Henry Palmer, left, with fellow Elephant Gin co-founders Tessa Wienker and Robin Gerlach
Meet Henry Palmer, co-founder of Elephant Gin. Henry joined forces with his friends Tessa Wienker and Robin Gerlach, to create this premium artisan Dry Gin, handcrafted and distilled in Germany. A donation from each bottle sold goes towards protecting wild elephants in Africa.
WHAT ARE YOU UP TO AT THE MOMENT?
Today I have been speaking to some of the organisations in the UK, such as Tusk and United for Wildlife, that are most engaged with the issue of elephant conservation, to see if we can find ways of supporting the plans they have for 2015, as well as raising awareness of our own foundations; Big Life Foundation and Space for Elephants. In addition to that we have been putting the final touches to a London event we have planned in the Laundry E8 for this weekend, with the incredible London Contemporary Voices.
I also happen to have received a rather exciting message from Robin at the distillery - it would seem the Sloe Gins are coming along nicely, so no doubt some serious tasting sessions soon required.
GET HOME, FEET UP, WHAT'S IN YOUR GLASS?
Very hard to beat a Negroni, but I always make sure to dial back the Campari and up the Elephant Gin.
IF YOU WERE A DRINK WHAT WOULD YOU BE AND WHY?
It has to be a twist on a classic and as it happens there already is a 'Mr. Palmer', created by the wonderful team at 5 Hertford Street: Elephant Gin, with a dash of Luxado and Green Chartreuse, stirred on ice and served with a twist of grapefruit.
YOU CAN CHOOSE ANYONE TO TAKE A SEAT NEXT TO YOU AT THE BAR - WHO IS IT AND HOW WOULD THE NIGHT GO?
Tough question. Peter O'Toole for a story or two, followed by the glorious abandonment and chaos that would inevitably unfold upon the arrival of his fellow hell-raisers. Now that would be wild, though how much you would remember the next morning is another question.
SHAKEN OR STIRRED?
FINALLY, WHO WOULD YOU RAISE A GLASS TO AND WHY?
I would raise a glass to all the amazing people involved in the day to day battle for elephant and wildlife conservation across Africa. But especially to our own foundations, Big Life Foundation and Space for Elephants, whose incredible work continues to amaze and move me everyday.