Cocktails with… Edinburgh Christmas Gin

The production of seasonal editions of spirits has seen a growing trend in 2015, with more and more distilleries creating them, although the first appeared a few years back. Edinburgh Gin kicked off their seasonal range with a Christmas Gin in 2014 – this is a spicy gin with frankincense and myrrh as botanicals.


Following its success, Edinburgh Gin have released a new edition in new, funky, festive packaging for 2015. A little late to the party, but here are my tasting notes for the 2014 edition.

On its own
Nose: Spiced notes and raisin, combined with fresh, crisp, green notes.
Taste: Almond, chocolate, and spice upfront, reminding me of Christmas confectionery. This develops into notes of anise and leafy fennel, which add freshness. Finally, there are some citrus and coriander flavours, before a dry and crisp juniper finish that lingers.

Gin & Tonic
Rich raisin and lots of delicious spice, as well as a hint of caramelised sugar and dark chocolate. Despite all of these rich flavours, it maintains its freshness.

This is a cocktail that’s packed full of dried fruit and spice. It’s dry, but with a good level of sweetness, too – almost like a “perfect” (mix of sweet and dry vermouth) Martini.

Very spicy and rather soft, with hints of cream and vanilla, as well as cinnamon, cassia, nutmeg, and (thankfully only a touch of) clove. This cocktail provides a more gentle approach to the gin; a good way to get the family to try it over the Christmas period.

In Conclusion
This does exactly what you’d expect; it is festive and spicy, without going overboard. My favourite drink of those that I tried was the Negroni – a wonderful seasonal cocktail.

Cocktails with… Edinburgh Gin

Edinburgh Gin is made by for the Spencerfield Spirit Company famous for, today, being behind the Pig’s Nose & Sheep Dip Blended whisky brands. The gin was designed to reflect the glory days of Edinburgh Distilling where it was both a center of spirit excellence and innovation.
Edinburgh Gin is bottled at 43%ABV and botanicals include:




Lemon Peel

Orris Root

Milk Thistle



1) Own
Nose: Juniper, Angelica and Cinnamon
Taste: Quite soft & smooth with a lot of Christmas spice, nutmeg and cinnamon.

2) Gin & Tonic
Some juniper, quite spicy, reminds me of Christmas. Cinnamon at the forefront with hints of nutmeg and dried fruit. dry Juniper on the finish also reminds me of Simnel Cake. Mrs. B was a fan.

3) Martini
Not classic in style but quite tasty. Rather soft with some subtle hints of spice. Some Juniper but not ovewhelming.

4) Negroni
Fresh crisp and rather bitter. Dryness of the juniper is quite strong; a rather classic Negroni with a slight twist from a slight softening of drink by the sweet spice in the gin. Lovely.

5) Gin Buck
This work really well the warm sweet spice and the ginger are great partners. Very tasty, slightly festive and even better with a squeeze of lime.

6) Shady Tree
After the Gin Buck I thought this would work well and it does! Great mix of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. a sweet complex concoction and the lime stops it from being too sweet.

7) Fruit Cup
Quite sweet, spicy and incredibly refreshing. Another classic combo of Ginger, cinnamon and Nutmeg as well as the herbal vermouth. Greta as a late summer cooler.

8 ) Hot Toddy
Lovely the built in spicy notes of the gin make you think that there is a lot more in the drink than gin, honey, lemon and water. Complex spice, very warming and delicious. A good dose of juniper too for the gin fans.

In Conclusion
Edinburgh Gin is quite an unusual gin and certainly has it’s own character. I think later in the year, it will work really well in Hot/Christmas Cocktails. It also works well in herbal drinks due it’s heavy sweet spice flavours. Although it works well in summery cocktails, for me, it’s quite a wintery gin.

Our favourite cocktails were Hot Toddy and Fruit Cup.