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You can now make your own bottle of gin at the Liverpool Gin Distillery - here's how; Castle Street's newest venue - Liverpool Gin Distillery - has three gin labs were customers can make their own bottles of gin.

Byline: Ellen Kirwin

This year has marked Halewood Wines and Spirits 40th anniversary and the opening of their new distillery and bar in Liverpool city centre.

The exciting addition to Castle Street, opened by the creators of Liverpool Gin, features two bars - the basement dark spirits lounge and the ground floor gin and spirits bar featuring a 600-litre working copper still.

One of the experiences on offer at theLiverpool Gin Distilleryis making your own gin the purpose made gin labs.

There are three labs altogether and each has been fitted with miniature copper stills and work tables, so guests can try their hand at being a gin connoisseur.

A first look inside the Liverpool Gin Distillery

After enjoying a welcome drink in one of the two bars, groups can then learn about the history of gin and how it's made, before getting down to business and mixing their own botanicals and flavours.

First things first, juniper, coriander and angelica are the three main botanicals in gin and must be included in all bottles, but after that gin makers can go wild and add up to five other ingredients.

The more or less of each you add determines how strong the flavour is, although a tutor is on hand to advise you on the right amounts, so you can never go too wrong.

Cinnamon, cassia, orange peel, grapefruit, rose petals, grains of paradise, starinaise, elderflower, liquorice and ginger are among the botanicals you can use.

If you'd like your gin to taste a certain way, the tutor can also advise you what to add and how to make your own gin as tasty as possible.

After the mixology lesson, the distilling begins.

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You'll be talked through what is happening inside the still and customers can watch their own gin being distilled in front of them.

The alcohol will come out in its most pure form and will be extremely strong, so you'll then measure the ABV percentage of the alcohol and dilute it until it reached 40% ABV, before naming their bottle and creating their own wax bottle top.

Altogether, the experiences take around two hours and also includes two drinks throughout the night and tasters.

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Everything you add, including the precise measurements will be noted down throughout the experiences, so if you love your gin then you can reorder your exact same bottle again.

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Copper Stills in the Gin Lab named after the Beatles,Cilla Black,and Cliff Richard.

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Gin making at Liverpool Gin Distillery on Castle Street

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Gin making at Liverpool Gin Distillery on Castle Street

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Publication:Crosby Herald (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 23, 2018
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