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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: 

Ingredients 

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

Method

  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.

Ingredients

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

Method

  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.  

Ingredients

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

Method

  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:

Ingredients 

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

Method

  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 www.glasgowdistillery.com 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 www.glasgowdistillery.com.

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


SCOTTISH INSPIRED SLIDERS AVAILABLE FOR ONE DAY ONLY

 

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
                        www.hardrock.com/cafes/glasgow


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.

 


  • CELEBRATE LIKE NO ONE’S WATCHING   Related image

 

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.

 

SPECIAL FESTIVE OFFERS: 

  • 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: events.glasgow@malmaison.com

 

 

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 www.tasteofshetland.com - 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 tasteofshetland.com 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 tasteofshetland.com to be launched.”

Jill Franklin, Manager of Shetland Food and Drink said: “We want tasteofshetland.com 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 www.tasteofshetland.com is an important step towards this aim.” 


www.tasteofshetland.com goes live on Tuesday 21st November 2017.

Highlights of tastofshetland.com 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 www.tasteofshetland.com 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 www.tasteofshetland.com
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 Café
● 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.

 

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 amazon.co.uk, Master of malt.com, 31Dover.com 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 www.kokorogin.com 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 31Dover.com from £12.00 per bottle. ABV: 17%

70cl bottles are available from: 31Dover.com, Master of Malt and Amazon. RRP: £12.50 ABV 17%

 

Gaucho Officially Opens Its St Andrew Square Bar and Restaurant

Gaucho – the celebrated Argentinian steak restaurant – has officially opened its flagship restaurant and bar on St Andrew Square, Edinburgh.

Through a series of exclusive evenings and masterclass events, the Gaucho team welcomed the great and the good of Edinburgh to experience and taste its famous Argentinian roots in preparation for opening.

Gaucho Edinburgh boasts a glass fronted bar over-looking St Andrew Square and a sophisticated open plan restaurant that seats 120 downstairs. Alongside this is the glass private dining room, where the walls are adorned with over 200 bottles of the exclusive Gaucho wine collection.

The restaurant’s interior design takes inspiration from the Ombu, giant trees which are a striking natural feature of the Argentine rural and urban landscapes. The design uses the Ombu’s soft grey colours, sculptural, swirling branches and roots, and its striking leaves as inspiration throughout to bring Argentinian nature further into a sophisticated, urban environment. The overlapping and intertwined shapes illustrate a theme that is repeated in the crisscross of the wooden feature walls, the veins of the silver leaf artwork and the backlit screens.
Diners in Edinburgh can now enjoy Gaucho’s globally renowned steaks as well as specially created fusion dishes – such as haggis empanadas - made using locally sourced Scottish produce.
Gaucho’s wine list, which has been hand selected by wine director, Phil Crozier, provides a choice of 130 Argentinian wines – some of which are exclusive to Gaucho and produced at the restaurant’s vineyard in Mendoza. These sit alongside an extensive range of Scottish whiskies, gins and Scottish craft beer.
Group Executive Chef – Jamie Robertson – famous for working alongside celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, is also returning to his roots. Born and raised in Bonnyrigg, Robertson oversees menu development and supply chain for all 14 of Gaucho’s restaurants.
Commenting on the new Edinburgh restaurant, Group Executive Chef, Jamie Robertson, said:
“Scotland has a fantastic natural larder, and at each of our restaurants we like to make the most of the local produce. As such I have really been enjoying creating some exclusive dishes for our new restaurant that celebrate and marries the provenance of Argentinian beef with Scottish flavours.”
Tracey Matthews, Group Chief Operating Officer at Gaucho said:
“It has been great to be able to welcome so many people to Gaucho and show them some fabulous Argentinian hospitality. The people of Edinburgh are so friendly – from those in the hospitality industry to business leaders - we really hope everyone will enjoy the first-class dining experience at Gaucho, which we believe is truly unique.”