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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Opihr Oriental Spice Gin Christmas Gift Box

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin Christmas Gift Box

If you are looking for the perfect stocking filler or Christmas present for an adventurous, gin loving friend or relative, Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin has the answer. Their beautiful Christmas gift box which includes a 70 cl bottle of gin will soon be on the shelves. Stunning packaging and at a very reasonable price, RRP £23.00 for 70 cl. The Gift Box will be available from all major retailers.

The lucky recipient can toast Christmas with The Opihr 3 Kings Cocktail:
  • 40ml Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin
  • 40ml Dubonnet
  • 20ml Aperol

Method - Stir in mixing glass with a dash of chilli pepper, double strain into tumbler over ice

Garnish - with an orange peel.

Opihr Oriental Spice Gin was inspired by a mysterious region in the Orient and the exotic flavours are carefully sourced from locations along the Ancient Spice Route, including Cardamon from India, spicy cubeb berries from Indonesia and coriander from Morocco.


Black Cow Vodka - the perfect stocking filler for the Vodka Lover

Looking for an extra gift under the tree, in the stocking or to complete the Christmas dining table?
Black Cow Vodka has the answer. Surprise and delight relatives or a loved one with either a 3 x miniature pack of Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka or the Whole Milk Gift pack which includes a 50 ml miniature bottle of vodka and a delicious cheese.

Not only are both items beautifully packaged but they are very affordable, The 3 x miniature pack of Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka RRP £15.00 and the Whole Milk Gift pack RRP £12.00.


Thomas Dakin Gin Winter Cocktail Suggestions to Get Everyone Into the Spirit

Thomas Dakin Gin winter cocktail suggestions to get everyone into the spirit

Christmas Eve - Dakin Gingroni

  • 35ml Thomas Dakin Gin
  • 35ml Aperol
  • 35ml Ginger wine

Build in rocks glass over ice and stir a few times with an orange peel twist.

Christmas Day - Tom & Tonic
  • 50ml Thomas Dakin Gin
  • 125ml Fever-Tree Mediterranean or Indian Tonic Water
  • Fill a tall glass with ice
  • Pour in Thomas Dakin Gin

Top with Fever-Tree Tonic Water Garnish with orange peel twist

Boxing Day - Manchester Fizzy Bee

  • 35ml Thomas Dakin Gin
  • 2 tsp of honey
  • 25 ml lemon juice Prosecco

In a shaker, stir honey with the Thomas Dakin Gin until dissolved. Add the rest of the ingredients then shake or stir with ice before straining into a Martini glass. Top with Prosecco and garnish with thin orange wheel float.

*The bee is the emblem of Manchester – a symbol of hard work

New Year’s Eve - Tom’s Manc-Hattan

  • 50ml Thomas Dakin Gin
  • 25ml Red Vermouth
  • 5ml Vimto (teaspoon)
  • 2 dashes of Liquorice or Angostura Bitters 2.5ml syrup from the cherry jar
New Year’s Day - Dakin’s Ramble (Raspberry Bramble)
  • 40ml Thomas Dakin Gin
  • 25ml raspberry puree
  • 10ml honey syrup or agave
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Top with a drizzle of Triple Sec or Cointreau

Pour raspberry puree into a rocks glass, add crushed ice. Shake lemon, Gin and syrup over ice and pour gently into the glass. Drizzle with Triple Sec and garnish with a fresh raspberry, a lemon twist then dust with icing sugar.

Gift Boxed Thomas Dakin Gin makes a very special Christmas gift

RRP £29.00 for 70cl

ABV: 42%

Gift box available in Waitrose and Selfridges from the end of November 2017.


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Edinburgh's Newest Charcuterie & Bar Launches Autumn Menu Specials

As the nights get darker and colder, what better way to spend an evening than with a glass of wine or beer and some delicious meats and cheeses? Clark and Lake, a new charcuterie and bar in Edinburgh’s Tollcross is already proving to be popular since it opened in June this year, but they’ve now added some autumn specials to the menu that will make regulars and new customers’ mouths water.

In addition to the regular menu of meat and cheese boards alongside a selection of small plates, customers can now try out tasty mozzarella arancini balls served with marinara sauce and rocket, delicious whitebait with a homemade tartar sauce, homemade Spanish tortilla served with a sun-blushed tomato dip and a smoked mackerel pâté on garlic crostini with caper popcorn. Those with a sweet tooth will not be disappointed either by a trio of chocolate truffles including dark chocolate & Tawny Port, milk chocolate & spiced rum and white chocolate & Lambrusco and soon to be added to the menu, chocolate sorbet and coconut ice cream from The Chocolate Tree in Bruntsfield.

Owner, Andrew Thompson said:

“Our regular menu has been really popular with customers but we thought as the autumn nights draw in, it would be great to add some specials to our menu. We feel the selection offers something for everyone, no matter their taste and we’ve really enjoyed sampling them while we get the dishes just right!”

