Punch, Purl & Cobblers: A History of Drinks

On a balmy June night in 2022, Fisher London and guests were delighted to welcome the esteemed Victoria Fisher – renowned booze boffin – to talk about the eclectic history of drinking during the long 18th century; a period when the streets ran with gin, the ruling classes polished off six bottles of wine at a sitting and no-one drank water if they could help it. Victoria led us through the origins of the cocktails, spirits, beers and wines enjoyed by the high and low, while the audience were treated to samples of three drinks that represent the Georgian period: a punch, a purl and a cobbler. 

Victoria Fisher was co-founder of London’s first bar dedicated entirely to gin, the London Gin Club in Soho. In addition to dispensing Madame Geneva to London’s discerning gin drinkers, Victoria specialised in the history of drinks giving weekly talks and tastings on the history of gin and cocktails to gin club customers. She has also given bespoke talks at the Courtauld Gallery, The Cartoon Museum, Charles Dickens Museum, UCL and Fortnum & Mason.