The fifth annual East Imperial Gin Jubilee
kicks off this week. This year taking its search for Asia’s best gin and tonic to Shanghai for the first time ever.
For three days from November 23, the fizz-fest will be pairing up gin’s best brands with 25 of the best bars and bartenders on the Shanghai scene, offering enthusiasts a chance to explore the the culture behind the cocktail, sip some sensational drinks, and vote over WeChat to decide which will be ‘China’s Best Gin & Tonic’.
For those looking to get the inside twist on this battle of the bartenders, Time Out Shanghai is offering readers a stirring opportunity to get in ahead of the game. This exclusive 'Gin Ramble' (ie fancy bar crawl) offers gin-drinkers the chance to check out the mixes at five participating Shanghai bars this coming Thursday 23 November.
Ramblers will meet at the first stop, The Cannery
, at 6.30pm for a tippley tour that will sip its way to the bottom of five contender cocktails, starting with that bar’s own St. George Botanivore twist. The tour will then lead through EPIC
, The Nest
, and Club 3 1/3
for a taste of each bar’s unique take on the G&T – from burnt rosemary to wildflower honey.
For a chance to join in the jubilations on this exclusive, complimentary tour, all readers need to do is message the official Time Out Shanghai WeChat account (timeoutshanghaieng) with the message ‘Gin Ramble’, their WeChat ID and phone number. Time Out will contact the winners on Wednesday 22. Winners will need to place a deposit of 100RMB, which will ensure your spot is saved and then be returned at the Ramble. All drinks and transportation will be included. Entry is limited to two places per person.