pimms Strawberry mint

A new variant is to be launched for iconic British brand Pimm’s, mixing the classic recipe with strawberry and mint. The new Pimm’s Strawberry with a Hint of Mint is the second addition to the Pimm’s flavours range after the launch of Blackberry and Elderflower in 2013. It is a version of the gin-based Pimm’s …

Bombay Sapphire WMIB

Bartenders are being challenged to let their imagination run wild to create a “sublime re-imagining” of a gin and tonic in a competition for Bombay Sapphire gin. Now in its fourth year, the 2015 Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender competition is open for entries, with a deadline of March 6 (extended from the original …

daffy's gin

A new London dry gin has been created in Edinburgh made with botanicals such as Lebanese mint, recommended for enjoying neat. Daffy’s has been launched by former wine maker and whisky distiller Chris Molyneaux who used the same distillation processes as malt whisky to give the gin the character for sipping on its own. Made …

Jason Scott Bramble Wemyss Malts

Jason Scott, co-founder of Edinburgh bars Bramble and Lucky Liquor Co, has created a cocktail to celebrate the launch of a new distillery in Fife. He has used Velvet Fig Whisky and Darnley’s View Spiced Gin – both supplied by Wemyss Malts which opened the doors of its new Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre in …

Joshua Cowan

London bartender James Cowan is set to join bartenders from around the world to compete in the global final of Beefeater Gin’s MIXLDN competition this month. James (pictured), from The Luggage Room at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, will represent the UK after winning the national heat that challenged bartenders to create a cocktail …

bathtub whisky

A range of gins has been released that have been aged in barrels previously used to hold whisky and sherry. In what is described as one of their latest “Batsh*t Mental Ideas”, the four Darkness!-Aged Bathtub Gins have been created by the team at suppliers Maverick Drinks and Master of Malt. One has been aged …

Martin Miller's Gin bottled cocktails

Jacob Ehrenkrona, chief executive for Martin Miller’s Gin, has provided a snapshot of the key trends in drinks he expects to see in 2015. He believes aesthetics, serve show, and delivery of the drink will be as important as taste to the “connoisseur consumers”. One of the biggest trends will be bottled cocktails, hand-crafted and …

Hayman's Reserve Gin Anthony Cullen

Distiller Hayman’s has released a new look and name for its small-batch gin rested in whisky barrels. Hayman’s 1850 Reserve Gin will be replaced by Hayman’s Family Reserve although the recipe and the distillation process will remain the same. It is rested in aged scotch whisky barrels for three weeks to add a subtle mellow …

Arbikie bottle

A super-premium Scottish potato vodka has been launched by the new Arbikie distillery, with plans for a gin and a whisky. It will be the first distillery in Scotland to produce both white and brown spirits that will grow all of its own ingredients, ferment, distil, bottle, label and mature on site. Arbikie Vodka is …

edinburgh gin christmas

Spencerfield Spirit has released a new gin made with festive spices at its new distillery at Heads & Tales bar in Edinburgh. The limited-edition Christmas Gin is infused with frankincense, myrrh and nutmeg, with a base of Edinburgh Gin which is made with Scottish botanicals such as heather and milk thistle. The new gin was …