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Click to buy our Fruity Highlander Cocktail SetIf you have yet to take advantage of our free delivery offer for some great Father's Day gifts such as our Fruity Highlander Cocktail Set or maybe our new Citrus Sundowner Cocktail Set, then please do so now as our delivery offer ends on Monday. 

We are offering free standard delivery* for all orders over £25 placed by Mon 1st June 2015 to UK mainland delivery addresses. If you get stuck, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

*Please note terms apply: Standard delivery to a UK mainland delivery address is normally £5.95 for our 4-5 working day service and free for orders over £40. See terms & conditions.Click to buy our Citrus Sundowner Cocktail Set

Father's Day Tasting Evening

Places are filling up fast for our planned Father's Day Tasting Evening to be held in all shops on Friday 19th June 2015. Book your place now!

We love hearing your comments, good or bad, so please do keep sending them in.

Yours,

Angus

 


Father's Day Tasting Evening

Posted in Flavours of the Month Events Blog , by Angus Ferguson, on 26th May 2015

A Father's Day Tasting Evening

The Fruity Highlander Cocktail - A perfect way to start Father's Day!As one of the many excellent Father's Day gifts we have on offer this year, why not choose your Father the gift of taking part in one of our Father's Day Tasting Evenings?

Our hosted Father's Day Tasting Evenings will be run in each of our shops in Edinburgh, Glasgow, York and Oxford on Fri 19th June 2015.

The evenings will run from 6.30pm and 7.30pm and be based on our standard Tasting Evening format, starting with a cocktail drink or two. The cost to attend is £10 per person, of which the full £10 will be redeemable as a shopping voucher on the night of the tasting only. Early booking is essential.

How do I book?

To book please email your contact details, number of places required and the relevant shop you wish to attend at, either Edinburgh, Glasgow, York or Oxford. We will then make contact, arrange payment and confirm your booking.

This is a unique Father's Day gift that will be remembered for many years. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Father's Day is not far away....

Cubarb, perfect for Fathers! A 500ml cubed shaped bottle of Organic Rhubarb Vodka LiqueurFather's Day falls on Sunday 21st June this year. As a Father myself I am sincerely hoping that my dear Wife, Frances, will lead our children by the nose to choose the sort of food and drink Father's Day gifts that we have on offer at Demijohn. As she points out, there are, however, many types of Father to consider. Read Frances's latest light hearted and helpful guide to choosing the best Father's Day Gifts for all types of Father. It made me chuckle!

For a limited period, we are offering free standard delivery* for all orders over £25 placed by Mon 1st June 2015 to UK mainland delivery addresses.

So if enlightenment happens after reading Frances's words, please do not delay placing your order, as Father's Day is not far away!

*Please note terms apply: Standard delivery to a UK mainland delivery address is normally £5.95 for our 4-5 working day service and free for orders over £40. See terms & conditions.

A Father's Day Tasting

It may be that simply sending a Father's Day gift in the post is just not special enough for your Father. We understand and have some other attractive present ideas for you to consider. Our £40 Tasting for Two gift voucher offers a The Rhubarb Bellini Cocktailgreat way to spend a valuable and fun hour or so with your Father at a time of your choosing.

Alternatively book yourself in to on of our hosted Father's Day Tasting Evenings which we are to run in each of our shops on Fri 19th June 2015. The evenings will all run from 6.30pm and 7.30pm and be based on our standard Tasting Evening format, starting with a cocktail drink or two. The cost to attend is £10 per person, of which £10 will be redeemable as a shopping voucher on the night of the tasting only. Booking is essential.

How do I book?

To book please email your contact details, number of places required and the relevant shop you wish to attend at, either Edinburgh, Glasgow, York or Oxford. We will then make contact, arrange payment and confirm your booking.

Win a big bottle of Rhubarb Vodka

If you are feeling lucky why not enter our latest Father's Day competition now for our Cubarb, a 500ml cube shaped bottle of our delicious Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur 20.5%. Thankyou to those who have entered already. Please note this competition closes for entries on Sun 14th June 2015 and the prize will be delivered in time for Father's Day. 

Luss is More!

Jan and her Team in Luss General Store with their new Demijohn in-store ConcessionEvery now and then something really special happens. It is almost a year to the day when we were first invited to see the newly founded Luss General Store that sits in the beautiful village of Luss, on the banks of Loch Lomond. Since then our relationship with this unique business has blossomed and grown.

On Saturday 23rd May this weekend, Luss General Store will celebrate its first birthday and with it the launch of its latest venture, a Demijohn in-store Concession. Part of their celebrations will include the serving of a few of our jolly delicious Rhubarb Bellini Cocktails.

So if you would like a very pleasant trip out on Saturday, I would recommend you visit Luss and grab yourself a little cocktail on the house. A fabuluss idea you might say....

Don't forget to take advantage of our free delivery offer for any Father's Day gifts, and may the weekend ahead bring sun and much fun!

Yours,

Angus

 


Best Father's Day Gifts

Posted in Flavours of the Month , by Frances Ferguson, on 19th May 2015

Best Father's Day Gifts - The Cheeseboard Drinks SelectionFather's Day is looming. It's a wonderful idea. I do agree with Grace Clayton and Sonora Dodd, the two women credited with instituting Father's Day, that these very fine chaps deserve a day of their own to be lauded and celebrated just as much as I approve of a bit of lauding and celebrating on Mothers Day. But I have a concern. The three people in my family for whom it is most difficult to choose Father's Day gifts are my husband, my father and my brother: each of whom are fathers and, I suspect, just as difficult to buy for as many a father in the land.

So I have tried to come up with the best Father Day gifts to suit several different types of chap. I'm sure your own Pop is a many faceted cove who cannot be categorized in such a trite manner but perhaps one of these might tickle one of his fancies?

  • The Gardener: For the Father most likely to be found in his vegetable patch, or rolling his lawn, or producing Begonias to dazzle the eye in his greenhouse, or even enjoying a moment in a deckchair I would recommend the Cubarb. A triumphant brew using the first stems of spring Rhubarb.
  • The Country Sportsman: Is your Father enternally loading up his labradors, donning his tweeds, and heading off into the hills in pursuit of the one that got away? Keep his spirits up with a Sporting Box, 4 liqueurs and 16 shot glasses to be produced with a flourish from a beautiful handmade Cherrywood case.
  • The Highlander: Never happier than when at one with his Caledonian roots and rolling a dram between his paws. I'd recommend the Father's Day Box Set. A fruitfilled Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur presented in a beautiful British handmade Cherrywood Box.
  • The Sailor: So, yours is the distant dot cresting the waves on the high seas, battling with his bilges or just sporting a blazer and a natty little cap? Help him wind down with the Father's Spiced Rum Ration.
  • The Chef: The serious skilleteer, the whipper upper of dinners of delight, will in turn be delighted with a bottle of Daddy's Sauce. No sharp, gloopy brown sludge this: but this100ml of magnificent 25 year old Tagliavini Aceto Balsamico di Modena is gourmet gold.
  • The Sentimentalist: Always brandishing that snap of your babyself in your Birthday suit, or delighting in his Dad dancing? Celebrate his cheesiness with the Cheeseboard Drinks Selection, a cherrywood tantalus enclosing 3 200ml bottles of Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur, Somerset Pomona 20% and Elderberry & Port Liqueur 17%.
  • The Eccentric: It's good to enjoy the individual characteristics of your Pa. Don't hide him away but toast his nuciferous qualities with a bottle of Walnut Liqueur 38%.
  • The Man of Leisure: A fellow who avoids the hubbub and likes to enjoy life at a leisurely speed could only be delighted with a Litre of Sloe Sherry.

Regardless of whether your Father fits one of these just a tiny bit, toast him with Father's Day gifts from Demijohn. Packed in our trademark burgundy tissue, and delivered to his door, should you so wish, show him just how much you appreciate your own paragon of Parenthood.

Good luck choosing, Frances


A fruity new Tayberry Vinegar has arrived!

Our new Tayberry Vinegar and Olive Oil BallWith the warm Spring sunshine comes a new fruity Tayberry Vinegar to our shelves for you to try. Just in time to dress your fresh Summer salads, with a little Villa Montalbano Extra Virgin Olive Oil perhaps? Read Frances's blog post Tayberry Vinegar Arrives for some extra recipe tips....

Competition Update

Thankyou to all those who entered our April competitions. Big congratulations go to Chloe Bailey who won our Easter competition for a Chocolate Orange with a Difference. Our Go Pointing competition winner for a Ball of Sloe Gin was Anne White and Rose Fazakarley won our competition for the best Spring photo with her shot of Blue Tits nesting, and what a cracker it was too!

So if you are feeling you have missed out, why not try your luck and enter our latest Father's Day competition now for our Cubarb, a 500ml cube shaped bottle of our delicious Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur. Good luck!

More new Products are on their way

Blue Tits Nesting - Our Spring photo competition winning shot by Rose FazakarleyBeavering away behind the scenes is the Demijohn R&D team, helping our eclectic band of small producers to choose and develop a number of delicious new food and drink products for our shelves.

Our next new product to arrive will be a fresh, first class Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Portugal, to be followed swiftly by a handful of unique new liqueurs and whiskies.

Importantly, please keep reading The Demijohn News for details of when the next new product arrives. These are some of our favourite things.....

Demijohn Recruits Required

Demijohn keeps growing, a little like my tummy! We are looking for more enthusiastic full and part time Staff in all our shops in Edinburgh, Glasgow, York and Oxford. If you feel as though you have what it takes to be a Demijohnnie, then do your homework and please apply as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.

Have a wonderful sunny weekend and enjoy those salads with a little of our new Tayberry Vinegar drizzled over them!

Yours,

Angus

 


A great Father's Day gift idea - Organic Rhubarb Vodka LiqueurBring a touch of spring to your Dad’s step this Father’s Day with some delicious Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur, handmade from the shores of Loch Ness.

Drunk deliciously on its own or add to sparkling wine and a spoonful of rhubarb puree and you have an original Rhubarb Bellini Cocktail, this wonderfully fresh drink from artisan deli Demijohn is the drink of Summer 2015.

Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur was created in Inverness by Andrew Lyle who wanted an extra outlet for his fields of organic rhubarb. Using Andrew’s fresh organic rhubarb, which for years has been sold at the Covent Garden Market in London, and English distilled Organic Vodka and Organic Cane Sugar this liqueur is something magical and special. Having made the liqueur as a present for his wife, Andrew then spoke to Demijohn about selling it commercially. And so Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur was born and one of our favourite Father’s Day gifts took off.

Father’s Day, on 21 June is a day to say thanks to your old man (or young dad) and indulge him in something a little out of the ordinary. With over 20 sizes and shapes of bottle to choose from (from 40ml to 1 litre) Demijohn will add a handwritten special message of your choice, gift wrap it and make it a present your father will never forget. Priced at just £5.40/100ml it is Father’s Day sorted.

The Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur is available in Demijohn’s shops, online or go to the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham from 11-14th June and we will be there on Stand F526 with this season’s Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur. Many other fabulous Father’s Day gift ideas can also be found on the Demijohn website.

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Note to Editors:

Demijohn sources unusual, delicious artisan liqueurs, spirits, oils and vinegars from around the UK and Europe and sells them in a wide range of re-useable glass bottles. Each bottle can have a free personalised message added.

Demijohn Shops:

  • 382 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AR Tel: 0141 337 3600
  • 32 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW Tel: 0131 225 4090
  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637 487
  • 20 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HP Tel: 01865 552179

Normal Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6pm, Sun – 11.30-5pm

www.demijohn.co.uk

For photography, further press information or press samples, please contact: Fenella Taylor at Fenella Taylor PR. Tel: 01389 830390 Mobile: 07721 324696 Email: fenella@fenellataylorpr.co.uk


My Father's Day

Posted in Flavours of the Month , by Mark Perkins, on 5th May 2015

Father’s Day gift - Spiced Rum RationEvery year I have asked my Father what he wants as a Father’s Day gift. I get a similar reply every year, something along the lines of “just to know my family are well” or something equally cheesy like “nothing, but if you wanted to come and see me at some point this week, consider that my gift!”… I have been blessed with a phenomenal Dad.

Every year I try to find him the perfect Father’s Day gifts, making him things (like the flapjack that broke his teeth) and buying him things (like the latest shaving kit from the Bodyshop - which was much appreciated in the moment but I think still sits at the back of the bottom draw of the bathroom).

But this was before I managed to ween my Father, ever so successfully, into the world of whisky… which was the gateway drink to other Demijohn delights, the Whisky Mac made with our very own Demijohn Blend and our Ginger Wine… then onto the Seville Orange Gin, then the Morello Cherry Brandy, the Apple Eau de Vie, the Limoncello… and on it went until the day my Father has everything Demijohn has to offer!… but where do you go after that… I offered to refill them as his gift! Brilliant idea! I got it all cheaper as we were using the old bottles, I took my Dad in to ‘re-taste’ everything he wanted and it was a complete success! I had found something my Father actually liked!

But this tale is not one of complete triumph, thinking I had got it all sorted, I went into my Parents house to collect refills, only to find that my dear sweet Papa had gone to Oxford and filled them up himself!… so what do I get him this year?!?…

I’m going to have to be creative, write him a song, paint him a picture, or of course cook him some more tooth breaking flapjack… but one thing is for sure… the bottles will be empty by next year!

Best wishes, Mark


Tayberry Vinegar Arrives

Posted in Flavours of the Month , by Frances Ferguson, on 4th May 2015

Tayberry Vinegar and Olive Oil BallThe Tayberry is the jovial uncle of the Raspberry where the Loganberry is its sour maiden aunt.

Gender stereotypes apart the happy union of the raspberry and bramble that is found in the Tayberry lends itself to the newest addition to Demijohn's range of fruit vinegars with striking enthusiasm. We've been experimenting with our new Tayberry vinegar and it's proving to be a huge hit.

The only drawback is that we have to experiment quickly before the children scoff the lot. Their enthusiasm for salad knows no bounds now that they can slather it with a hefty slug of “the new gooey one” as it has been described.

“Out of the mouths of babes” they say, and it's true that the Tayberry vinegar does have a viscosity that is both delicious on its own and also responds well when combined with our Extra Virgin Olive Oil. A lighter vinegar will slip away when the oil is added to a salad and remain only as a tantalising puddle in the corner of the plate. The Tayberry Vinegar is robust enough to cling on and simply prepare the way for the addition of the Olive Oil.

I'm about to make a really big admission. It can also bring light to the darkness that descends whenever I have to consider the prospect of cooking game. I know it's ungrateful of me not to view these wild morsels with delight but I finding game, well, a bit gamey.

Now I can face those bagged and waiting Unidentified Flying Objects (a term coined by my brilliant Mother) armed with my trusty vinegar to slake the meat juices and transform their flavour from being a bit too reminiscent of the forest floor to a fanfare of fruitiness. Hurrah for Tayberry Vinegar!

Happy cooking, Frances.


The Demijohn News - Egg it up for Easter!

Posted in The Demijohn News Flavours of the Month , by Angus Ferguson, on 1st April 2015

Egg it up for Easter

A Chocolate Orange with a DifferenceEaster is a great time for a family gathering. If you are planning a party over the next week or so we not only have one of the most fun grown up Easter eggs on offer, as one of our many Easter gifts, we also have a new cookie recipe for you to enjoy.

Our Chocolate Orange with a Difference is a fun play on the classic chocolate Easter egg, using our handmade Chocolate Orange Cream Liqueur 17%, and can have a personal message added for free.

