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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Merry MAKAR Christmas - Cocktail Recipes

Make your festive season sparkle with our premium MAKAR cocktail serves. 

MAKAR Tuscan Sour – Using Makar Original Dry Gin

Based on heavenly sourdough bread from Tuscany, it tastes phenomenal on its own or the perfect complement to olives. Here's the recipe: 


  • 50ml Makar Glasgow Gin
  • 10ml Fennel Syrup
  • 20ml Lemon Juice
  • 8 White Grapes
  • Sprig of Rosemary
  • 2 drops Angostura Bitters
  • 1/2 egg


  1. Muddle grapes and syrup in cocktail shaker
  2. Add all ingredients 
  3. Dry shake (without ice) for 30 seconds 
  4. Fine strain into rock glass
  5. Garnish with grapes and a sprig of rosemary

MAKAR Mulberry Old Fashioned – Using MAKAR Cask Aged Mulberry Gin

The grandfather of many drinks, enjoy the ultimate classic with a twist. Smooth, bold and best enjoyed ice cold.


  •  50ml MAKAR Mulberry Aged Gin 
  • Dash Angostura bitters 
  • Teaspoon loose sugar
  • Dash of plain water


  1. Muddle a teaspoon of loose sugar in an old fashioned glass with a dash of plain water and angostura bitters 
  2. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add the MAKAR Mulberry Aged Gin 
  3. Garnish with an orange peel and a cherry 


MAKAR Oaked Negroni – Using MAKAR Oak Aged Gin

A winter warmer, give our oak aged negroni a try. Perfect on a cold winter night.  


  • 50ml MAKAR Oak Aged Gin
  • 30ml Campari
  • 30ml Sweet vermouth
  • Peel of Orange


  1. Mix the MAKAR, Campari and vermouth in a rocks glass
  2. Add ice and stir until cold 
  3. Garnish with a long peel of fresh orange


Diets Are For January - Using MAKAR Old Tom Gin

Once you quaff this indulgent showstopper, you won’t want anything else. Shake yours:


  • 50ml Makar Old Tom Gin
  • 12.5ml Cherry Liqueur
  • 10ml Cinnamon Syrup
  • 5ml Amaretto
  • Layered with Double Cream
  • Dusting of nutmeg


  1. Place all alcohol in a shaker with ice 
  2. Shake vigorously
  3. Fine strain into a chilled martini glass 
  4. Place double cream in shaker with no ice. 
  5. Lightly shake 
  6. Layer on top with bar spoon
  7. Dust with freshly grated nutmeg


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

GIN-gle All The Way. MAKAR Launches Miniatures for Christmas

GIN-gle All The Way. MAKAR Launches Miniatures For Christmas

 New MAKAR Festive Gin Minis Launched For Christmas

 The Glasgow Distillery Company has been exceptionally busy over the last few months and their magical elves have crafted the perfect present for botanical-lovers this Christmas – a MAKAR mini festive gift pack. 

 Launched today (Wednesday, 22 November) at The St. Enoch Christmas Market, Glasgow’s multi award winning gin MAKAR, is now available in a wonderfully festive gift pack containing three of their handcrafted premium gins. 

 Each pack is beautifully presented in a festive foil wrap and contains one MAKAR Original Dry Gin, one MAKAR Old Tom Gin and one of either of the cask matured expressions; MAKAR Aged in Oak or MAKAR Aged in Mulberry. 

 The limited edition festive minis are available to purchase exclusively from the MAKAR chalets at the Christmas markets in George Square (when it launches on Saturday) and St. Enoch Square and online via while stocks last. Priced at £15 the artisan gift is perfect as a stocking filler, or as a treat for yourself to try three of Scotland’s most-awarded gins in 2017.   

 Only 2000 festive packs have been created in this limited-edition release, so be quick off the mark if you want to pick up the trio in time for Christmas. The team at MAKAR has also created four speciality festive cocktail serves to help you shake up and indulge this festive season. And if you'd like to try any of the award winning MAKAR portfolio, you can sample their gins as well as pick up a bottle at a special festive price from the Christmas markets. 

 Co-founder and CEO of The Glasgow Distillery Company, Liam Hughes, said:

 “We decided to create our MAKAR mini gift packs after being inundated over the past year by customers looking for miniature versions of MAKAR. People are looking for high-quality, locally sourced festive presents and this MAKAR gift pack is the perfect gift for any gin fan to look forward to this Christmas. 

 “Unwrapping three gins to sip on, on a cosy evening at Christmas, who doesn’t want that?”

 Discover the spirit of Glasgow, buy your Christmas gift from the Christmas markets in George and St. Enoch Squares or visit

The St Enoch's Christmas market will open daily between 10am and 8pm from 9 November until 22 December. The festive offering at George Square will be open daily from 25 November until 29 December


Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow to Celebrate St Andrew’s Day



Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow are set to celebrate Scotland’s national day with a dish inspired by the country’s favourite flavours. On 30 November, grab some tidy scran and embrace a wee Scottish twist on the Hard Rock Classics. 


