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Blindfolds and figs…

We’re back from our recent trip to Chicago and our latest “Delight & Bewitch” event held at The Revel Room in Wicker Park.

80+ industry folks enjoyed a Dominatrix-led session during which they were blindfolded.

Being deprived of their sense of sight elevated their sense of taste and the ability to better enjoy Sweet Gwendoline French Gin with more focus and awareness, free from distraction.

Whilst adhering to a strictly instructed set of tasks involving figs, ticklers, and candles, guests listened intently as we talked them through the details of our gin, from the copper stills used in its production to the maceration of the fig and its botanicals: juniper, angelica seed, cardamom, coriander, lime, and sweet orange.

It’s a sensory experience and nothing like the usual sampling event…

If you ever get the chance to join one of our sessions, please do.


Guests included the owners and bartenders from Mother’s Ruin —its sister bar in New York City is still one of our all-time favourite* bars and we’re wishing their Chicago venue the same success.

Thanks to our local glamorously risqué team: dominatrix Mistress Sally (@sallymarvel) and Ellis, shibari artists Jorie (@_flesh_hound_) and Brendan (@tied_died), Heartland Kinbaku (@heartlandkinbake), photographer Alejandra Guerrero (@corporatevampire) and our distribution partners Frederick Wildman & Sons for all their work on the event and for taking care of the invites

—it was packed so thank you.




If you see yourself in these photographs, holler!

More posted soon…

Don’t forget to follow us @SweetGwendolineFrenchGin

Bottoms Up! 🍸

Photography: Alejandra Guerrero.

In these photos:

Shaunna McCarthy


Katie Renshaw


*The Mother’s Ruin stories we could tell

(but won’t)


A night of latex, leather & figs

We’ve just held our first, private event for the fetish community in New York City.

Our event host, Lucy Sweetkill, created a unique sensory experience exclusively for her guests.

They were blindfolded for a heightened taste-discovery, and then led through a strictly instructed series of sensory tasks; all with the intent of aiding their exploration of our unique flavor profile:

French gin infused with fig and botanicals:

juniper, cardamom, coriander, lime, sweet orange and angelica, with a soft finish with white wine added after distillation.

The event theme was glamorously risqué so guests dressed playfully. 

Amidst the leather and latex they enjoyed signature Sweet Gwendoline French Gin cocktails: The Provocateur, Delight and Bewitch and Sweet G & T, and a mocktail, Strawberry Blonde. 

As an homage to the fetish artistry of John Willie and his wife and muse Holly Anna Faram, the night was based on the aesthetic of his publishing project: BIZARRE magazine, and menus, postcards and posters all featured his illustrations. 

The seductive red lights were turned down, an ethereal playlist filled the room, and the night unfolded…

Thanks to @Lucy.Sweetkill and her team for hosting and bottoms up! to all who attended.

Follow us on Instagram for more photos soon…@sweetgwendolinefrenchgin 

Our mistress and host @lucy.sweetkill Photography by Natasha Gornik @natashagornik

Our Delight and Bewitch host @lucy.sweetkill

📸 Photography by Natasha Gornik @natashagornik