Indulge Your Animal Instincts with a Gin Tasting in a Zoo


Chester zoo gin tasting

Many of us will have been to, and enjoyed, a gin tasting but now there’s a gin tasting with a difference and it’s taking place behind the scenes at a zoo.

Chester Zoo is hosting a Botany & Gin Tasting Evening where you’ll get the chance to learn about botany and drink gin at the same time.

You’ll have the chance to explore over 125 acres of zoological gardens and exotic plant collections in a private setting and unwind with botany and horticulture experts as they take you on a journey through some of the zoo’s plant houses.

You’ll have the opportunity to taste some of the home grown plants and learn how they interact with gin to create delicious flavours.

Chester zoo gin tasting

And most importantly of course you’ll have plenty of gin to sample. The gin side of things is being run by Lancashire gin makers Cuckoo Gin.

For one night only guests will taste gins in the zoo’s restaurant, The Oakfield, while an expert will reveal the role of the plants in creating the special drinks, which all use Cuckoo Gin.

Botany-inspired gin cocktails will be teamed up with gin inspired canapes such as juniper and gin cured salmon.

Phil Esseen, Chester Zoo’s Curator of Botany and Horticulture, said “As a conservation charity, we are determined to prevent the extinction of threatened species, and that includes plants.

“For many of us, understanding the importance of botany in gin seems a good place to start.”

The Chester Zoo Botany & Gin Tasting Evening is on August 30 from 6pm. Tickets cost £60 and can be bought online here.

Images from Chester Zoo.


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