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GINSPIRED

GINSPIRED is a podcast where we talk about and celebrate everything about the wonderful juniper-laced spirit called GIN! There is SO much to talk about when it comes to gin – and we are going to dive into all of it in future episodes. I’ll be speaking to guests from around the world including gin and mixer experts, distilleries, gin fans, and bartenders. In every episode, my guests and I will be sharing what we're drinking as well as fun GINcident stories. I hope you will join me on this GINspired journey.

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The MOST Romantic Ginspired Story Ever, with special guest Jennifer "Ginny" Chur
On today’s episode, I welcome Jennifer Chur,  a marketing consultant by day, a foodie 24/7, and a Gin fanatic pretty much all the time. Jennifer, also known as Ginny, is the host of It’s Gin O’Clock – a FB group with over 8000 members. Today, we chat about her ginspired journey, her favourite gin picks and cocktails, what it takes to host such a large FB group, and of course, we share cocktails, and she shares the most romantic GINSPIRED story EVER!!! Please join us.About Jennifer 'Ginny' Chur:Jennifer is a Marketing Consultant in Germany, loves food, and, of course, Gin. In 2017, she took over the Facebook Page: It's Gin O'clock. Since then, she's built it up to more than 7000 followers with her passion for Gin, and Gin-related products and events. You can find and follow Ginny at:Facebook: It's Gin O'clockInstagramYou can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest   Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
31:04 11/24/2022
The History of Happy Hour, with special guest Carl Richards
On today’s episode, I welcome Carl Richards, and we are celebrating national happy hour day! We’ll chat about the history of this gintastic day, give you some tips on how to celebrate, share some cocktail ideas, and I also share a personal gincident about Larry & I. Please join us!You can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest  Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
23:13 11/11/2022
A Distiller at the Top, with special guest Martin Murray
On today’s episode, I welcome Martin Murray, Co-Founder of Dunnet Bay Distillers, located at the top of Scotland. Today, we chat about his (and his wife Clair's) journey to becoming a distillery owner, the story behind Dunnet Bay Distillers, what makes them unique, their products, special events, and of course, a fun gincident or two. Please join us!About Dunnet Bay DistillersWe are Dunnet Bay Distillers. Unsurprisingly, we are located in the spectacular bay of Dunnet (Scotland), where the freshest of air and the finest of water are in abundance. Our goal is to create spirits which reflect the Caithness way. We hand distil slowly, thoughtfully and passionately to create our exceptional products. An independent family-owned company founded in 2013 by Martin and Claire Murray, we are Distillers of Exceptional Spirits – it’s in our nature.You can find and follow Dunnet Bay Distillers at:https://www.dunnetbaydistillers.co.uk/InstagramFacebookTwitterYou can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest       Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
30:22 10/28/2022
Ginspired Season 3 Sneak Peek
After a bit of a summer break, we are back live!! On today’s episode, I welcome back my good friend Carl Richards and together, we launch Ginspired Season 3! Today, we review the best of Season 2, share some exciting updates, chat about our new Patreon page, give a sneak peek of Season 3, and of course, there are cocktails to be shared and a gincident. Please join us!You can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
26:12 10/14/2022
Sipping Gin at Kinsip, with special guest Maria Hristova
On today’s episode, I welcome Maria Hristova, Co-Owner of Kinsip House of Fine Spirits, located in the heart of Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. Today we chat about her journey to becoming a distillery owner, the story behind Kinsip and their farm based philosophy, their products, and of course a fun gincident or two (and there may be a mention of chickens too).About Kinsip House of Fine SpiritsKinsip House of Fine Spirits is a farm-based grain-to-glass distillery in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. Kinsip is rooted in an appreciation of family and the fulfillment found in building community.  We craft products together that reflect and accentuate the quality of the moment. Life is worthy of celebrating the small moments as well as the grand. Our craft distillery is located on a beautiful 80-acre farm. Our handcrafted spirits are produced entirely on-site in small batches using a custom-made copper still.  Our tasting room is in the historic Cooper-Norton house. This ornate second empire house was built in 1874 by a wealthy Hops grower, Bert Cooper, during the County’s Barley Days. The Hops barn beside the house remains intact with its drying floors and brick ovens.  Visit us to experience the craft and the history at our farm distillery in Prince Edward County. You can find and follow Kinsip at:https://www.kinsip.ca/InstagramFacebookTwitterYou can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest      Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
