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One of the best decisions we ever made was hiring the amazing Wes, from ‘Wedding Memory’ for our wedding videography.

He has been totally brilliant from start to finish. We barely knew he was there throughout most of the day, yet he has captured all of our favourite memories!

Being able to re-live special moments over & over again is something we really love to look back on.

…In fact, since Wes has sent over our preview video….We literally can’t stop watching!

You can watch our special day HERE

Love, Hannah & Quinn <3

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It has been a super busy year so far, some of you may of noticed we have abandoned travelling for a while.

It has all been for a good reason!

We got married on 30th March 2018 and also made a very exciting announcement…

WE’RE PREGNANT! Baby Swancott is due 13th October 2018.

It’s been so crazy organising the wedding and soaking up our amazing news, that blogging has taken a back seat, although we do have lots of exciting trips coming up! Especially our Honeymoon in June….WE’RE BACK IN THE GAME!

Here is our announcement video, I can’t stop watching everyone’s faces. Their reactions are brilliant! https://youtu.be/9-6l-gX2mBc 

We will share our wedding photos with you all when we receive them too.

Here is to our next adventure together <3

…Love the new Mr & Mrs Swancott & bump

<3

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The perfect weekend in Hereford!

I was lucky enough to recently visit the Chase Distillery in Hereford. I’ve been looking at doing a Distillery tour for such a long time so the timing was absolutely perfect!

Chase farm is surrounded by stunning rolling countryside, so I decided to make a weekend of it. They have a beautiful hotel called Verzon House which is just around the corner from the Distillery. They include transport in some of their packages too.

 

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It’s such an impressive farm from the minute you arrive. I was greeted by Chloe, who was our tour guide. She’s ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! She made the tour super special & provided us all with so much information about the Chase Family & the all-important process of creating their Vodka and Gin.

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The thing I loved the most & noticed from the very beginning, is how the family is at the heart of everything they do. It’s so special to have William, Harry & James be so involved…So you know when you’re enjoying Chase, you’re supporting a Great British family farm!

They have around 57 team members. Meet some of the team here, including the ‘Head of Decisions’ (I’m intrigued….Adrian, can I have your job please!)

For such a big global brand it is a tight little team working hard creating your drinks from start to finish. Which I think is the most unique, special part of Chase.

“We hand finish all of our spirits. That way we know that a little bit of our passion is transported in that bottle. We hope you love it as much as we do!”

– Chase Distillery

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The tour & tasting lasted just over 2 hours. It was engaging, fun & immersive all the way through! The journey starts as you get comfy on the Chase sofa’s and begin to learn about Will’s history & how Chase was born.

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You then start the hands-on tour, where you learn about the different steps from Field to Bottle

Step 1:  Potato Farm – It’s here that they grow King Edward and Lady Claire potatoes for the distillery, as well as cider apples for their Naked Chase Apple Vodka and Williams Gin.  It’s this single-estate approach that makes them so different – something you can taste in their award-winning vodka.

Step 2: Fermentation –  They start by mashing up the potatoes and apples, which are all harvested from the fields and orchards surrounding the farm. The apples are sweet enough to ferment naturally, but they add a brewer’s yeast to the potato mash to help it along the way.

Step 3: Distillation – They put the low alcohol wine from the fermentation stage into their bespoke copper batch pot and wait patiently as it’s distilled four times here and twice more in the rectification column. The column is the tallest of its kind in the world, at 70ft it rises through the roof of the barn!

Step 4: Bottling – After distillation, the raw spirit is tempered with water drawn from a source at the heart of the farm. Once it’s reached a much more drinkable 40% abv, they hand bottle their vodka and seal it with a handmade cork. The whole process, from farm to bottle, takes up to two weeks.

Step 5: Making Gin –  Unlike most distilleries, they opt out of buying in a readymade neutral grain spirit. They use either Chase Original or Naked Chase Vodka as the base to Williams Gins. Gin made from Vodka, who knew?

Step 6: Sustainability – As farmers at heart they value our countryside, every inch of it, from field to bottle.

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“It’s great fun seeing the raw materials we grow on our farm being turned into products that sit on the shelves of some of the world’s top bars.” Harry Chase, Chase Farmer

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There are little tasters along the way, but the real tasting comes at the end where you try four favourite Chase combinations & you have the chance to purchase your favourites.

I adore the Chase Elegant 48 Gin, Chase Rhubarb Vodka, Chase Elderflower Liqueur, William’s Seville Orange Gin, William’s Pink Grapefruit Gin, Chase Orange Marmalade Vodka….Basically all of them, I LOVE THEM ALL!

