and workshops based around good karma.
What could be more perfect on a sunny summer’s day by the sea than a fruity, fragrant Bramble? A delectable mix of Blue Bottle Gin, sugar syrup, lemon juice, and crème de mure, this smooth and tangy cocktail was created by bartender Dick Bradsell and comes garnished with fresh seasonal berries.
Vale Earth Fair
As the Channel Islands’ longest running music festival, the Vale Earth Fair is by this point a significant part of Guernsey culture. This positive and celebratory community event not only promotes local music and arts, but also raise funds and awareness for environmental and humanitarian causes. Expect wholesome vegetarian food, local vendors, and a range of eclectic performances.
If you’re feeling in the festival mood this summer, we heartily recommend a refreshing Strawberry Basil Lemonade. Concocted using gin, basil leaves, muddled strawberries, and a mix of soda and lemonade, this beautiful-smelling cocktail is an absolute summer dream.
If you’re planning a summer holiday to Guernsey, why not make sure you’re there for one of these unique and special local events? We believe there’s a Blue Bottle Gin cocktail for every occasion, whether you’re messing around on a boat or listening to breathtaking classical music as the sun sets over the sea.
Which are your favourites? Drop us a comment below and let us know. And if all this has put you in the mood for gin, you can buy our finest Blue Bottle Gin for a taste of summer.