29:02 07/22/2022
Wild Life Distillery, with special guest Keith Robinson
On today’s episode, I welcome Keith Robinson Distiller & Co-Founder of Wild Life Distillery, located in Canmore, Alberta. Today we chat about his love of gin, the story behind  Wild Life distillery, all about their products, and of course a fun gincident or two.About Keith RobinsonKeith Robinson is a Co-founder of Wild Life Distillery in Canmore, Alberta.  Keith grew up in the rocky mountains of Alberta and his passion for craft spirits and the distilling shows in the many products produced by Wild Life Distillery. About Wild Life DistilleryWild Life Distillery is a craft distillery located in Canmore, Alberta. Our spirits are produced, distilled and bottled on-site from Albertan prairie grains. The distillery offers delicious craft cocktails, tastings, and bottle sales.You can find and follow Wild Life Distillery at:https://wildlifedistillery.ca/InstagramFacebookTwitterYou can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest     Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
26:46 07/08/2022
A Troubled Monk, with special guest Charlie Bredo
On today’s episode, I welcome Charlie Bredo, President of Troubled Monk, a Craft Beverages business located in Red Deer, Alberta. Today, we chat about how he came to own a brewery and a distillery, what it takes to run the business, all about their products, including their signature gin - Epitaph Blue Gin, and of course, a fun gincident or two.Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Charlie Bredo and Troubled MonkCharlie is the President of Troubled Monk, located in Red Deer, Alberta. Starting as a brewery on June 12, 2015, they've built on their beer-making roots also to make Ready To Drink (RTDs), soda, vodka, gin, and whisky! About Epitaph Blue GinEpitaph Blue Gin, a gold-medal winner at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, was born from the creativity and passion of the team at Troubled Monk.Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and inspired to excel, the Troubled Monk family assessed what it had established, and in 2016 strove for more.Being craft enthusiasts, they were inspired to expand beyond beer and explore sophistication through the art of gin distillation.A distillery was considered for the creation of a new and exciting premium gin and the answer was clear: Why not try it? Why not take a leap and explore the next adventure? Tell more stories with great craft beverages. Epitaph was born to continue the storytelling tradition that embodies Troubled Monks mission of inspiring others through our craft.You can find and follow Troubled Monk at:https://troubledmonk.comhttps://adequatevodka.comhttps://epitaphgin.comhttps://grainhenge.comInstagram - EpitaphFacebook - EpitaphFacebook - Troubled MonkInstagram - Troubled MonkYou can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest    Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
19:07 06/24/2022
McQueen & the Violet Fog Gin, with special guest Brett Berish
On today’s episode, I welcome Brett Berish - an entrepreneur and CEO of Sovereign Brands, creators of the smash-hit portfolio of wine & spirits brands that includes Luc Belaire sparkling wines, Bumbu rums, McQueen and the Violet Fog gin, and the company’s newest creation, Villon. Today, we chat about his entrepreneurial path, all about McQueen and the Violet Fog gin and what makes it unique, his vision for the gin category, a fun gincident or two, and a whole lot more.Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Brett BerishBrett Berish is an entrepreneur and CEO of Sovereign Brands, creators of a smash-hit portfolio of wine & spirits brands. These include Luc Belaire sparkling wines, Bumbu rums, McQueen and the Violet Fog gin, and the company’s newest creation, Villon. Brett hosts a series on Instagram called Self Made, in which he interviews entertainers, artists, and influencers about their journeys to success. For more on Brett Berish, check out his website brettberish.com. About McQueen and the Violet Fog GinDig deeper. We did. A single copper pot still in the hills of Jundiaí, Brazil. Twenty-one exotic botanicals used in our proprietary distillation process including many rarely found in gin like lemongrass, pomelo peel, orris root and jasmine flower. Other gins are simple. We flipped the script. You can find and follow McQueen and the Violet Fog Gin at:https://mcqueenvioletfog.sovereignbrands.com/InstagramFacebookYou can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest   Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
20:01 06/10/2022
A Gin Distillery in the Heart of the City, with special guest Martin Reid
