Pickering’s Gin raises its profile during Edinburgh festivals

Pickering's Gin Airstream

Pickering’s Gin is raising its profile in its native Edinburgh during the city’s festivals this summer.

The brand’s team will be running Pickering’s Gin 1950s American Airstream Cocktail Bar (pictured) at Summerhall, where the distillery is based, serving a range of gin-based cocktails on tap from midday until late.

It will coincide with the plethora of festivals during August including the Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which both run from August 7 to 31, as well as the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Pickering’s Gin Scottish ambassador, Paul Donegan, said: “By serving cocktails in this novel way, we’re not only offering a fabulous-tasting drink but we are also ensuring that our customers don’t have long wait times at the bar.

“Long bar queues are all too familiar during festival time, but we hope to offer a service that speeds things up and at the same time deliver great-quality cocktails that our customers expect of us.”

From Wednesday (August 5), the brand is partnering leading restaurant group Contini to run a co-branded pop-up Bothy Bar in The Mound off Princes Street, serving the refreshing Pickering’s Princes Street Punch. Pickering’s is also the house pour in all three of the group’s Edinburgh restaurants throughout the summer.

Matt Gammell, Pickering’s Gin co-founder, said: “The two brands work brilliantly together, offering amazing-quality products and services. Our customers are looking for the same great quality that they receive in bars and restaurants when they are out and about at summer events, and we hope that we can help to deliver this with our Pickering’s Princes Street Punch at the Bothy Bar on the mound. We will also be offering our classic London Dry gin simply served with tonic and a slice of grapefruit and ice.”

Summerhall will be a venue in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and offer tours of the distillery that can be booked daily at midday and 4pm. Visitors will be able to see the small-batch premium gin being distilled, bottled and labelled – and sample it in a gin and tonic at the 1950s American Airstream Cocktail Bar.

Marcus added: “It’s an exciting time in the gin market in Scotland with the growing trend, popularity and resurgence of gin. The more gin brands that are around, the more offerings are available for consumers, and the popularity of the product continues to increase.

“Customers are also keen to experience more than just the taste of gin, and although we open our doors all year round, this year we have become a venue and we are excited to be offering two specific festival tours daily.“

Tickets for the distillery tours can be bought from the Summerhall website at festival15.summerhall.co.uk/event/summerhall-distillery-tour/ and are priced at £12 (£10 discounts) for a one-hour tour and tasting.

Pickering’s Gin was launched in March last year – the first distillery in the Scottish capital for over 150 years.

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