Drinks trend forecasting - dressed as a reindeer
The London Tonic Series presents a festive cocktail masterclass with Mr Lyan
This year has seen its fair share of unlikely trends, causing even the most unsuspecting of Brits to reach ‘peak beard’, sip their way through summer on glasses of frosé and fill their phones up with tiny, pocket-sized monsters – but as we gear up for Christmas, what is the illusive Next Big Thing?
Thanks to the second instalment of the Beefeater ‘London Tonic Series’, Londoners can rest easy. Raffish global bartending legend, Ryan Chetiyawardana – a.k.a Mr Lyan – is set to put the gin into GINgle Bells and combine mixology with trend forecasting at the Beefeater gin distillery in Kennington, South London. For free! (NB booking is essential)
Taking place on Saturday 3rd December, the event will see Mr Lyan share his inside knowledge on drinks and cocktail trends for Christmas 2016. The man responsible for bringing pre-batched cocktails to the fore through his renowned east-end bar White Lyan, Ryan will also teach guests how to make three bespoke, specially created Beefeater drinks.
As with all of London’s trendiest December gatherings, Christmas attire is strictly compulsory for all attendees (festive jumpers accepted, elf onesies encouraged), with Mr Lyan giving a signed copy of his best-selling cocktail book, Good Things to Drink, to the best dressed guest.
Beefeater’s GINgle Bells is free of charge and will take place over two sessions on Saturday 3rd December, from 1.30 pm until 4pm and from 3.30pm until 6pm (the sessions start at 2.00pm and 4.00pm sharp).
Interested event goers can also add a tour of the iconic Beefeater South London distillery to their afternoon for £12 (£10.80 for concessions), by visiting beefeaterdistillery.com and booking onto the 1.30pm or 3.30pm slot.
Kasia Karpieszuk, Manager at Beefeater London, The Home of Gin, said: “Despite making our iconic London Dry Gin since the early 1800s, our Beefeater distillery is one of London’s best-kept secrets.
“Now, Mr Lyan will be sharing the hottest trends in the drinks world for this Christmas as part of our London Tonic Series, making our historic home – The Home of Gin – a destination for curious Londoners and gin lovers alike.”
The London Tonic Series features one event per month at the Beefeater Gin Distillery from November 2016 to June 2017, showcasing the best of London’s arts and culture scene, from stand-up comedians to leading spoken word artists.
Guests will also be invited to make a charitable contribution to the London Tonic Series’ charity arts partner, the City & Guilds of London Art School; a not-for-profit, specialist higher education institution also based in Kennington, which trains the next generation of Fine Artists, Conservators and Historic Carvers.
Guests will not be permitted without government-issued identification proving they are at least 18 years old.