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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The Hound Lodge At Goodwood + Schweppes 1783 Tonics

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Jumpsuit / hair by Tatty at Sassoon 

Last week, I was invited on an adventure with Schweppes and wow, how magical it was. I'm sure most of you know how much I adore country escapes. As much as New York has my heart, I'm a country girl deep down. I was brought up in the countryside so I guess it always feels like home. We were transported to Chichester in utter luxury for a whimsical 24 hours. Come along for the ride. This is in partnership with Schweppes. 

hound lodge
goodwood estate

We arrived at the Hound Lodge at Goodwood in a luxurious vintage car (with the sweetest driver ever) and instantly it felt as if I was in Gatsby's country home. Goodwood is the most beautiful estate ever, I'd love to hire out the lodge for my family. 

the hound lodge

Goodwood hound lodge
hound lodge at goodwood

As soon as we'd checked in I never wanted to check out. We started to get ready for an exciting evening ahead.

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schweppes 1783 ginger tonic
schweppes 1783 ginger tonics

We started with a pre-dinner tipple from Schweppes, using their Ginger Ale from the new 1783 range as a mixer. Now, if anyone knows me, you'll know this is the dream collaboration for me as I well and truly adore gin and tonic. So much so, that myself and Matt have become pretty snobby when it comes to ordering certain tonics with our drinks in bars, yup, I'm that girl. 

schweppes tonic
Schweppes 1783 is a range of new premium, naturally-flavoured tonics and they brought us to the immaculate Hound Lodge to celebrate their partnership with the Goodwood Estate. This means Schweppes is the exclusive mixer brand available throughout the estate so if you happen to be visiting Goodwood this year (famous for their Festival of Speed) be sure to stop by their branded bar for a cocktail. I hope I can make it back to Goodwood! We  blended Schweppes 1783 Ginger Ale with a Scottish malt to start the evening. 

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 It was a quick turn around (I was too busy enjoying my drink to focus on getting ready) but I put on my new jumpsuit and grabbed my bag ready for the exciting night ahead.

In true Schweppes style, we were handed a delicious cocktail topped with 1783 Crisp Tonic to start the class. In all honesty, I tend to only ever drink my tonic with gin but this class taught me just how versatile tonic can be, whether you mix it with a sherry or a whisky, you can create the most delicious cocktail. 
It was time to learn more about Schweppes and their new premium mixer range. They have been created and inspired by the alchemy of the inventor of bubbles – Jacob Schweppe – from 1783, and developed in partnership with some of the world’s top mixologists, so you know they're going to be epic. They combine the superior effervescence and balanced taste of Schweppes that we all know and love, with natural flavours. This is something I really love about Schweppes 1783 - the range’s use of natural flavours.

Schweppes 1783
Schweppes 1783 is available in both 200ml and 600ml bottles. Remember though, tonic doesn’t just go with gin. We had a cocktail masterclass to learn the history of Schweppes and all about the new mixers. Schweppes 1783 comes in so many new, delicious flavours. 

Firstly, Cucumber Tonic (hello thirst quenching perfection) perfect in a mojito or with fruity vodkas and dry, floral gins. A personal favourite.

Next up, Salty Lemon Tonic, which is bold and perfect alongside tequila and traditional spirits. Then we’ve got Crisp Tonic, which is perfect for elevating premium gins and vodkas, it’s a distinctive tonic to balance crisp bitterness with classic effervescence. 

A favourite of mine, (I almost always order a Schweppes Slim Line Tonic) Light Tonic which is low in natural sugar and full of sparkling charm and character. Schweppes actually have tonics made using agave now which is great if you don’t want unnatural, added sugars in your drinks. 

Then we’ve got Golden Ginger Ale for a soft, refreshing flavour with a hint of ginger, the perfect kick and this brings out the flavour of a light  Scottish single malt. 

Last but certainly not least, Floral Tonic Water, (my dream come true) with vanilla and sandalwood which is the perfect companion for juniper rich gin, flavoured vodkas and blanco tequilas. 
cocktail making

And then it was my turn to be a mixologist for the night. Put it this way, I'm probably better at enjoying my drinks than actually making them but it was fun  - with Schweppes –  you can make such delicious cocktails really easily (even if you aren't a professional), so I'll definitely be whipping out my new-found skills at dinner parties. Let's be honest, the great taste will all be down to Schweppes 1783, but I'm happy to take the credit. 

dinner at goodwood
goodwood estate dinner

Next, we headed to the most divine dining room for a luxurious dinner. We were served a number of dishes all infused with the new Schweppes 1783 mixer range. Yup, you can even cook with them. 
the hound lodge goodwood
 The following morning, I honestly didn't want to leave my beautiful bed at the Hound Lodge (I'm making it my mission to go back here).

landrover defender
We noticed the estate's Defenders were waiting for us (I've always wanted my very own Land Rover Defender).

breakfast at goodwoodgoodwood at hound lodge

In true British style, we filled up on a hearty breakfast. I have to say, the staff at Goodwood are some of the best I've come across (they even saved us extra olive bread after hearing how much we loved it).

hound lodge goodwood
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I eventually got properly dressed and we were treated to a luxurious massage before sitting down in the lounge for an afternoon tipple. 

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goodwood lodge hotel
Cucumber Tonic for me please. Honestly, drinking Schweppes 1783 is a total game changer where tonics are concerned, they're so refreshing and a total joy to drink.  

shooting at goodwood

goodwood clay pigeon shooting
 We hopped in a Defender and headed to the shooting grounds. I tried my hand at clay pigeon shooting (you hit clay, not actual pigeons) and actually, I'm pretty good. I wonder if Goodwood will hire me to sit and drink their Schweppes supplies and drive the Defenders all day long? 

I got into the spirit, Burberry trench and Goodwood cap.

schweppesWe finished the afternoon with a bacon sandwich, a delicious lunch and of course, some more Schweppes 1783. I reluctantly packed my bags and said goodbye to Goodwood, knowing it wasn't goodbye forever. Goodwood, you have a new fan and Schweppes, you've always been my favourite but now I've learnt about your history and tasted your new mixer range, you're not getting rid of me anytime soon. 
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Daimler car

We hopped back in our beautiful car as our driver chauffeured us back to London. Ah, what a magical trip. Can we rewind and do it all again? A huge thank you to Schweppes for an unforgettable and magical weekend. I think it's the closest I'll feel to being in the Great Gatsby. 

You can watch more on my vlog below as I featured a bit of the trip at the end of my weekly vlog:

Do you like Schweppes? Do you drink tonic? What's your favourite drink?

Lots of love, Em x

*Sponsored by Schweppes but as always, this is my honest opinion and a dream collaboration. 

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