Our new Meady Mouthfuls recipe, invented by my Wife Frances, uses our smooth Traditional Mead 14.5% to give these irresistible fruit cookies a delicious hint of honey. So good were the cookies, the adults ate them all leaving nothing for our children! View our simple Meady Mouthfuls recipe in preparation for your Easter tea party.

An Easter Offer

We are willing the sun to come out and Winter to finally buzz off with our Easter offer. Buy our standard £10 Gift Voucher with voucher code: easter2015 before Friday 10th April 2015 for only £5*.

Meady Mouthfuls - Honey Mead Cookies for EasterThe Gift Voucher can be redeemed against any product in any store including online within a year, however, we hope to see you sooner than that! Please feel free to buy one for yourself and give one to a friend. Hopefully they will return the favour one day.

*Terms apply: Our Easter £10 Gift Voucher offer is redeemable in a single transaction against the purchase of any Demijohn products either in our shops or online for up to one year from the date of purchase. No cash alternative can be offered when a gift voucher is redeemed. Discounted gift vouchers are limited to two per customer and must be purchased online. Offer ends 23.59 hrs on Fri 10th April 2015. Free delivery of Gift Voucher normally within 7 days via Royal Mail for UK customers, International deliveries may take longer. To redeem a Gift Voucher online please contact us after receipt of your voucher.

We have a Winner or Two!

Congratulations go to both Maxine Weldo, for winning our Mother's Day competition, and Chloe Bailey, for winning our Easter competition. Thankyou to all those who entered.

Have a wonderful Easter weekend and we hope to see you in one of our shops soon.

Yours,

Angus

 


Tuck into a Rare and New Tayberry Vinegar

Posted in Press Releases , by Angus Ferguson, on 1st April 2015

Tayberry Vinegar in our handsome Antica Quadra 500ml bottleRaspberries and blackberries please step aside, for a new fruit has jumped to the fore with the launch of Tayberry Vinegar, a new, delicious deeply fruity vinegar from Demijohn and a great alternative to a balsamic vinegar dressing.

As rare as sun in Scotland the tayberry grows mainly in Fife and is a cross between the raspberry and the bramble but is sweeter, much larger and cannot be picked easily nor machine harvested, hence the reason they are not commercially grown.

Always on the hunt for the quirky, Demijohn discovered Tayberry Vinegar being made by two talented ladies in Fife who were producing sauces and dressings made from herbs grown in their cottage gardens. The result is a deeply fruit vinegar with a subtle sweetness that can be used for dressing salads or adding to savoury dishes. Its sharpness means it lends itself to being used for cooking at temperature.

Named after the River Tay, the tayberry is a deep reddish purple colour when ripe. The Tayberry Vinegar is made by infusing the tayberries in wine vinegar with a little sugar. However, given the short supply of stocks of tayberries, Demijohn only has a limited supply of Tayberry Vinegar so shop quickly before it runs out.

Angus Ferguson, owner of Demijohn said: “Our fruit vinegars are popular the whole year around. In summer they make excellent salad dressings or can be drizzled over meat, fish and even fruit. In the colder months we recommend adding them to sauces, gravies and casseroles for a rich, fruitier flavour. This new addition to our stable of fruit vinegars is delicious, versatile and such a wonderful colour. Why not take the healthy route and add one part Tayberry Vinegar to two parts sparkling mineral water and ice and you have a really healthy spritzer. And you can even drive after one of these!”

Tayberry Vinegar is priced at £1.90/100ml and is available from Demijohn shops in Glasgow, Edinburgh, York and Oxford or from www.demijohn.co.uk.

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Note to Editors:

Demijohn sources unusual, delicious artisan liqueurs, spirits, oils and vinegars from around the UK and Europe and sells them in a wide range of re-useable glass bottles. Each bottle can have a free personalised message added.

Demijohn Shops:

  • 382 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AR Tel: 0141 337 3600
  • 32 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW Tel: 0131 225 4090
  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637 487
  • 20 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HP Tel: 01865 552179

Normal Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6pm, Sun – 11.30-5pm

www.demijohn.co.uk

For photography, further press information or press samples, please contact: Fenella Taylor at Fenella Taylor PR. Tel: 01389 830390 Mobile: 07721 324696 Email: fenella@fenellataylorpr.co.uk


Some interesting little facts about Easter

Posted in Flavours of the Month , by Frances Ferguson, on 30th March 2015

A food lovers Easter gift; our Olive Oil and Fruit Vinegar BallEaster is a festival I love for the eclecticism of its symbols, motifs and origins. There's the Christian resurrection of Christ, the Jewish Passover, and the pagan and panthestic celebration of the Spring.

I can assure you; as I shelter from this morning's violent snow shower; I really, really, appreciate the arrival of Spring and of course some well meant edible Easter gifts. So here are some interesting little facts about Easter and its traditions:

  1. Easter can occur on any date between March 23rd and April 26th and is closely related to the timing of the Spring Equinox. The actual date is set as the first Sunday after the first full moon that occurs after March 21, one of the first days of spring.
  2. The earliest known observance, Pasch, occurred between the second and fourth centuries. These celebrations commemorated both Jesus's death and his resurrection at once, whereas these two events have been split up between Good Friday and Easter Sunday today.
  3. Some argue that the word Easter comes from Eostur, the Norse word for spring, but it is also possible that it comes from Eostre, the name of an Anglo-Saxon goddess. A feast day in her honour was historically observed at the vernal equinox. She was often shown with a rabbit or hare, presumably because of the rabbit's famed fecundity.
  4. Alternatively an Anglo-Saxon legend tells of Eostre finding a wounded bird and transforming it into a hare, so that it could survive the Winter. The hare found it could lay eggs, so it decorated these each Spring and left them as offerings to the goddess.
  5. A Chocolate Orange with a Difference!Traditionally there were several foods which had to be given up during Lent, including eggs. But that did not stop eggs being laid so to preserve them, rather than waste them, the eggs would be boiled and saved for Easter weekend when Lent ended. This is why in several countries traditional Easter Sunday dishes feature boiled eggs.
  6. In 1290 King Edward I of England ordered 450 eggs to be gold-leafed and coloured as Easter gifts.
  7. The origin of the Easter Bunny bringing chocolate eggs started with German Lutherans. They said the ‘Easter Hare’ would decide if children had been well behaved enough to receive the chocolate eggs. The first known reference to the Easter Hare dates back to 1692.
  8. In the 17th Century, artificial eggs were made, using various materials, as these made excellent presents or gifts. These became popular and the first manufactured eggs started to appear, so it was only a matter of time before chocolate was used to create an Easter Egg. The first chocolate Eggs were solid and a paste was used made from ground roasted Cacao Bean. Germany and France produced these, but were quickly followed by the rest of Europe with the eggs being hollowed out.
  9. By the turn of the 19th century the discovery of the modern chocolate making process and improved mass manufacturing methods meant that the hollow moulded egg was the most popular gift for Easter, but it wasn't until the 1960s that this was established world wide.
  10. In 1883, the Russian Czar, Alexander, commissioned Fabergé to make a special Easter gift for his wife, the Empress Marie. This egg was actually not a real egg, as the outside shell was made of platinum and enamelled white, which opened to reveal a smaller gold egg. This in turn, opened to display a golden chicken and a jewelled replica of the Imperial crown. The Czarina was so delighted with this egg that further eggs were commissioned every Easter. In later years Nicholas II, Alexander's son, continued the custom and fifty seven eggs were made in all by Fabergé.
  11. A pregnant Roman woman carried an egg on their person to foretell the sex of their unborn children, while French brides stepped upon an egg before crossing the threshold of their new homes. Old Polish legends firmly attached the egg to the Easter celebrations and one folklore tells of the Virgin Mary giving eggs to the soldiers guarding the cross which held Jesus.
  12. The Easter Bonnet possibly arose from a Roman tradition of young women celebrating the arrival of spring by wearing wreaths of laurel and olive leaves, intertwined with flowers. In New York City, after Easter services in many of the large cathedrals, spontaneous celebrations ensued, with people walking down the streets in their Easter finery. With each passing year, the celebrations became a tradition known as "the Easter Parade". This drew increasing numbers of people, eventually numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Vying for attention, ladies displayed their elaborate spring millinery, which became a hallmark of the parade.
  13. The Easter basket shows roots in a Catholic custom. Baskets filled with breads, cheeses, hams, and other foods for Easter dinner were taken to mass Easter morning to be blessed. This evolved in time to baskets filled with chocolate eggs, jellybeans, toys, and stuffed bunnies for children left behind by the Easter Bunny.

Let's hope the sun comes out and Spring starts soon!

Frances


Solar Eclipse

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 27th March 2015

Aperitif Cocktail Recipes - Solar EclipseIt is not very often we all witness a total solar eclipse of the Sun, however on 20 March 2015 we did exactly that. Great Britain stood still at 9.30am to watch the thrilling sight. Excitement mixed with a little trepidation sent a slight chill down many a spine at the feeling of our planets vulnerability when the Sun's warming rays are extinguished for a few moments.

That evening, however, we felt a need to party and create some new cocktail recipes using all our mixology skills. To celebrate this magnificent event our Solar Eclipse Cocktail was born!

Mixing the deep dark strength of our unique British Walnut Liqueur 38% (The Moon) with the fiery spice of our smooth Ginger Wine 14% (The Sun) has produced an aperitif that not only resembles the remarkable natural event of the eclipse but can also make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck!

Warning - Please sip slowly for this is a strong drink!

Ingredients

Preparation

This is designed as a short sipping drink, so choose a large tumbler style glass and add a generous quantity of ice. Add the Ginger Wine first, then carefully pour the measure of Walnut Liqueur into the centre of the glass to create the effect of the eclipse.

Top Tip: You can use an ice mould shaped like a glass as we have done to hold the Walnut Liqueur in a central position to give best effect to your cocktail. This will allow you to watch the eclipse fade as the Walnut Liqueur is slowly released into the Ginger Wine.

Finally, drink this slowly and hope that the next Solar Eclipse passes on 12 Aug 2026 as smoothly as this one did!

How do I buy the drinks for this cocktail?

If you like this cocktail recipe then you can buy the actual drinks for it as single bottles by clicking on the various product links in this recipe.

Related Topics

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Meady Mouthfuls - Honey Mead Cookies

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes , by Frances Ferguson, on 26th March 2015

Delicious Meady Mouthful Cookies on a plateI had a nervously experimental attempt at making these the other day, really in preparation for a family tea party during the Easter holidays.

Much to my surprise they turned out like a very edible little rock cake, and a potential Easter gift for all the family to enjoy. In fact, since the children now tell me that they don't eat figs I've almost scoffed the lot!

Ingredients

Total time:
  • 130 g sugar + sugar to dust the cookies/cake
  • 100 ml unsalted butter
  • 100 ml Demijohn Traditional Honey Mead 14%
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder (8 g approx.)
  • 150 g of chopped dried figs
  • 300 g plain flour

Preparation

  1. Beat together the sugar and butter and then slowly add the mead. Add the chopped dried figs, then mix in the flour sifted with baking powder.
  2. Let the dough rest for about ten minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 180°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Using your hands, shape the dough into walnut-size balls, then press them gently to flatten.
  5. Coat the cookies with sugar to make them crisp once baked.
  6. Space them evenly on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes until golden but still soft in the centre.
  7. Cool completely on the pan on a wire rack them from the oven and let cool in the pan.
  8. They keep well for a few days in a tin box.

Easter Gifts with a Difference

Posted in Flavours of the Month , by Frances Ferguson, on 17th March 2015

Easter Gifts - Chocolate Orange Cream Liqueur EggI'm no opponent of the chocolate egg. Indeed I could be counted among its avid fans; but sometimes the serried rows of Minion and Mr Man themed packages in the supermarket don't really conjure up the right impression when trying to find really stylish Easter gift ideas for an adult. The homemade Easter gift is the non-pareil of stylish presents but again, despite all my attempts the end result never quite adds up to the intention.

I've admired the skill shown by my family and friends in transforming to assumed delight their initial recoil from the proffered sticky, slightly mysterious jar purporting to be homemade marmalade, or perhaps it's chutney, since the labelling happened sometime after the event and the contents don't look readily identifiable. Similar doubts accompany the beanbags for my lovely nieces made from my collection of unused shards of upholstery fabric. William Morris prints – just what every 8 year old yearns for – lucky ducks.

So, my point is, this year I might play it safe. Let the homemaking be done by one of those genii who make Demijohn's delicious wares. Penny Turnbull and Lindsey Anderson, from Fife, are just one such small farmer's market producer who starting making vinegars inspired by the produce of their own rambling garden and have now produced a wonderful Tayberry Vinegar for us. This rich dark fruity nectar is wonderful on salad, on cheese or on game. At the moment I'm consuming the stuff by the teaspoonful with sharp hard cheeses from Allsop and Walker. A Ying & Yang bottle set full of Tayberry Vinegar and some Villa Montalbano Extra Virgin Olive Oil would be the very zenith of sophisticated, handmade easter gifts for an adult.

For those adults in your life who just might feel short changed by not getting chocolate in their Easter Gift there is no more perfect Easter Gift than a Chocolate Orange with a difference. A delightful 500ml Sfera bottle filled with Chocolate Orange Cream Liqueur 17% from that clever sorcerer in Devon, Nigel Howard. A blend of dark chocolate, Devon cream, Somerset Apple Brandy and orange zest this is the very thing.

Move aside Easter Bunny, it's the Demijohn Easter Gift Basket from here-on!

Frances


Make your Mother happy on Mother's Day

Make your Mother happy with our Mothers Day Gift IdeasMothering Sunday falls on 15th March this year. If you have still yet to buy a thoughtful gift for your Mother on Mother's Day, please take a moment to look at our our new Mothers Day Gift Ideas page for some wonderful, inspired present ideas.

One such idea is our beautiful new Liqueur Carousel. The Liqueur Carousel combines 3 of our most popular handmade drinks, Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur 20.5%, Damson Gin Liqueur 22% and recently returned Spiced Rum Liqueur 20% in a British handmade red cherry wood rack.

If you wish, your Goccia Carousel can be personalied with different contents and a free handwritten message added to each of its Goccia 100ml bottles.


Such a personal gift is sure to make your Mother happy on Mother's Day. The difficulty will be in keeping it secret! 

The Liqueur Carousel - An inspired Mothers Day present idea

Our Mother's Day Offer to You

Spend £40 or more online or in store before Sunday 8th March to receive a 10% discount and FREE delivery* to all UK Mainland delivery addresses or FREE collection from any of our shops when using voucher code: mothersday2015.

 

*Terms apply to our Mother's Day Offer: Redeemable online or in store subject to stock being available. Minimum spend of £40 required on a single transaction. Discount not applicable to cost of delivery. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Ends midnight on 8 Mar 2015.

 

Win a Liqueur Carousel for Mother's Day

If you are feeling lucky, then please feel free to enter our current competition to win a Liqueur Carousel delivered free to your door. See our Competitions page for more details of how to enter.

Last call for Refills!

Damson Gin, deliciously smooth and loved by most Mothers!Calling all refillers. Your chance to take up our New Year 15% discount offer on your bottle refills ends this week on Sat 28th Feb 2015. Simply return with your washed out Demijohn bottles and request your discount at time of refilling from a member of our Staff.

This is of course another potentially great way of creating Mother's Day gifts that she'll really love at a little bit of a bargain price. Borrow your Mother's empty Demijohn bottles and surprise her by refilling some or all of them....just a helpful thought.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon, just please don't forget to bring your bottles to actually refill if that is the plan!

