With only 2 points separating Wales, England and Ireland from claiming the cup – it’s no wonder that many of us will have our eyes glued to the screens this wonderful weekend. 

The welsh dragons are one game away from claiming the championship but will playing the mighty Ireland on home soil prove to be an easy win or a well-underestimated battle for the title? We cannot wait to find out!

England face Scotland which is predicted to be unchallengeable for Owen Farrell and the boys but like all amazing championships, it isn’t over until the final whistle blows. What promises to be a weekend of highs and lows for the British Isles, at Hogarths no matter what the result – we promise you will have a superb weekend in your favourite gin palace. 

We have everything set for a weekend of amazing rugby and St Patrick’s celebrations and to pay homage to the superb sponsorship stout that is “Guinness”  – have a fantastic prize draw.

During the Six Nations tournament this weekend – every time you purchase a pint of the amazing Irish brew, you will be entered into a prize draw for a 2 night stay in Dublin. The draw will take place during the Six Nations final Saturday 16th March.

All you need to do is buy a pint. It’s that simple. With St Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, and the entire of Ireland crossing their fingers for their result against Wales, can the luck of St Paddy pull a win in Ireland’s direction and give you the chance to have a wonderful weekend in a land of green and glory. Get yourself a pint of Guinness and give yourself a chance of a trip of a lifetime.

So grab your flags, grab your friends, family or whoever you can drag this weekend and come and watch this amazing sport which promises to be nail biting from start to finish. And remember…purchase a pint of glorious Guinness to stand a chance to win that amazing stay in Dublin. 

With Spring just a few moments away, March not only marks the month of celebrating fresh starts but it also harbours one of the most festive events in the Irish calendar…its St Patrick’s Day. The Guinness is pouring, the Irish tricolour will be hung and most definitely the whiskey will be flowing. This weekend Hogarths will be hosting some fantastic St Paddy’s events that you will certainly remember. 

But why is St Patrick’s Day so popular?

St Patrick’s Day is an annual globalcelebration of Irish culture which falls every year on the 17th March. Originally it was a day to remember St Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland in the fifth century and actually didn’t drink alcohol. Now, St Patrick’s Day is celebrated across the globe, especially within Irish communities and organisations – but for those of us who aren’t Irish – we don our ginger beards, shamrock hats, cover ourselves in green and become Irish for the day to raise a glass to St Patrick. 

The World of Wonderful Whiskey

Of course, it is impossible to mention St Patrick’s Day without paying homage to one of the greatest whiskeys of Irish heritage Jameson. As Ireland’s No1 whiskey, Jameson’s has delighted the taste buds of whiskey drinkers for many many years. But did you know… St Patricks Day is the 2ndbiggest Jameson consumption occasion outside of Christmas and no matter what Hogarths you visit this weekend, you will be able to grab a glass of this wonderful whiskey…however you like it! 

This St. Patricks Day try the Jameson fantastic ‘Hero Serve’ to pay respects to Ireland’s classic whiskey. The ‘Hero Serve’contains a good serve of Jameson’s whiskey, ginger ale and lime. This serve is the perfect way to jazz up the classic whiskey and for those of you who are not tempted by a Jameson’s on the rocks, grab our ‘Hero Serve’ and start your love of this superb Irish spirit. 

So no matter what you are doing this weekend, grab your family, grab your friends and head to your local Hogarths to grab yourself your favourite gin or tempt your taste buds with the “Hero Serve” but if there is one thing to remember this weekend it is.. St Paddy’s Day is a day to make stories, not plans. 

Days are getting brighter, temperatures are rising and with the help of the zealous minds of Zymurgorium there is now a drink that will definitely liven up those warm spring evenings and put you right in the heart of your favourite beach destination. 

Say ALOHA to their newest and most fabulous creation of 2019…FLAGINGO GIN.

