A newcomer for 2014, Rock Rose gin is a careful blend of botanicals sourced by Dunnet Bay Distillers in Caithness. Classic juniper is complemented by: rhodeola rosea which adds a lovely rose aroma and delicate floral notes; sea buckthorn – highly celebrated for it’s high vitamin C content, around 15 times more than an orange; and rowan berries which add a subtle and sweet fruity edge.

 

Rock Rose gin take a unique approach to sourcing their botanicals, focusing on locally available produce. As such each year will debut a new vintage as the Caithness botanicals are dependant on the climate and natures crop, resulting in a truly hand crafted gin that will differ from year to year.

 

The Bitter Cold Sling is inspired by the Bittered Sling, a long cocktail perfect for summer sipping that grew in popularity in the late 1950s to early 1970s. A refreshing number with tangy, fruity tones!

 

Bitter Cold Sling

25ml Rock Rose Gin

12.5ml Cherry Heering

10ml Benedictine

10ml Cocchi di Torino

15ml Fresh Lemon Juice

10ml Fresh Orange

15ml Sugar Syrup

2 Dash of Aromatic Bitters

 

Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and single strain into a sling glass with cubed ice, then top with soda. Garnish with a lemon wedge, orange twist and cherry.

 

– all cocktails by Mike McGinty at Treacle, 39-41 Broughton Street, Edinburgh.