Yours,

Angus

 


Top 10 Mothers Day Facts

Posted in Flavours of the Month , by Frances Ferguson, on 24th February 2015

Top 10 Mothers Day Facts

Demijohn has many great Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Just in case you were not exactly sure as to the origin of Mother’s Day, or why it is so important that you buy your Mother a really good Mother’s Day Gift, we have researched what we consider to be the top 10 facts about Mother’s Day:

  1. Anna Jarvis first held a memorial in America in 1905, the year her mother died, to honour her mother and continue her work.
     
  2. In the UK Mother's Day is celebrated on the same day as Mothering Sunday, the 4th Sunday in Lent. Mothering Sunday was traditionally a holiday on which to return to the Mother Church or main church or cathedral of the area.
     
  3. In 1920 Constance Smith published a booklet in the UK titled “The Revival of Mothering Sunday” in which she reconnected many of the pre-reformation traditions of Mothering Sunday with Mother's Day. However, Mother's Day was only adopted increasingly in the UK following its celebration by the large numbers of American and Canadian soldiers serving during the Second World War.
     
  4. In the Roman Catholic church Mother's day is also associated with revering the Virgin Mary.
     
  5. Mother's day is the 3rd most celebrated holiday in the world (be it on different dates) after Christmas and Easter.
     
  6. The date of the 4th Sunday in Lent is only shared by the UK, Ireland and Nigeria.
     
  7. A tradition of Mothering Sunday which was carried over into modern Mother's Day was the making of a simnel cake by young girls working “in service” to take home to their mothers on their day off. A simnel cake is a light fruit cake made with 2 layers of marzipan.
     
  8. Mother's day is the busiest day for telephone calls in the United States of America.
     
  9. In Australia it is traditional to give a chrysanthemum to your mother on Mother's day.
     
  10. Japan's imperial family trace their ancestry to Omikami Amaterasu, the mother of the world.

So if you have still yet to make a thoughtful purchase for your Mother on Mother’s Day on 15th March 2015 this year, then take a quick look at our Mother’s Day Gift ideas for some helpful and inspirational present ideas.

Happy shopping,

Frances


Spin your Mum Round on a Demijohn Carousel on Mother's Day

Posted in Press Releases , by Angus Ferguson, on 23rd February 2015

The Liqueur CarouselFlowers, soap and chocolates are so last year – for 2015 give your mum the best Mother’s Day gift ever that warms her heart – a Demijohn Liqueur Carousel of the most delicious unusual artisan liqueurs. Nestled in a hand-crafted presentation rack are three sleek Goccia 100ml bottles filled with Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur, fruity Damson Gin and velvety smooth Spiced Rum.

As an added bonus Demijohn will add a personalised message for free, making this great Mother’s Day gift extra special. All three drinks make excellent after dinner tipples which your mum will be sure to love after a Mother’s Day meal or be very inventive and create a special Mum’s cocktail.

If this combination doesn’t appeal Demijohn can offer many other Mother’s Day gift ideas using any combination of its 30 or so liqueurs, spirits, fruit vinegars or oils so you will spoilt for choice. Just take a peek at the Demijohn website and you won’t leave empty handed:

The Liqueur Carousel

Demijohn have some extra special offers this February – one lucky mother can win a Liqueur Carousel from a competition through their website and in their shops. Or if you are a Demijohn fan (sign up to their newsletter) you can get a discount and free delivery for a limited time.

But hurry – stocks are limited of the carousels as they handmade - order your mum a very special liquid treat!

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Note to Editors:

Demijohn sources unusual, delicious artisan liqueurs, spirits, oils and vinegars from around the UK and Europe and sells them in a wide range of re-useable glass bottles. Each bottle can have a free personalised message added.

Demijohn Shops:

  • 382 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AR Tel: 0141 337 3600
  • 32 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW Tel: 0131 225 4090
  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637 487
  • 20 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HP Tel: 01865 552179

Normal Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6pm, Sun – 11.30-5pm

www.demijohn.co.uk

For photography, further press information or press samples, please contact: Fenella Taylor at Fenella Taylor PR. Tel: 01389 830390 Mobile: 07721 324696 Email: fenella@fenellataylorpr.co.uk


Mothers Day Gifts that She'll Really Love

Posted in Flavours of the Month , by Frances Ferguson, on 18th February 2015

Mothers Day GiftsRight, this year I really need to get my Ma a Mothers Day gift that she'll love. After all she needs a worthy reward for all those years of pulling on the mask of delight as she was handed the homemade mothers day gift in the form of a clay hippopotamus in bed sculpture and, even worse, the slightly chipped china shire horse found in an “antique” shop. I can't be sure that my taste has improved markedly in the sculptural department but I'm fairly confident that I'm onto a winner with the Demijohn Goccia Carousel. This British made red Cherrywood gadget is a charmer. It holds 3 very pretty Goccia 100ml bottles which can be filled with any of Demijohn's delicious delights.

It has been suggested that a foodie carousel is a great Mother's Day gift idea and so it is: a sunshine filled extra virgin olive oil paired with two fruitfilled vinegars is a delightful herald of the spring coming our way and the perfect gift for Mother's Day! The beautifully hand crafted woodwork allows our tear shaped bottles to stand securely without falling all over your kitchen surface, and again, you can pick the flavours...

Mothers Day Gift IdeasOur best selling and wonderful Elderflower Vinegar would be my choice, we have our fruity Raspberry Vinegar as a contrast and then you can top it off with either our Tuscan Villa Montalbano Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Yorkshire Lemon Rapeseed Oil for a treat of foodie goodness. And of course, as you may know, on finishing them you can bring that wonderful mother of yours into our shops and refill them! You do not pay for the rack or bottles again and you get to try what ever new items we have in stock!

On the other hand, though I hate to cast such a slur on the delightful British climate, I can't help but notice, as I sit at my desk accompanied by my trusty puffer heater, that spring hasn't entirely sprung yet and so the thought of warming tots of a little something making a good Mothers Day present seem to hit the spot. Perhaps a truly great Mothers Day gift would be the Liqueur Carousel filled with Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur 20.5%, Damson Gin Liqueur 22% and Spiced Rum Liqueur 20%. Those vivid pink rhubarb stems are one of the first garden treats of the year and our Rhubarb Vodka embodies that wonderful fruity sharpness spectacularly. And if, like me, and my mother perhaps too, you need to warm up again after a spell in the garden finding the rhubarb or just venturing out on a chilly springtime footer in the great outdoors then what better way to warm up than with a little Damson Gin or Spiced Rum.

On which note, what are my family getting me for Mothers Day?

Treat your mother to something different and lovely... because let's face it, not only did she make you... she then put up with you for all those years...

Frances


Last Minute Offer for a Unique Valentine Present

Say it with a bottle or two! Our Raspberry and Lime Vodka BallOrder your last minute Valentine's Day present online before Wednesday 11th February 2015 and save 15% off your order.

Whether your order is to be delivered or collected in store from one our Shops, we have some great gift ideas for you to choose from.

Simply enter voucher code VALENTINE2015 when you order to receive your 15% discount.

To collect your order in store, choose your preferred store when selecting your delivery option from the list. Your order should be ready within 48 hours.

Please note our Valentine's Day discount offer is exclusively for orders placed online and does not apply to the cost of delivery. 

Valentine Tasting Evening

If you have yet to book, there are still a few places available at our next planned open Tasting Evening which will be run between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Thurs 12 Feb 2015 in each of our shops. The tasting will be based on our standard Tasting Evening with a light hearted Valentine twist, and it is not just for couples!

A happy memory of our Demijohn 10th Birthday Party held at Sloans Bar in Glasgow on Tuesday 3rd Feb 2015The cost to attend will be only £10 per person, payable in advance at time of booking. The attendance fee includes a £5 Shopping voucher that can be redeemed on any purchases made on the night.

To book places at our Valentine Tasting Evening please email us your contact details and include details of the Shop you wish to attend, be it Edinburgh, Glasgow, York or Oxford, and also the number of places required. We will then make contact to take the appropriate attendance fee if places are still available.

We hope this helps your romantic plans this week and look forward to seeing you soon.

Yours,

Angus

 


Don't forget to order your gift in time for Valentine's Day on 14th FebruaryPresent a Tasting to your Valentine

If you have yet to think of your Valentine's Day present this year for your loved one, then why not consider a tasting with us as a romantic present? Book a private Tasting for Two on any day of the week, or alternatively join in our next planned open Tasting Evening on Thursday 12 Feb 2015 in your nearest shop. Then again there is always a bottle of our delicious Traditional Mead 14% with a personal message...

A Tasting for Two

Our £40 Tasting for Two Gift Voucher is a fun way to spend an hour in one of our shops at a time of your choosing, and includes a £10 Shopping Voucher to spend as you like. See full details and book your Tasting for Two now.

Valentine Tasting Evening

One for the Heart - A 500ml heart shaped bottle of our fruity Raspberry Vodka Liqueur 22%Our next planned open Tasting Evening will be run between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Thurs 12 Feb 2015. The tasting will be based on our standard Tasting Evening with a light hearted Valentine twist, and it is not just for couples!

The cost to attend will be only £10 per person, payable in advance at time of booking. The attendance fee includes a £5 Shopping voucher that can be redeemed on any purchases made on the night.

To book places at our Valentine Tasting Evening please email us your contact details and include details of the Shop you wish to attend, be it Edinburgh, Glasgow, York or Oxford, and also the number of places required. We will then make contact to take the appropriate attendance fee if places are still available.

Refill Offer Reminder

A little hug goes a long way - Our Raspberry and Lime Vodka BallIf you still have Demijohn bottles to refill please take advantage of our 15% refill discount offer, which is now running in all our stores, and bring your bottles back in for a refill. Simply request your refill discount when purchasing in store.

Please note our 15% refill discount applies only to any refills purchased and ends at the end of February 2015. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. If you are further away and would like to refill, splendid. Please pack up your bottles securely with a note of your contact details and order and send to us at the following address:

Demijohn, Mail Order Dept., 382 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AR

Once we receive them we will make contact with you and process your discounted refill order as quickly as possible.

We look forward to seeing you again very soon.

Yours,

       Angus


The Utterly Hopeless Romantic

Posted in Flavours of the Month Events Blog , by Mark Perkins, on 20th January 2015

The Utterly Hopeless Romantic

One for the Heart - A 500ml Heart shaped bottle filled with Raspberry Vodka LiqueurBeing the ever perspiring (inspiring) romantic, enjoy these words of passion:

"Whisky Burns-my throat, not a forest.
Love Burns - my heart, not a forest.
As for the forest, it's burnt itself... at least that's what I told the police..." - Jarod Kintz

Ah... that quote takes me straight back to my first girlfriend who I tried to impress one Valentine's Day. Arriving at the house a little after 6am, I spent an hour meticulously designing and executing a huge heart with our initials on her front lawn drawn in lighter fluid. Then just as the match hit the ground the call was placed. And in a husky voice I said:
"Look out of your window"
..."who is this?"
"Look out of your window"
..."Why?"
(Phone hangs up)
And the lovely unsuspecting girl moves over to her window to find her Father's immaculate garden erupting in flames with a hooded figure running away (to get water...)

What can I say, Demijohn didn't exist then....

Now, you can write a message on the bottle, anything you like such as declarations of love, all 19 stanzas of the 'Lady of Shallot', even a heart with initials on it. Oh, if only I'd known. Maybe her family would not have moved to Worcester to escape the pending arsonist threat!

The most popular bottle for a true romantic, our One for the Heart filled with our very special Raspberry Vodka Liqueur to give it that perfect pink tint, might be the ideal present? Then again, at Demijohn we also realise that this might not be everyones tipple of choice or preferential receptacle.

As the very wise and wonderfully stylish Carrie Bradshaw says: "I'd much rather be someone's shot of Whisky than everyone's cup of tea."

What Carrie is saying here....

In my belief of unfaltering literary excellence, is buy lots of Whisky, and if Whittards do not have it, come to Demijohn!

A Scottish SelectionWe do have some of the best Single Cask, Single Malt Scotch Whiskies in the World which can be decanted into any bottle you wish to allow you to choose a little bit of everything. Our Scottish Selection includes 3 of our most favoured whiskies encased in a beautiful wooden rack:

Our Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur, a beautifully smooth and rich whisky liqueur. A great as an alternative to Port that is fruity on the palate and has a deep whisky finish.

Demijohn's Finest Blended Scotch Whisky. This is the king of all blends, with characteristics drawn from Speyside and a hint of Islay, it has a beautiful broadness in its flavours.

And lastly, our Bladnoch Single Cask Single Malt Whisky. This is the jewel in the top of the staff. It is the connoisseurs whisky, and if you are not a connoisseur it is a great one to start off with. Being wonderfully palatable at its strength well over 50%, this whisky does not give all its secrets away on its first taste. It develops on the from the nose, to a taste all the way through, to a lasting almost sweet finish. It is one to be savoured and enjoyed.

"Love makes the world go round...Whisky makes it go round twice as fast!" - Compton Mackenzie.

Mark


Celebrate Burns Night with a Wee Dram

Posted in Flavours of the Month Events Blog , by Mark Perkins, on 16th January 2015

The Demijohn Team celebrates Burns Night in Glasgow in Jan 2011Celebrate Burns Night with a Wee Dram...

"O thou, my muse! guid auld Scotch drink!
Whether thro' wimplin worms thou jink,
Or, richly brown, ream owre the brink,
In glorious faem,
Inspire me, till I lisp an' wink,
To sing thy name!"

As you may well be aware, Demijohn started over 10 years ago on Victoria Street in Edinburgh. And ever since staff have been following the owners Angus and Frances Ferguson ceilidh dancing, whisky drinking, haggis eating, cooking Rabbie Burns night recipes, even a bit of original poetry reading... and many other Burns Night Traditions!

We have, in the last 5 years taken our Scottish ways down to England when opening our York and, last year, our Oxford shop. We have decorated them with Burns poems written on bottles, our produce from Inverness, Glasgow, East Lothian, Comrie and Dalmeny, and even the odd bit of Bag piping here and there!

If you would like to celebrate with some of our Scottish produce, get yourself the Scottish rack and have a dram with us! Included in this rack we have the best selling Rhubarb Vodka from Inverness, drop it in a little Prosecco for some really joyous effervescence!

We have our wonderful retired PE teachers from East Lothian, Robin and Derry Ford making our Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur (my favourite), Gooseberry Gin Liqueur and Raspberry Vodka Liqueur. And to crown the selection with the king of liqueurs, the Spiced Rum Liqueur made not too far from Glasgow by Roy and Penny Lewis.

... now if Robbie Burns Supper to you means just a fairly large tipple of Liquid Sunshine, also known as whisky. Demijohn has just the thing for that too, take a look at our latest whisky blogs or sign up to one of our Burns Night Tastings on Thurs 22 Jan 2015 and try some of our whisky first hand.

Sláinte!

Mark


The Demijohn News - Save 15% with our Refill Resolution

Posted in The Demijohn News , by Angus Ferguson, on 8th January 2015

Our New Year Refill Resolution

Our "Best in the World" Sloe Gin in a Sfera 500ml bottleHappy New Year! 2015 has started well for us with our Sloe Gin having won the impressive accolade of Best Aritsan Sloe Gin in the World. Yes this really is true and we are very proud. However, our new year resolution is to help you to refill more in 2015, possibly with a little of our now famous Sloe Gin!