Customers to Clark and Lake can accompany their choice of dish with a drink from the extensive wine list with each available in 125ml, 175ml glasses as well as 500ml carafes or by the bottle. These include an Albarino Lagar de Bouza from Galicia in Spain, a Cava de Ribeauville Riesling from Alsace, France, a Domaine Berrod Fleurie from Beaujolais and Santa Marena Espinos y Cardos Pinot Noir from Chile.

Those more tempted by beers will find an extensive selection of bottled beers available including Beavertown Gamma Ray, Neck Oil and Smog Rocket, Brooklyn Lager and Camden Gentlemen’s Wit.

Founded by Andrew Thompson after years of researching, planning and sampling eateries around the world,

Clark and Lake is his long term dream to bring a European approach to dining in Edinburgh. With a menu including a choice of sharing platters with meats and cheeses from Spain, France, Italy as well as across the UK, the relaxed and informal setting is already proving to be a welcome addition to the burgeoning restaurant scene around Tollcross and Bruntsfield and with the choice of new specials on offer, it’s sure to continue.


Have a Caribbean Christmas with Aluna Coconut

You may not be off the the Caribbean this Christmas, but let Aluna Coconut transport you there and warm you up with all-natural toasted coconut, vanilla pod and cocoa flavours…

Swap your standard Rum & Coke for something special, an ’Aluna Cola’.

Aluna Cola

  • 1 part Aluna Coconut
  • 3 parts Fever Tree Colah
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Stir with cubed ice
  • Garnish - lime twist

Something to wash down the Christmas turkey? A coconut rum naturally lower in sugar than others on the market means ‘Aluna Coconut Ice’ will go down a treat.

Aluna Coconut Ice

  • Pour 100ml Aluna Coconut over coconut water ice cubes.

With love… A bottle of Aluna Coconut makes a wonderful Christmas gift - why not treat someone this Christmas?

35% ABV

RRP: £24.95

Available from, Master of, and Harvey Nichols stores nationwide


Kokoro Gin launches new 20cl bottle

Kokoro Gin has launched a 20cl bottle of its unique Japanese-inspired London Dry Gin in time for the festive season.

The UK’s luxury department store, Harvey Nicols, is the first retailer to stock the new bottle size, which is available to buy from the store now.

The 20cl bottles have arrived only three months after the launch of Kokoro’s 5cl miniatures, and will be being marketed to on-trade, off-trade, wholesalers, independents, supermarkets and other retailers in the UK through Kokoro’s distribution partner, Mangrove.

Forest Spirits launched its signature Kokoro Gin in September 2016 and has just completed its fourth bottling of 5000 70cl bottles. All three bottle sizes (70cl / 20cl / 5cl) are now available to buy from Kokoro’s online store and selected retailers throughout the UK.

James Nicol, managing director at Forest Spirits, said: “The 20cl bottles will add another dimension to our product offering and are a perfect size for gifts and Christmas stocking fillers. Other products in our pipeline include Kokoro gift packs and flavoured gins as we hope to grow our product range, and the Kokoro brand, across the globe.”

The gin’s core ingredient, sansho berries, are hand-picked and imported to the UK from the Afan Woodland, a sustainable forest in the Nagano region of Japan. Used extensively in Japanese cuisine, sansho berries have a distinctive citrus flavour with a warm pepper finish.

James continued: “The Kokoro brand encompasses the Afan Woodland and so any product extension needs to come from there. However, any added flavour must complement or enhance our core ingredient, the sansho berry, as this is what makes our gin unique. The berries have an earthy, pepper finish which is also ideal for warm, spicy mixes, and can make the perfect festive cocktail in these colder winter months.”

Forest Spirits was formed by entrepreneurial duo, James Nicol and Barry Darnell. The brothers-in-law, who are financial consultant and design agency head by day, were inspired by a family connection to the Afan woodland in Japan, where sansho berries grow. James’s uncle, CW Nicol (affectionately known as Uncle Nic), is a lifelong environmentalist and author. He bought the Afan woodland in the 1980s and donated it to the Woodland Trust. It is now home to over 50 endangered species.

Visit for more information or to purchase a bottle online.


Feeney's Irish Cream Liqueur - an essential for the Christmas drinks cabinet

A Christmas drinks cabinet wouldn't be complete without an Irish cream liqueur. Feeney's Irish Cream Liqueur is a luxurious Irish Cream Liqueur, masterfully distilled and matured for at least three years in Abbeyleix, County Laios, Ireland. Made with barrel-aged, single malt Irish whiskey blended with milk chocolate and the finest quality Irish dairy cream, farmed fresh from cattle grazing in local pastures, Feeney's Irish Cream Liqueur is rich, smooth and deliciously creamy.

An excellent Christmas cocktail would be Feeney's Espresso Martini:

  • 30ml Feeney's
  • 25ml Expresso Coffee
  • 20ml Premium Vodka

Using a cocktail shaker and shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with three coffee beans.

1 litre bottles are available from: Tesco, Asda and from £12.00 per bottle. ABV: 17%

70cl bottles are available from:, Master of Malt and Amazon. RRP: £12.50 ABV 17%