Bashall Spirits Parkin Cake Gin


Bringing to life flavours from the past through long-cherished family recipe books from Bashall’s home in the idyllic village of Bashall Eaves in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland.


Parkin is a traditional cake in Lancashire and Yorkshire that is widely eaten even today. Every family would have had their own recipe, and Bashall’s gin is inspired by Jennet’s 19th-century version. Lancashire Parkin differs from Yorkshire Parkin, and locals may want to know which county Jennet’s inspiration comes from. Bashall is in Lancashire, but was in the West Riding of Yorkshire until the 70s – but it was right on the Lancashire border and separated from the rest of Yorkshire by the fells of the Forest of Bowland. So really it’s the best of both! The key flavours of both kinds of Parkin are treacle and ginger, so we think our Parkin can be enjoyed by everyone, whether you favour the white rose or the red.


Bashall’s parkin recipe dates back to the Victorian era, a time when every northern family would have had their own take on this traditional treat.


Capturing the comforting aromas and flavours of treacle and ginger spice, our Parkin Cake Gin is an enticing and distinctively warming spirit.

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About Bashall Spirits:

The inspiration for our gins – both the botanicals in our London Dry and the flavour combination for our flavoured gins come from two handwritten recipe books passed down for generations in our family. We came up with the idea for Bashall Spirits when we realised that our love of gin was the perfect route to bring these traditional recipes to a wider audience.

The oldest book was collected and written Anne Taylor, my great*8-aunt in 1750. She has extraordinarily beautiful handwriting and the book is lovely.

The second book was collected and written by my great*5-grandmother Jennet Worsley around the middle of the nineteenth century (she didn’t write a date in it). Jennet is an old Lancashire name common in our family, and is my middle name. It’s a fascinating book – although her handwriting isn’t quite as neat and photographic as Anne’s!

The books contain a huge range of fascinating recipes including ones inspired by current events like the Great Exhibition, but the most common theme is using seasonal ingredients that grow locally in the Lancashire hedgerows and woods. These are the ones that we are particularly interested in and the ones that mainly inspired our gins. The botanicals in our London Dry, on which all our flavoured gins are based, includes traditional Lancashire flavours that can be found in every hedgerow like caraway and Cobb nuts, to locally-growing fruit like cranberries that used to be commonly used in Lancashire recipes but which we now don’t associate with the area at all – but they still grow in Moor Piece, the wildlife reserve in Bashall.

Type: Bottle
ABV: 40%
Quantity: 70cl
Provenance: Bashall Eaves