So if you have a collection of our Demijohn bottles lurking about your house, please take advantage of our 15% refill discount offer which is now running in all our stores, and bring your bottles back in for a refill. Simply request your refill discount when purchasing in store.

Please give your bottles a quick wash out prior to your visit, then have fun tasting our products. Once you have decided, we will do the rest. This could be a great way of topping up cheaply with Single Malt Whisky for Burns Night on 25 Jan or possibly preparing a little Liqueur for a loved one for Valentine's Day on 14 Feb?

Our New Year Refill Resolution (Art by Chien Wei Chang)Please note our 15% refill discount applies only to any refills purchased and ends at the end of February 2015. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. If you are further away and would like to refill, splendid. Please pack up your bottles securely with a note of your contact details and order and send to us at the following address:

Demijohn, Mail Order Dept., 382 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AR

Once we receive them we will make contact with you and process your discounted refill order as quickly as possible.

A Burns Night Tasting

We would like to invite you to attend a Burns Tasting Evening on Thursday 22 Jan 2014 in your nearest shop, be it Edinburgh, Glasgow, York or Oxford.

The Tasting Evening will be based on our standard Tasting Evening with a light hearted Burns twist, and run between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. The cost to attend will be £10 per person, payable in advance at time of booking. The attendance fee includes a £5 Shopping voucher that can be redeemed on any purchases made on the night.

Elderflower Vodka Liqueur in a Cubana 700ml bottle under the Kibble Palace roof in GlasgowHow do I Book?

To book places at our Burns Night Tasting please email us your contact details and include details of the Shop you wish to attend and also the number of places required. We will then make contact to take the appropriate attendance fee if places are still available.

Staff News

Congratulations are in order for Miss Catriona Donaldson who has been promoted to Shop Manager of our York Shop. Catriona first started with us 6 years ago in our Glasgow Shop, after her Father kindly volunteered her to help me run a charitable Christmas Fair in Glasgow's beautiful Kibble Palace. Musically very talented, Catriona sang like a Lark at that event and is still singing now on special occasions. York has much to look forward to!

Wishing you all the best for the year ahead, and we hope to see you for a refill very soon.

Yours,

       Angus


Demijohn Sloe Gin Voted Best Artisan Sloe Gin in the World

Posted in Press Releases , by Angus Ferguson, on 11th December 2014

A Ball of Sloe GinDemijohn’s Sloe Gin is pretty special but now it’s been voted Number 1 in the World in the Sloe Gin Championships held by Moon Down Events at the George Inn in Frant, on Kent/Sussex border yesterday.

Made in Worcestershire Demijohn’s Sloe Gin is a rich, very British liqueur and is the perfect finish to a fine meal or as a tipple in a hip flask while out on a bracing walk. And what makes it even more special is that the Demijohn team shuts up shop in the autumn and treks to the Galloway hedgerows to pick sloes to ensure the producers have enough to cope with demand.

Due to the fact that sloes grow wild in only certain places Demijohn scours the land for good, juicy sloes which are then steeped in London Gin for many months with sugar to create what is now officially the world’s best Sloe Gin.

This is the 6th year of this popular annual event and is judged by those who know their sloes. All proceeds from the event are donated to the MS Society.

Demijohn Sloe GinAngus Ferguson, owner of Demijohn said on hearing the news: “We always thought our Sloe Gin was rather special but to be voted Sloe Ginster World Champion for 2014 is amazing. Our Demijohn Sloe Gin's taste has been based for the last 10 years on my Mother's recipe, not too sweet, not too dry and a perfect drink for the winter months. I only hope there will be enough left this year for others to try it also at Christmas.”

Last online orders for pre- Christmas delivery for Demijohn’s Sloe Gin and other delicious liqueurs, whiskies, spirits, oils and vinegars is 18th Dec. Demijohn Sloe Gin is priced at £5.40/100ml and is available from www.demijohn.co.uk or at our shops in Glasgow, Edinburgh, York and Oxford.

http://www.demijohn.co.uk/sloe-gin-25

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Note to Editors:

Demijohn sources unusual, delicious artisan liqueurs, spirits, oils and vinegars from around the UK and Europe and sells them in a wide range of re-useable glass bottles. Each bottle can have a free personalised message added.

Demijohn Shops:

  • 382 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AR Tel: 0141 337 3600
  • 32 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW Tel: 0131 225 4090
  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637 487
  • 20 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HP Tel: 01865 552179

Normal Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6pm, Sun – 11.30-5pm

www.demijohn.co.uk

For photography, further press information or press samples, please contact: Fenella Taylor at Fenella Taylor PR. Tel: 01389 830390 Mobile: 07721 324696 Email: fenella@fenellataylorpr.co.uk


The Demijohn News - 6 last minute present ideas for Christmas

Posted in The Demijohn News , by Angus Ferguson, on 9th December 2014

And now for the Demijohn Christmas Forecast...

A Ball of Sloe GinFestive cheer is up 10% with sunny Seville Orange Gin, giggling Gooseberry Gin and warming Sloe Gin lifting temperatures through the day.

Showers of Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur in Prosseco are expected later, followed by occasisional blasts of Bloody Pirate Cocktails from the North.

Looking further ahead, rays of Limoncello will brighten your days over the next 3 weeks, even with ice.

Outlook for the end of the festive period, generally dry with occaisional Elderflower Vinegar Spritzer flurries ending with a splash of cask strength 13 year Old Bladnoch Single Malt Whisky to bring in the New Year!

6 of the Best Christmas Present Ideas

If you have hit the panic button like me already, and need some quick ideas for your Christmas present list, help is at hand. This is our 6 of the best, last minute, Christmas present ideas for this year:

The Liqueur BoxThe Scottish SelectionThe Gin RackLiqueur Trio

Elderflower Vinegar and Lemon Oil Ball

  

 

 

 

  1. Elderflower Vinegar and Lemon Oil Ball - £14.20The Sporting Box
  2. Liqueur Trio - £25.60
  3. The Gin Rack - £38.07
  4. A Scottish Selection - £77.75
  5. The Liqueur Box - £86.95
  6. The Sporting Box - £595.00

There are of course many other options for present ideas on our Quick Present Ideas page, hopefully one or all of these will answer your present finding dilemma.

Free Delivery Over £40

Our standard 5-7 day delivery service is free to all UK Mainland addresses for orders over £40 and please remember you can also click and collect via our website. There is no delivery charge for orders placed online for collection from one of our shops.

Last Orders for a Christmas Delivery

Angus joins in Christmas jumper day in our Oxford Shop!If you would like your order delivered in time for Christmas this year, please order by Thursday 18th Dec 2014. Orders after this date are unlikely to make it in time. Weather may also play a factor in delaying late orders, however, rest assured we will, of course, try everything possible to be on time for all orders, short of driving it to you ourselves, which has been known in the past!

Please remember if you get stuck with any aspect of our ordering please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be very happy to help.

From all of us at Demijohn we wish you a very happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you very soon.

Yours,

       Angus


The Demijohn News - A Nutty Christmas Offer

Posted in The Demijohn News , by Angus Ferguson, on 25th November 2014

A Nutty Christmas Offer

Walnut Liqueur in our Antica Quadra 500ml bottleOur new British Walnut Liqueur 38% has arrived and is now on tap in our shops, for you to try.

With its strong, spicy, festive taste it is a perfect addition for your Christmas drinks cabinet.

Delicious when drunk after a big dinner as a digestif or sipped with a sweet dessert, this is a complex, slightly sweet drink that will pleasantly surprise even the most discerning connoisseurs.

If there is one regret it is that we were only able to make 250 litres of our fabulous new Walnut Liqueur this year. So if you would like to try some, please be quick!

Our Christmas Offer

If you are planning a Christmas order with us, now might be the moment to place it. Our standard 5-7 day delivery service is free to all UK Mainland addresses for orders over £40. Please remember you can also click and collect via our website. There is no delivery charge for orders placed online for collection from one of our shops.

Darren picking Walnuts in July 2014In addition we are offering a 5% discount* on your online order if it is placed prior to Monday 8th Dec 2015. Simply enter voucher code WALNUT when you check out. (*Terms apply. The discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, applies to online orders only excluding your delivery charge).

A Walnut Liqueur's Tale

Once upon a time, (well March 2005 to be exact), Frances, the children and I travelled to Modena in Northern Italy to visit Giovanni Tagliavini's beautiful Acetia, where he makes our Traditional Balsamic Vinegars.

As a host, Giovanni is generous and fun. So as the lunch party ensued, more and more of Giovanni's personal creations appeared from his cupboard, from a delicious lightly sparkling Vino Rosso to a dark and unusual Nocino Liqueur made from his own Walnuts. The memory of that incredible homemade Walnut Liqueur stuck in my mind from that day to this and it became a personal challenge to try and recreate that fabulous drink with British grown Walnuts.

Karen simply hanging about while picking!The process to find a suitable recipe, a grower of British Walnuts, and finally persuade one of our loyal producers to take up the challenge to make a Walnut Liqueur for us was a long one, 9 years in fact! Despite many failed attempts, finally in July 2013 we struck gold. Not only did we discover a British farm in East Sussex that was growing Walnuts, but one of our kind customers in Huddersfield was able to help up unlock the recipe mystery to allow us to make the drink for ourselves.

With just one kilo of Walnuts from the 2013 harvest, Frances set to work experimenting to see what combination of spirit might work best. After many failed samples were tasted by our unwitting guests, we finally had a winning formula. Our Apple Eau de Vie 40% was chosen as the base of our new liqueur.

Walnut picking is not for the faint hearted!Julian Temperley, who produces amongst other delightful drinks, our refined Apple Eau de Vie, fortunately agreed to take up the gauntlet and attempt to make the new drink. So on our 10th birthday on 1st July this year, myself and two keen young members of the Demijohn team from our Oxford Shop, Darren and Karen, headed to a beautiful farm in East Sussex to pick as many young green Walnuts in one day as was humanly possible.

We gathered 40kg, only stopping for a short break to have a welcome lunch with our hosts, which included amongst other things, pickled walnuts! (Watch this space for another new product). I think the photos will speak for themselves, as the hot Summer day was simply magical and we even ended it with a swim in the farm pool: amazing!

The next day the Walnuts were carefully boxed up and quickly transported to Julian in Somerset where they were infused in his Apple Eau de Vie with sugar and cloves. After almost 5 months of maturing, we had something ready to drink.

Darren and Karen with their hard earned pickingsJulian has done a remarkable job in not only creating something of a first in Britain in the liqueur World, but in also holding his nerve through the whole mad process of its development. These things are not easy to organise, however, when we are rewarded with a result so good as this it makes it worth all the effort.

We sincerely hope you enjoy our new Walnut Liqueur as much as us. Please be warned it is very strong, like the traditional Italian drink, so your Christmas could be pretty lively as a result!

Next time in The Demijohn News: Some great present ideas for Christmas....

If you get stuck with ordering please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be very happy to help. We look forward to seeing you very soon.

Yours,

       Angus


Going Nuts Over Demijohn's Walnut Liqueur

Posted in Press Releases , by Angus Ferguson, on 23rd November 2014

Walnuts are the kings of the nut collection, with their large round shape, but the best way ever to imbibe them is in a new Walnut Liqueur just launched by liquid deli Demijohn.

Walnut LiqueurAs the first British Walnut Liqueur to be made in the UK it overtakes all other nutty winter drinks and is the ultimate after dinner drink for this season. Made from walnuts picked in the early summer by the Demijohn team in East Sussex, and then made in Somerset, this very dark, strong liqueur takes at least 40 days and nights to infuse but the resulting wait is worth it. As a delicious, strong flavored drink, with a hint of infused walnuts and cloves, its subtle sweetness and spiced overtone make it a perfect drink for the cold winter months.

Based loosely on the Northern Italian Nochino Liqueur, Demijohn’s Walnut Liqueur is made by combining Apple Eau de Vie as the base spirit with British walnuts and cloves.

Black Walnut LiqueurDemijohn has just introduced it this week into its shops and online at www.demijohn.co.uk, with prices starting at £10.40 for a 100ml bottle, making it an affordable, unusual and delicious gift. Add a personalised message for free and you have Christmas sorted too.

Angus Ferguson from Demijohn says: “The process of making this drink has been a wonderful adventure which started with Frances, my Wife, having run experiments on our kitchen table last year to discover the secret recipe. We then picked the walnuts on our 10th birthday on 1st July, a beautifully hot Summers day. The reward for all our effort and patience is just 250 litres of the most delightful drink. There will never be enough of this truely unique drink, which is a perfect addition to any Christmas feast!”

www.demijohn.co.uk/walnut-liqueur-38

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Note to Editors:

Demijohn sources unusual, delicious artisan liqueurs, spirits, oils and vinegars from around the UK and Europe and sells them in a wide range of re-useable glass bottles. Each bottle can have a free personalised message added.

Demijohn Shops:

  • 382 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AR Tel: 0141 337 3600
  • 32 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW Tel: 0131 225 3265
  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637 487
  • 20 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HP Tel: 01865 552179

Normal Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6pm, Sun – 11.30-5pm

www.demijohn.co.uk

For photography, further press information or press samples, please contact: Fenella Taylor at Fenella Taylor PR. Tel: 01389 830390 Mobile: 07721 324696 Email: fenella@fenellataylorpr.co.uk


Go Nuts with Artisan Walnut Liqueur launced for Christmas

Posted in Press Releases , by Angus Ferguson, on 21st November 2014

Nuts are an essential part of most people’s Christmas*. So why not give an awesome alcoholic gift that will drive people nuts – Demijohn’s Walnut Liqueur.

Walnut LiqueurSoon to be launched for the first time ever, Demijohn’s Walnut Liqueur is THE gift this Christmas. Made from walnuts picked in the early summer by the Demijohn team in East Sussex, and then made in Somerset, this very dark, strong liqueur takes at least 40 days and nights to infuse but the resulting wait is worth it. The deep, delicious flavour is perfect for after the Christmas dinner, or for a late night tipple during the festive period. Demijohn will be selling it from late Oct/early Nov, with prices starting at £10.40 for a 100ml bottle, making it an affordable, unusual and delicious Christmas gift. Add a personalised message for free and you have Christmas sorted.

 

The Sporting BoxFor something more sumptuous Demijohn has created a portable drinks cabinet called The Sporting Box. Handmade from red cherry wood it includes 16 shot glasses and four Mystic 500ml bottles filled with the drink of your choice. The bottles can even have a complimentary message added for free or the wood box be engraved for a small additional cost. Priced from about £595 it makes a very special Christmas present.

 

 

Oil and Vinegar Carousel

 

For someone who is a real foodie Demijohn’s Oil and Vinegar Carousel makes a much desired gift. A presentation rack of three beautiful Goccia 100ml bottles filled with two vinegars and an Extra Virgin Olive Oil make it perfect for the table or smart kitchen and is definitely one for showing off. Priced at just £34.25 it is highly affordable.

