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Also known as a Whisky Macdonald, the whisky mac is made up of scotch whisky and ginger wine. First created around 1860’s this cocktail is even older than the martini. Served perfectly over ice, this cocktail is perfect for warming you up on a cold Burns Night. Whilst most people will have experienced a warm version of this, and will probably have been put off, we recommend giving it another go.

Whisky Mac Ingredients
  • 45ml of Scotch Whisky
  • 30ml of Ginger Wine
Method
  1. Add the ingredients to a glass filled with ice
  2. Stir to combine

You can add a slice of fresh ginger to the glass as garnish, but we think that it’s perfect without

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Relax and unwind the right way at the first ever botanical inspired spa in the world. The Gin Spa opened its doors in December 2017 in Glasgow, created by the team who launched Gin71 in 2014.

Providing spa packages and treatments dedicated to the botanicals found in the spirit, this award-winning team also offer a luxury facial specially tailored to your skin and of course you will enjoy a complimentary gin cocktail with most treatments.

Photo Credit: The Gin Spa

Although you can’t go swimming in gin, this luxury botanically inspired spa is the next best thing! Their consultation simply begins asking this simple question ‘How would you like to feel?’ Giving you the option to select Happy, Active, Tranquil, Pure, Energized or Detox. The treatments include ingredients such as Pink Grapefruit, Bergamot, Clove, Lavender and so much more.

Photo Credit: The Gin Spa

The Gin Spa has a treatment for everybody – including a full body massage, back massage, reflexology, head massage, facials and even manicures or pedicures!

Let’s the good time beGIN!

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A spin on the classic cocktail, the Whiskey Sour, the Scotch Sour, is a great addition to your cocktail repertoire. A simple to make cocktail, this cocktail is the perfect drink for Burns Night. Sadly, the Scotch Sour is often overlooked for a bourbon-based Whiskey Sour. But why not try something different this Burns Night, and try a Scotch Sour instead. Like all Sour cocktails, this cocktail contains raw egg white, but you can leave it out if the thought of raw egg white turns your stomach.

Scotch Sour Ingredients
  • 60ml Scotch Whisky
  • 30ml Lemon Juice
  • 15ml Simple Syrup
  • 15ml Egg White (if desired)
  • Lemon or Orange twist, for garnish
Method
  1. Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice
  2. Shake until cool to the touch
  3. Strain back into the cocktail shaker and dry shake the cocktail (dry shaking means shaking the cocktail without ice)
  4. Strain into an ice-filled glass
  5. Garnish with a lemon or orange twist

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Much like an Irish Coffee, this Clansman’s Coffee cocktail combines coffee and whisky. This one obviously contains scotch rather than Irish Whiskey, and it does also include a brown sugar rim. Whilst you can add sugar to taste, the sugar rim is a sweet addition. Topped with whipped cream and grated chocolate, this boozy coffee is the perfect after-dinner drink!

Clansman’s Coffee Ingredients

30ml of Scotch Whisky
100ml of Fresh Black Coffee
Whipped Cream, for garnish
Grated Chocolate, for garnish
Brown Sugar, to rim the glass

Method
  1. Run a Wedge of Lemon along the rim of a heat-proof glass and dip in brown sugar
  2. Add the scotch to the glass and top up with the coffee
  3. Add sugar to taste
  4. You can float some whipped cream on top and add some grated chocolate

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Yep, that headline is right. Colour changing gin. Gin that changes colour when you add tonic. I’m not sure I could be any more excited! So you may have heard of Butterfly Pea Tea, which is a tea that changes colour. Basically, when you add lemon to the tea you get an amazing purple colour. Mix it with hibiscus leaves and you get red, which is super cool! But it’s also tea. And I mean tea is cool and all, but it’s not gin. This is where the coolest gin in town comes in. Made by the geniuses at the Old Curiosity Distillery, there are three types of colour changing gin. Paying homage to the true power of nature, these gins a packed full of hand-picked botanicals, that when you add tonic, boom colour change. It’s like something out of Alice in Wonderland or even Harry Potter!

Owned by co-founders Hamish Martin and Steve Ross the Old Curiosity Distillery launched in 2017. Between the co-owners, they have over 50 years of experience in the drinks industry. So when the two of them got together, they produced this genius gin, that combines their love of plants and natural ingredients.

Now I can hear you, tell me more about the gin. Available in three different flavours, each gin is it’s own unique creature.

