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Craft56° Blog | Scottish Gins and Craft Drinks Explored

  1. Cairngorm Gin Company - Experience the spirit of the Scottish Highlands

    The Cairngorm Gin Company

    Launched in 2019 by Jack Smith, Cairngorm Gin was inspired by the land he lives in with his family. Jack was born and raised in the valley of the River Spey, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. His family has lived in the Cairngorms National Park for decades, sharing a love and respect for the outdoors and the flora and fauna that surrounds their home.

    From an early age Jack showed a passion for cooking and he followed his father, grandfather and wider family by entering into the hospitality and catering industry. When growing up, Jack showed an interest in sourcing the finest local ingredients to creat culinary masterpieces in the kitchen. He went on to work with number of Michelin-star chefs but he had an overwhelming desire to return to his roots in the Scottish Highlands. 

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  2. Deerness Distillery Scuttled Gin - June 2020

    We're heading north this month with our featured gin for our Scottish Gin Club members coming from the Orkney Islands. An area of outstanding beauty, Orkney is made up of around 70 islands, 20 of which are inhabited by approximately 22000 people.

    In the Parish of Deerness on the east mainland of Orkney you'll find Deerness Distillery, a small craft distillery owned by Stuart and Adelle Brown. The distillery was built by Stuart and Adelle (with the help of friends and family) in 2017 and it is thought to be the first new distillery of its kind on Orkney since 1885. The distillery produces a range of small batch liqueurs and spirits including our featured Gin of the Month; Scuttled Gin.

    Stuart and Adelle Brown of Deerness Distillery

    Scuttled Gin Key Facts

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  3. Choosing A Whisky for Beginners

    There is a wide range of whisky bottles out there, but while it leaves whisky lovers spoilt for choice finding the right one can be overwhelming. This is especially true for the uninitiated. If your first experience with a Scottish whisky is to order up a 20-year-old drink, that may likely be the last time you’d do such. Choose your Scotch wisely.  It is unlike the regular spirit drink so your choice matters a lot.

    What to Look Out for in a Bottle of Scotch Whisky

    Even if you’re not a big fan of Scotch whisky, there are countless reasons why you should place your order for at least a bottle. You might want to gift it to a friend or make your home bar look stocked. In order to get your money’s worth, there are a few factors you may want to consider. These include age, alcohol strength, type, and selection process.

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  4. Alternatives to Tonic - A Definitive Guide

    Alternatives to tonic
    When you think of gin, the next words you usually hear are “and tonic”. It’s like they were made for each other but why do we pair gin and tonic when other spirits are usually paired with sweeter soft drinks?

    What if you don’t like tonic? Are you destined then to live a devastating gin-free life? Absolutely not! While history tells us the perfect mixer for gin is tonic, we’re not ones to always follow the crowd. Let us walk you through some of our favourite alternatives to tonic and fling open the door to the world of gin for all!

    Alternative to Tonic Graphic

    First of all: why tonic?
    Why is gin mixed with tonic? Let’s go back to very beginning.

    The ingredient that gives tonic its iconic tonic taste is called quinine; an anti-malaria d

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  5. Boozy Baking with Craft56° – Wester Spiced Rum & Ginger Loaf

    Like most people, during lockdown we’re finding as many ways as we can to use pantry ingredients in fun and tasty ways. Having (mostly) mastered scones, banana bread & cinnamon rolls, it was time for a new challenge!

    Having a rummage in the baking cupboard, all set for pushing outside my comfort zone, I decided it was time to make a loaf - a spiced loaf with ginger and some Wester Rum. Starting mixing away before checking if I had a loaf tin (I did not), so it became a loaf-cake.

    Boozy Baking With Craft56

    One of my favourite things about spiced loaves is how easy they are, the recipe can be amended for whatever you’re looking to use or what you have in the back of the cupboard. Providing you have some form of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice), flour, baking soda, butter and rum, you can make

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  6. Crag & Tail Gin - May 2020

    The featured gin in our Scottish Gin Club this month is Crag & Tail Gin. Find out everything you need to know about Crag & Tail Gin and perfect serve ideas below.

    Crag & Tail Key Facts

    Location: Based in Perth, Distilled in Arbroath
    ABV: 
    41%
    Launched: 
    August 2018

    Crag & Tail Scottish Gin

    Huffman's Limited

    Crag & Tail comes from the team behind Huffman's, the premium drinks distributor. With experience of the drinks industry, Ramone Robertson and Gregor Maclean launched Huffman's in the summer of 2016 and focus on supplying craft drinks to bars, resta

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  7. Boozy Baking with Craft56° – Biggar Gin & Lemon Scones

    Like most, during the lockdown; we’re finding ways to get creative with our baking. We levelled up some plain scones with the addition of gin and lemon – making an afternoon tea staple even more exciting!

    Boozy Baking With Craft56

    Family recipes can be easily altered to include your favourite ingredients – for some this might be the addition of dried fruit, fresh fruit, nuts or chocolate but in true Craft56 fashion, we added gin. Biggar Gin uses citrus peel as a botanical so this was the gin of choice!

     Biggar Gin & Lemon Scones

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  8. Isle of Bute Gorse Gin - April 2020

    The featured gin in our Scottish Gin Club this month is Gorse Gin from the Isle of Bute Gin Co. Find out more about their history as well as the Gorse expression and perfect serve ideas below.  

    Isle of Bute Gin Range

    Isle of Bute Gin Co.

    The Isle of Bute is a picturesque island located off of Scotland’s West Coast and is the inspiration behind the range of gins from the Isle of Bute Gin Co. 

    Shortly after the first batch of gin was distilled in 2018, production had to relocate to a shared premises in Glasgow in order to meet production needs. While production was based in Glasgow, regular trips were made across to Bute to forage for the botanicals. However,

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  9. Boozy Baking with Craft56° – Lundin Raspberry Ripple Baked New York Cheesecake

    An easy-peasy baked gin cheesecake recipe is what you’ve always been searching for, right? Same! Sadly, there’s none online so we decided to make our own. This is the full-dairy option, we also made a Vegan Cheesecake recipe!

    A baked New York Cheesecake is a staple in any cake lovers’ diet. Pair it with raspberry ripple gin and you’re got a new classic!

    Boozy Baking With Craft56

    We used a 8-inch springform pan for our cheesecake and it yielded about 12-16 portions (depending on your preferred portion size!)

    For the tasty, sweetened jelly topping, we used the luxurious

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  10. Boozy Baking with Craft56° – Vegan Lundin Raspberry Ripple Baked New York Cheesecake

    An easy-peasy baked gin cheesecake recipe is what you’ve always been searching for, right? Same! Sadly, there’s none online so we decided to make our own. This is the easy vegan cheesecake recipe, we also made an non-vegan version!

    A baked New York Cheesecake is a staple in any cake lovers’ diet. Pair it with raspberry ripple gin and you’re got a new classic!

    Boozy Baking With Craft56

    We used a 8-inch springform pan for our cheesecake and it yielded about 12-16 portions (depending on your preferred portion size!)

    For the tasty, sweetened jelly topping, we used the luxurious

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