NB Gin goes back to the 70s… Come join us!

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Grab your platforms, we’re taking you back in time to the groovy ‘70s!

Yes, the disco balls are being revived in this special 1970s-inspired blog.

So let’s get started!

Flares

What to wear

Calling all fashionistas out there! Look out your flared polyester disco jumpsuits…you know exactly what we mean! We all had (and guiltily loved) these skin-tight, flared-bottom jumpsuits, which we, of course, rocked on a night out to the disco, dancing to a bit of ABBA or rocking out to the one and only Led Zeppelin.

For all other occasions, this was definitely the decade of the skirt. Empire waist midi skirts with asymmetrical flares were most popular, accompanied by a floral shirt and your favourite knee-high platforms!

cheese-and-pineapple

What to eat

The 70s saw a huge rise in the popularity of dinner parties and it was all about the colours!

The classic cheese and pickles hedgehog was a must-have (could you handle the shame of forgetting this?) alongside devilled eggs, prawn cocktails, square sandwiches (with the crusts cut off…obviously!) and quiche!

For dessert, the classic pineapple upside down cake was the centre of attention! But other classics such as the indulgent chocolate roulade, banana splits, soufflé and baked Alaska were also on the table.

1970s cocktails

What to drink (obvs)

The Pink Lady – gin, applejack, lemon juice, grenadine and an egg white! Oh yes, this uber-popular cocktail actually became one of the first “girly drinks”. You’d sip it from an avocado green glass whilst catching up on some well-needed girl chatter!

Singapore Sling – gin, cherry brandy, soda, grenadine and sweet & sour mix. The Singapore Sling in your favourite hurricane glass, perhaps before a wild night of dancing on tables to a bit of T Rex or Rod Stewart!

Grasshopper – Green crème de menthe, white crème de cacao and cream. Although it didn’t normally have gin in it, it was very much 1970s!

Served straight up without ice, this green concoction may have made you feel green the morning after!

Harvey Wallbanger – Vodka, Galliano and fresh orange juice. This refreshing zesty drink served on the rocks in a highball glass will kick things off at any classic 70s party! Go wild and try it with NB London Dry Citrus Vodka!

M*A*S*H

 70s trivia for your 70s party chat

Slang of the 70’s – ‘Psyche’, ‘in your face’, ‘phony’, ‘4-shaw’, ‘dig it’, ‘get down’ and ‘that’s sick’.

Events – Elvis Presley found dead, Margret Thatcher becomes the first woman Prime Minister, the Beatles break up, the US pulls out of Vietnam, Microsoft is founded, the first test tube baby born, Sony introduces the Walkman and the decimalised currency is introduced.

Cost of Living – Loaf of bread 9p, two cinema tickets 90p, bottle of whisky £3, pint of beer 20p, Range Rover £1,998.

Film & TV – M*A*S*H, Jaws, The Godfather, Star Wars, The Exorcist, Alien, Happy Days, Charlie’s Angels.

Oh, we want to go back to the 70s. For real. Now. Although there would be no NB Gin or NB Vodka so perhaps not.

Chin chin!

NB Gin is an artisan gin distilled in North Berwick, Scotland. It was recently voted the world’s best London Dry Gin. NB also produces the world’s only London Dry citrus vodka.

 

NB Gin to be served at prestigious art exhibition

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It might now be gracing the bars of the Big Apple, but there’s plenty going on for NB Gin back home too.

On Sunday, it will, in fact, be the gin of choice at a prestigious arts event taking place at Blenheim Palace, principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough and the birth place of Winston Churchill in 1874.

The Blenheim Art Foundation will be hosting a new exhibition by American artist and founding figure of Conceptual Art, Lawrence Weiner, who is regarded as one of the most influential artists working today with a career spanning more than fifty years.

The launch party takes place this Sunday (October 11) and it is here that NB Gin, along with its kindred spirit NB London Dry Citrus Vodka, will be served to around 500 high-profile guests. Both spirits will also be served again later that day at an intimate reception for 200 guests before dinner.

