Meet the Makers

Meet the Maker: Gin and tonic cookies with the Cookie Dude

We caught up with up-and-coming baker The Cookie Dude to hear all about his latest venture: Gin and Tonic Cookies! Scroll to the bottom to get your hands on the recipe! 1. Have you always been a baker? Not always. My first memory of baking is making Christmas cake with my mum. It didn’t become a […]

The Scottish gin with a million pound turnover

Dunnet Bay Distillery is run by husband-and-wife team, Martin and Claire Murray, who are passionate about creating spirits that showcase the provenance and heritage of the Highlands by featuring local, hand-foraged botanicals. Their Rock Rose gin – which picked up the Gold Award for Best Gin at the first ever The Grocer Drink Awards last […]

Let Phil the Still help you sense the difference at Persie Distillery

Summer is the time to slow down and relax over a G&T so there is no better time to sample the wares of new kids on the Scottish craft gin scene Persie Distillery. Based at the foot of Glenshee, three aromatic Persie Gin Styles are distilled, bottled and labelled by hand in small batches. Developed […]

Nine gins distilled in Scotland you simply must try

Gin, quite simply, is taking Scotland by storm. There are new distilleries opening up all over the country with some fantastic gins produced by numerous small micro-distilleries through to larger established enterprises. The country’s historic excellence in whisky means the expertise and infrastructure to create gorgeous gins has been around for decades. Only now, the potential […]

Home is where the heart is for Darnley’s Gin

Darnley’s Gin is toasting its “homecoming” with the opening of a new gin distillery and visitor centre at Kingsbarns in the East Neuk of Fife. Gayle Ritchie enjoyed a sneak preview of the new facility. If you paid attention in history classes at school, you may well remember Lord Darnley.   He was the chap […]

New distillery caps remarkable growth for Esker Gin’s Steve and Lynne Duthie

The first independent gin distillery in Aberdeenshire is set to launch in the next few weeks following a five-figure sum investment. Esker Spirits, the parent company behind Esker gin, will open the first independent gin distillery in the Shire following continual increased market demand. Husband and wife team Steve and Lynne Duthie launched their Esker […]

There aren’t any gin makers in our area — so we’re doing it ourselves

A Highland hotel is hoping to start distilling its own gin using plants gathered in the local area. Craig Innes, 32, and his wife Noru, 37, currently stock more than 50 different types of gin at the Loch Leven Hotel in North Ballachulish. But when they discovered there was no gin being produced in the […]

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Shaken, not stirred: Gin in film and literature

From moments of tension over icy cocktails to quiet bars in the early hours, our favourite tipple has had a small supporting role in a number of well-known movies and novels. We’ve collected the best, so sit back, grab a glass and let’s look back at the most memorable gin cameos committed to paper and […]

Pumpkin Pie Martini

If you’re throwing a Halloween or Thanks Giving party, you’ll definitely want to add Caorunn‘s Pumpkin Pie Martini to your drinks list! Lucky for us, the award winning Scottish gin shared their secret* recipe with The Gin Kin… Ingredients: 50ml Caorunn Gin 25ml Pumpkin and Cinnamon Vanilla Syrup 20ml Lemon Juice Method: 1) To make […]

Monster Munch Vermouth

MONSTER MUNCH VERMOUTH Makes: about 350ml (12fl oz) Ingredients: 1 packet pickled onion Monster Munch; 350ml (12fl oz) Regal Rogue Daring dry vermouth; 100ml (3½fl oz) filtered water. Method: Add all the ingredients to a large vac bag and seal it to the maximum pressure without spillage. Leave at room temperature for 4 hours to infuse. […]

How to make a modern cocktail at home

Ever wondered how to make the perfect cocktail at home? The Modern Cocktail is a new recipe book written by one of London’s most reputed cocktail connoisseurs, Matt Whiley. (Matt was named as one of The Evening Standard’s top 1000 most influential Londoners, and his bar, Peg + Patriot, was voted as most creative bar […]


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