First of all I just want to apologise profusely for the terrible quality of these photos; the atmosphere of the event was amazing but a little too dark to take decent photos. And second of all, The Botanist First Birthday party event in York was *potentially* the best event I’ve ever been to!
I’ve been to The Botanist twice before; once just for cocktails and once for a meal with Matt so I thought I knew what to expect but the event last Tuesday totally blew my expectations out of the water!
The evening began with prosecco on arrival and we were introduced to the lovely Megan who’d invited me along. I brought one of my oldest friends, Steph, along with me and even though she’s not a blogger herself, she also had an amazing time. We chatted to Megan for a good while, discussing our jobs and the blogging industry and then we headed to the gin making station that was hosted by a lovely guy called Matt.
I have a confession to make – I always thought I despised gin and whenever I’ve tried it before I was never impressed at all, that is until I tried Brockmans Gin at The Botanist. Matt revealed to us that it was probably never actually the gin that we didn’t like; it was the mixer that we were drinking it with. Previously, whenever I’d tried gin, I’d always had it with tonic and I realised that was my downfall; because gin is actually bloody delicious.
We had the Brockmans Gin accompanied by ginger beer and garnished with strawberries, blueberries, an orange slice and some mint and omfg it was DELISH. I can honestly say that I’ve now been converted to loving gin and I can’t wait until the next time we head out so I can have another one! It reminded me of summer so even though it wasn’t a drink I would necessarily recommend for the colder months, I’d still drink it because it was bloody lovely.
Steph and I then took a seat at one of the tables in the restaurant and we enjoyed chatting away while drinking our [many] drinks. The waiters kept filling our prosecco glasses up and we were offered a number of different cocktails to try too; it’s safe to say we were a little tipsy by the time we were called for food…
We chatted to Megan for ages while we waited for other people to go up to the “canapé station” and I can safely say that she was the most lovely PR girl I have ever met. I’ve been incredibly lucky to attend a number of events this year but The Botanist was hands down the best one so far, and that was largely due to how accomodating and welcoming Megan was.
After a little while we decided to head up to where the canapés were displayed but unfortunately we’d left it a little late as there really wasn’t too much food left… We still managed to grab a small plate of pork scratchings and some delicious bread in the shape of a pretzel. The pork scratchings were by far the nicest I’ve ever had and I’ve been dreaming about them ever since.
After food and even more prosecco, Steph and I decided to have a wander up to another cocktail making station where Felix was teaching the guests how to make a Strawberry Cucumber Breeze. If you follow me on Instagram then you may have seen this process on my Stories but essentially we were given step-by-step guidance on how to make the perfect cocktail. It was incredibly fun to mix all the ingredients together and I definitely felt a bit like Tom Cruise in Cocktail…
Once we’d finished the cocktail making, we sat back down to enjoy our concoctions and revel in our amazing cocktail-making skills. Megan also joined us for another chat and we talked about everything under the sun. At about 10pm (bearing in mind we’d been there since 6.30pm…) we decided to call it a night and head back home.
A special thank you goes out to the lovely staff at The Botanist York for hosting such a lovely evening and a huge thank you to Megan for inviting me to the event – I had such an amazing evening!
Have you ever been to The Botanist? What’s your favourite cocktail? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.