On today’s episode, I welcome Martin Reid, Co-Founder of Reid’s Distillery located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We chat about his journey to becoming a distillery owner, the story behind Reid’s distillery, their products, special events, and of course a fun gincident or two.Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Martin ReidMartin Reid is an entrepreneur who co-founded Reid’s Gin Distillery in Toronto with his three adult children.  An avid sailor and scuba diver Martin passionately runs marathons whenever he can - albeit slowly.   He is an accomplished author who resides in Toronto.  Martin spent most of his career in financial services before making the leap into the Gin world.About Reid’s DistilleryThe Reid family is originally from the UK and they’ve been fortunate to travel back and forth quite a bit. Over the last decade, they have seen an explosion of the craft gin scene across the pond. It didn’t take long before they were creating their own small batches to get a fix of those flavourful recipes they’d fallen in love with over the years. They now have the opportunity to create world-class gins in Toronto. Far from being stuffy or boring, their gins are adventures in flavour. They make gins that they are proud of, using Canadian wheat, wild-foraged Canadian juniper and many other diverse botanicals. They also make gins with different flavours - from spicy to floral, citrus to aged, sweet to herbal. They want even the most seasoned gin drinker to find something new in their experience with Reid’s.Feel free to go by the distillery, try their gins and explore their cocktail menu. They’ll share a story or two about their family’s adventures from biking across Canada, living on a sailboat, and running sub-zero marathons to any number of other silly endeavours. They look forward to hearing your stories and welcoming you to their family.You can find and follow Reid’s Distillery at:www.reidsdistillery.comInstagramFacebookTwitterYou can find and follow GINspired at: Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAYhttps://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest  Rated the #1 Gin Podcast to Listen to in 2022! Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
24:12 05/27/2022
The Last Best Gin, with special guest Bryce Parsons
On today’s episode, I welcome Bryce Parsons – Master Distiller of Last Best Brewing and Distilling in Calgary Alberta. Today, we chat about what it means to be a master distiller in Alberta, how he created the gin program for the distillery, all about their products and awards, and of course a fun gincident or two. Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Bryce ParsonsBryce is the Master Distiller leading all things spirits at Last Best Brewing and Distilling and one of the most decorated Gin distillers in Canada. An ICU nurse in a past life he switched careers on a quest to explore what can be accomplished in the exciting frontier of Canadian spirits.  A MSc Brew and Distil (distinction) graduate of the ICBD at Heriot Watt University of Edinburgh, he has been focusing his attention on novel flavour profiles in Gin and Whisky using past research and brewing experience. In 2018 the GinCrazeYYC project of making 52 gins in a year. 2020 during COVID 19 he launched 3 gins from Last Best that continue to be recognized on the provincial, national, and global award stages.  In his free time (when any) his role as president of Alberta's Craft Distillers association (ACDA), he continues to help to expand the craft distilling industry in a responsible, rewarding, and connecting way for his communities. About Last Best Brewing & Distilling Last Best Brewing & Distilling opened its doors in May 2015. The name Last Best draws from Calgary’s eclectic history. At the end of the 1800s, the Canadian government launched a campaign called ‘The Last Best West’; its purpose was to populate the western prairies and grow agriculture in Canada. The administration believed that this area was the Last Best chance in the modern world for homesteaders to lay roots and shape their futures. The accomplishments resulting from the Last Best initiative have paved the way for the budding craft beer and distilling industries here in Alberta. Last Best Brewing & Distilling honours this historical spirit through its name and unwavering commitment to making delicious well-crafted beer, spirits and Alberta-inspired cuisine.You can find and follow Last Best Brewing & Distilling  at:https://lastbestbrewing.com/https://www.facebook.com/lastbestbrew/https://www.instagram.com/lastbestbrew/https://twitter.com/lastbestbrewYou can find and follow GINspired at:Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAYhttps://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest  Rated the #1 Gin Podcast to Listen to in 2022! Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
22:56 05/20/2022
A Mechanical Bull & a Love for Gin, with special guest Jeff Hepburn
On today’s episode, I welcome Jeff Hepburn, a 911 dispatcher by day, car enthusiast, and gin fan by night. Today we chat about his love of gin, his favourite gins and cocktails, tips for making a great martini and of course a fun gincident (that may or may not involve a mechanical bull).Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAYYou can find and follow GINspired at: https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest  Rated the #1 Gin Podcast to Listen to in 2022! Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