Apothecary Rose Image Credit: The Old Curiosity Distillery

So the Apothecary Rose Gin starts off as a delicate pale gold and is made from one of the worlds oldest rose varieties. With a subtle fragrance and a naturally floral flavour, this gin is a perfectly romantic gin. When you add tonic this gin transforms into a bold and vibrant pink.

Chamomile & Cornflower Image Credit: The Old Curiosity Distillery

Next up is the Chamomile & Cornflower Gin. With a blue colouring from the pure cornflower pigments, this gin features subtle and calming chamomile notes. Embodying the magic of nature, this gin transforms into a delicate pale pink when combined with tonic.

Lavender & Echinacea Image Credit: The Old Curiosity Distillery

Lastly, we have the Lavender & Echinacea Gin. Featuring the restorative qualities of lavender and distinctive floral notes, this gin could heal the soul! I personally love the vibrant purple of this gin, but when you add the tonic you get what can only be described as an alluring pink.

And if you need to see the colour change happen in person before buying them check out this video:

Old Curiosity Distillery Secret Garden Gin - YouTube
I mean I don’t know about you but I need one of each. And of course, this gin can only be served in stylish glasses. So once you’ve grabbed the gin head on over to drinkstuff.com to get some gin balloon glasses. It might only be January, but I think that’s summer sorted!

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Ok, so we’ve made it to January. We’re almost halfway through, and for some of us, that means we’re nearly halfway through Dry January. In case you don’t know what Dry January is, it’s basically where you give up alcohol for one whole month.

But no seriously, Dry January is a really good idea if you’ve been a bit frivolous over the festive season. Even just cutting back the amount of alcohol you have during the week can have some great health benefits. We might be halfway through the month, but you can still get involved. If you do want to join in check out the Dry January website for more information and how to get involved. Now mocktails. Or non-alcoholic cocktails if you will. If you’re struggling with Dry January, or hey you’re doing great but have a friends birthday party this weekend, these mocktails are going to be a lifesaver. Hey, you don’t even have to be holding off on the old alcohol to enjoy these bad boys! 

5 Mocktails that will help you through Dry January No Alcohol Mojito Ingredients
  • A Handful of Mint Leaves
  • 2 Lime Wedges
  • 30ml of Apple Juice
  • 15ml Elderflower Cordial
  • Soda Water
  • A Sprig of Mint, for Garnish
Method
  1. Place the mint leaves and lime wedges in a glass and muddle
  2. Add the apple juice and elderflower cordial to the glass
  3. Fill the glass with crushed ice
  4. Stir to combine
  5. Top up with soda water
  6. Garnish with a sprig of mint
No Alcohol Mimosa Ingredients
  • 50ml of Orange Juice
  • Sparkling Apple Juice
Method
  1. Measure out 50ml of orange juice and add to a champagne flute
  2. Top up with sparkling apple juice

The great thing about this recipe is you could essentially replace the orange juice with just about anything. Cranberry juice, sure why not. Hey, I might even try it with tropical fruit juice just so I can feel fancy. 

Rosemary Blueberry Smash Ingredients
  • A Handful of Blueberries
  • A Sprig of Rosemary
  • A Teaspoon of Honey
  • 25ml of Lemon Juice
  • Soda Water
  • Extra blueberries and a Sprig of Rosemary, for garnish
Method
  1. Muddle the blueberries, rosemary and honey in a cocktail shaker
  2. Add the honey to the cocktail shaker and fill with ice
  3. Shake until cool to the touch
  4. Strain into an ice filled glass
  5. Garnish with blueberries and a sprig of rosemary
A Gin-Less G&T Ingredients
  • 3 Grapefruits
  • A Lemon
  • 3 Oranges
  • 8 Juniper Berries
  • 6 Cardamon Pods
  • A Sprig of Rosemary
  • Soda Water
Method
  1. Peel the grapefruit, lemon and orange and add the peel to an airtight jar.
  2. Juice the leftover fruit, and add to the airtight jar
  3. Add the juniper berries, cardamom pods and the rosemary to the jar.
  4. Close the jar and shake. This is then best left for a couple of days to infuse but can be used straight away.
  5. When you’re ready to serve strain some of the drink into a glass
  6. Top up with soda water
  7. You can then add garnishes like a wedge of lime or juniper berries if desired.

Ok so this one takes a little bit of work but it’s totally worth it trust me. If you’re having friends round try doubling the recipe to make a batch of gin-less G&T’s.

