A Stratford distillery is hoping to create a gin fit for the Bard after teaming up with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to harvest fruit from two historic mulberry trees.
The trees, which are in the Great Garden of Shakespeare’s New Place, are thought to have been grown from cuttings taken from a mulberry tree planted by Shakespeare during his time there.
Shakespeare’s original tree was cut down by Reverend Francis Gastrell more than 250 years ago, but the Shakespeare Distillery will be hoping some of its Shakespearean magic remains.
Last week the distillery, which is based on the Alscot Estate, harvested fruit from the trees and will use it to create small handcrafted batches of its New Place Mulberry Gin.
The tipple, which takes inspiration from the Tudor period and would have been common in Shakespeare’s time, will take several months to make as the berries are steeped in the gin.
For full story see this week’s Stratford Herald.