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“Our passion? To bring you the best tasting Vodka and Gin our family can possibly make!

That’s our promise.” – Chase Distillery

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I really did have the best weekend! Huge thanks to Chloe & the team at the Chase Distillery. I will be back!

Enjoy…Hannah xx

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  Let Valentines Weekend Be-GIN ♡

Give a little love this Valentines day with Chase Distillery, the gift that keeps on giving!

”Valentines Day is the worst day of the year to suprise your girlfriend with over priced flowers” side note: do not be that person, gin is always the answer

Rose Tea Collins

50ml Chase Vodka

15ml rose tea syrup

15ml fresh lemon juice

Soda to top

Method: Make a rose tea syrup by steeping 3 rose tea bags in 200ml hot water and 100g of sugar for 10 minutes. Then remove tea bags and leave to cool. In a Collins glass filled with ice mix all ingredients and top with soda

Garnish: Rose petals and a wedge of lemon

Grapefruit & Cucumber Bliss

50ml Williams Pink Grapefruit Gin

20ml Fresh Pink Grapefruit juice

 2 slices of cucumber diced and muddled

12.5ml Sugar Syrup

12.5ml Fresh lemon Juice

Soda top

Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake with cubed ice. Double strain into tall glass over crushed ice.Garnish with fresh cucumber and pink grapefruit slice.

Negroni Gin Flip

 50ml GB Gin

10ml Campari

1 whole egg

20ml lemon juice

15ml sugar syrup

Method: Add all ingredients except ice and shake. Add ice and shake hard. Strain into a Coupe Glass.

Tropical Twist

40ml Chase Vodka

20ml Chambord

10ml Lavender Syrup

10ml Lime Juice

3ml Cranberry Bitters

30ml Lychee Juice

Method: Mix all ingredients together over ice and garnish with fresh Chinese Dragon Fruit, Watermelon, Lemon Grass and Raspberry.

Happy Valentines Day xo

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Valentine’s day is just around the corner, are you still looking for the perfect ‘Gin to your Tonic?’

….I have the perfect recipes for you, with a super sweet twist!

Warner Edwards Honeybee Gin is floral, zesty and infused with honey & elderflower for a well-balanced and moreish finish.

The range comprises five delicious flavours in addition to the classic Dry Gin: Warner Edwards Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin, Warner Edwards Harrington Elderflower Gin, Warner Edwards Harrington Sloe Gin, Warner Edwards Melissa Lemon Balm Gin and the newest edition, Warner Edwards Honeybee Gin!

Treat your loved one to HoneyBee Gin this Valentines & have some fun mixing up these amazing cocktail recipes together:

Bees Knees

50ml Gin

2 teaspoons honey

10ml fresh lemon juice

20ml fresh orange juice

Garnish: Rosemary and rose (optional)

Glassware: Coupette

Method: Add gin and honey to a shaker and stir until the honey dissolves. Add the lemon and orange juice and top up with ice. Shake well. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a small sprig of rosemary.

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Buzzecco

50ml Gin

10ml Honey

Prosecco

Garnish: Hibiscus

Glassware: Flute Glass

Method: Shake all ingredients together and top up with Prosecco.

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Buzzini (Sweet Martini)

60ml Gin

15ml Martini Rosso Vermouth

Dash of orange bitters or a squeeze of fresh orange (Optional)

Garnish: Orange Twist

Glassware: Coupette

Method: Stir all the ingredients over ice (for at least 15 seconds) in a mixing glass and pour into the martini glass, straining out the ice.

Bumble (A twist on a bramble)

50ml Gin

25ml Lemon Juice

15ml Honey

15ml Crème de Mure or Chambord

Garnish: Blackberry and Rosemary sprig

Glassware: Ball glass

Method: Pour the Gin, Lemon Juice and honey into your shaker, half-fill with ice, and shake until ice cold, Strain into an old fashioned rock glass filled with crushed ice. Drizzle the Creme de Mure over the top so it trickles through the ice. Garnish with fresh blackberries and a sprig of rosemary.

Perfect Serve

50ml Gin

Mediterranean tonic

Garnish: Lemon with sage (optional), or a slice of apple

Glassware: Ball glass

Method: Pour the Gin over plenty of ice, and top up with Mediterranean tonic. Garnish with a wedge of lemon and a few sage leaves or a slice of apple.

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Stockists:

Warner Edwards: https://www.warneredwards.com/gins/honeybee-gin 

RRP £40

Reviewed for Luxuria Lifestyle Magazine

Luxuria Lifestyle

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Happy Valentines Day Everyone! Enjoy, Hannah x

 

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