If you follow me on Twitter or read my mid-march catch up post then you’ll know that I’m in the final stages of my degree. I finished and handed in my dissertation on Tuesday and it really was the best feeling, if a little emotional too as I realise that it’ll soon all be over. Needless to say, I’m on the job hunt and applying for lots of roles with a few interviews here and there. Of course, I’ll keep you all updated with how that’s going and for more regular updates follow me on twitter. To celebrate the momentous dissertation hand in, some cocktails may be needed. When I was in London for the Makeup Revolution 3rd Birthday Party (post coming soon) I met up with Amanda Bootes who gave me some Caorunn Gin to try and a few cocktail suggestions too.
Caorunn is a small batch gin which is produced in the Scottish Highlands and is infused with five locally foraged botanicals including dandelion, heather, coul blush apple, bog myrtle and rowan berry along with six traditional gin botanicals and natural Scottish water.
The name Caorunn comes from the Gaelic name for Rowan Berry, which grows wild within a 5 minute walk from the distillery. It’s handpicked, with the other four Scottish botanicals, and infused for each bottle. The Scottish ingredients also inspire the striking bottle, which has five sides to represent the five botanicals.
Red Carpet Bubbles
- 30ml Caorunn
- 20ml Dolin Chamberyzette strawberry aperitif
- 10ml Chambord liqueur
- ¼ Small red apple
- 5ml Lemon juice
- 60ml Dry Sparkling Wine
Method: Muddle, shake, double strain and top with the sparkling wine
Glassware: Champagne flute
Garnish: Lemon zest
Spring Strong Water
- 50ml Caorunn
- 15ml Sour Apple Syrup (*see ingredients below)
- 10ml St. Germain elderflower liqueur
- 2 bar spoons Sherry Vinegar
Method: Stir and strain
Glassware: Nick &Nora
Garnish: Orange zest. Twist with emphasis to eliminate undesired vinegar aroma on the nose.
*To make the sour apple syrup mix water, sugar, red apples, malic acid, apple juice and star anise.
Price and Purchase Info
Caorunn Gin is available in selected Waitrose (RRP: £27), Sainsbury’s (RRP: £26), Tesco (RRP: £27) stores and also Harvey Nichols, Fortnum and Mason, Oddbins, The Conran Shop, Spirited Wines, The Whisky Shop and spirit specialists (RRP: £28.49).