13:29 05/13/2022
How You Can Drink Gin & Help Save a Gorilla, with special guest Harry Osborne
On today’s episode, I welcome Harry Osborne – Distillery Host for the Gorilla Spirits Company located in Upton Grey, UK. Today, we chat about the distillery, its gin and non-gin products, and its working with the Gorilla Organization to protect Gorillas. We also learn some new yummy cocktails, and of course, there is a gincident story or two. Please help protect the gorilla by buying a bottle of Gorilla Gin!Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Gorilla Spirits CompanyGorilla Spirits Co. was founded by Andy Daniels, whose vision was to create a truly ethical business and an exceptional portfolio of spirits and liqueurs.  Based in the northeast corner of Hampshire as it borders with Surrey, Gorilla Spirits Co.’s distillery in Upton Grey is where they make their small-batch, award-winning spirits – all while donating £1 to The Gorilla Organization for every bottle sold!Gorilla Spirits Co. are proud of its products and proud of the contribution they make to saving the endangered gorilla population. As a family-style team, every Gorilla in the Troop is focused on the mission of distilling, bottling, finishing, distributing and marketing Gorilla Spirits Co. – and saving gorillas, one drink at a time!You can find and follow Gorilla Spirits Co. at:https://gorillaspirits.co.uk/distillery/The Gorilla OrganizationInstagramFacebookTwitterYou can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest  Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
22:12 05/06/2022
On Being a Ginthusiast, with special guest Sadie Black
On today’s episode, I welcome Sadie Black,  a ginthusiast and radio host. Today we chat about her ginspired path, her favourite gins and cocktails, how she got started in creating her own simple syrups and ginfusions, and of course a fun gincident or two.Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Sadie BlackSadie is a radio personality and ginthusiast. She only started drinking gin a few years ago but has become a gindependant woman in a very short amount of time. During the pandemic, she started collecting and tasting new gins. This hobby led to making cocktails, simple syrups, and ginsfusions at home. Sadie really enjoys travelling, and she always makes a point of stopping at the local gin distillery on her trips. She also loves Prohibition-era cocktails and finding the closest speakeasy. You can find & follow Sadie at:InstagramFacebookYou can find & follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest    Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
25:35 04/29/2022
Tips for Setting Up Your Home Bar, with special guest Brett Thiessen
On today’s episode, I welcome Brett Thiessen he’s a mixologist, beverage specialist and consultant, and spirits ambassador all rolled into one. Today we chat about his journey to becoming a mixologist and spirits consultant, how you can start and set your very own home bar including how to make your own simple syrup at home, his favourite gins and cocktails, and of course a fun gincident or two.Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Brett ThiessenBrett is an experienced mixologist, beverage specialist and consultant, and spirits ambassador with a passion for creative cocktails.You can find & follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest    Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
30:11 04/21/2022
A Confluence of Gins, with special guest Ross Alger
On today’s episode, I welcome Ross Alger - Founder of Confluence Distilling and the Past-President of the Alberta Craft Distillers Association. Today, we chat about how he came to own a distillery, all about their products, some ginteresting facts about the Alberta Craft Distillers Association and important distillery legislation, and of course a fun gincident or two.Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Confluence DistillingConfluence is a Calgary-based urban distillery focused on producing gins and ready-to-drink canned cocktails.  Confluence means the meeting of two rivers, in the same way, Calgary is located at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers.  Confluence strives to bring people together by facilitating exceptional experiences through the power of gin.  We work to enhance the community and culture of Calgary, to make it an even better place to live. About Ross Alger, co-founder and distiller of Confluence, and past-president of the ACDARoss is a former oil and gas engineer who started tinkering with distilling at a relatively young age.  Ross started the distillery with his partner Pheelan Mah in 2018 in the heart of the Barley Belt in Calgary, surrounded by craft breweries.  Many of the unique projects Confluence works on are collaborations with the various breweries in the neighbourhood.  Ross also assists with the Alberta Craft Distillers Association in order to drive the industry forward and lobbies for improvements to our fire code, and provincial and federal tax rates (which are significantly higher than comparable industries). You can find & follow Confluence Distilling at:confluencedistilling.cahttps://liftcdnspirits.ca/https://www.albertacraftdistillers.com/InstagramFacebookYou can find & follow GINspired at:  Grab your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest    Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
