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21/04/2017 - Gin for George

As an English company, making a quintessentially English product, we are of course going to be celebrating St Georges Day on April 23rd . 

Here are a couple of drinks we feel any slayer of dragons is deserving of! Celebrate the glorious red of the St. Georges cross with our Sloe Gin Negroni or feel the warmth of Dragon fire with a shot of 60 squared!

 

 

18/04/2017 - Brilliant Broadstairs!

What a great way to kick off show season - at Broadstairs Spring Food Festival!

We had some lovely weather and met some Anno fans and suspect we created a few new ones too! Overall a great start to our show season, and a lovely way to spend the bank holiday weekend. You can catch us next at The Surrey Food Festival on April 22nd selling drinks by the glass and by the bottle!

 

 

13/04/2017 - Easter Ideas

It's that wonderful time of year  - Easter, the 4 day weekend! Lots of lovely brunches and lunches to look forward to in the company of family and friends. A great chance to let your hair down and indulge. We've come up with some suggestions for fabulous cocktails to help you enjoy the weekend!

 

12/04/2017 - And the winner is . . .

Congratulations to Gemma Warburton who won our Easter giveaway!

It turns out we managed to fit 163 eggs in our bottle, Gemma guessed the closest with 162! She has won a bottle of our Elderflower & Vodka as well as an eggstavagant G&T Easter egg from our friends at Curious Cocktails.

 

    

07/04/2017 - Cracking Competition!

*This competition is now closed*

What an Eggcellent competition we have for you!

Sunny skies, and blossom on trees have put us in such a good mood, we've decided to do a cracking Easter competition giveaway! You can win a bottle of our delicious Elderflower & Vodka. This will make a perfect Easter cocktail, top with some Prosecco and pop in a raspberry, or simply sip with lemonade or soda water. But that's not all! Our friends at Curious Cocktails have been busy creating The Curious Gin Easter Egg, and we'll be sending the winner one of these along with your bottle of Elderflower & Vodka.

So, how can you win? We have filled one of our bottles with mini Easter Eggs, all you have to do is guess how many are in there. Simple as that. So take a look at the picture below and take a guess!

To enter, simply email competitions@annodistillers.co.uk or comment on our Facebook post or send us a tweet @annodistillers.

Only one entry per person please and if more than one entry guesses correctly, a winner will be selected at random from all correct entries. The competition will end and winner announced Wednesday 12th April.

So what are you waiting for!? Let the guessing be-Gin!

 

03/04/2017 - Anyone for tea?

We've spent the afternoon having a lovely, fun-filled meeting with Francesca from Dandylion Tea! Their unique range of Tea blends are achieved by using pure ingredients with no artificial flavours added at all.  Their cocnept is all about giving you an honest, decadent cup of tea. Their blends that have been specifically designed to pair with pastries, desserts, and cheeses, designed to be enjoyed however you like it, hot, chilled or even mixed to make a cocktail. Which brings us to why we were having our meeting - on discovering that we would both be attening The Milk Fest at The Milk House in Sissinghurst (August 27th - pop it in the diary!) Francesca approached us to see if we would like to collaborate on some Gin/Tea cocktails. Easy question really. 

We've spent the afternoon trying a range of Dandylion Tea blends and mixing and matching them to our range of spirits. We think we've come up with a few winning cocktails that we're really excited about. Of course the only way to discern what worked was to taste it all . . . it's a hard job, but someone has to do it!

                         

Dates for your Diary!

We've been busy planning which shows and events we will be popping up at over 2017. Here is where we'll be over the next 3 months!

15th - 17th April  - Broadstairs Spring Food & Wine festival

22nd April - Surrey Food Festival 

5th - 7th May - Sevenoaks Food & Drink Festival

12th - 14th May - The Pantiles Food Festival

19th - 21st May - Tenterden Food & Drink Festival

27th - 29th May - Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival

2nd - 4th June - Maidstone Food & Drink Festival

3rd - 4th June - The Food Fest, Shoreham 

8th - 10th June - Wealden Times Midsummer Fair

10th June - Mothers Ruin - Gin & Bear it

11th June -  Taste the Best of Produced in Kent 2017 at Biddenden Vineyard

17th June - Westerham Festival of Fine Food

17th June - What Marden Does Best

 

 

If you want to talk to us about any of our events email info@annodistillers.co.uk

If you want to invite us to exhibit at an event please email events@annodistillers.co.uk

31/03/2017 - New Toys!

