Foraging For Gin & Tonic Ingredients

Here at Longflint we reckon that sharing knowledge really helps the world go round. Over the years we've picked up a few tips and tricks that we're happy to share so that you can make your own great drinks at home. After all, a night drinking a gin and tonic that you handmade yourself is a sure-fire way to impress your friends.
What could be better? Actually foraging for your own ingredients in Victoria Park. So that's exactly what we did. Our co-founder, James paired up with forager James (no, seriously his handle on Instagram is actually @forager) to take 16 eager participants on a field trip through East London.
Beginning in Victoria Park, we made our way through the often forgotten overgrown foliage along the canal learning about the dos and don'ts of foraging in London's public parks. It turns out there are a lot of things that can make you very, very sick growing in our backyard. However, there are also a lot of yummy things that we can use to make everything from delicious cocktails to lucid dream enticing tea, mint for cooking with to mulberries to snack on, and even a cure for headaches.
Part two of the workshop took place back at the Longflint Bar in Shoreditch. After a quick bus ride, we jumped straight back into learning with James taking the group through a recipe and method for simple sugar syrup, demonstrating how to infuse vodka with elderberries and lemon to make gin, and then combining it all together. The result? A delicious lemon-y, liquorice-y concoction that had everyone's taste buds tingling with excitement.