 

 

Gin TowerGin has risen in popularity massively over the past few years with premium gin sales growing over 100%. Demijohn’s gin is no exception and is a sure hit as a Christmas gift. Our Gin Tower, comprising three beautiful 250ml Impilabile stacking bottles containing a selection of some of our finest gin based liqueurs and spirits. On the top is our distinctive boutique house spirit gin, which we call Demijohnnie Gin while sandwiched in the middle is rich Damson Gin Liqueur from East Lothian and on the bottom is our spectacular Seville Orange Gin. Priced at £53.30 it is fun present for a fun, gin loving person.

http://www.demijohn.co.uk/the-gin-tower

 

Demijohn’s alcoholic – and non-alcoholic – presents are always popular at Christmas.
The queues forming along the street from all their four shops in the weeks leading up to Christmas are testament to its popularity. But if you don’t want to be disappointed get in early and order online from:

http://www.demijohn.co.uk/gift-ideas/gifts

 

Summary of links to products:

Walnut Liqueur (will be available soon) - http://www.demijohn.co.uk/walnut-liqueur-38

Sporting Box (Build your Own) - http://www.demijohn.co.uk/the-sporting-box-288

Sporting Box (Standard Edition) - http://www.demijohn.co.uk/the-sporting-box-standard-edition

Oil and Vinegar Carousel - http://www.demijohn.co.uk/oil-and-vinegar-carousel

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* Apologies to people with nut allergies – this one isn’t for you!

Note to Editors:

Demijohn sources unusual, delicious artisan liqueurs, spirits, oils and vinegars from around the UK and Europe and sells them in a wide range of re-useable glass bottles. Each bottle can have a free personalised message added.

Demijohn Shops:

  • 382 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AR Tel: 0141 337 3600
  • 32 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW Tel: 0131 225 3265
  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637 487
  • 20 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HP Tel: 01865 552179

Normal Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6pm, Sun – 11.30-5pm

www.demijohn.co.uk

For photography, further press information or press samples, please contact: Fenella Taylor at Fenella Taylor PR. Tel: 01389 830390 Mobile: 07721 324696 Email: fenella@fenellataylorpr.co.uk


The Demijohn News - Rhubarb Returns

Posted in The Demijohn News , by Angus Ferguson, on 19th November 2014

Rhubarb Returns

Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur 20.5% in a Mystic 500ml bottleIt is not Roobarb, the family dog, that has returned home, it is our wonderful Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur 20.5% from Inverness. After an unexpected break from our shelves, our delicious and extremely popular Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur from Inverness is safely back on tap, whoopee!

If you have yet to sample a fresh batch of our Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur I urge you to pop in to one of our shops and try some for yourself. Fabulous on its own over a little ice, or mixed as a Rhubarb Bellini Cocktail, this is certainly something to add to your Christmas present list.

Something new for Christmas

Frances and I at Demijohn HQ have just tasted the final sample of our new British Walnut Liqueur 38%. Amazing! It will be on sale in all our shops within a week. The full nutty story will be revealed in a feature length edition of the Demijohn News next week.

Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing you very soon.

Yours,

       Angus


"The Best Liqueur in the World" - Walnut Liqueur

Posted in Flavours of the Month , by Stuart Reid, on 18th November 2014

Paul Pacult, the renowned drink expert and author of Kindred Spirits said of a Walnut Liqueur it was the "Best Liqueur in the World". Though its history can be traced back thousands of years to when the Celts dominated Central Europe and today versions of it can be found throughout Central Europe, it is still a fairly rare drink to find in the UK. The new British made Demijohn Walnut liqueur is now here to change that.

Walnut Liqueur

Black walnut liqueur seems to be found where ever there is an abundance of walnuts growing, which seem to exist in the region around Central Europe from Italy, Southern Germany, Croatia and France. The most commonly known version, Nocino, comes from the Emilia Romagna region in Northern Italy, however, not so widely travelled from the regions where they are made, very similar drinks such as Vin de Noix from France, Nusse or Nussenschnaps from Germany and Austria, Licor de Nuez from Spain, Orechovka from Czech Republc, Diolikor from Hungary, Orzechowka from Poland and the Croatian walnut liqueur called Orahovac.

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Traditionally unripe, green walnuts are harvested on the eve of San Giovanni (Saint John), 24th June, and are then left to soak in a mixture of alcohol and spices until at least November 3rd to ward off evil spirits and to allow the liqueur to mellow. During this time the flavour and colour from the walnuts is extracted. First a light greenish, yellow colour, leading to what appears to be black, though which is in reality, is an extremely dark green. However once the liqueur is exposed to air during the filtering process, a chemical change occurs and the liqueur really turns black.

Green Walnuts

Walnut Liqueur is the prefect drink for sipping on cold winter nights by the fire. Its unique deep, dark, espresso colour, aroma of spices and citrus, the slight bitterness of the walnuts, luxurious sweetness and a warming hint of cloves just conjures up the idea of Christmas in a glass. Other nut based liqueurs pale into insignificance in comparison.

Like many other liqueurs, Monks have long used liqueurs made from Walnuts for their medicinal properties, but it is far too good to be keep for when you are feeling poorly. It is very well suited as an after dinner digestif in a comfortable chair by the fire, but it also makes an excellent cheese or dessert drink especially with crème caramel. It can also be added to coffee or hot chocolate for a decadent treat, poured over ice-cream as a topping, or even as an ingredient to make a boozy, grown-up ice cream. It is also strong enough to hold its own in walnut liqueur cocktails such as a Walnut Martini or a Nutty Russian.  After winter as passed, if there is any left, try it in a tall glass with ginger beer and ice, for an amazing aperitif.

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Taste Bud Travels

Posted in Flavours of the Month , by Mark Perkins, on 28th October 2014

If Demijohn is Neverland, our staff are the lost boys, Angus is (of course) Peter Pan and then our producers can be nothing else but fairy-dust! The substance that makes it all happen, makes the story unfold and the dream a reality.

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In August this year, I called in on the wonderful Colin and Phyllis Hingston; the producers of such Demijohn superstars as Seville Orange Gin, Sloe Gin, Lime Vodka, Black cherry Liqueur, Blackcurrant Gin and the new Wild Bullace Liqueur; for a coffee and a cake. I of course ended up with a full tour of the gin fuelled, vodka kicker lifestyle of the Hingston's. Something I thought I would share!

Wild Bullace Liqueur

Knowing the area reasonably well, having grown up locally myself just down the road in rural Worcestershire, I thought I knew exactly where I was heading. I had got instructions from Colin, but towards the latter part of my nonsensical scrawl, I realised I had run up and down the same road twelve times looking for a sign for Colin and Phyllis's house. I decided to pull up outside another farm and call as I knew I should be close:
"Colin, apologies, I seem to be going around in circles! I'm by Brenning Farm?"
"Ah yes" came the reply "you are currently opposite a hole in the hedge"
"Correct"
"Drive through, see you soon"

So feeling what I believe Alice to have felt as she was falling through the rabbit hole, and wishing my van was more of an all-terrain four by four, I dived through the small opening, onto a unmarked road and down a long, steep drive.

On arriving, greeted with smiles, handshakes, hugs and the afore mentioned coffee, the chin wagging commenced and I don't believe it stopped for some hours. This quaint and beautiful retreat in the middle of rural Worcestershire gives a fourth dimension to the product that we sell. There were orchards and wild flowers, in fact, if it had not have been for the mild hum of the generator, the power lines over the field and the 3 cars out the front, I would have thought myself in a Jane Austin Novel.

Colin and Phyllis Hingston

We were then taken to the heart of the production a few miles from the Hingston's house, for a sneak peek into the making of these gorgeous liqueurs... and we were not disappointed! A fruity slap on the face greets you as you walk through the door. Barrels of liqueur stand to attention waiting to be drained. Others lay on bunk beds, as liqueurs like our Sloe Gin and Black Cherry Liqueur sometimes take up to a year to fully steep and there were a few barrels on racks from last years picking.

We helped stir up some of the fruit in the gin and I was amazed to see the amount of fruit actually used in the process! Mitch (Colin and Phyllis's Daughter) must have seen the look on my face; which obviously expressed the desire to jump into the barrel head first and treat the gin soaked fruit like a Labrador over a dropped plate; and dipped the paddle into the gin, scooping out the booziest, best tasting cherries I have ever seen. Lovely!

Seville Orange Gin

I was then told for tax reasons, these cherries cannot be sold (as they would cost too much) so are given to the sheep. (I suppose this explains the singing, raucous and philosophically debating farm animals you see so much of these days in the countryside!) At my obvious dismay of this wonderful, boozy fruit being offered to farm animals, I was handed a cheeky 100 weight of boozy cherries... Tastebud delight! I keep meaning to make a desert with them, put them in ice cream or in an eaton mess, but by the time they had defrosted I had 'accidentally' dropped them down my throat and then am too drunk to make anything... and so the cycle continues!

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Selling something made in such away, and with such quality, for me is an honour. Where in today's society can you say you were so close to what you are selling. There are people's names attached the product, and it is not made by a factory but, in this case, by three individuals: Colin, Phyllis, and their daughter, Mitch.

Mark Perkins


The Demijohn News - A Spooky Reminder

Posted in The Demijohn News Flavours of the Month , by Angus Ferguson, on 23rd October 2014

Only ONE WEEK remains to claim your discount!

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Our 10th Birthday Offer

The Cossack Kiss - A great Halloween Party cocktail idea!As offered in the last edition of The Demijohn News, there is now only one week left to claim your £5 discount. It could be used to buy cocktail ingredients for a Halloween Party this weekend or help with an early Christmas present purchase?

As a BIG thankyou for your tremendous support and custom in getting us this far, we would like to make you an offer. Simply spend £30 or more online or in store before 1 Nov and receive a £5 discount off your purchase. To redeem online please use voucher code: 10yearsold  To redeem your voucher in store please bring a copy of any part of this newsletter with you, or simply note down the code.

(Some terms apply of course: You may use this offer both online and in store, but it is limited to once per person in each case. This offer is not valid for use in conjunction with any other offers or on our Mobile Events Stand, and expires at midnight on 1 Nov 2014).

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours,

       Angus


The Demijohn News - Our 10th Birthday Offer

Posted in The Demijohn News Flavours of the Month , by Angus Ferguson, on 12th October 2014

Celebrating 10 Great Years!

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This year we are celebrating 10 great years in business as a liquid deli. From our humble beginnings in Edinburgh's Victoria Street in July 2004 with just 20 products on tap and 3 Staff to run the shop, (one of which was me!), we now have over 60 products to taste being sold by 35 enthusiastic Staff the World over.

Thankfully some things haven't changed. We are still very much a family owned Company with Frances and I in charge. We have always liked parties and have always done the unthinkable at Demijohn. This includes closing up shop for a day to pick some of the wonderful hedgerow fruits and plants that make up our products. If you have been caught out by this irrational behaviour in the past, I sincerely apologise now!

The reason why we go picking things; A Ball of Sloe GinThis year we even managed to break our personal record for the picking of things. We picked Elderflower in Yorkshire for our Elderflower Vinegar in June, Walnuts in East Sussex for our new Walnut Liqueur in July and earlier this week Sloe for our Sloe Gin in Galloway.

And yet it still feels like we have just opened the door to our first shop and that we have only scratched the surface of what is possible. Our future is full of excitement and challenge, and of course a few new barmy ideas for products to try and make!

Our Birthday Offer

As a BIG thankyou for your tremendous support and custom in getting us this far, we would like to make you an offer. Simply spend £30 or more online or in store before 1 Nov and receive a £5 discount off your purchase. To redeem online please use voucher code: 10yearsold  To redeem your voucher in store please bring a copy of any part of this newsletter with you, or simply note down the code.

Some of the Demijohn Team after picking Sloe in Galloway earlier this week(Some terms apply of course: You may use this offer both online and in store, but it is limited to once per person in each case. This offer is not valid for use in conjunction with any other offers or on our Mobile Events Stand, and expires at midnight on 1 Nov 2014).

Coming Soon....

We have been secretly developing another first in the liqueur World, a British made Walnut Liqueur and it is nearly ready for you to try. Watch out for more nutty news very soon..... 

Please keep your enthusiastic emails coming in, we love them all. We look forward to seeing you very soon in one place or another.

Yours,

       Angus


A Curiosity with Whisky

Posted in Flavours of the Month , by Mark Perkins, on 9th October 2014

The word 'Whisky' holds many different connotations these days. For some it is either the horrid smelling rocket fuel of the goblins, or for others it is the most precious rays of unadulterated sunlight held together by water and made with the skill and experience of the best Grandmaster Wizard.

"There is no bad whisky. There is only some whiskies that aren't as good as others."
- Raymond Chandler

Whatever your thoughts on whisky, the question you ask before you buy some for yourself or someone else is, is there such thing as 'good' or 'bad' bottle?

I like the opinion of Raymond Chandler: "There is no bad whisky. There is only some whiskies that aren't as good as others."

At Demijohn we try to cover as many bases as possible by not only having some of the best single cask malt whisky on tap, but also allowing you to get a bottle as small as 100ml up to a litre! This makes very good quality whisky wonderfully affordable!

You can choose to buy our Whisky Selection racks if you do not want to put all your eggs in one bottle, or my personal opinion is book yourself on a Tasting for Two and try them all, taking full advantage of our Staff knowledge in finding your new favourite.

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We have a small range of different types of whisky, but the ones we do have are, in my opinion, some of the best.

Whisky

Our single malt whisky comes from one cask, meaning once we have sold it, you can never again buy that whisky. We sell some of our single malts at cask strength, meaning they have not been watered down to 40% like most supermarket whisky, ours can be anything from 46 - 68 Percent! We normally like to have very contrasting whisky so we generally get our Single Malt Whisky from 4 different regions of Scotland, Highland, Lowland, Speyside and Islay.

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So if you are a whisky lover, or are curious to find out more, pop into one of our shops in Edinburgh, Glasgow, York or Oxford and taste them!

Mark Perkins


The Demijohn News - Plums up for Bullace!

Posted in The Demijohn News Flavours of the Month , by Angus Ferguson, on 3rd September 2014

Plums up for Bullace!

Wild Bullace Liqueur in a Sfera 500ml bottleWe have another new drink for you to try, something really special and very rare. Wild Bullace Liqueur 23% is back! In our 10 years in business, this is only the third time we have been able to stock this incredible liqueur.

Our Wild Bullace Liqueur can best be described in taste as a refined Sloe Gin. However, Bullace is a wild plum, so it is a drink that is as fruity as a Damson while having the dryness and subtle bitterness of a Sloe.

How is it best drunk?

As a drink to accompany cheese it is exceptional and it can also be used to make our Wild Plum Bellini Cocktail if you need something to start your party off!

Our one regret is that there will be never enough of our Wild Bullace Liqueur to go around, and the demijohn is likely to have run dry well before Christmas. So if you would like to try some, please come and see us very soon!

October Tasting Evening

After a very successful tasting evening in Glasgow at the end of August, and thank you to those who attended, we have decided to run another group evening for all to enjoy. The evening will be run in each of our shops (Edinburgh, Glasgow, York and Oxford) on Friday 3 October 2014 and will offer a great chance for you to try our new Wild Bullace and Limoncello Liqueurs as well as offering a little Christmas spirit. It will be fun!

Book a Tasting Event in one of our ShopsBased on our Standard Tasting Evening, the events will run between 6.30pm and 7.30pm, starting with a Demijohn Cocktail or two and include a hosted tasting of many of our unique products. The cost to attend will be limited to £5 per person (normally £14.50 per person), payable when booking.

The great news is that your attendance fee can be used towards to the cost of any purchase made on the night. (Please note the £5 fee can only be used against purchases on the night and is non refundable in the event of non attendance or no purchases made at the event).

How do I book to attend on 3rd October?

You can book a place either by signing up in one of our shops or emailing us your contact details, the shop at which you wish to attend the evening (Edinburgh, Glasgow, York or Oxford) and number of places required. We will then make contact to confirm your booking and collect your attendance fee. Please note, total places are limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis. A maximum of 4 places only may be booked per person.

How do I book a private tasting event?

