A guided meander along Maryhill Locks and the river Kelvin exploring the drinks uses of wild plants, inspiration for foraged cocktails, boozy elixirs and all things wild and tipsy. Over the course of a 1 mile walk over 3 hours, you will discover:
- How to find, identify, mindfully harvest and process great plants for cocktail-making
- Tips on building your own wild cocktail cabinet (i’m not talking carpentry here!)
- Endless inspiration for making your own gins, cocktails, schnapps, meads, shrubs, syrups, oxymels, vermouths, amari, bitters, beers, vermouths, wines, hooches and moonshine
- On-the-hoof cocktail mixing – we’ll make the drink of the walk, on the walk
- Tasters, shots, slurps, mists and 3 proper refined cocktails
- The Drunken Botany of everyday plants
- Cocktail hacks and mixing tips from the pros
This walk is highly recommended for bartenders looking to extend their repertoire, as well as playful home supsters who like sophisticated tipple. Don’t bring the car.
Your host, guide and personal bartender for the afternoon will be me, Mark Williams. One third of my life is spent hanging out with the best bartenders in the world (and learning their techniques). Another third is spent consulting with gin producers on the best botanicals for the job. The other half is spent on my gin deck, doing research and trying to remember how to do fractions.
Booking is essential and can only be done using this website.
You can pay by paypal, debit/credit card or use a Galloway Wild Foods Gift Voucher.
Meeting place: Maryhill Locks, Maryhill, Glasgow, G20 OJH. See map in tab. Heading NW on Maryhill Road, go past the huge Tesco, past Maryhill Burgh Halls (purple tarmac), under the aquaduct, then after a couple of hundred metres, look for a building (cycle repair workshop) and parking area on your left by the canal.
Date: Sunday 18th June
Start time: Arrive in time for a 1pm start
Finish time: Around 5.00pm
Cost: £50 (includes champagne, shots, tasters, and 3 cocktails)
Essential: Stout footwear, weather-appropriate clothing, drinking water
Optional: A small basket or cloth bag, notebook, camera,
Please read the IMPORTANT INFORMATION tab on this page before booking and again before setting off for the event.
Sorry, I do not allow dogs, no matter how well behaved, on my public walks.