Around the fire: A warming cocktail from Jack O’ Bryans

Known as much for its delicious seasonal cocktails as it’s amazing Iberian food with an Asian twist, Jack O’ Bryans in Dunfermline has created this decadent warming cocktail, reminiscent of sitting around the fire on a cold autumn day. The toasted marshmallow garnish adds a fantastic textural element to this warming drink which you can…

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Mixing it up: Aberdeen cocktail week begins

Grant Dickie checks out the opening night of Aberdeen Cocktail week.  Are you a lover of cocktails? Needing an excuse to get out and have an enjoyable night amidst the dreich weather and darkening nights? If so, then Aberdeen Cocktail Week will be right up your street. Both of those above questions apply to myself,…

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Introducing X MUSE: Scotland’s First Blended Barley Vodka

If you’ve been seeking a truly exceptional vodka experience, look no further than X MUSE (pronounced ‘tenth muse’). This exquisite spirit is a tribute to Scotland’s rich heritage of spirit making, blending two heritage barley varieties, Plumage Archer and Maris Otter, with pure, pristine water sourced from an ancient aquifer within the heart of the…

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Two Scots brands shake things up with cocktail

A PAIR of Scottish companies have unveiled a ready-to-drink Margarita cocktail. Bute-based Braw Liquor Club has included Blackthorn Salt from Ayr as one of the ingredients in its West Coast Margarita. The tipple also contains tequila blanco from Mexico, agave nectar, and lime. Braw has released the cocktail in 200ml and 500ml bottles. Elizabeth Mackirdy…

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The Art of Beasts: Life Drawing Class at the Cauldron Edinburgh

Megan Amato checks out a life drawing class at the Cauldron, Edinburgh. Edinburgh’s festivals may bring a host of exciting and novel acts, and while the Cauldron Pub has never needed an excuse to introduce intriguing and magical entertainment, they have upped the ante with enough month-long worth to fill your wizard boots. One alluring…

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When friends and food collide…

Richard Bath went to review the new summer Market Menu at the Sheraton Grand’s One Square brasserie in Edinburgh. It’s the Holy Trinity, right: good friends, lashings of booze, and properly decent food. Throw in a swanky city centre location, a new and weather-suitable light Market Menu, and you’ve got the perfect way to start…

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Drinks for Mothering Sunday

Drinks blogger James Robertson recommends bottles for Mothering Sunday. SINCE the Middle Ages, a celebration of motherhood has taken place on the fourth Sunday in Lent – hence Mothering Sunday. This is not to be confused with Mother’s Day, which started in the United States in the 1900s on the second Sunday in May. I…

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Port of Leith opens its Lind & Lime gin distillery

PORT of Leith is preparing to welcome the first visitors to its new Lind & Lime gin distillery. The site, on the port’s Coburg Street, is expected to welcome 10,000 visitors each year for tours and cocktails. The new distillery includes an expanded bottling line, which can handle more than one million bottles each year.…

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Chelsea Flower Show prizes for Highland Boundary partners

BOTH of the gardens supported by Perthshire drinks maker Highland Boundary have won prizes at this week’s Chelsea Flower Show. “A Rewilding Britain Landscape”, designed by Adam Hunt and Lulu Urquhart, won the “Best in Show” prize and a gold medal. “The Still Garden”, created by Scottish-born Jane Porter and inspired by the tradition of…

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REVIEW: Innside Newcastle

For a sophisticated and stylish stay in Newcastle look no further than Innside, writes Grant Dickie. SITUATED a stone’s throw from one the most synonymous views Newcastle has to offer, Innside by Meliã is the perfect stay for anyone looking to book a trip to the Toon. The modern but almost industrial-style architecture of the…

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