Shirley Temple Ingredients
  • 7.5ml of Grenadine
  • 7.5ml of Lemon Juice
  • Ginger Ale
  • Lemon slice and maraschino cherry for garnish
Method
  1. Add the grenadine and lemon juice to a glass
  2. Top up with ginger ale
  3. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and wedge of lime

This is one is a classic mocktail, not everyone likes it but it is certainly easy to make, and doesn’t break the bank either!

So there you have it 5 amazing mocktails that will make sure you make it through Dry January. And you never know one of these recipes might just make it through to your normal cocktail menu! As always if you need cocktail tools or equipment head on over to drinkstuff.com, we’ve even got some new barware that is sure to turn heads!

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New Year, New Barware…who dis?

With a New Year starting and promising new beginnings it’s out with the old and in with the new, so why not shake up your barware collection too?!

The new barware collections from Utopia, Beaumont and Genware all offer an on trend vintage aesthetic that is perfect for adding variety and flair to your cocktail service and creations, as well as perfectly complimenting last years Copper trend; meaning these can be easily incorporated into use with any existing copper items you may already have.

Utopia: Vintage Copper

Utopia’s Vintage Copper range boasts a distressed effect finish and brings a vintage inspired aesthetic effortlessly to cocktail service and preparation methods. Its vintage copper finish offers a slightly more subtle effect compared to its original copper counterparts.

They also work extremely harmoniously with Utopia’s Gun Metal range allowing you to mix and match individual elements or swap things out for a combination of both colours and finishes for a contrasting mix and match effect.

Beaumont: Antique Brass 

Any cocktail enthusiast will know that durable barware is worth it’s weight in gold. The Antique Brass range from Beaumont has been crafted from sturdy stainless steel with a brass effect finish and is perfect for use in commercial settings such as bars, cocktails clubs and pubs.

  

This range offers the basic and essential cocktail equipment and includes; a new strainer, muddler, jigger, tin on tin shaker and bar spoon. It’s subtle antique brass finish adds variety and colour without being too out-there or garish and provides a beautiful, lustrous finish.

    

Genware: Vintage

  

Offering an extensive variety of products, the Genware Vintage range has everything you could possibly need to produce a whole host of cocktail creations! Combining modern cocktail equipment with a distinctive antique finish it is the perfect fusion of new and old.

    

Made from dishwasher safe stainless steel this range is perfect for every day use in even the busiest settings thanks to its durability and fuss free cleaning options. Alternatively it is also ideal for use at home when impressing guests at cocktail and dinner parties with your superior barware collection.

  

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So here we have it the end of 2017. Like every year there were highs and lows, good and bad points. This isn’t a Buzzfeed article so I’m not going to go into that. What I am going to talk about is our Top 10 Cocktail Recipes of 2017!

Ok, so what will they be?! Will they be classic cocktails that have seen a revival? Are they cocktails that are sure to get a party started? Or will they be cocktails that make you look more refined? Well, stay with us as I count down our top 10 cocktails of 2017. 

Top 10 Cocktail Recipes of 2017 10. Gingerbread & Espresso Martini Recipe

In 10th place, we have the Gingerbread and Espresso Martini! A seasonal favourite, this cocktail is one of many popular coffee cocktails. I particularly love the gingerbread man garnish. Especially if you manage to get funny looking ones like we did.

9. Hot Gin Punch

In 9th place, we have another seasonal cocktail and this one is part of the titan that is the gin trend, the Hot Gin Punch. Based on a Victorian recipe this punch is a great alternative to pulled wine or mulled cider. We think it’s particularly great for getting you through January.

8. Santa Claus-Mopolitan

In at 8, we have the ultimate Christmas Day cocktail, the Santa Claus-Mopolitan! A riff on the classic cosmopolitan we think this cocktail can really be drunk all year round. The candy cane just makes it look Christmassy!

7. Paper Plane

At 7 we have the Last Word riff, the Paper Plane. An easy to remember and easy to make cocktail, this drink is surely a modern classic. Found in cocktail menus all over the world, this cocktail isn’t for the faint-hearted. We think the mini paper plane for garnish makes it.

6. Key West Cooler

In at 6 we have, what I think is a bit of a curveball, the Key West Cooler! So this cocktail is one of those 80’s cocktails that seems to be coming back. When you google it there seems to be a huge range of different recipes, but we love the layered version. The layers of colour just make it that bit more fun!

