Scotland is no longer known for Whisky alone but is also celebrated the world over for its gins and other spirits, alcoholic and non-alcoholic. We are proud to be purveyors and stock many of Scotland’s finest Spirits, Wines, Champagnes, Lagers, Ciders, and a whole lot more at Loch Leven’s Larder in our Food Hall.
This World Cocktail Day in celebration of the many fine Scottish drink producers we are delighted to have teamed up with not 1, not 2 but 6 fantastic small Scottish brands. In no particular order we have:
Feragaia are Scotland’s first distilled alcohol-free spirit, as opposed to a whisky! Made from land and sea botanicals Feragaia was launched just over the border from us in Fife and is produced in the Scottish lowlands. Their name, Feragaia, is derived from Greek mythology and Latin and means quite literally Wild Earth. So you can have all of the fun of whisky but still keep your feet firmly on the earth.
They bring us the the Wild Mojito
Gen!us are the UK’s first light craft lager based in Glasgow. It’s brewed with the finest pilsner malts and three hop varieties yet is 3% and only 72 calories per can, less than an apple! With only 1 unit of alcohol per can, this zesty, refreshing lager is not just ‘smart drinking’ oh no, it’s genius!
For every can of Gen!us sold, Gen!us donate 5p to My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. The charity set up by Scottish Rugby Legend, Doddie Weir who himself has Motor Neurone Disease.
They bring us the Lager!ta
3. GIN BOTHY
The award winning internationally renowned, Gin Bothy are based in the heart of the Angus Glens. Every bottle is numbered, batched and poured by hand. This cocktail is made using Gun Shot Gin which is infused with cinnamon, cloves and mixed spices a real taste and warmth of the hills.
They bring us the Smoking Gun
4. PERSIE PUSSCAT VODKA
Nestled in the heart of Perthshire not far from Glenshee close to Bridge of Cally you’ll find Persie Distillery founded by Chrissie and Simon Fairclough and their dogs. A small batch distillery they source their water from the local glens and produce all their gin using a bespoke copper still created in the heart of the Black Forest in Germany affectionately known as ‘Phil the Still’.
For every bottle of Pusscat Vodka sold they donate £1 to Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home.
They bring us the Apple-Meow-tini
5. RIVER ROCK SINGLE MALT WHISKY
Recently launched River Rock was the brainchild of a trio of whisky experts with over 70 years’ experience between them. Based in Fife they embarked on ensuring a more sustainable single malt that has a sweeter and smoother taste.
From the very beginning, River Rock Single Malt has put sustainability at the heart of its decision making. Passionate about the great outdoors, they want to celebrate and protect the planet and help others make a positive contribution along the way. They’ve partnered up with the John Muir Trust and for every bottle of River Rock sold, a native tree is planted in Scotland, to help restore ancient woodlands, create new woodland and make sure that native trees are re-established.
Their asymmetrical ‘wonky bottle’ is also made using the usually discarded coloured glass created when glass makers switch between colours. This makes each bottle unique. As well as the wonky glass, River Rock is 100% plastic free and 100% recyclable.
They bring us the Campfire Old Fashioned
6. SECRET GARDEN GIN
Nestled beneath the foot hills of the Pentlands just outside Edinburgh, the Secret Garden produces all their gins using botanicals sourced from their very own Secret Herb Garden which surrounds them. The brainchild of Hamish and Liberty, on their first date, they came up with the concept following long dog walks and a love of herbs.
The secret garden is an award-winning nursery with over 600 naturally grown and tended varieties of herbs and flowers which are picked, dried and distilled by hand to deliver the pure essence of nature.
They bring us the Love Potion Fizz
All that remains to be said is Sláinte, enjoy and remember to drink responsibly especially if it’s a work night!