If you would like to book your own private tasting event on a particular day with a group of 10 or more friends or work colleagues, either within our shops or held in your own premises please contact us for further details. 

We have won an Award!

Mark and Carrie on the Demijohn stand at Burghley Horse TrialsMark and Carrie are currently having a mad time of it with the Demijohn events stand at the fabulous Burghley Horse Trials in Lincolnshire. This morning they won the prize of Best Food Stand in Show. We are all SO proud!

With the cheers of winning still ringing in our ears, we have enthusiastically entered ourselves into the Farm Shop & Deli Awards this year and would like to ask for your help in supporting our bid to win.

If you feel that we deserve it, thank you! Please simply complete this online voting form and we will keep our fingers and toes crossed!

We will be attending many more events in the run up to Christmas, all of which are listed on our Fairs and Events page for more information.

Coming Soon....

Look out for details in the next edition of The Demijohn News of some new and fabulous Single Malt Whiskies on tap, and something very nutty to drink for Christmas.

Please don't delay if you would like to try our new Wild Bullace Liqueur, sadly there will never be enough. Please keep the enthusiastic emails coming in and we look forward to seeing you very soon.

Yours,

       Angus


Celebrate Summer with Limoncello

Celebrate your Summer holidays with LimoncelloWith plenty of warmth left in our sun and many BBQ's to be had before Summer is over, we have invented a new cocktail to help you celebrate the remainder of your Summer holidays, the Lemon Weegie.

Made with our new Limoncello Liqueur 32%, and inspired by the very successful Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, our new Lemon Weegie Cocktail is refreshingly simple to make and really quite delicious to drink. It may even remind you, as it does me, of happy holidays in Southern Italy....

Late Opening in Edinburgh

The Fringe Festival is in full flow in Edinburgh and we are holding on tight as the city swells to twice is size over the next two weeks. We have Celebrate your Summer holidays with Limoncellolengthened our opening hours slightly to assit with demand, please see our opening hours page for more details. If you are planning a larger than normal order we recommend you either visit us early in the day or book your order online for collection in the shop to make your visit as stress free as possible.

 A Tasting Evening in Glasgow

Due to popular demand we have organised a Tasting Evening to be run in our Glasgow shop on Thursday 21st Aug 2014 next week. It will run on a similar basis to our Standard Tasting Evening, between 6.30pm and 7.30pm, however the cost to attend will be limited to £5 per person (normally £14.50 per person), payable when booking. The great news is that your attendance fee can be used towards to the cost of any purchase made on the night. Please note the £5 fee can only be used against purchases on the night and is non refundable in the event of non attendance or no purchases made at the event.

How do I book?

To book places at the Tasting Evening in Glasgow please email us your contact details and places required. We will then make contact to confirm your booking and collect your attendance fee.

Here is to more happy and hot holidays! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

    Yours,

              Angus


Lemon Weegie

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 28th July 2014

Lemon Weegie CocktailInspiration for our Lemon Weegie Cocktail came from the need to celebrate the Glasgow Commenwealth Games in July 2014 with a suitable drink. It is a refreshingly simple, long cocktail drink with a gentle surprise in its tail. You might say, easy peasy lemon weegie....!

Ingredients

Preparation

Place plenty of ice in a tall glass, squeeze in a little juice from a fresh lemon, add measures of Limoncello Liqueur and Elderflower Vinegar. Top up with tonic and muddle gently. Garnish with fresh lemon.

Anything else I should know?

Do not be put off by the addition of Elderflower Vinegar in the cocktail. Please be brave and try it, you will be pleasantly surprised!

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First British Limoncello is Launched in Glasgow

Posted in Press Releases , by Angus Ferguson, on 24th July 2014

Limoncello Liqueur Launched in GlasgowPioneer of artisan drinks and delicious liqueurs Demijohn, have just launched this week the most perfect summer evening drink to celebrate the success of the Glasgow Commenwealth Games – Limoncello. With the most exquisite fresh taste that transports the taste buds to the lemon groves of Southern Italy, it is available for the first time commercially in the UK.

Many years ago when Demijohn founder Angus Ferguson and his wife Frances were honeymooning on the Amalfi Coast they were enchanted by the delicious chilled Limoncello that they quaffed on a daily basis. Such was its effect that a few years later they decided to set up liquid deli Demijohn and satisfy their taste for delicious Italian drinks – but made in the UK.

It has since taken 10 years for them to find a British Limoncello that has the quality, freshness and wonderful taste that they first tasted in Italy. Made by Hilary Blackford in Gloucestershire from vodka and Italian lemons, it is an excitingly fresh British lemon liqueur which is best drunk really cold, ideally straight from the freezer. Its strength (32%) gives it quite a whip in the tale.

In Southern Italy (where the pace of life is slower) it is traditionally drunk before or after dinner but can also be enjoyed mid morning with an espresso or even poured over a pudding, ice cream or sorbet.

To celebrate the Commenwealth Games in Glasgow and the city’s link with Italy in particular, the Limoncello has been used to create a new cocktail. Aptly named Lemon Weegie, the cocktail is a fresh long drink with a tickle of floral zing, perfect to toast British success at the Games. To make a Lemon Weegie Cocktail, add 50ml of Limoncello Liqueur to 25ml of Demijohn’s handmade Elderflower Vinegar in a tall glass with plenty of ice. Squeeze in fresh lime and top up with Indian Tonic Water.

With high summer upon us it’s time to treat yourself to a little touch of Italian/British flavours. Limoncello is priced at £5.40/100ml from the Demijohn shops in Glasgow, Edinburgh, York and Oxford or online at: 

http://www.demijohn.co.uk/limoncello-liqueur-32

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Note to Editors:

Demijohn sources unusual, delicious artisan liqueurs, spirits, oils and vinegars from around the UK and Europe and sells them in a wide range of re-useable glass bottles. Each bottle can have a free personalised message added.

Demijohn Shops:

  • 382 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AR Tel: 0141 337 3600
  • 32 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW Tel: 0131 225 3265
  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637 487
  • 20 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HP Tel: 01865 552179

Normal Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6pm, Sun – 11.30-5pm

www.demijohn.co.uk

For photography, further press information or press samples, please contact: Fenella Taylor at Fenella Taylor PR. Tel: 01389 830390 Mobile: 07721 324696 Email: fenella@fenellataylorpr.co.uk


The Elderflower Foraging Frenzy

On Monday 16th June we shut up shop in York and headed for the hedgerows around Wetherby in West Yorkshire for the now annual Demijohn elderflower pick. We need elderflower to allow Mrs Anne Sinclair to work her magic and create our The Demijohn Team head to the hedgerows to pick elderflowerunique and delicious Elderflower Vinegar. Without both our efforts, we would have none and salads would never be the same again!

Plundering hedgerows is great fun, as long as you have a long pair of trousers and a large picnic lunch with a few Demijohn Cocktails to look forward to.

Our new Vinegar Carousel with Elderflower, Raspberry and LemonWhen the sun shines, as it did on our day, there really is not much else that can beat this rural ceremony.

Our Elderflower Vinegar can be used in many ways to enhance the flavours in your food. For example, dressing fresh green salad leaves with a little Olive Oil or Lemon Rapeseed Oil to make our irresistible Elderflower Vinaigrette. Alternatively pour a little over a dollop of Vanilla Ice Cream and some quartered strawberries and you will have created an exciting Summer pudding. These are some of our favourite things.

Fairs and Events News

Mark and his Demijohn van have been roaring around the country to many Summer shows, from Malton to Norfolk. Next week we are back in Scotland and will be exhibiting at the marvellous Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace, Perth from 4 to 6 A big picnic and a few cheeky Demijohn Cocktails make elderflower picking fun!July.

Scone Game Fair already has a fantastic reputation as a family friendly event with the most incredible selection of exhibitors and events. We are simply planning on adding to the party further by once again running not only our classic liquid deli but also our extraordinary Demijohn Cocktail Bar.

This year we are honoured to have been invited to exhibit as part of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Members Area on Gunmakers Row. This is special circumstance and a change from our normal Osprey Row pitch, so please don't get lost when trying to find us!

Mark and Tiggy, wild about flowers!We hope you can make the party too? A full list of our events can be found on our fairs and events page.

Thankyou to all those who volunteered themselves to come picking elderflower with us this year, Demijohnnies and guests. Without you we would have none. Have a wonderful weekend and get dressing those salads please!

    Yours,

              Angus


Summer Arrives on the Demijohn Table

Posted in Press Releases , by Angus Ferguson, on 16th June 2014

Oil and Vinegar CarouselWhen the sun shines what nicer way to enjoy our limited summer than to invite friends and family round and provide an al fresco meal. Take the hassle out of making salad dressings by putting one of our new Demijohn Goccia Carousels on the table.

Featuring a trio of 100ml bottles, nestled together in a handmade red cherry wood holder, this means your guests can choose which delicious oil or vinegar they will drizzle over their food. We have a selection of eight fruit vinegars, some very special Balsamic vinegars and seven oils to choose from to make up the Oil and Vinegar Carousel.

For any ‘foodie’ friend this makes the perfect gift and as well as tasting fantastic it looks so cool on the summer table.

Our favoured vinegar this month is Elderflower Vinegar as the Demijohn team has just completed their annual ‘elderflower pick’. Given the hundreds of litres Demijohn sells of this unusual fruit vinegar the Team Demijohn go Elderflower picking!producer simply can’t pick enough so the team closed the York shop for the day and headed to the Yorkshire hedgerows to pick up to 40 kilos of elderflowers in a day. The new season vinegar will be available in the shops in two weeks and given the warm spring will be the tastiest ever.

Demijohn’s oils are varied and always delicious – for a fresh salad choose one of our Mediterranean extra virgin olive oils such as Villa Montalbano Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Tuscany or Sitia Olive Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Crete, or for a zing try one of our naturally flavoured Rapeseed Oils.

For that extra special summer gift add a personalised message for free. Let the summer begin…!

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Demijohn sources unusual, delicious artisan liqueurs, spirits, oils and vinegars from around the UK and Europe and sells them in a wide range of re-useable glass bottles. Each bottle can have a free personalised message added.

Demijohn Shops:

  • 382 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AR Tel: 0141 337 3600
  • 32 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW Tel: 0131 225 3265
  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637 487
  • 20 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HP Tel: 01865 552179

Normal Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6pm, Sun – 11.30-5pm

www.demijohn.co.uk

For photography, further press information or press samples, please contact: Fenella Taylor at Fenella Taylor PR. Tel: 01389 830390 Mobile: 07721 324696 Email: fenella@fenellataylorpr.co.uk


Introducing the Fruity Highlander Cocktail

Fruity Highlander CocktailIf you like your Whisky cocktails then this could be a new one for you to try. Our Fruity Highlander Cocktail combines our delicious Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur 23% with our smooth Ginger Wine 14.5%. Best sipped with plenty of ice, this simple aperitif will certainly get a party going!

Father's Day Offers

Father's Day is a approaching fast on Sunday 15th June, however, there is still time to take up our 15% discount offer on orders, enter our competition for a bottle of Spiced Rum Liqueur 20% and put your name down for a free Father's Day Tasting Evening at one of our shops if you are still yet to do so. All details can be found in the last edition of The Demijohn News. If you get stuck please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Observer Food Monthly Awards

If you think we are worthy of an award then there is now a small way you can show it. We would be enourmously grateful if you voted for us in the Observer Food Monthly Awards this month. Simply list us as your choice in Section 8, Best Independant Retailer category and we will let you know if we win. Thankyou for helping and fingers crossed!

Have a wonderful weekend and if you do try our new Fruity Highlander Cocktail don't forget to raise a glass to The Highlanders who inspired it!

Yours,

Angus


Fruity Highlander

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 3rd June 2014

Click to buy our Fruity Highlander Cocktail SetOur Fruity Highlander Cocktail is a brilliant play on the classic Whisky Mac, the difference being it is very fruity! If you like your drinks fruity and with a twist of ginger spice, then this is possibly it. A simple aperitif that will be hard not to keep sipping.

Ingredients

Preparation

This is a short sipping drink, so choose a generous sized tumbler glass. Add frozen Brambles and a generous quantity of ice to the glass, then pour over the measures of Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur, optional Demijohn's Finest Blended Scotch Whisky and Ginger Wine. Sip slowly with friends and raise a toast to The Highlanders!

(Please note: The addition of a single shot of Demijohn's Finest Blended Scotch Whisky 40% turns our Fruity Highlander into the Hairy Highlander Cocktail. Be warned, the Hairy Highlander is very strong, but you may have already guessed this!)

How do I buy the drinks for this cocktail?

If you like this cocktail then you can buy the drinks for it as part of our Fruity Highlander Cocktail Set or as single bottles by clicking on the various product links in this recipe.

Anything else I should know?

Inspiration for the Fruity Highlander Cocktail came from a request to donate some of our Demijohn products to an event being held in Germany in June 2014 to celebrate the safe return of The 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland (The Highlanders) from their tour in Afghanistan. So when drinking this cocktail please raise a toast to those brave men and women of The Highlanders who serve for us.

Related topics

Fruity Highlander Cocktail Set

Frisky MaK Cocktail


Phenomenal Fuel for Fathers!

Click for our Scorched Asparagus Spears recipeBritish asparagus season is in full swing and we have been happily munching on many a bundle. Last weekend we threw a handful of asparagus spears on the BBQ for a couple of minutes, before dressing them with a slosh of Villa Montalbano Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a little of our 25 Year Old Traditional Balsamic Vinegar and finally cracking some salt over them. Our Scorched Asparagus Spears recipe is simply delicious! The same can be acheived with a hot frying pan if the weather misbehaves and prevents a BBQ.

So if you have yet to purchase a present for your Dad on Father's Day on 15th June, just remember most Fathers love eating and generally like a BBQ. We have many brilliant present ideas for Fathers at Demijohn, from our Father's Spiced Rum Ration to the Father's Day box Set.

Daddy's Sauce: A Mystic 100ml bottle of 25 Year Old Traditional Balsamic VinegarHowever, our aptly named Daddy's Sauce, a cubed 100ml Mystic bottle of our 25 Year Old Traditional Balsamic Vinegar tops them all. Not only is our Balsamic Vinegar phenomenal fuel for asparagus eating Fathers, it can be enjoyed by all the family over salads and many other dishes.

Delivery Offer

We would like to give you a helping hand with your next order. Enter voucher code father2014 when you checkout to receive a 15% discount off your next order. Offer is limited to once per customer, applies to orders placed online only and ends at midnight on Father's Spiced Rum RationSunday 15th June 2014.

Win a bottle of Spiced Rum Liqueur!

Enter our latest competition now for your chance to win our Father's Spiced Rum Ration. Click to enter the competition.

A Tasting Evening for Fathers

On Friday 13th June we will run a tasting evening between 6.30pm and 7.30pm in each of Father's Day Box Setour shops, Edinburgh, Glasgow, York and Oxford primarily aimed at those who would like to bring their Father along for an entertaining evening at Demijohn
to taste many of our unique products. If you wish to bring a guest other than your Father you would also be most welcome. The events will be free to attend and run on a similar basis to our Standard Tasting Evening which can be booked for private groups of 10 or more on a date of your choosing.

How do I book?

To book a place on the Fri 13th June Tasting Evening for you and your guest to attend, please contact us, providing details of your name, contact telephone number and importantly the shop at which your tasting is to be held. Please note that spaces are limited.