24:37 04/15/2022
GINteresting Facts, Stats, & News, with special guest Carl Richards
On today’s episode, I welcome back my good friend Carl Richards. Today, we chat about some ginteresting fun facts, stats, and news that you may not know. We talk a bit about the world gin awards, the world gin map and I have a very gintriguing gincident story for you. It's a content-filled episode that will ginspire any gin fan and you don't want to miss it. Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.Links from this episode:World Gin MapThe Gin GuideWorld Gin AwardsYou can find & follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest   Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
29:27 04/01/2022
The Garnish Master, with special guest Dom Scullion
On today’s episode, I welcome Dom Scullion – a garnish master located in Scotland. Today, we have fun chatting about Scottish gins, and a super important topic that often gets left behind - garnish and pairing garnish with a cocktail. We discuss how he became a garnish master and, of course, there are also gincidents and cocktails to be shared. Please do join us.Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Dom ScullionDom is a ginthusiast who is passionate about garnish and cocktail photography. He's blended his three loves into a business where he teaches cocktail lovers how to create and pair their own garnishes and cocktails. A self-taught garnish master and cocktail photographer, he enjoys connecting with others and sharing his passion for gin and garnish.  You can find & follow Dom at:InstagramYou can find & follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest  Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
29:19 03/25/2022
The Gnu Normal, with special guests Tony Messer & Darren Scott
On today’s episode, I welcome Tony Messer & Darren Scott of Gnu Craft Spirits. Today, we chat about their journey and experience of starting a craft gin distillery during the pandemic in Alberta, the meaning behind their company name, where they are in the process, their first gin product, how Darren was responsible for the Macarena craze in the 90s, and so much more.Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Gnu Craft SpiritsWhen COVID-19 mandates forced us all apart, the founders of Gnu Craft Spirits, Dawn, Tony, & Darren, started dreaming up ways they could continue to safely bring people together. Naturally, the conversation turned to booze.Never ones to take themselves too seriously, they wanted to create a product and a brand worth gathering around; something fun that provoked conversation which is how Gnu Craft Spirits was born.The Gnu (The ‘G’ is silent) is an African plains animal known for sticking with the herd. Gnus are resilient and adaptive, and always on the lookout for their next watering hole. Kind of like  Dawn, Tony, & Darren.  About the Gnu Normal London Dry Gin        The Gnu Normal London Dry Gin was designed to be a go-to gin that the whole herd can enjoy. Every small batch is made with Western Canadian juniper berries, grains from the Alberta prairies, and sun-dried orange and grapefruit peel which elevates the fresh, citrus taste, making it perfect for a dry martini, G&T, or your favourite cocktail. The Gnu Normal was recently awarded bronze by the World Gin Awards for best London Dry Gin in Canada, 2022. Tony Messer - Head DistillerTony's love for gin goes way back, starting with a stolen sip of his mom's Tom Collins to a weekend kick-off gin and tonic in university. After tasting many gins and developing his own palette for botanicals, he developed the mash recipe for Gnu Craft Spirit’s flagship gin: The Gnu Normal London Dry Gin. Tony enjoys a G&T most days, and while trying other brands "in the name of continuing education" his go-to drink remains The Gnu Normal with a slice of orange and a dash of tonic, on ice.  Darren Scott - Chief Operations Officer and DirectorDarren’s introduction to spirits started behind the bar in the 90’s slinging vodka slimes at some of the most iconic bars and restaurants in Calgary, eventually landing in a series of senior customer service and digital marketing roles where he was able to connect two of his passions: community and design.Darren has always been a gatherer of people and good times, using music, hockey, and booze as a catalyst for connection. When he’s not at the rink with his kids he’s dreaming and scheming up ways to get as many bottles of The Gnu Normal London Dry Gin on as many bar carts as possible across Alberta.You can find & follow Gnu Craft Spirits at:gnucraftspirits.comInstagramFacebookTwitterYou can find & follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
29:48 03/18/2022
How a Distillery Down Under got Started During the Pandemic, with special guest Nikki Oesterle
