In 1777 there were eight licensed distilleries and almost 400 illegal stills in Edinburgh and the Port of Leith.. As gin rose to become the fashionable spirit the Edinburgh distillers, like their London counterparts, produced gin from locally sourced ingredients. At that time juniper berries, spices and citrus fruits arrived in Leith from all over the world. These exotic 'botanicals' were redistilled or 'rectified' together with the finest Scottish grain spirit in the time honoured fashion.
Edinburgh Gin harks back to the days when Edinburgh was the centre of distilling expertise with each bottle batch distilled in their custom stills Flora and Caledonia. As a small-batch distiller, Edinburgh Gin produce a dynamic range of gins for every occasion. Distilled using the finest Scottish juniper berries, pine, heather and nine other carefully selected botanicals, Edinburgh classic Gin is used as the base spirit for their full gin range.
A refreshing twist on a classic, Edinburgh Rhubarb and Ginger Gin is a full-strength expression of this much-loved flavour. They take their signature Edinburgh Gin Classic, and post-infuse it with rhubarb and ginger to produce a perfectly balanced juniper-forward gin that is full of natural flavour. Aromas of rhubarb are complemented by a lift of spice, leading to a smooth, full finish.
For a refreshing twist on a classic G&T, try it with premium Mediterranean tonic water, aromatic kaffir lime leaf and a lemon, or a rhubarb twist to garnish. Rhubarb and Ginger Gin is perfect in long summer serves, as well as shorter Martini and sour-style cocktails.
Reminiscent of days spent searching for perfectly ripe berries, the most recent addition to their range of gins is Bramble and Honey Gin. A naturally decadent combination of dark fruit and silky honey Edinburgh Gin post-infuse their Classic gin with fresh brambles and honey - the result is mouthwateringly rich, a tantalising gin that delights the taste buds.
Or if a gin more citrus inspired is what's desired, Lemon
and Jasmine Gin offers a palate-pleasing and contrasting characteristics of
citrus and florals through this iteration. Versatile, it suits a variety of
drinks from long-serve G&Ts tp a martini with an invigorating lemon hit!
King of the crop (as with their gin range) is the Rhubarb and Ginger Liqueur. Sweet and fruity, balance is maintained through the warm and spicy finish.
Another pink delight is the intensely fruity Raspberry Liqueur, packed with the summer's juiciest raspberries this is left to macerate for a month to extract maximum flavour. A 'Ramblin' Raspberry Rose' cocktail is a sure-fire hit that balances the raspberry with sweet rose.
Simply, muddle the raspberries in a cocktail shaker. Add the gin, liqueur and lime juice along with ice to the shaker and shake vigorously. Double strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Top up with Rose Lemonade. Garnish with a fresh raspberry, lime wheel and dehydrated rose petals. Mmm, mmmmm!
Orange Blossom and Mandarin Liqueur is sweet and citrusy that is evocative of sun-drenched orange groves in the Mediterranean - perfect for when your customers can't get away to the Med. A delicate flavour of natural orange blossom and the candied tang of mandarin are infused with Edinburgh Gin Classic to create a refreshingly fruity gin liqueur. New to Nectar in October 2019, this is a perfect antidote to our current gloomy weather.
Try the full range of liqueurs, including Elderflower, Plum and Vanilla, and Pomegranate and Rose along with all Edinburgh Gins and their G&T cans here.