Good luck trying to dig the BBQ out this weekend and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Yours,

Angus


Scorched Asparagus Spears

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes , by Frances Ferguson, on 20th May 2014

Scortched British Asparagus Spears on our BBQBritish asparagus season is sadly short, starting officially on 23rd April and runs through until 21st June each year. It is such a fantastic tasting root vegetable, creating a buzz of excitement each year in our family to the point where we almost overdose on the stuff!

There are many great recipes that use asparagus, such as our Pici Asparagus with Balsamic for example. However, non are as simple as this one, our Scorched Asparagus Spears. Using the very best of our ingredients to dress the asparagus can produce a quick starter or a light lunch in literally minutes.

This recipe serves 2 to 3 people.

Ingredients

Preparation

Wash the asparagus spears thoroughly and then trim the root ends by about an inch to remove just the stringy section. A good tip to know where to cut or break the speak is to hold the root end between thumb and forefinger in one hand and the centre of the spear in the other. Bend the shaft until it snaps. Consume the top section and use the remainder for soup later.

To cook, simply place on a hot BBQ and turn as the spears scortch. Do not be tempted to overcook as they dry out, this process should only take about a minute or two maximum. Cooking can also be achieved in a very hot frying pan.

Once cooked lay on the serving plate and dress with a little 25 Year Old Tagliavini Aceto Balsamico di Modena Extra Vecchio, then generously with Villa Montalbano Extra Virgin Olive Oil before finally cracking salt over the dish to taste. 

The asparagus can be served on its own for starter or with parma ham and salad to make a light lunch.


The Demijohn News - Blossoms Up!

Posted in The Demijohn News Flavours of the Month , by Angus Ferguson, on 1st May 2014

Blossoms Up!

Angus inspecting Sloe blossom on the Galloway hedgerows

Inspecting the hedgerows last week was an absolute pleasure. Warm temperatures, many critters tweeting and twerping and a wonderful display of blossom on the Blackthorn. We are hoping for a good fruit year with lots of Sloe in particular for our traditional handmade Sloe Gin, fingers crossed.

The Spring sunshine made me drag our BBQ out of hibernation and dive headlong into the The Oil & Vinegar Carouselsalad bowl again. A bed of fresh mixed green salad leaves, drizzled simply with our new harvest Villa Montalbano Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a little of our Elderflower Vinegar is hard to beat when accompanying a little impromptu BBQ.

So if this first May bank holiday weekend lives up to be as sunny as expected, plan to break outside with possibly a Citrus Sundowner or Rhubarb Bellini Cocktail or two to get started and a sumptuous meal including the first of many Summer salads. Roll on the weekend!

Events News

Spring fair season is in full bloom. This weekend we are attending for the 5th year running the brilliant Dales Food Festival at Leyburn in North Yorkshire. Food loving folk come from the hills to visit what is now regarded as one of the top food festivals in the Country.

Mark and Emma-Jane will be dancing on the stand as usual with a fresh batch of our delicious Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur to try amongst other delights, so if you are passing the beautiful Yorkshire Dales or fancy a day out, I cannot recommend this event highly enough as a foodie paradise.

The Dales Food Festival will run daily between Saturday 3 May and Monday 5 May. More information on all our booked events for 2014 can now be viewed on our Fairs & Events page, which is updated regularly.

Staff News

It is always sad to say goodbye to our loyal Staff, but we wish both full timers Becky Salter and Lysander Watson-Hays all the best for Mark clowning about at Living North Spring Fair in York!their future careers. Opportunity, however, comes to others from their departures and we have great pleasure in appointing two new full time members of Staff from within. Rose Gregory and Joanna Perkins have both been promoted as Assistant Shop Managers in Edinburgh and Oxford respectively.

Our recruitment for a new position in our York shop has now been filled and we welcome Emma-Jane Windras to the York team. Thankyou to all the many hundreds of applications we have received. There will be more opportunities within the Company soon, so please stay in touch if you are still keen to join us.

Have brilliantly sunny weekend and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Yours,      Angus


Spice up your Dad on Father's Day

Posted in Press Releases , by Angus Ferguson, on 21st April 2014

The Caribbean may be the traditional home to rum but Demijohn have a Scottish version that is so delicious it will transport your Dad to the sun-soaked beaches and palm trees of the Caribbean. Demijohn’s Spiced Rum is exactly the present most Father's Spiced Rum Rationdads will love on Father’s Day on 15 June.

Made near Glasgow this delicious rum is so different from most commercial rums. It has a rich taste but is not too sweet, making it delicious either to be drunk over ice or as the base to cocktails. Demijohn suggests mixing Spiced Rum Liqueur with Raspberry Vodka for a tasty Bloody Pirate or with Lime Vodka and Lemon Vinegar for a Dark Mojito or for something a little more daring, mix with Ginger Wine for a Dark and Staurmy.

With a clever blend of Demerara Rum from the sunny Caribbean, caramel and spices it has an exotic and delicious taste.

Demijohn Managing Director Angus Ferguson said: “As a Father myself I understand well how wonderful it is to receive something on Father’s Day from my family. Although never wishing to make a fuss, I also understand how upset I would be if my family didn’t make some effort! Food and drink presents always go down well with me and I am sure the many other Fathers out there will think likewise. We all like something a little bit different and at Demijohn we add a personalised message for free making a great present.”

Take a look at the Demijohn website or visit one of their shops in Oxford, York, Edinburgh or Glasgow to taste for yourself Demijohn’s drinks.

Spiced Rum Liqueur 20% is priced at £4.80/100ml.

Bloody Pirate Cocktail

Demijohn Dark Mojito Cocktail

Dark & Staurmy Cocktail

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Demijohn sources unusual, delicious artisan liqueurs, spirits, oils and vinegars from around the UK and Europe and sells them in a wide range of re-useable glass bottles. Each bottle can have a free personalised message added.

Demijohn Shops:

  • 382 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AR Tel: 0141 337 3600
  • 32 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW Tel: 0131 225 3265
  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637 487
  • 20 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HP Tel: 01865 552179

Normal Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6pm, Sun – 11.30-5pm

www.demijohn.co.uk

For photography, further press information or press samples, please contact: Fenella Taylor at Fenella Taylor PR. Tel: 01389 830390 Mobile: 07721 324696 Email: fenella@fenellataylorpr.co.uk


Spring into summer at the BBC Good Food Show Spring with stunning spirits, liqueurs, oils and vinegars from the UK’s great liquid deli, Demijohn. On their Stand S26 the Demijohn team will be offering some great tastings of their summer Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur 20.5% in a Mystic 500ml bottledrinks, notably Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur and Gooseberry Gin. Both embody the taste of summer in an alcoholic liquid form and are the ‘must haves’ for kicking off any successful summer party.

Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur was created in Inverness by Andrew Lyle who wanted an extra outlet for his fields of organic rhubarb. The wonderful rich, pink colour and fresh rhubarb taste make it the perfect unique drink for mixing with champagne or sparkling wine to make a Spring Kir, to make a Rhubarb Bellini Cocktail or indulge yourself by pouring it over ice cream.

Using Andrew’s fresh organic rhubarb, which for years has been sold at the Covent Garden Market in London and English distilled Organic Vodka and Organic Cane Sugar this liqueur is something magical and special. Having made the liqueur as a present for his wife, Andrew then spoke to Demijohn about selling it commercially. And so Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur was born!

Even better Demijohn has created the perfect cocktail from it – Rhubarb Bellini – simply stew some fresh rhubarb stems for about 5 minutes with sugar then liquidise it and chill. Add 2 teaspoons of this fruit puree to a glass, a measure of Organic Rhubarb Liqueur and top up with Prosecco or Sparkling Wine and you have the ultimate party drink!

A visit to Demijohn is to an adult what a trip to a sweetie shop is to a small child. Packed on its wooden shelves are large glass demijohns of delicious spirits, liqueurs, oils and vinegars. Demijohn’s Gooseberry Gin, with its fresh green hue and charming taste of summer will be there too along with some of its fruit vinegars.

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Demijohn sources unusual, delicious artisan liqueurs, spirits, oils and vinegars from around the UK and Europe and sells them in a wide range of re-useable glass bottles. Each bottle can have a free personalised message added.

Demijohn Shops:

  • 382 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AR Tel: 0141 337 3600
  • 32 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW Tel: 0131 225 3265
  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637 487
  • 20 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HP Tel: 01865 552179

Normal Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6pm, Sun – 11.30-5pm

www.demijohn.co.uk

For photography, further press information or press samples, please contact: Fenella Taylor at Fenella Taylor PR. Tel: 01389 830390 Mobile: 07721 324696 Email: fenella@fenellataylorpr.co.uk


Wedding Bells are Starting to Ring

A Demijohn Liqueur Wedding Cake, yum!It was wonderful to meet you recently at a wedding fair and we really hope your wedding plans are coming together smoothly. The Bride has her hen do planned with all the girls, the Groom has organised his reckless night out... but what is there to do together as a treat before your BIG day?

A personal invite to a couples tasting on the house

Why not take advantage of our fun Tasting for Two offer, worth £40 normally, and enjoy a wonderfully personalised experience in any of our shops completely free and tailored to your needs?

Simply quote code: WEDDINGBELLS2014 when you make your booking. Not only do we pamper you with a cocktail drink on arrival, we will give you a unique and intimate insight into our business, as well as treating you to many of our food and drink products. This would be perfect as a little pre-wedding treat for you and your other half, especially if you needed to make some important decisions about wedding favours for your wedding party, larger bottles for your Groomsmen or presents for your Bridesmaids for example. You will also be given 10% off any purchases made on the day.

How to Book

Our four shops located in Edinburgh, Glasgow, York and Oxford will be running Tasting for Two bookings throughout 2014. Fila 100ml bottles wedding favoursPlaces are subject to availability and will require pre-booking of up to 7 days prior to the event.

To book your place, please email us and include your full contact details, 3 preferred dates for your tasting and the shop you wish to visit. We will then get back in touch with you as soon as we can to confirm the details.

Ready to discuss an order now?

Apotheker 40ml bottle wedding favoursIf your wedding is too close, or our Tasting for Two is simply not possible for you to plan to attend but you would still like to discuss options for our wedding favours for example, then please don't hesitate to contact us and let us help with your plans.

As an exclusive offer until the end of April 2014, we are also offering a 10% discount against your first order online, simply enter voucher code: WEDDINGBELLS2014 when you checkout.

We very much look forward to hearing from you soon, however, in the meantime good luck with the rest of your wedding plans.

Yours,

Angus


Rhubarb & Ginger, a mischievous pair....

Rhubarb & Ginger, a mischievous pair....Rhubarb and Ginger could very well be the names of your dog and your cat. However, it is not. This is a beautiful set of delicious drinks contained within our newly returned Ying & Yang 200ml bottles. Our smooth Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur 20.5% and fiery Ginger Wine 14% can both be drunk separately. Mix them together, with a little ice, and you make our simple yet irresistible Carrie MaK Cocktail. No wonder then that this is a popular set for a present. If you are needing an idea for Mothering Sunday on 30th March, then this could very possibly be it?

To ensure the safe and timely delivery of any order prior to Mother's Day, please place your order before Mon 24th March 2014 to take advantage of our free standard UK Mainland delivery offer for orders over £40.

A Tasting Evening on the House

Following on from our successful on the house tasting evenings which we ran for both Burns Night and Valentine's Day, we are planning to run another free to attend evening on Thursday 27th March in all shops. This time we will be tipping our hats to Mothers in particular, however all are welcome!

Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur and Ginger Wine in our Ying & Yang 200ml bottle setThe evening will be based on our standard Tasting Evening, starting at 6.30pm and running for about an hour. The entertainment will start with a cocktail or two while you hear the Demijohn story so far, followed by a hosted tasting of some of the many wonderful food and drink products we have on tap. The evening is relaxed and fun and could be a good opportunity to introduce your Mother or friends who have yet to discover us.

If you cannot make our planned evening on 27th March you are very welcome to book a private event for a group of 10 or more or purchase our popular Tasting for Two voucher to use on a separate date. Please contact us if you need more advice.

How do I attend on 27th March?

To be eligible to attend on Thurs 27th March you must bring at least one guest, but you are welcome to bring up to a maximum of 3 guests. To attend please simply send an email stating which shop you would like to attend, Edinburgh, Glasgow, York or Oxford and your total number of guests. We will then send a return email confirming your places and any other details required.

Events News

They said it couldn't be done, a Liqueur Wedding Cake!Mark and his little Demijohn Van have been attending many new Wedding Fairs throughout February and early March and our wedding favours have certainly been well received by many new and enthusiastic Bride and Grooms.

Wedding Favours

If you would like help to discuss a wedding favours order for your big day, please contact us and we will provide you with all the wonderful options available and a quick quote.

Free Country Living Spring Fair Tickets

As Easter approaches the events season really gets going and Mark has been polishing his shelves up ready for the first major event of the year, the Country Living Spring Fair in London. Held in the Business Design Centre in Islington between Wed 19th and Sun 23rd March next week, this splendid show is an outing that all would enjoy. We will be exhibiting on Stand F19.

The good news is that we have some free tickets to hand out. All you need to do is to collect them from our Oxford Shop and we will part with them on a first come first served basis. However, if you are travelling far and wide to come and see us, please feel free to call either Darren or Lysander in the Oxford Shop on tel: 01865 552179 to ensure that they have a ticket left and reserved for you.

All our booked events for 2014 can now be viewed on our Fairs & Events page, this is updated regularly.

Staff News

Behind the Scenes - Carrie photographing products for our websiteWe are recruiting at the moment for a full time position in our York Shop to assist with shop sales and also our growing mail order business. If you know of anyone who thinks they have what it take to become a Demijohnnie, then please ask them to consider making an application.

Keep smiling and the sun will continue to shine. Whether it is in passing, at a tasting or at an event, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Yours,   Angus


Easter Treat - Demijohn's Alcoholic Liquid Chocolate

Posted in Press Releases , by Angus Ferguson, on 10th March 2014

A Chocolate Orange with a DifferenceChocolate is a must for Easter celebrations but adults could ditch the traditional Easter eggs and indulge in something slightly more grown up and try Demijohn’s liquid alcoholic chocolate in a egg shaped bottle. It is the perfect adult liquid Easter egg - Chocolate Orange Cream Liqueur.

Combining a subtle blend of dark chocolate, real Devonshire Cream, Apple Brandy and the zest of an orange, this rich, creamy liqueur from liquid deli Demijohn will blow your mind on Easter Day. Made by a retired stockbroker in Devon it contains all that is wonderful about Easter – and in a drink! Best served straight from the fridge with a little ice it can also be an indulgent sauce for ice cream or other puddings.

Easter is a time for indulgence and let the children have the Easter eggs while you indulge in something far more delicious and alcoholic. Priced at £24.60 for a 500ml round Strauss bottle it will be a very welcome addition to Easter.

Demijohn’s Angus Ferguson said: “When faced with rows of brightly coloured boxes of Easter eggs I sigh at the choice and yearn for something more sophisticated. Our Chocolate Orange Cream Liqueur certainly hits the spot and revives any adult who may have had their fill of hyperactive children who’ve gorged on Easter eggs. A tot of this will make you feel as mellow as the smooth velvety liquid. What makes this even more special is the fact you can add your own personalised message to the bottle. A very grown up way to celebrate Easter!”

Demijohn’s Chocolate Orange Easter egg is called A Chocolate Orange with a Difference and is available to purchase online for £24.60 at this link:
http://www.demijohn.co.uk/a-chocolate-orange-with-a-difference

All products are available from Demijohn’s liquid delis in York, Oxford, Edinburgh and Glasgow and online from www.demijohn.co.uk.