It is classic serves of gin and tonic, and vodka and tonic that will be on offer to the elite guest list, which will include a mix of influencers, art critics, opinion formers and industry leaders. The Art Foundation was launched at the Palace last year and was one of the most widely covered arts events in the media.

Vivienne Muir, CEO of NB Distillery, says: “We are really honoured to have had NB Gin and NB Vodka selected as the spirits of choice for this amazing event. Our focus for both drinks has always been on quality, and we are delighted that they are now being actively sought out by major events companies and other luxury brands, and that more and more people are being given the opportunity to enjoy them.”

Morten Jensen, partner at Billetto UK Ltd, who is organising the event, says, “NB Distillery’s spirits are synonymous with quality and were the obvious choice for this high-status event.

“They are meticulously blended to create the perfect balance of flavours, which makes them perfect for classic serves and cocktails, but they’re also delicious served neat. And not many brands can achieve that perfection.”

NB Gin and NB Vodka are produced at NB Distillery in North Berwick, East Lothian. Already a fixture in high-end bars, restaurants and department stores around Europe, the multi-award-winning NB Gin is becoming increasingly sought after both in the UK and overseas.

Most recently, it has partnered exclusively with Duggan’s Distillers to import the multi-award-winning spirit into the United States.

NB Vodka is enjoying its own success, having been served earlier this year to the tennis in-crowd at the 2015 Wimbledon Live event, and building its own reputation for quality in the drinks industry.

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Autumn dishes for your gin-fuelled evenings

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The weather is cooling, leaves are falling and the thermostat is slowly making its way up… hello again autumn!

Autumn means woolly knitwear, hot drinks and crisp mornings. But what about the gin, we hear you say.

Well, there’s really no need to panic because no cold weather will hinder your opportunity to enjoy a refreshing gin!

To adjust your preferences whilst keeping gin in mind, we came up with a few foody ideas to get you into the autumnal mood.

Spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash

We’re all about making food simple and delicious and at this time of year you can’t go past spaghetti squash.

It’s the perfect autumnal dinner and it’ll tickle your taste buds, warm you up and is a perfect match for a cheeky NB Gin & Tonic.

To make your super healthy squash just that little bit naughty, add a pinch of salt and pepper, a dash of pumpkin puree and a tad of butter.

Parma ham parcel

A savoury sensation

Looking for more of a nibble than a full dish? Well look no further than the crisp botanical taste of our gin with three mini bites.

First is a delicious mini parcel of soft cheese, rocket and pesto wrapped in Parma ham. Quick and simple, it’s one of those treats that tastes like it took ages to make.

To accompany this tantalising parcel, try a mini game pie filled with cubes of tender venison in a rich gravy with golden pastry. Got your taste buds going yet?

The third mini bite is a roasted acorn squash and garlic mash! Acorns and squash scream autumn, which makes this little delight perfect right now.

Pear-ific pudding

Gin goes surprisingly well with sweet treats and this fruity delight will make a fabulous autumn pairing.

Cinnamon poached pears are juicy and succulent and the sweetness of the cinnamon complements the understated tones of our gin.

Autumn garnishes to top off your gin

Rosemary

This versatile herb is just perfect for adding to your gin & tonic. The heady aroma enhances your favourite drink just that little bit more and prepares your taste buds before you even taste the gin itself! It also adds a powerful taste of a fragrant botanical tone.

Cinnamonum verum

Cinnamon stick

Cinnamon will make many appearances during the autumn thanks to its traditional association with this time of year, so why not add it to your gin? The sweet flavours of cinnamon exploring the sharper tones of the gin will create a sensation in your mouth.

Spiced apple

Another classic autumnal treat which will make a perfect garnish for your gin is spiced apple.

We know cinnamon works well with gin but cinnamon on apple in gin, well it’s just bloody perfect!

The cinnamon again adds the initial spicy tone, contrasted with the sweet crisp apple. Bring your refreshing NB Gin to this autumn party and you’ve created something truly spectacular!

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