If you’ve visited Edinburgh during the month of August, you’ll know that the city takes on its own irrefutable vibe. Home to the world’s biggest arts’ festival, you can find just about any kind of entertainment if you look hard enough. It’s fantastic, and as a resident of the city, I love watching tourists and locals alike enter into the spirit of all that the Edinburgh Festival has to offer.
Having said that, it can get a bit overwhelming. During August, Edinburgh’s population doubles, making it that much more difficult to get anywhere. People flock in their droves to the city’s festival hot-spots, making it near impossible to get served at any affiliated bar. Sometimes, I’m in the mood to wait it out. Other times, I want to enjoy a quiet drink, a stone’s throw away from the madness, but still close enough to feel like you’re part of it all. That’s where the Caorunn Gin Garden at Hotel Du Vin comes in.
Earlier this month, we were invited to the launch of the Caorunn Gin Garden, a pop-up bar offering a range of Caorunn Gin cocktails and classic gin and tonics, set in the gorgeous Hotel Du Vin courtyard.
On arrival, we were welcomed with a gin and tonic. Caorunn Gin is served with slices of Pink Lady apple, making it stand out from the normal citrus accompaniment. The apple gives it a lovely sweetness, making it a different way to enjoy gin.
As we sipped our G&Ts, we nibbled from the delicious platters of food (kudos Hotel Du Vin, your eats were incredible) and were entertained by a live band.
Soon it was cocktail time. I opted for a Ginito Berry (think a mixed berry mojito) and Rob had an Aviation (think gin muddled with Parma Violets). Those are just two of a number of cocktails Caorunn has on offer, including one with Prosecco and lemon juice that I wish I’d had the chance to try.
As well as the great drinks, the setting for the garden is stunning. Hotel Du Vin is a mere two minute walk from all of the festival action taking place in George Square, yet it feels like a port in the storm; somewhere to relax and kick back before you delve back into the depths of Fringe frenzy.
The Caorunn Gin Garden is open until 28 August and is well worth a visit if you’re in Edinburgh during Festival month. I know I’ll be making it a regular haunt … do say hello, I’ll be the one sipping on a Sorbet 75.1 like