Gin Cocktails: Edinburgh's Most Loved Recipes

Gin Cocktails: Edinburgh's Most Loved Recipes

Edinburgh boasts a rich history of distilling gin. Nowadays, it's vibrant cocktail scene means that the city hosts many gin distilleries, as well as gin tastings & tours. However, in addition to this, the city also has very popular gin recipies unique to Edinburgh, offering a delightful array of flavours to suit every taste. In this blog post, we'll take you on a journey through some of Edinburgh's most loved gin cocktail recipes, both classic and modern. Whether you're a gin aficionado or a curious newcomer, these concoctions are sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more.

Leith Lemon Garden

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Step into the Leith Lemon Garden, a delightful gin cocktail inspired by the vibrant Leith area of Edinburgh. This zesty concoction combines the crispness of gin with the tangy sweetness of fresh lemon juice. Add a touch of elderflower liqueur, or a lemon scented gin, for a floral note and a splash of soda water for a gentle fizz. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a sprig of mint for an invigorating drink that celebrates the spirit of Leith.

The Royal Mile Mule

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A nod to Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile, this gin-based twist on the classic Moscow Mule is both refreshing and bold. Mix your favourite gin with spicy ginger beer, a dash of lime juice, and a splash of apple cider for a Scottish twist. Served in a copper mug or highball glass with plenty of ice, this cocktail packs a punch and is perfect for a night out on the town.

Holyrood Bramble

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Inspired by the lush surroundings of Holyrood Park, the Holyrood Bramble is a visually stunning and delicious gin cocktail. Muddle fresh blackberries and a hint of mint in a shaker, then add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake well and strain over crushed ice. The result is a vibrant and fruity cocktail with a beautiful dark hue that pays tribute to Edinburgh's natural beauty.

Edinburgh Castle Sour

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Take your taste buds on a journey fit for royalty with the Edinburgh Castle Sour. This twist on the classic Whiskey Sour swaps whiskey for gin while retaining the traditional mix of lemon juice and simple syrup. The addition of a splash of Scotch whisky adds a smoky depth, and a dash of orange bitters provides a well-balanced finish. Garnish with a brandied cherry for a regal touch.


Edinburgh's gin cocktails are a celebration of the city's history, culture, and natural beauty. From the classic G&T with a local twist to the creatively crafted concoctions inspired by iconic landmarks, each sip offers a glimpse into the spirit of this captivating city. Whether you're wandering along the Royal Mile or exploring the hidden gems of Leith, be sure to indulge in the exquisite gin cocktail scene that Edinburgh has to offer. Cheers to a memorable tasting experience and discovering new favourites along the way!