An exciting delivery arrived from Slovenia today! (Well, exciting if you're a distiller) A brand new tank to store our wonderful spirits in whilst they infuse with either our sloe berries or our cranberries. After a bit of a dramatic start - the courier hadn't exactly planned how they were to get the tank off of the truck - a bit of standing around and head scratching, and some freindly neighbours with fork lift trucks, we finally got it into the distillery. 

Once in we happily unwrapped it and marvelled at how shiny it is (very, it is very shiny). Our next connundrum was how to retrieve the various parts for it from the bottom of the tank. Short of lowering someone in by their ankles, our only option was to tip the tank and crawl in. Which Andy happily (ish) did! Judging by the picture, it took all of Mikes self control not to roll the tank whilst Andy was scrambling around inside! We've welcomed our new tank into the team, and can't wait to fill her with gin, and lots of it! 

30/03/2017 - Now Stocking Anno!

We are pleased to say we are now available at the following Brunning & Price Pubs across the country!

Brunning & Price along with their sister company, Home Counties Pubs, run a collection of pubs, each full of character, serving high quality food with a wide selection of drinks available - that just got a whole lot better with the addition of Anno! They have a strong focus on ensuring that their pubs are run in a way that is beneficial to the community they serve.  Anno is now available in the following establisments, so next time you're looking for a spot of Sunday lunch or a swift pick-me-up after a country walk, pop in and be sure to order an Anno & Tonic!

Brunning & Price:

The White Hart, Sevenoaks, Kent
The Mute Swan, Hampton Court, Surrey
The Bailiwick, Englefield Green, Surrey
Refectory, Portsmouth Road, Goldalming, Surrey
The White Hart, Chobham, Surrey
The Pheasant at Buckland, Betchworth, Surrey
Black jug, Horsham, West Sussex
The Old Windmill, South Hannington, Essex
The Duke of York, Barnet, Herts
The Prae Wood Arms, St Albans, Herts
The Physician, Edgbaston, Birmingham
The Greyhound, Besselsleigh, Oxford
The Falcon at Warmington, Banbury, Oxford

Home Counties Pubs:

The George & Dragon, Fordwich, Kent
The Tally Ho, Everlsey, Hapshire
The Two Brewers, Chigwell, Essex

 

27/03/2017 - Savoury Pie: Duck and Cranberry with Cranberry&Gin

This is a wonderful mix of rich meat and fruity cranberries. A touch of orange and mixed spice blends perfectly with our Cranberry & Gin.

A for Anno is optional!

Duck and Cranberry Gin Pie

Ingredients:

1 tbsp of Olive Oil

1 Onion, chopped

3 rashers of Bacon, chopped

4 Duck Breasts, skinned removed and diced

2 tbsp Plain Flour

20g Butter

150g Cranberries, fresh or frozen

100ml of Anno Cranberry & Gin

350ml Chicken Stock

Peel of 1 Orange

1 tsp thyme leaves

320g ready-rolled Puff Pastry

Serves: 4 generous portions

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Directions:

1)    Preheat the oven to 180C. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, and onion and bacon and sautee for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

2)    On the hob, heat an ovenproof pan on a high heat and add the duck and cook until slightly browned. Place the duck in the preheated oven for 5-8 minutes, depending on size of breasts and how pink you like it. Remove the duck breast from the oven and leave to cool before using a knife and fork to shred the duck.

3)    Add the butter and flour to a clean frying pan and stir until melted and combined. Add the stock, cranberries (fresh or frozen), gin, orange peel and herbs. Add the sautéed bacon and onions and simmer over a medium heat for about 10 minutes or until the mixture has thickened. Add the shredded duck breast and cook for a further 5 minutes. Set aside to cool and skim off any fat.

4)    Transfer the mixture into a pie dish and cut squares or circles of pastry large enough to cover the pie dish by about 1cm. Place the pie back in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until golden and risen.

 

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