A trio of scrumptious Scottish sliders are available including a Haggis Burger, Venison Burger and a Scottish Breakfast Burger served with neeps and tatties crisps.


Customers can dine amongst a host Scottish memorabilia from legends including Angus Young (AC/DC), Amy McDonald, Donovan, Wet Wet Wet and let loose to a soundtrack of Scottish rock music. The St Andrew’s Day menu is available for one day only, so don a kilt and enjoy the best Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow has to offer.


Customers can follow up the St Andrew’s Day meal with one of Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow's Local Legendary cocktails including the Scottie Dog Daiquiri and the Tonic BOOM for an richt guid nicht. 


What:               St Andrews Day at Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow


When:               Thursday 30 November 
                        12pm – 11pm


Where:             Hard Rock Cafe

                        179 Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 2JZ

Entry:               Booking essential 0141 353 8790

                        Sliders priced at £14.25

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Festive Favourites at Glasgow Mal

Malmaison is inviting the residents of Glasgow to join them this festive season to celebrate Christmas and the New Year in style. From Festive Afternoon Tea to private party celebrations and indulgent meals with family and friends, Malmaison Glasgow has Christmas all wrapped up. 


Situated between the West End and the Centre of Glasgow, Malmaison is the perfect location to gather with your loved ones this winter. “We really know how to through a party here at Malmaison, so you can rely on us for a good time,” says General Manager, Graham Chalmers. “Whether you’re naughty or nice, there’ll be something for everyone at Mal this Festive Season.”


  • FESTIVE AFTERNOON TEA   Related image


If you need some festive sustenance after a long day spent Christmas shopping, look no further than Mal’s festive twist on traditional afternoon tea.  Indulge in a glass of Prosecco, Christmas fruit cake, mince pies, ginger bread biscuit, yule log, sherry truffle, turkey, cranberry and stuffing wrap, Mal slider, scones, pigs in blanket brioche roll, and a choice of speciality tea. After all, you’ve earned it.  £25pp.




Providing everything you need for a private celebration, for £45* per person, Malmaison will provide a private dining room decked with Christmas finery, bubbles for all on arrival, a three course menu with tea, coffee and half a bottle of wine per person. *Minimum and maximum numbers will apply. See Hotel for more info.



  • Chez Mal Friday 1st December – Mal is offering a special package price of £35pp. Includes 3 courses & Half Bottle of wine per person. Available for groups of 8-80 people.
  • Private Dining - Saturday 9th December – We can offer our Christmas “Celebrate Like Nobody’s Watching” package from £35pp with FREE ROOM HIRE. Includes Prosecco Reception, 3 courses & Half Bottle of Wine per person. Available for groups of 8-60 people.


  • CHRISTMAS EVE   Related image


Sit back and relax – you’ve got Christmas sorted, now let Malmaison look after Christmas Eve (Sunday) lunch.   Enjoy a selection of the finest unlimited hors d’oeuvres from the famous Chef’s Table, followed by a selection of classic warming dishes including roast beef or turkey with all the trimmings, plus a glass of bubbles. Finally, finish with an indulgent dessert while you cast your eyes on Mal’s legendary cocktail menus. £24.95pp. (Price includes a glass of Prosecco and party favours)


  • BOXING DAY BRUNCH   Related image


Keep the festive spirit alive with Mal’s truly decadent lunch. Enjoy a glass of Prosecco and a selection of unlimited hors d’oeuvres from our famous Chef ’s Table, then dive into classic brunch dishes such as eggs Benedict, the big brunch breakfast or a prime rib Sunday roast, followed by a choice of the most indulgent of desserts. £24.95. (Price includes a glass of Prosecco and party favours)


  • HOGMANAY   Related image


Let saxophonist Craig Nelson and resident DJ @AusDisco bring you into 2018 with banging beats at Glasgow Mal. Kick start the evening with a Glass of Champagne and Haggis Bon Bons, then enjoy our 3 course menu, with tea/coffee and petit fours to finish, before moving through to Chez Mal bar to bring in 2018 in style. £85pp.



Related imageNEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH Related image


Welcome the new year in style with the most decadent of brunches. The perfect cure for a squiffy head; we’ve a Chef’s Table with a selection to die for, a choice of divine brunch dishes and a glass of Prosecco for those who are ready to begin the celebrations all over again! £24.95. (Price includes a glass of Prosecco and party favours)


To book call: 0141 572 1020 or email:



Shetland Launches New Interactive ‘Shop Window’ for Food and Drink

Shetland, the most northerly point of the UK and one of the world’s most stunning island destinations, is to proudly promote its food and drink offering to the world through - a new interactive website. It is the first time that the breadth of Shetland’s food and drink businesses have come together in such an initiative.  

The website will serve as an online destination for information, and raise the profile of Shetland’s produce and outlets through its reach to people within and outwiththe Islands.  It will offer web visitors the opportunity to discover the range of food and drink delights that the Shetland Islands have on offer and order goods online, and highlight where produce can be tasted and bought.  

