Penryn College's former head girl is making a foray into the booze business with her very own brand of gin.

Holly Harwood, 28, has a wealth of experience in the field, having worked at Dolly's Tea Room and Wine Bar with its infamous collection of more than 300 gins in her university days.

After that, she took the next step in her gin career and landed a role as a 'gintern' blogging for, where she visited distilleries and created gin-related content for a living, which she called her "dream job".

Now, she's determined to make a splash in the gin world with her very own bottle – Holly's Gin.

She started up the company two years ago, with a huge amount of support from family and friends and from her contacts in the industry.

Holly said: "I wanted to create the recipe myself from scratch, making sure it was a gin I would want to drink over and over again.

"Holly's Gin is the result of a lot of hours spent playing with flavours and coming up with design ideas on scrap pieces of paper at 3am!"

Her gin, which is made at the Trevethan Distillery in Saltash, contains nine botanicals including the three key ingredients of orange, gentian root and passion flower.

She said: "I actually drank passion flower tea for years, as it is recommended for its calming benefits. The flower looks pretty cool too!"

Now that the recipe has been perfected, Holly is looking for funding to complete the final stage of the project, hoping to raise £15,000 through a crowdfunder page to go towards the cost of producing and bottling the gin.

She said: "This is a true labour of love but I am very excited! Your support means the absolute world to me. I am doing this on a very small budget, but I am determined and just know you will enjoy my gin as much as I do!"

Various rewards are up for grabs for anyone who pledges money towards Holly's Gin.

Rewards range from a thanks from Holly for £5 and a bottle from the very first batch for £35, all the way up to a ginny evening in London for two diners, who will be joined by Holly for a gin masterclass.