Gin and battling are old buddies. British troops fighting the Thirty Years' War were given 'Dutch Courage' during the long campaigns in damp weather through the warming properties of Dutch gin. Hence the name. Fortunately you can leave your musket at home on March 13, when some of the city's finest bartenders will be going head-to-head at Nomad's 'Gin Battle'. Sixty guests are invited to sample six gin and tonics made with whatever incarnation of the spirit the mixologists believe beget the best G&T, when combined with Fever Tree tonic. Bartenders from The Edgbaston, The Church, Purnell's Bistro and 40 St Paul's will be urged to merge their creations with edible garnishes and cordial liqueurs, before guests vote upon the victor. If votes are tied, duelling pistols will, presumably, come out. Tickets cost £25 with Nomad bar snacks - which could include their excellent venison sausage roll with spiced red cabbage ketchup - costing extra.
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