In the Beginning…There was a trailer, an idea and a lot of work to make our designs a reality!
Have you ever been to an event and paid for a dishwater coffee or had a G&T which would be better suited to paint stripping? It’s a crime being repeated at horsey events, country fairs and weddings alike! Getting a drink that is exactly what you fancy often seems to be a tricky and something I had totally forgotten when introducing my non-horsey boyfriend (Joe) to that side of my life.
Having had horses from an early age I had forgotten that some people don’t do mornings… and that a 4am start to go eventing 3 hours away could be viewed as absurd. I had also become well-adjusted to not being able to get a decent drink at a competition; with a coffee driven pony club mother I learnt early on to survive on a flask of prepared at home coffee!
After a more than a season as a self-titled “full time stable boy”, Joe had developed a system for ranking competition venues based on his observations and the beverage options. Over dinner with his parents one evening after a competition, Joe was relaying the days amusing anecdotes, describing how many sausage dogs in coats he’d seen and the best things he’d heard over the commentary.
Whilst sipping a perfectly mixed G&T I thought about how much we could have done with one earlier in the day. This thought created a gin fuelled dinner table discussion leading to me booking a trailer viewing and buying it the very next day!
With a background in marketing and events creating a business which brings together my biggest passions was a no brainer and so Gin or Joe was formed!
Over the following months we lovingly transformed a 1960s Rice horsebox, identical to the one Dominique had used for her podgy childhood pony Fly, into a fully stocked horsebox bar.
It has been a totally home grown process; ours colours were inspired by Dominique’s first cross country colours and our cocktails firm family favourites.
From our Oxfordshire base, we love being able to use our favourite (tried and tested!) local products to create sustainable, seasonal and memorable menus for each event. If you’d like to find how we choose our produce, and our gin-spirations and where we are going next check out the Blackboard.
We now supply bars to a range of events including: Weddings, Private Functions, Corporate Events, County Fairs, Festivals, Equestrian and other Sporting events. We have a range of bar hire packages for any type of event, big or small, which can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Gin or Joe endeavour to create an unforgettable drinking experience for every occasion; please do get in touch to find out how we can help you!