On today’s episode, I welcome Nikki Oesterle co-founder of Papaiti Gin located in Whanganui,  New Zealand. Today, we chat about her journey and experiences of starting a craft gin distillery in New Zealand during the pandemic, where they are in the process, their first gin product, some favourite NZ gins and cocktails, and of course a fun gincident story or two. Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Nikki Oesterle and Papaiti GinNikki is the New Zealand-based co-founder of Papaiti Gin, a craft gin distillery in the making. What started out as a wild, absolutely gin-infused idea a couple of years ago, has blossomed into reality, as Nikki and her partner Adrian have set up their premises in Whanganui, New Zealand and are steps away from their launch. Combining her passion for creating delicious gin using locally sourced botanicals, with her special knack for digital marketing, she has created a visual experience through Papaiti Gin’s social media presence, taking followers along their journey of opening a craft gin distillery. You can find and follow Papaiti Gin at:https://papaitigin.co.nz/FacebookInstagramYou can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest      Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
24:49 03/11/2022
A Passion for all Things Gin, with special guest Sailor Guevara
On today’s episode, I welcome Sailor Guevara, a veteran of the spirits and hospitality industry, a published and celebrated Mixologist, an author, and acclaimed podcast host – she’s has been crafting cocktails and educating people on spirits around the world for a very long. Today, we chat about her love of gin, her path to becoming a spirits specialist and her passion as an educator,  her favourite gins and cocktails,  some gin history, her virtual cocktail business, and of course, we share some fun ginspired stories (that may or may not involve an Alice in Wonderland costume).Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Sailor GuevaraSailor Guevara, a veteran of the spirits and hospitality industry, is the 2020 winner of the World of Whiskey Icon award – bestowed on the individual who most capably advances understanding and appreciation for the craft of whiskey making. A published and celebrated Mixologist, Sailor has been crafting cocktails around the world. She is an author and contributor to American Whiskey Magazine and an acclaimed podcast host and published mixologist. Sailor’s passion for whiskey and spirits history is unmatched and easily contagious when she’s in a room. In late 2020, Sailor launched two businesses, Sailor Guevara Cocktail Co & Guevara & Co, providing virtual cocktail and spirits experiences and custom experience boxes & fulfillment.You can find and follow Sailor at:https://www.sailorguevara.com/FacebookInstagram - Sailor CocktailsInstagram - Metal Rock WhiskeyInstagram - Sailor GuevaraYou can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest     Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
35:58 03/04/2022
Fun with Gin, with special guest Audrey Fung
On today’s episode, I welcome Audrey Fung. She has fun making gin cocktails, taking pictures of them and, most of all, drinking them. We chat about her love of gin, the gin community, her growing Instagram account, and of course her favourite gins and cocktails.Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Audrey FungAudrey is a ginthusiast who is a pharmacist by day and an amateur bartender by night. She has fun making gin cocktails, taking pictures of them and posting them on her Instagram account, and, most of all, drinking them. You can find and follow Audrey at: InstagramYou can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest     Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
22:00 02/25/2022
Mad About Gin, with special guest Scott Thompson, Mad Laboratory Distilling
On today’s episode, I welcome Scott Thompson, Founder and Distiller of Mad Laboratory Distilling. Today, we chat about how he got started in distilling, the origin of their mad name, their gins and bitters, and so much more. We also share some pretty fun GINcident stories. Please do join us.Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Mad Laboratory DistillingMad Laboratory Distilling located in Vancouver, BC produces fine hand-crafted spirits, with a focus on making a beautifully rich and smooth single malt whisky. While we wait for our barrels to reach maturity, you can enjoy our other fine products, including vodka, gin, raki, kombucha liqueur, white single malt, and batched cocktails.We take a completely hands-on approach to spirits, from building our custom equipment to brewing, distilling, and ageing. Each step is carefully controlled and tested for the best quality. Mad Laboratory products are a beautiful and enriching experience, winner of many awards, premium spirits at their best.You can find and follow Mad Laboratory Distilling at:https://www.madlabdistilling.com/FacebookInstagramYou can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest    Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
25:00 02/11/2022
A Mother's Ruin is a Cornish Blue Flamingo, with special guest Craig Brook-Hewitt, Mother's Ruin 1751
