Bespoke gin, with a view!

Experience the art of enchantment and create your very own, Inverroche inspired Gin at Four Seasons Hotel the Westcliff Johannesburg! This interactive, boutique experience empowers you to untether your inner alchemist and design your own, bespoke, alcoholic indulgence. Four Seasons and Inverroche have joined forces. To bring a unique gin-making experience to Joburg residents over the next few months. Get lost in the opulent world of gin making. Through a carefully cultivated list of activities, including distillation, diluting, and steeping.

What to expect

Every detail of the gin-making class encompassed Inverroche’s flair, along with the Four Seasons elegance. From the dry-ingredient medley, the individual pesters and mortals, to the copper stills and even the labelled glass bottle you leave the venue with. No small detail has been overlooked by this expert team.

You can expect to enjoy a variety of flavourful cocktails, meeting and chatting with like-minded people while overlooking the city we love. We must admit, Four Seasons does have one of the best views of Jozi, any time of year. The class begins with an overview of the Inverroche brand and its history. You are then steered through a range of flavour profiles, tasting wheels, and you are educated on how to embody your gin to encompass a bitter, spicy, dry, or botanical twist.

You’ll then take on the role of food scientist and mix, splash, crush, and add ingredients to your ingredient bags and Bunsen burners. You will have little tasters as you go along, of course. Expect to snack on juniper berries, blackberry buchu, and you will even taste some toasted coconut oil. Each oil, and dry ingredient, adds a unique element to the final concoction.

After allowing your creative juices to flow, you will leave your potion to boil and bubble. All, while enjoying the sweeping balcony, and snacking on artisanal canapes. Canapes like beef sliders, smoked olives, Asian inspired spring rolls, mini lemon meringue pies and ruby chocolate covered cake pops, to name a few options. All while taking in the sprawling views, and enjoying the light breeze, on a warm summers’ eve. You may even enjoy another cocktail, or two while on the balcony.

Who should join

This is a fun, inclusive, activity that both men and women would enjoy. It’s an educational experience that would make for a great date night out, a year-end team build, or a girls’ night out. Add a dress code and get your bridal party to dress up, to add another dimension to this night out. After canapes, expect to return to your alchemic realm and pour your potions into glass bottles, label them, name them, and decorate them with organic okra powder. What would you name your bespoke gin? Four Seasons? Gin-ger juice? We would love to know, let us know on our Facebook page.

How to book

You will leave Four Seasons, The Westcliff with your bespoke gin, wonderful memories, and a few new friends’ numbers. We went home and enjoyed our custom gins, at home, with friends, and delicious smoked salmon canapes. I must be honest, a gin that you have made yourself just seems to taste all that much better.  This experience is now available ‘On the Hill’ at the Four Seasons from Wednesday – Sunday from 10h30 – 13h30 or from 16h30 – 19h30.

Book your Inverroche Gin School Experience at Four Seasons at R 1,250 per person. Engage in a magical journey connecting with the elements of nature, botanicals, flavour, and colour! The experience includes a welcome cocktail, a two-hour Gin distillation class, two additional drinks during the class, Canapes and your own personalised 500ml Gin Bottle! Book now via Dineplan! Or make a reservation by calling 011 481 6000 or by email


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