Get into the spirit of summer with Conker Gin


As you may know, at barker we value having the time to enjoy the finer things in life. So, when summer hits it’s cause for celebration. Summer time means long days on the beach, having friends over for a barbecue and making happy memories with the people we love.


During the summer months, nothing beats a refreshing drink enjoyed whilst relaxing in the sunshine. And of course, nothing is more synonymous with English summertime than gin.

This once unpopular spirit is now the drink du jour and with good reason too. It’s hard to ignore the explosion of locally produced premium quality gins now widely available just about everywhere in the UK.

Conker Spirit began their story here in Bournemouth, becoming Dorset’s first gin distillery. In just a few short years, Conker has grown from strength to strength, driven by the pursuit of something new and exciting. The result being Dorset dry gin, a small batch gin distilled in Dorset from British wheat spirit and New Forest Spring Water.

Location isn’t the only thing that we have in common with Conker. They, like barker, also ruthlessly focus on quality to produce a gin that has been inspired by location, incorporating Dorset notes of elderberries, samphire and handpicked New Forest gorse flower for a refreshing and light gin.

If you would like to sample Conker for yourself, coterie members receive a complimentary 70CL bottle when they place an order with barker collars over £100 throughout June, July and August. To become a member, sign up here.

If you’re looking for some inspiration for a suitably summery cocktail, take a look at The Oozer, created by Lloyd Brown from Venner Bar in Bridport.



50ml Conker Spirit – Dorset Dry Gin
25ml fresh lemon juice
Heaped bar spoon of blueberry jam
3 leaves of basil
Basil leaves and blueberry to garnish


  1. Pour 50ml of Conker Gin into a shaker filled with ice
  2. Add a bar spoon of blueberry jam
  3. Add 25ml of fresh lemon juice
  4. Add 3 fresh basil leaves
  5. Shake it ‘till your hands hurt
  6. Pour into a glass full of crushed ice
  7. Top with soda and get your garnish on
  8. Devour selfishly


Whether you try out this cocktail with your bottle of Dorset Dry Gin or give another one a go, share your photos and recipes with us over on Facebook. It’s time to celebrate summer!