Make your own gin at Still River Gin School

A masterclass in gin making

A school which starts with a glass of gin and tonic and ends with you taking home a bottle of freshly-distilled gin – if only every training session was like this! We were greeted with a warm welcome and a Still River gin and tonic by Still River brand ambassador Ryan Rhodes. Cheers!

Still River gin school platform arches Glasgow Pick a seat at one of the dinky copper stills and find out more about the history of gin, the background to Still River and then onto sniffing, tasting and discovering botanicals.  We’ve all read that written on the side of a gin bottle but what are botanicals and how do they affect the taste? Well, you’ll soon find out here…

Still River gin school platform arches Glasgow

Pick your botanicals – you get to smell and taste each one – once you’ve decided on the type of flavour you want your own gin to be.  Something spicy? Maybe more floral?  There’s a seemingly unlimited array of flavour combos.   Ryan has completed classes where the gins created tasted like chocolate, Turkish delight and ginger ale so really the sky is the limit for flavours!

Still River gin school platform arches Glasgow Once we had sorted out the botanicals, it was time to make gin and you do that by  distilling…

Still River gin school platform arches Glasgow

Checking the temperature of our still.

Still River gin school platform arches Glasgow

In no time at all our gin started pouring out of the still.  At the end of distillation we tested it for taste, using a hydrometer to check the ABV (Alcohol by volume), then we filled our bottle and hand signed our very own gin label!

Still River gin school platform arches Glasgow The day wasn’t over yet, we had more gin to taste!  This time comparing the flavours of our home made gin with Still River gins.  Plus samples of the Still River range including their stunning raspberry liqueur.

What an afternoon!  Gin making was something we had never tried but was a lot of fun. Even hardened gin lovers will learn something new at this gin school.  Ryan was an excellent host and teacher, with a relaxed and fun class.


Platform at Argyle Street Arches
253 Argyle Street
G2 8DL


Classes available every Saturday until December.


Your Ticket Includes:

During a 3 hour Masterclass where you design the flavour profile of your gin through guided botanical selection, enjoy a tasting of a selection of Still River Gins as well as distil your own personalised Gin.

– Ticket Price is £120 per person plus bring 1 guest for free.
– Take away your own 50cl bottle of personalised Gin.
– Receive a discount of 20% to purchase any Still River Gin on the day

Tickets on sale via Eventbrite.


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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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