Competition – Win a bottle of Pinkster!

Are you a Pinkster fan? Hopefully so. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s a lovely gin and very well established, taking it’s place in the market long before the boom in fruity ‘pink’ gins. Made with real raspberries, it’s lovely when served with light tonic and raspberry with mint garnish. As well as pioneers of pink, Pinkster are also keen on sustainability which is a hot topic at the moment. They recycle their gin soaked raspberries into their delicious ‘boozy berries’ and ‘gin jam’ and this year they released their ‘bag in a box’ Pinkster on tap. If you’d like to see a little more of what they do then pop across to their website. Whether you’ve already tried it or not, have I got a little treat for you! Read on to see how you can win a bottle.

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Pinkster have recently carried out some fun research with etiquette authority Debrett’s. Debrett’s are a professional coaching company, publisher and authority on etiquette. Established in 1769, they’ve seen all sorts of changes in society and social behaviour. Along with Pinkster, they have produced a fun guide which highlights the challenges of organising a girls’ night out and gives 10 top tips for avoiding etiquette pitfalls. Now I, for one, am not a one to be told what to do. However, I am also very much a one who suffers from foot in mouth. And, at times, a little social anxiety. So, I’d be very interested in seeing what tips it has to offer. So, to celebrate this helpful little thing, I’m running a competition across my social media to win a copy, along with a 70cl bottle of Pinkster gin.

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TEN GOLDEN RULES FOR A GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT, ACCORDING TO DEBRETT’S AND PINKSTER GIN

Phone amnesty, next day social sharing and other etiquette tips

Research commissioned by Pinkster Gin reveals that 83% of British women aged 25-55 find it stressful arranging a group night out. Nearly two thirds (63%) cited finding a date that suits everyone as the most common cause of stress, followed by getting friends to actually commit to the evening (46%).

People constantly on their phones (28%), friends suggesting somewhere too expensive (27%), and disputes over the bill (26%), were revealed as the biggest annoyances on the night itself, together with embarrassing photos being uploaded on social media (20%), too many selfies being taken (15%), and pals bragging about their children (14%).

These research findings have prompted Pinkster Gin join forces with etiquette authority Debrett’s and publish a handbook for taking the stress out of group gatherings.

The Girls’ Guide To Having Fun (In an Orderly Fashion) identifies the top ten party pitfalls and provides advice on how to avoid them.

Will Holt, director of Pinkster Gin, said: “We might be communicating with each other more than ever, but actually corralling and controlling a group of friends seems to be a minefield of social dilemmas.

“In a sign of the times, our research showed that the biggest bugbear on an evening out is friends being glued to their phones, ahead of disputes over splitting thebill.

“As the pink gin pioneer, we’ve fuelled many a girl’s night out and hopefully our practical tips will help ensure that your next get-together is the spirited success it deserves to be.”

Renée Kuo, managing director of Debrett’s said: “The Pinkster poll reveals that arranging a night out with friends can be fraught with challenges and that far from improving communication, our digital devices often hinder it instead.

“We were delighted to work with Pinkster on this new ten-point guide, which offers advice for overcoming a range of etiquette obstacles, including a meandering WhatsApp group, friends paying more attention to their phones than the conversation, and an unwelcome exposé of the night’s events on social media. This all goes to show that etiquette is as relevant now as it’s ever been.”

The guide light-heartedly highlights ten scenarios and how to tackle them:

The Whatsapp Planning Committee – go bold with dates and venues, and spare anyone who couldn’t make the evening a running commentary.

The Contagious Phone-Reach – agree a phone amnesty with devices out of sight at least for the meal, if not the whole evening.

The Unsplittable Bill – if you know certain pals are watching their spending, offer to knock a bit of their share, they can always turn you down if they prefer to keep it equal.

The Not-So Humble Brag – tempting as it may be to engage in one-up(wo)manship if someone starts waxing lyrical about her eldest’s glittering SAT results, simply smile and offer your congratulations.

How do you win? Well, I’ll be sharing this post across my social media platforms. All you need to do is comment underneath, tagging the 3 friends you’d like to enjoy a night with. I’ll be selecting one person to win a 70cl bottle of Pinkster, to get your night started and a copy of the guide to help you plan it.

Rules

  • Competition runs from 7pm Friday 20th September 2019 and closes 7pm Sunday 22nd September 2019.
  • Competition is open to UK residents, 18+ only.
  • Sorry, only one entry per person. If you’re found to be using a duplicate account, your entry will be void, so play fairly please!
  • No purchase required to win this. Simply tag 3 friends on either the Twitte, Facebook or Instagram post sharing this article.
  • Please be aware if you have been tagged, this doesn’t mean you’ve been entered. You’ll need to then tag 3 friends to be entered yourself.
  • Once the competition closes, I’ll select one winner at random. The winner will be announced on Monday 23rd September and I’ll get in touch to request an address for postage.

So, what are you waiting for? Get tagging!

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ADI Judging of Craft Spirits 2020 – Registration Open!

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For those of you who remember, I was lucky enough to go to San Francisco earlier in the year to judge for the ADI, in their Judging of Craft Spirits. Luckily for me, they like what I do so I’ve been invited back for next year.

I’ve recently had word that registration to enter your spirit in the competition has opened!

As director of the American Distilling Institute’s Judging of Craft Spirits it is my privilege to tell you that registration for our 2020 competition is open. The Judging of Craft Spirits is the oldest and most respected spirits competition dedicated to producers of craft spirits. We accept US and International entries in all classes and categories of distilled spirits, RTDs, cocktail bitters, aperitif & fortified wines from ADI Members as well as non-member small and medium-scale producers.
Medals for both the spirit and packaging are awarded only to those judged worthy of recognition. All entrants will receive written feedback with comments from the spirit judges. And, all entrants are evaluated to see if they meet the standards for ADI’s Certification of Craft Spirits at no additional cost or paperwork. Award winners will receive physical awards as well as a digital renderings of all applicable medals, awards and certifications.
For any international spirit not yet exported to the US we also provide a free online COLA Waiver application which allows you to legally ship samples to our competition that do not have a certificate of label approval from the US Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. December 22, 2019 is the last day to apply for the waiver and all spirits registered before December 29, 2019 will automatically receive our early-bird discount, and save $50/spirit entered.
For more information, please go to www.distilling.com/judging, feel free to contact me directly, or click the link to Enter Today!

As well as this, I’ve had a further email offering discounts for certain spirits.

In addition, we have created a few discount codes for international producers who may not be members of ADI. If you know any international spirits that falls into one of the below categories please feel free to share a discount code with them.
Code Group
2020BNIA Armagnac
2020BNIC Cognac
2020IBRAC Cachaça
2020PISCO Pisco
2020AGAVE Mexican Spirits
These codes discount the entry fee for non-ADI members by $100/spirit, which is in addition to the $50/spirit early-bird discount if producers register before December 29, 2019.

I’ve been donning my judges hat at a few competitions now. And, the ADI Judging of Craft Spirits is one of my favourites. There are a fantastic crowd of industry people there, some top spirit connoisseurs. And, not only is it carried out professionally, but it’s friendly and really fun. I would thoroughly recommend checking out their site and considering entry. They receive entries of many different spirits from all over the world, and last year it was our very own Cotswolds Gin that took the gin title.

If you’ve got any questions, do feel free to ask. And, if I can’t answer, I’ll certainly put you in touch with someone who can.