Spirits of Christmas
There are plenty of ways to share Cuckoo Gin this festive season. Stephanie Sparrow reports
A sense of community is one of the positive aspects of this unpredictable year, as more of us have treasured local businesses and their commitment to producing quality products on our doorstep.
Brindle Distillery, the picturesque home of the award-winning Cuckoo Gin, embodies this ethos. A family business, based at Holmes Farm near Chorley, it is a welcoming community hub and the chance to shop, or grab a coffee in spacious, safe surroundings.
Outside lockdown its Cuckoo’s Nest Bar offers warm hospitality, while its Workshop Experiences and distillery tours have won rave reviews on Trip Advisor. The business supports local and national charities – Cuckoo Solace Gin has so far raised £26k for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and it donates to the renovations of Rivington Terrace Gardens whose Gaultheria berries are included in the limited edition Sloedown Gin.
From grain to honey, home-grown and locally sourced ingredients are used to craft the award-winning Cuckoo range.
“The gins are even distilled with water from our own spring on the farm,” says master distiller and director Mark Long. “The water has a clarity and quality which are essential to the process.”
Gin as good as this just has to be shared, and this Christmas, Mark and the team have created fabulous presents.
“We have launched the Luxury Cuckoo ‘Wow’ box,” says Mark. “It has two compartments which can be filled with a combination of our products, and even our beautifully designed glasses. You can design a bespoke gift and be sure that the recipient will say ‘wow’.”
For smaller gifts why not try Cuckoo Christmas Crackers? “They have a 5cl bottle and surprise voucher inside,” says Mark. Some even contain a ‘golden ticket’ for the Workshop Experience.
The crackers, which can be purchased individually or as a set of six, make witty table settings, tree decorations, or Secret Santa gifts – within age restrictions of course.
Shopping locally makes Christmas shopping easy. Gifts can be collected direct from the distillery with its free parking, delivered to specific postcodes in the area, or posted directly to the recipient. There are ideas for non-gin lovers too, they can enjoy Cuckoo Sundowner Rum or Spring Vodka (also made from the Holmes Farm spring).
Other unique presents include a range of gift vouchers and e-cards for either the Cuckoo distillery tour or Workshop Experience (which includes the opportunity to make your own gin).
“Our Sloedown Gin was inspired by the events of 2020, and with the vouchers we are offering something to look forward to in 2021,” says Mark.
Holmes Farm, Sandy Lane
Chorley PR6 8LZ