On today’s episode, I welcome Craig Brook Hewitt – owner and master distiller of Mother’s Ruin 1751 located in Cornwall, England. Today, we chat about how a flamboyant Navy guy created a gin business, their flagship product Cornish Blue Flamingo Gin, their other yummy products, and so much more. We also share some cocktails and stories. Please join us. Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Mother's Ruin 1751Craig Brook-Hewitt founded Mother's Ruin 1751 in July 2018 with his father Ken, who worked for twenty years in the brewing and distilling business and is now their product developer and business partner. His passion for Gin began whilst he was serving in the Royal Navy, and funnily enough ‘grew legs' during the Royal wedding of the Duke of Sussex to his wife the Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan.He had his sight set to create his very own gin, however, he believed that introducing his Gin Flights and gaining the knowledge and experience of the local gin world first would give him a better understanding of what type of Gin he would like to create, and over time Cornish Blue Flamingo was born!You can find and follow Mother's Ruin 1751 at:https://www.mothersruin1751.co.uk/FacebookInstagramYou can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest   Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
21:27 02/04/2022
A Distillery By the Sea with special guest Jason MacIsaac, Sheringham Distillery
On today’s episode, I welcome Jason MacIsaac, Co-Founder and Master Distiller of Sheringham Distillery located on beautiful Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Today, we chat about how it all started, their philosophy on product development, and of course, their gins, what's next for the distillery, a pretty cool GINcident, and so much more. Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. About Sheringham Distillery From the Pacific ocean spray to the fresh floral blooms and a cool rainforest that is as refreshing as a seaside stroll – Sheringham is a true expression of island life on the west coast of Canada. Their flavour profiles are unmistakably recognizable in a full spectrum of libations and offer a smooth balance that only a chef’s palette could perfect while being celebrated as some of the best in the world. The Distillery’s inspiration was born from a Prohibition-era bottle washed up from the sea, a “Favorite” schooner, and one helluva good story. About Jason MacIsaac,  Co-Founder & Master Distiller: Jason's innovative chef-approach to recipes and distillation continually pushes boundaries and has resulted in a range of carefully crafted, utterly unique and smoothly-balanced flavour profiles. His experience ranges from Michelin-star restaurants to working as a private chef for an international royal family where he met every challenge as an opportunity to deepen and expand his craft. He works alongside his partner in life and business, Alayne MacIsaac, Sheringham's visionary. You can find and follow Sheringham Distillery at:http://www.sheringhamdistillery.com InstagramYoutube You can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest  Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
18:45 01/28/2022
How You Can Drink Gin & Help Save The Rhino, with special guest Bill Perlot, Golden Rhino Gin
On today’s episode, I welcome Bill Perlot - brand ambassador for The Golden Rhino Gin for our first episode of season 2. Today, we chat about Golden Rhino Gin (a rare gin), the Shared Universe Foundation and what it’s doing to protect endangered species such as the rhino, and what you can do to help. Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Golden Rhino GinRhinos and gin do not have much in common… But what they do have is that The Shared Universe Foundation, a non-profit organization, has created a finely made gin to raise funds that go directly towards conservation efforts for endangered species, especially rhinos.Did you know that it costs about €45,000 (approx $64 000 CAD) a year to protect a rhino? Each bottle of The Rhino Golden Rhino Gin is hand-crafted in small batches by the master distiller group Old Packhouse Distillery in Tzaneen, South Africa. The taste is amazing and the cause worthwhile too! Drink gin and help save a rhino. About The Shared Universe FoundationThe Shared Universe Foundation is dedicated to advancing research, education, and conservation in regard to the rhinoceros and other endangered species, along with the provision of strategic support for biodiversity conservation programs and projects. The emphasis is on the protection and conservation of rhinoceros and other endangered species as well as increasing conservation awareness amongst the people of South Africa and abroad. The Golden Rhino Gin is made with the sole purpose of raising money to protect these beautiful animals and other endangered species. Together with Mapesu Private Game Reserve and Mopane Bush Lodge, they work up-close and personal on conservation projects, research, and education.You can learn more about the foundation,  volunteer opportunities, or make a donation at:https://shareduniversefoundation.org/ https://mapesu.com/See the SkyRhino here FacebookInstagramYou can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