5. Enchanted Unitail

In 5th place, we have the Enchanted Unitail or the unicorn cocktail. So unless you’ve been living under a rock this year you will know that unicorns have literally been everywhere. And this recipe was a silly take on that trend, but I guess it’s more popular than I thought it was!

4. Spider-Man Cocktail

In at 4th is the Spider-Man Cocktail! Maybe it was Spider-Man’s reunion with the Avengers that made this cocktail popular, or it could have been the new Spider-Man film, but either way, it was a big hit this year. We’d recommend removing the silly string before drinking of course.

3. Hedgerow Royale

In third place, we have the Hedgerow Royale. This cocktail combines sloe gin, cherry brandy and prosecco for a wicked sparkling cocktail! This has got to be one of my own personal favoruites from this year, and it’s the perfect cocktail for new years eve!

2. Mulled Cranberry Gin

Just missing out on the top spot, our 2nd best cocktail recipe this year is the Mulled Cranberry Gin. Similar to the Hot Gin Punch, this spiced cranberry gin punch is the perfect winter cocktail. We think with gin so popular, this could knock mulled wine off the winter drink top spot!

1. Porn Star Martini

And there you have it, our top cocktail recipe from 2017, the Porn Star Martini! Quite literally blowing the competition out of the window, the porn star martini is our most popular cocktail recipe of 2017. I have to admit it is one of my personal favourites, and that shot of prosecco is a versatile addition to the drink.

What will be popular next year I hear you ask. Well keep an eye out and we predict the flavours we think will be popular in 2018!

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Our Top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for 2017

Stuck for ideas for that cousin you rarely see? Need inspiration for your other half? Look no further than Drinkstuff! Our top 10 guide gives you our ultimate choices for 2017, perfect for anyone in your life that enjoys a tipple.

1. Manhattan Cocktail Shaker Set

Presented in a beautiful luxury gift tube, this cocktail set is perfect for those drinks aficionados among us. With all you need to get started, this kit even includes a stunning recipe book for inspiration.

2. City Champagne Flutes

No festive period is complete without the pop of a champagne cork, these City Champagne Flutes are perfect for celebrating with bubbly! Gift boxed in a pack of 6, these flutes are ideal for the prosecco or champagne lover in your life.

3. City Gin Balloon Glasses

Following the new gin craze, these City Gin Balloon Glasses are a stunning way to serve the classic gin & tonic or gin based cocktails. Gift boxed in a pack of 6, these glasses are ideal for the gin lover in your life.

4. Monin Cocktail Syrup Gift Set

With all the key cocktail flavours included, this Monin Cocktail Syrup Gift Set can get your started in the world of mixology. Blue Curacao, Coconut, Strawberry, Mint Mojito and Passion Fruit Flavoured Syrup bring your cocktail favourites to life in your own home!

5. Deluxe Cognac And Brandy Warmer Set

Nothing warms you like a Deluxe Cognac and Brandy Warmer Set, especially when gifted in a beautiful wooden box. Perfect for someone who enjoys an after dinner tipple, this gift set is likely to bring a smile to any brandy drinkers face.

6. Home Gin Making Kit

Make your own gin from home with this bar@drinkstuff Home Gin Making Kit. Simply add your own vodka to get started!

7. Barman’s Barware Kit

For the cocktail enthusiast in your life, this Barman’s Barware Kit brings together a more professional level of cocktail making equipment. All luxuriously packaged in a stylish gift tube, this cocktail kit will impress any wannabe bartender.

8. Ceramic Luau Tiki Party Pack

Make every cocktail a tiki adventure with this Ceramic Luau Tiki Party Pack! With 5 different designs, each guest can have a truly unique vessel to enjoy their tiki cocktail in.

9. Kilner Cocktail Set For Two

With a Kilner branded cocktail shaker mason jar, a wooden muddler & 2 mason jars, this Kilner Cocktail Set For Two is the perfect gift for any couple. Ideal for adding a vintage style to your cocktail making, this cocktail set is ideal for beginners.

10. Deluxe Manhattan Cocktail Accessories Gift Hamper

Beautifully presented in a luxury gift hamper, this Deluxe Manhattan Cocktail Accessories Set is the hamper that everyone wants to receive this Christmas. Saying goodbye to the old dusty hampers filled with fruit cakes and jams, this rejuvenated gift hamper brings a taste of modern mixology under your tree.

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