It is being launched by Shetland Food and Drink, the new membership organisation which proudly promotes the exceptional food and drink produced in one of the UK's most unique environments.  

Marian Armitage, Chair of Shetland Food and Drink commented: “Shetland has one of the most pristine environments in the UK and the food and drink which is produced here is exceptional.  Shetland has a wealth of great produce as part of its DNA, its heritage.  However, it has traditionally ‘kept its light under a bushel’ when it comes to promoting the wealth of produce we have here. So, with the growing interest both in and outwith Shetland in provenance of food and drink and regional production it is the perfect time for to be launched.”

Jill Franklin, Manager of Shetland Food and Drink said: “We want to be an online hub for everyone.  Whether you are someone considering having a holiday in Shetland, are a past visitor and fan from afar or you live here, you will find a wealth of information.  We want the site to be content-rich, informative, and ever-changing.  

“The funding we received from Shetland LEADER, the Shetland Islands Council, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise and our many sponsors is to help create and develop a cohesive platform for the Shetland’s food and drink producers. The launch of is an important step towards this aim.” goes live on Tuesday 21st November 2017.

Highlights of include:

Interactive map of the best that Shetland has to offer 
The site features an interactive map, the first of its kind for Shetland, which has been developed so visitors can quickly find out where local food and drink is made and sold. Clicking on one of the pins in the map displays a brief summary of the featured business, along with a link to the individual producer or retailer.  

Online shop
Visitors to the can purchase gifts, event tickets and merchandise. First to go on sale are some great Christmas gifts – exclusive bags, peenies (aprons) and tea towels featuring the wonderful Shetland dialect; greetings cards and Christmas cards by local artist Monica Pothecary; butter, oatcakes and other non-perishable foods.  Books on sale include: the award-winning Shetland Food and Cooking by Marian Armitage; and the reprinted 1925 classic Cookery for Northern Wives by Margaret Stout (who graduated from the Edinburgh School of Cookery in 1915 and compiled the recipes for this book from what the Shetland housewives told her orally). Visitors can also click through to members’ own online shops.

Taste of Shetland Festival 2018
The website will also be the main source of information on the Taste of Shetland Festival, which has now become a key date in the Shetland calendar (in 2018 the Festival is being held on 5-7 October).  From early 2018, visitors can buy tickets for the event, local businesses can book stands, and there will be the chance to see recipes and other activities around the Festival as they are announced. 

Featuring news, special offers and a food and drink blog, there will be plenty to interest local residents, armchair travellers, food and drink fans, holidaymakers and visitors at
You will be able to find out more on the following producers and outlets:
Full members
● Anderson Butchers
● Frankie’s Fish and Chips
● Hayfield Croft Produce
● Jim Macmillan Butcher
● Mackenzie’s Farm Shop and CafĂ©
● Mirrie Dancers 
● Seafood Shetland
● Shetlandeli - COPE Ltd
● Shetland Distillery Company
● Shetland Farm Dairies
● Shetland Livestock Marketing Group
● Skibhoul Bakery
● Thule Ventus
● Viking Mead
● Waas Bakery
Associate members
● Aald Harbour Tearoom
● Brae Building Centre
● Beervana
● Caffe/Bistro Volare
● Da Kitchen Bakery
● Da Steak Hoose Ltd
● E.G. Farming Ltd
● Emma-Louise’s the Coffee Shop
● Event-tastic
● Katja’s Cakes
● LJ’s Diner and Pizzeria
● Peerie Shop Cafe
● Scalloway Hotel
● Scoop Wholefoods
● Shetland College UHI
● Sound Service Station
● Tagon Stores
● The Shetland Fudge Company
● Shetland Sea Salt
● The Shetland Times Bookshop
● The V Bird 
● Uradale Farm
Sponsors of Shetland Food and Drink are: Loganair (Gold); Cooke Aquaculture, NorthLink Ferries, Grieg Seafood, Scottish Seafarms, JW Gray, Harper Macleod, and Seafood Shetland (incorporating Shetland Shellfish Management Organisation, Shetland Fish Producers’ Organisation and Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation Shetland) who are all Silver sponsors; and Bronze sponsors Shetland FM and RSM.
Some facts and figures

Research from the NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway, Shetland
● According to latest research (2016) more fish was landed in Shetland than England, Wales and Northern Ireland combined, while only Peterhead was busier than Shetland in the UK. 
● Shetland boats landed £118 million worth of fish and shellfish in 2016, which represented a large increase in value from the previous year.

Shetland Visitor Survey 2012/13
● The most likely activities for visitors were walks (both long and short), visiting beaches/coastal scenery, shopping for local craft/produce, trying local food, bird watching and visiting archaeological and nature/wildlife sites.
● Visitors’ overall satisfaction with their visit was very high: 79% were very satisfied and a further 18% were fairly satisfied, giving a total 97% of visitors stating that they were very or fairly satisfied.

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.