17:16 01/21/2022
Heather & Larry's GINstitute Adventure
On today’s episode, I welcome back my good friend Carl Richards. Today,  we chat about a super fun ginspired adventure that Larry and I had the summer of 2021 when we went to a GINstitute and learned how to make our own gin. Listen in as I share all that happened on this epic weekend including some GINcidents we had along the way.Last episode of Season 1. Help me name my gin - currently called H2! It's like a traditional London Dry but a bit heavier on the citrus and a bit of pepper.  Send us an email at support@theginshop.ca with your ideas for a chance to win a cool GINspired gift. :)Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAYYou can find and follow GINspired at:  https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterestSupport the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
22:21 01/07/2022
Year's Best GINcidents of 2021
On today's episode, I welcome back my good friend Carl Richards. Today, we end out the year with a review of some of the best GINSPIRED GINcident stories of 2021! Together, we review 6 of the funniest GINcident stories of the year. Links to episodes mentioned:Still fired Distilleries – Episode 4 – Andrew CameronThe Art of Cocktail Creation – Episode 9 – Steve MurphyAdventures in Cookbook Creation – Episode 12Julie Tastes 3 Gins – Episode 13 - Julie ButlerHow to Properly Taste a New Gin – Episode 18 – Lesley Quinn Holiday Gin Cocktails – Episode 23 – Kate DingwallOrder your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAYYou can find and follow GINspired at:  https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterestSupport the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
25:44 12/31/2021
Easy Mixing Cocktail Recipes, with special guest Alexis Green, Fever-Tree
On today’s episode, I welcome back Alexis Green Marketing Manager – for Fever-Tree Canada. We chat about Fever-Tree’s new book - Easy Mixing, my new book, holiday cooking, gin, holiday and birthday plans, and so much more. Please join us for this Christmas Eve show.Please drink responsibly!Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAYOrder your copy of EASY MIXING on Amazon TODAYAbout Fever-Tree...They started with the idea that, if ¾ of your drink is the mixer #mixwiththebest. They work with only the best naturally sourced ingredients from around the world with no artificial flavours, colours, or sweeteners to create mixers that do justice to the world's finest spirits. You can find and follow Fever-Tree...In your local grocery store!https://fever-tree.com/ FacebookInstagramYoutubePinterestYou can find and follow GINspired at:  https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin related novelty items)FacebookInstagram   Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
19:13 12/24/2021
Yummy Holiday Gin Cocktail Guide, with special guest Kate Dingwall
 On this episode, I welcome back Kate Dingwall, wine and spirits expert, journalist, and co-author with me for GINSPIRED the cookbook.  Together, we discuss yummy holiday gin cocktails, holiday gins, how long to keep Vermouth in the fridge, some great holiday gift suggestions, and so much more! We also share our cocktails of the day and a fun GINcident or two. Please drink responsibly!Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAYAbout Kate DingwallKate Dingwall is a spirits and wine writer by day, and working WSET-trained sommelier/bartender at an award-winning restaurant. Her work regularlyappears in Toronto Life, Forbes, Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants, ELLE, Wine Enthusiast, MAXIM Magazine, Liquor.com, DuJour Magazine, Eater, and VinePair, and a number of other publications, both online and print. She finishes most days with a Gibson martini, on the rocks with a twist.You can find and follow Kate at:https://www.kate-dingwall.comhttps://muckrack.com/kate-dingwallInstagramLinkedInTwitterYou can find and follow GINspired at:  https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin related novelty items)FacebookInstagram PinterestGINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook is now available on Amazon and Kindle!Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
19:01 12/17/2021
The Martini Primer, with special guest Carl Richards
On today's episode, I welcome back my good friend Carl Richards and we talk about The Martini! Yes, everything you didn't know you needed to know about its vague history, as well as the making, ordering, and drinking of a Martini. Dry, wet, dirty, classic, perfect, shaken vs stirred, we talk about it all in this funny and informative episode. Cheers!Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAYYou can find and follow GINspired at:  https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINTERTIDE GINtastic clothing and fun gin related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterestSupport the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Want more GINSPIRED? Join us over on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ginspired/Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
28:11 12/10/2021