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Cuckoo Gin

Type: Distillery

Brindle Distillery, Holmes Farm
Sandy Lane
Brindle
Chorley
Lancashire
PR6 8LZ

Tel: 01772 323 313

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Cuckoo Gin

Brindle Distillery at Holmes Farm
The independent distillery is situated on Holmes Farm, nestled in the beautiful undulating landscape of rural Lancashire in the north west of England, in the charming, historical village of Brindle. Housed in a renovated barn and traditional red brick farm buildings, the distillery is home to Maggie, the latest addition to the family. The delightful yet sophisticated hand-built copper column still works alongside her kinsfolk, distilling the very finest in small batch handcrafted spirits.

The Brindle Cuckoo - 'Cuckoo Gin'
'Born ’n’ bred in Brindle? A Brindle Cuckoo tha’ be!' The legend of the Brindle Cuckoo begins in the middle ages, a time when it was a commonly held belief that on hearing the first call of the cuckoo, spring would start at a pace and the growth and fertility of the land would reward the local community with the food they relied upon. On this important occasion each year, farm workers were even given the day off to celebrate before the hard work began.
According to local folklore, one spring morning, on hearing the distinctive cuckoo call in the local fields, the villagers of Brindle hatched a plan to keep the cuckoo in the village. Believing it would bring them good farming weather not just for the spring but all year round, the locals set about building a wall around the field where the cuckoo was located.  It is said that if the wall had been built just two stones higher that the villagers would have succeeded but instead the cuckoo escaped and their plan was foiled.  Inspired by this wonderful tale of old, to this day, anyone born ‘n’ bred in Brindle is known as a Brindle Cuckoo, so Cuckoo Gin felt it only right that they follow in this tradition in naming their spirits, lovingly born and bred at Brindle Distillery.
 
Sustainability Starts at Holmes Farm
Sustainability starts at Holmes Farm and they believe their dear friend, Mother Nature, would be as proud of their eco-friendly principles as they are. All of the raw materials that go into making the spirits are locally sourced and grown on the farm. They grow their own crops in thier fields and their natural artesian aquifer delivers fresh spring water to the distillery. To give the spirits their distinctive taste, Cuckoo Gin use sustainably and ethically sourced botanicals from here in the UK and across the country.
Making the most of the natural resources on the farm is a good start but other commitments have been made, such as heating Maggie with renewable energy biomass boilers and putting all waste materials to good use. Byproducts of the distilling process are fed to our pedigree cattle and free-range chickens and straw from the barley is used for their bedding.  Also using straw in their packaging to keep the bottles safe in transit. Any natural waste material is composted and spread on the fields to enrich the soil for growing next years grain. 
Sustainably handcrafted in Lancashire using ingredients locally sourced and grown in our fields, and distilled with natural spring water from the artesian aquifer. The truly artisan spirits are made with the kind of dedication, care and passion you’ll only find down on Holmes Farm.

The Drink
If you want to know how to make your Cuckoo sing throughout the seasons; brighten up the darkest winter evening or cool you down on a rare summer day – follow these simple steps and you won’t be disappointed. Begin by chilling a large balloon glass with ice for 5 minutes. Discard this ice and replace with fresh ice to make your drink. Use lots to make sure your ice doesn’t melt. Pour in 50ml of Cuckoo Gin, then top with 100ml of premium tonic water. Garnish with a slice of orange peel and a sliver of fresh ginger. Mop your brow, kick off your wellies, sit back and enjoy. You’ve earnt it.

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Awards

  • National Awards***Member of Marketing Lancashire ***Member of Marketing Lancashire 2014
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2017 - Producers & Makers Award Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2017 - Producers & Makers Award 2017

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