Mother’s Ruin
The great big gin quiz part two

The great big gin quiz part two

February 16, 2019

As season two draws to a close, Matthew takes the great big gin quiz, which reveals some of the fascinating facts we didn’t get to cover in previous episodes. We also speak to Jen and Robby from the South City Gin Club over in St Louis, Missouri, who give us the lowdown on the best American gins.

Gin: Medicine or poison?

Gin: Medicine or poison?

February 10, 2019

Gin began its life as a miracle cure for all ills, but later came to be regarded as a deadly poison. Here we uncover the truths and myths behind gin’s effects on the human body. We also have an interview with Dobson and Parnell, a restaurant and gin bar hailed as one of the best in the world.

Message on a bottle: Gin bottles, names and labels

Message on a bottle: Gin bottles, names and labels

February 3, 2019

This week we re-visit the topic of gin bottles, names and labels. Why does the Gordon's bottle bear the symbol of a boar? What was so different about the Beefeater brand when it launched, and where do Roku, Rock Rose and Kouru get their names? We also interview Costswolds Gin to find out all about the origins of their whiskey-style bottle design.

Gin and food

Gin and food

January 27, 2019

This week's episode looks at gin's relationship with food. Can you cook with gin? Can gin-soaked foods get you drunk? And what is the science behind gin as an aperitif? We also talk to the team from Fezziwig's Gin Yard in Liverpool, who give us all the bartender secrets on choosing a good gin. 

The gin glossary part two

The gin glossary part two

January 19, 2019

In this show we complete the gin glossary from N-Z. What does ‘nose’ mean, what is ‘vacuum distillation’, and who was Zosimos of Panopolis? Find out this week. We also have an interview with the head distiller at Newcastle Gin, and in battle of the gins we pitch two old toms against each other.

The gin glossary part one

The gin glossary part one

January 12, 2019

Some jargon-busting in store in this episode, as we cover part one of the A-Z gin glossary. We also interview Suzy Hobbs of Mr Hobbs gin, and we have a brand new section - battle of the gins - in which Elephant gin battles it out with Durham gin.

Ginfamous: Bootlegging and prohibition

Ginfamous: Bootlegging and prohibition

January 5, 2019

This week we revisit the topic of gin and crime, as we head to prohibition America, and learn about bathtub gin, speakeasys, wiseguys and bootlegging. We also make Al Capone’s favourite cocktail, the Southside Gin Fizz, plus all the latest gin news.

Gin in literature

Gin in literature

December 29, 2018

Join us as we interview none other than Sam Galsworthy, co-founder of the great Sipsmith brand. We also explore gin's relationship with literature, and how it affected the lives of some of the greatest 20th century writers. 

The drinker’s vernacular

The drinker’s vernacular

December 22, 2018

More festive fun in store this week with a quick Christmas tasting, plus we show you how to make your own colour-changing gin at home. We also explore the origins of gin and booze-related words and phrases, including 'mother's ruin', 'tonic' and 'drunk as a newt'. 

Gin meets religion and the supernatural

Gin meets religion and the supernatural

December 15, 2018

Mother’s Ruin returns in time for Christmas. This week we explore gin’s relationship with religion, spirituality and the supernatural. Plus we have some incredible gin-related gift ideas, and the latest gin news.