The Gin & Tonic Experience

Heavenly-scented botanical gins with hand-crafted tonic waters for a fun-filled celebration or team event.
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One of our more popular events, The Gin & Tonic Experience will see you creating heavenly-scented botanical gins with hand-crafted tonic waters to celebrate your special day or to bring your team together for a day of fun-filled competition.

We will start by introducing you to twelve botanical ingredients that are used in a classic gin. You will taste, chew, crunch and smell your way through a very hands-on experience. We will take you through their history and how they have been used through time. Then there will be some wildcards – something unique, unusual and unexpected to try. These will give your gin a unique flavour that will make it specific for you.

While your bespoke gin is distilling, you will participate in a vertical tasting of a range of botanical gin made by The Botanical Distillery. It will be your challenge to identify the distinctive botanicals in each taste.

“Really interesting and gave great insight into the gin making process! Loved the elements of tasting the ingredients.”

Tracy, Roche

“Hi Helen and Jill, I just wanted to say thank you for giving the Voco group such a fabulous Gin & Tonic Experience. They loved it and here’s some feedback I received yesterday.”

“I cannot thank you enough for all your help on Thursday with our event. Both teams loved the Great Escape and there were discussions today about how some of us could purchase our own still to distill gin. Would highly recommend the combination of both these activities to other groups. We all had an excellent time and hopefully it won’t be too long before we return to Waiheke Island.” Elly

Karen Webb
Director, Destination Waiheke and Elly, Voco

“Thank you so much for taking my group on an amazing foraging tour/tutorial of the Waiheke bush as well as teaching us how to do hydrosols, distillates, bitters, and tonics! It was super fun and educational. I thought it was challenging and I have been bartending for quite a while. You ladies did such a good job. It was engaging, interactive and you both were so lovely and patient with us. I can’t tell you what an awesome time I had!”

Alison Kwan
World Class Cocktail Entrant, World Class Cocktails

Helen Elscot (+64) 21 5444 19
Jill Mulvaney (+64) 27 477 7826


“Thank you so much for yesterday Helen and Jill. Nikki and I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the Gin and Tonic Experience.”

Liz Hancock
Beauty Director
MiNDFOOD Magazine