Inspired by the gorgeous rose birds that carry its name, this exotic and funky gin will definitely be strutting its stuff across our gin palaces. Infused with the flavours of the Caribbean such as Mango, Pineapple and Passionfruit, this tutti frutti pink gin packs a pretty impressive punch at 38% ABV and we believe will be a hit for our drinks terraces and the perfect tipple for any afternoon you want to brighten.  

The History of the Brand

Zymurgorium have tantalised our taste buds since their appearance in 2013. Mastered by the genius mind of Aaron Darke. The ‘Big Cheese’ at this artisan distillery in the heart of Manchester began his journey by brewing for his university friends where he studied microbiology. He combined his love of botanics and science and embarked on his adventures with Darke Crafts in 2012 – set up in his mother’s shed. Soon business was booming and the before long the brand ‘Zymurgorium’ as we know it was born. 

But where does the name come from? 

With such vibrant and zany creations, it is no wonder that Darke had to come up with a name that epitomised everything that the brand stood for. Amalgamated from the words “Zymurgy” (the study of brewing) and “Emporium”being a store that sells a mass array of goods and trinkets thus the name was brand was born and has continued to wow ever since. 

Since 2013, Aaron and the brand have released hit after hit, with the likes of their Parma Violet gin creating a new gin loving phenomenon across Britain. And don’t forget, Hogarths created the Parma Violet Perfect Serve. It would be hard to find any gin loving individual or gin virgin that has not heard of any of the Zymurgorium creations. So with the ever rising popularity of fabulous gin based liqueurs, we have no doubt here at Hogarths that FLAGINGO will be flying off the shelves! 

Priced at £16.50 for a 50cl bottle from http://zymurgorium.com/product/flagingo-pink-gin/

At Hogarths our recommend perfect serve for this Caribbean inspired creation is:

Plenty of ice, Schweppes Tonic or Schweppes Lemonade (depending how much of a sweet tooth you have) and garnished with Pineapple and Blueberries. 

So if FLAGINGO gin takes your fancy – or if you’re new to gin and want to try something that has a little more flavour than your average G&T – come along to Hogarths and get FLAGINGOing this spring! 

For many of us, January seemed liked the longest month on record, February went in a flash and now spring is soon on our doorsteps. Supermarket aisles have filled with Easter eggs, bunnies and chicks are taking over shelves and the war over finding the glorified “white crème egg” has begun. But before we divulge into a weekend of scoffing our faces with more chocolate than we can handle, there is an important day in our calendar. 

It’s that time where the nation grabs their flour, eggs and frying pans and heads into the kitchen racking up a delicious heap of our favourite spring staple – The Pancake.

We have hunted down the best gin flavours to add to your pancakes:

Boozy Berries – Soak your favourite berries in your favourite gin for a good 24 hours and spread them across your pancake.


Gin Jam – Always one of our “go to’s” Gin Jam uses the left over raspberries which form Pinkster Gin and make a delicious jam, easy to spread over your pancake.

Marks & Spencer Lemon Gin & Tonic Sauce – New to the shelves this year M&S have brought out a classic partner for any pancake lover. “A tart and tangy sauce full of classic, punchy flavour and made with 4% gin”

We have also found a recipe to make your Pancake Day as perfect as possible, not only will it delight your tastebuds it will even keep your waistline at bay. As you know, we love sharing recipes based on the Slimming World lifestyle plan and our Pancake recipe is no different. Using up your Healthy Extra B, this recipe is fun, filling and absolutely flippin’ tasty. 

What you need:

40g Porridge Oats (blitzed or unblitzed)

50ml Skimmed Milk 

1 medium egg

(Makes approx 8 mini pancakes)

Method:

  1. If you would like a smooth set of pancakes, blitz your oats in a food processor until a powdery mixture is created. 
  2. Measure out 50 ml of milk and combine with your oats and skimmed milk – this should produce a thick mixture
  3. Heat up frylight in a frying pan and gently pour rounds of the mixture into your frying pan. 
  4. When the mixture looks to be moveable (this should be after 1.5 minutes), flip the pancakes and cook the other side. 
  5. Stack up and serve with berries, Greek yogurt or for an indulgent treat – Nutella/peanut butter. 

Have your frying pans at the ready because on the 5thMarch 2019 – we hope you have an absolutely flippin fantastic day. 

With epic scores, dramatic trys and heartfelt echoes of national anthems, this Six Nations Championship has already had a mind-blowing beginning. England’s incredible defeat of both Ireland and France put them at the top of the championship leader board with 10 points but with a fixture against the Welsh wonders this Sunday, England will have to do whatever they can to stop the dragons from taking their spot at the top.

Dominated by the British, with England, Wales and Scotland taking the top 3 spots in the table – the remaining nations will have to pull all their wits together if they wish to put a halt into any of the mighty trio from clenching the title this year. No matter what you are doing this weekend, get yourselves to Hogarth’s, grab your favourite G&T and sit back for what promises to be a hair-raising weekend of rugby.

The matches this weekend are as follows where you can come and view at any of our Hogarths Gin Palace’s across the UK

Scotland v France at The Stade de France, Paris at 14:15 (Sat 23)

Wales vs England at Principality Stadium, Cardiff at 16:45. (Sat 23)

Italy vs Ireland at Stadio Olimpico, Rome.  (Sun 24)

Facing Wales on their home soil promises to be challenging for the England squad. Surrounded by red shirts, painted dragon faces and roaring of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, Owen Farrell and his team must pull all their strength and power together if they wish to keep a firm grip of top of the championship leader board. Only 2 points separates the two nations so this Sunday, put down everything, cancel your plans and head to Hogarths because if you are a rugby fan or not – this is a game you certainly do not want to miss.  

So with the Guinness flowing, G&Ts pouring and our flat screen TVs on full volume. Get yourselves to Hogarths for a Six Nation’s weekend to remember! 

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, many of you are probably running to shops to pick up roses, chocolates, perfume and cuddly bears clutching ‘I love you hearts’. This year, Hogarth’s has done some research and found the best Valentines gifts for your nearest and dearest who love Gin just as much as we do. So if you fancy giving your loved one something different this year, take a look at our  top 3 glorious gifts to really put the fabulous in this February 14th

1 – Valentines Gin Tasting Set  

Valentines Gin Tasting Set

Courtesy of Drinks by the Dram, this gloriously gorgeous gin tasting set promises to wow the taste buds of your Valentine this February. It contains five different 30ml drams of gin from top producers, and you might notice a somewhat rose-tinted theme running through them. Available from Master of the Malt for a steal at £14.95, this is a perfect gift to sit down with your fellow gin lover and share a tasty tipple this Valentines. 

2 – Edinburgh Valentines Gin 

Edinburgh Valentines Gin

This scrumptious small batch gin is a creation by the fabulous minds at Edinburgh Gin. Chamomile, lemon balm, lemongrass and Kaffir lime leaf are combined to give a light, citrus freshness to the gin, while the rose and hibiscus flowers infuse which result in delicate floral notes creating its signature pink hue. So if you want to treat your Valentine with a gin sensually sweet and blushing in brilliance then this deliciously versatile tipple is definitely one for you or your Valentine. Grab yours quickly at Excel Wines now before they sell out.  

3 – The Chocolate & Gin Gift Collection

Looking for the perfect gin gift for your loved one? Well…here it is – a collection of Hotel Chocolat’s gin-flavoured chocolates and original, small-batch Cocoa Gin. The gin is distilled the traditional way: burst of juniper and zesty Minneolas with Coriander adding a fragrant element, but Hotel Chocolat’s Saint Lucian cocoa is the real star.  Containing a range of their famous chocolate truffles and two 50ml small batch gin bottles – this is a gift that keeps on giving. Available from Hotel Chocolat for £20. 


No matter what gift you decide to surprise your loved one with, here at Hogarth’s we have everything you need for a perfect date so Happy Valentine’s Day from everyone here at Hogarth’s – we hope you have a gintastic day!