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Demijohn sources unusual, delicious artisan liqueurs, spirits, oils and vinegars from around the UK and Europe and sells them in a wide range of re-useable glass bottles. Each bottle can have a free personalised message added.

Demijohn Shops:

  • 382 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AR Tel: 0141 337 3600
  • 32 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW Tel: 0131 225 3265
  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637 487
  • 20 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HP Tel: 01865 552179

Normal Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6pm, Sun – 11.30-5pm

www.demijohn.co.uk

For photography, further press information or press samples, please contact: Fenella Taylor at Fenella Taylor PR. Tel: 01389 830390 Mobile: 07721 324696 Email: fenella@fenellataylorpr.co.uk


Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur and Ginger Wine Gift SetWhen you feel that flowers or chocolates are rather ‘last year’ Demijohn have introduced a Mother’s Day present to make your mum glow from the inside out. They have launched their Ying & Yang set of fresh Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur with delicious Ginger Wine.

The marriage of rhubarb and ginger is as old as the hills but this alcoholic concoction in their new Ying Yang 200ml bottles is the perfect original and delicious Mother’s Day gift. The pinky hue of the Organic Rhubarb Vodka brings a lovely flavour of spring and complements the deep golden Ginger Wine. Demijohn have experimented with these flavours and created their very own Rhubarb ‘MA’kintosh Cocktail for Mother’s Day. Mix 2 parts of Organic Rhubarb Vodka with 1 part Ginger Wine and ½ measure of Lemon Vinegar and shake up with ice and serve in a tumbler. Add a thin slice of root ginger to the side of the glass to decorate.

The Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur is made in Invernesshire with fresh Scottish organic rhubarb, English vodka and cane sugar and has been a huge hit since it was launched. The Ginger Wine is made in Devon and is a much smoother and more palatable drink than other commercial ginger wines and is an excellent addition to many cocktails.

Priced at just £19.40 with a personal message added for free it is a very affordable and delicious gift for Mum – or Granny - this Mother’s Day.

http://www.demijohn.co.uk/rhubarb-and-ginger

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Demijohn sources unusual, delicious artisan liqueurs, spirits, oils and vinegars from around the UK and Europe and sells them in a wide range of re-useable glass bottles. Each bottle can have a free personalised message added.

Demijohn Shops:

  • 382 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AR Tel: 0141 337 3600
  • 32 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW Tel: 0131 225 3265
  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637 487
  • 20 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HP Tel: 01865 552179

Normal Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6pm, Sun – 11.30-5pm

www.demijohn.co.uk

For photography, further press information or press samples, please contact: Fenella Taylor at Fenella Taylor PR. Tel: 01389 830390 Mobile: 07721 324696 Email: fenella@fenellataylorpr.co.uk


All in Favour say, I Do

Posted in Events Blog , by Mark Perkins, on 9th February 2014

Being married myself for 18 months (and not regretting it yet!), suddenly I find myself doing wedding shows across the UK. Mark's Big Day!Not from a panicked 'It's happening in a month and we have no dress, no rings, no vicar... NO VENUE!' way; I am selling our beautiful Wedding Favours to couples and families who want something a little different for their wedding party.

I therefore thought I would sit back, a sizeable amount of Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur in hand (to stop the shaking from post traumatic stress you understand!), and actually assess this 'Wedding Favour' market I suddenly find myself in!

The Wedding Conundrum

On what is meant to be 'your day', why are you buying presents for Great Uncle Phineus and Aunty Derry (or as she is known amongst family, One Sherry Derry!)?

Well, as my Father said, "The wedding is for everyone else to feel involved in a huge change of your life, the Honeymoon and the Marriage after is for you." Closely followed by, "Come to think of it, it's very special, you have everyone you love in one room! That will only ever happen twice, your wedding and your ...!"

Successful Planning

One of the main things that became apparent with both planning my wedding and seeing my friends' get married, was that to make a wedding successful, you actually need very little. In my opinion, as long as you have everyone there who means Fila 100ml bottles used as wedding favourssomething to you, the number one thing for a wedding to be successful is just to ensure comfort of all of the guests.

This was the main reason for not being allowed my pixie themed wedding on the top of the black mountains in Tipi's, with the main budget going on Fire Jugglers and Acrobats. Apparently, "Grandma and Grandad would not be able to get up the hill, pee in the bush or enjoy the ceremony sitting on their backsides, on rock, in the rain."

Even my reasoning, that everyone would have a skin-full of Ginger Wine for both energy to get up the mountain and warmth to brace them from the wind, was not successful.

So once we had decided to go for a venue, with a toilet, and figured out how to get all the old 'uns from the church to the meal, the stress levels went down.

Can Anyone Help?

We had people every weekend asking if they could help. Once we had invited everyone, we had wedding presents coming in, friends cleaning the church, Groomsmen organising the flowers, school pals buying the rings, University mates pooling vehicles for a one day taxi service to and from the station, family sorting the suits...

A Wedding is Ultimately for You

So I kind of agree with my Dad. A wedding day is for everyone else. However, the magical thing is everyone else is there for Wedding Favours using Goccia 100ml and Apotheker 40ml bottlesyou. They are friends and family for life, but that day they are your Best Man, the proud Mother-in-law, Fun Groomsmen, Beautiful Bridesmaids and guests (Who am I kidding - who would have got Great Uncle Phineus Dancing if Derry had not downed the wine at dinner!).

That is why I bought Wedding Favours, a token to try and express a fraction of the thanks you feel for actually making that day as special as a... Clynelish Single Cask Single Malt Whisky (Well, I had to get a product in somewhere on this blog!).

Good luck with your plans,

      Mark

Ps. If you would like to see the current list of events we will be doing in 2014, please take a quick look at our Fairs and Events Diary page.


Our Ying & Yang bottles are back in Stock!

Raspberry and Lime Vodka BallOur uniquely beautiful Ying & Yang 200ml bottle sets are back on the Demijohn shelves and ready to be filled with any imaginable combination of food and drink from our range.

If you are looking for a special present for your loved one on 14th February next week, then this would be one of many great gift ideas we can offer. To personalise your present, try filling your choice of bottle online with your favourite product or adding a free message.

A Special Valentines Offer

If you spend over £50 either online or in one of our shops we will Demijohn Liqueur Chocolatesgive you a free box of Demijohn Liqueur Chocolates worth £8.75.*

(*Terms: Please note this offer ends at midnight on 14 Feb 2014 and is only available while current stocks last. Online orders that qualify will automatically receive a box of Demijohn Liqueur Chocolates. Customers who make a qualifying purchase in store must request their free box at time of purchase to receive the offer).

Refill Reminder

Elderflower Vinegar and Lemon Oil BallDon't forget to take advantage of our refill offer prior to the end of the month. If you refill your bottles prior to the end of February then not only will you save on the cost of a new bottle, we will reward you with a 10% discount on the cost of that refill. Simply ask a member of Staff for your discount when you refill.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Yours,

 Angus


The Demijohn News - A Tasting on the House

Posted in The Demijohn News Flavours of the Month , by Angus Ferguson, on 21st January 2014

A Personal Invite to a Tasting on the House

Angus conducting a whisky tasting in our Oxford Shop. Click to book your own personal event.We would like to treat you to a Demijohn Tasting Evening on the house. Our 4 shops, Edinburgh, Glasgow, York and Oxford will run two evenings each over the next few weeks. Either will be free to attend as long as you bring along at least one guest. The first tasting is on Friday this week, both will be great fun to attend.

So if you have yet to book your place and would like to attend either evening, don't delay! Please email us with your preferred date and shop venue clearly stated.

Interested? Please read below for futher details.....

A Burns Tasting. The first night will be held this week on Friday 24 January between 6.30pm and 8pm to remember our famous Scottish poet Robert Burns. Whisky will feature quite strongly on this first evening, allowing you to try our new casks of Single Malt Whisky among our many other delights.

A Valentines Tasting. Our second night will be held on Friday 14th February, again between 6.30pm and 8pm and have an altogether more romantic theme in mind. This evening could provide a nice surprise as a Valentines present, although not just for couples!

How to apply: If you would like to attend either evening please email us with your preferred date and shop venue clearly stated.

There are, of course, some restrictions. You may apply for both evenings, however you will only be accepted for one tasting evening per person. You must bring at least one guest to qualify for a free place, however you may bring up to a maximum of 2 additional guests. Places are limited, especially in Edinburgh, so do not delay in applying. Places will be awarded on a first to respond basis. Finally, your place will be confirmed at least 2 days prior to the event by email from the Shop your tasting is to be held at.

Don't forget to take advantage of our refill offer published in our last Newsletter, A Good Time to Refill. If you refill your bottles prior to the end of February then not only will you save on the cost of a new bottle, we will reward you with a 10% discount on the cost of that refill. Simply ask a member of Staff for your discount when you refill.

We hope to hear from you soon.

Yours,

 Angus


The Demijohn News - A Good Time to Refill

Posted in The Demijohn News Flavours of the Month , by Angus Ferguson, on 16th January 2014

A Good Time to Refill

A good time to refill your Demijohn bottles (Art by Chien Wei Chang)Happy New Year. It has been a soggy start to 2014. I can only hope you have avoided the worst of it? If you are like me then the first couple of weeks of January pass in a blur of administration that is difficult to motivate oneself to do. Helping to organise the writing of our Children's thankyou letters is one particular pleasure!

......And then something clicks, possibly as a result of too much sleep and not enough light. A basic survival instinct to get out and party!

Well, this is where we come in. It is time to shrug off the January blues, find those empty Demijohn bottles, give them a good washout and bring them in to one of our shops where you can have a little fun trying something new and refill for the cost of the refill only.

A Little Refill Offer

If you refill your bottles prior to the end of February then not only will you save on the cost of a new bottle, we will reward you with a 10% discount on the cost of that refill. Simply ask a member of Staff for your discount when you refill.

A Tasting Evening on the House

To further encourage you to take up our refill offer, we would also like to invite you to one of two Tasting Evenings we are organising on the house. In January and February we are to run two themed tasting evenings in each of our 4 shops, A Burns Night Tasting Evening, with a wee dram or twoEdinburgh, Glasgow, York and Oxford. Each will be free to attend as long as you bring along at least one guest.

A Burns Tasting. The first night will be held on Friday 24 January between 6.30pm and 8pm to remember our famous Scottish poet Robert Burns. Whisky will feature quite strongly on this first evening, allowing you to try our new casks of Bladnoch Single Malt Whisky and Clynelish Single Malt Whisky among our many other delights.

A Valentines Tasting. Our second night will be held on Friday 14th February, again between 6.30pm and 8pm and have an altogether more romantic theme in One for the Heart - A heart shaped bottle of our Raspberry Vodka Liqueur 22%mind. This evening could provide a nice surprise as a Valentines present, although not just for couples!

How to apply: If you would like to be invited to attend either evening please email us with your preferred date and shop venue clearly stated.

There are, of course, some restrictions. You may apply for both evenings, however you will only be accepted for one tasting evening per person. You must bring at least one guest to qualify for a free place, however you may bring up to a maximum of 2 additional guests. Places are limited, especially in Edinburgh, so do not delay in applying. Places will be awarded on a first to respond basis. Finally, your place will be confirmed at least 2 days prior to the event by email from the Shop your tasting is to be held at.

Wishing you all the best for 2014 and we hope to see you soon for a refill. Let the parties commence!

Yours,

 Angus


Introducing our new range of Handmade Liqueur Chocolates

Handmade Liqueur ChocolatesOur much promised range of Handmade Liqueur Chocolates are now ready to eat. Included in their ingredients are 6 of our most popular liqueurs, from Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur 23% to Sloe Gin 25% and Spiced Rum Liqueur 20% to name but a few. The result is spectacular. A box of 6 will never be enough. As a quick last minute grown up stocking filler, what a cracker!

If chocolates don't hit the spot, then our range of gift ideas on our website might provide some last minute inspiration. And with our Single Cask Malt Whiskies back on tap, our beautiful Whisky Rack for us tricky men could be just the quick answer you are looking for? Good luck!

Last post for Christmas

If you are still to order for Christmas, don't panic!  We are right on top of our orders this year. However, if you wish to leave it to the absolute last safe moment, (I understand completely being a bit of a late planner myself!), please order prior to Wed 18th December for a pre-Christmas delivery here in the UK. If you are further afield you may have already missed the boat sadly, although as usual we will do everything we can to get your order to you as swiftly as possible. Please contact us if you need more advice for an international delivery.

The Whisky Rack

 

Christmas Late Opening

We have extended our opening hours especially for you until Monday 23rd December. Please see our new opening hours page for full details.

 

 Order Online to Pick up and Collect

Don't forget you can place an order online and select a free pickup in one of our shops. So if you really want to avoid the queues please do try this function out. Please allow 24 hours prior to collection. We will advise you if any item is not available from a particular store.

We love hearing your thoughts. So if you have any good or bad ideas that you think are worth sending in, please do!

Wishing you all the best for Christmas from all of us at Demijohn.

Yours,

 Angus


Our new Liqueur CarouselChristmas Inspiration

We hope that your Christmas spirit is in fine fettle and your preparations assuming a carefree and festive nature. If you have yet to do so, please order online by Sunday 1st December to take advantage of our Free Delivery Offer when you spend £30* or more.

I always think you can never have enough good ideas for presents up your sleeve. So for those tricky loved ones who have blooming everything all ready why not take some ideas from our list of favourites....

  • Sloe Gin Box SetSloe Gin Box Set – Your own brew not ready yet? Then wile away the waiting cradling this Mystic 500 bottle filled with our unbeatable Sloe Gin 25% brew. All of which slips so neatly into its handmade red cherrywood box. Like a teacaddy with something SO much nicer inside.
  • The Sporting BoxThe Sporting Box – We all want one! It combines the wonders of intricate cabinetmaking with the taste of 4 delicious liqueurs. Beautiful to look at, fun to play with, and delicious to consume: sounds like perfection to me.

 

 

Christmas Opening Times

For those of you who enjoy a visit to that emporium of sensory festivity that is our Demijohn Shop we have extended our opening hours especially for you from Monday 9th December until Monday 23rd December. Please see our new opening hours page for full details.

The Glasgow Team ready for action!Order Online to Pickup and Collect

Our new website allows you place an order online and select a free pickup in one of our shops. So if you really want to avoid the queues please do try this function out. Please allow 24 hours prior to collection. We will advise you if any item is not available from a particular store.

We love hearing your thoughts. So if you have any good or bad ideas that you think are worth sending in, please do!

Yours,

 Angus

 

(*Delivery normally £5.95 or free for orders over £40 for UK Mainland Standard Delivery, other terms may apply)


The Demijohn News - Welcome Sloe Gin Season

Posted in The Demijohn News Flavours of the Month , by Angus Ferguson, on 14th November 2013

Winter is coming and the sloes are looking fat!

Sloe Gin in a 500ml Strauss bottleScottish Sloe BerriesThanks to a very late but no less surprising first proper frost at the beginning of the week we are all starting to feel a bit wintery here at Demijohn HQ. Being a sentimental type I'm starting to look forward to that lure into the depths of winter that is Christmas. I'm always won round by the promise of noisy gatherings of friends and family and the absolute requirement to eat and drink to utter satiation. 

A rare delight around the time of the first frost is the annual sloe search and the delightful news is that they are looking really good this year, fat even. All we need to do is get out there and pick them.... Have you picked yours yet?

Luckily our 2012 vintage Sloe Gin 25% is ready for drinking and who can argue that the addition of a little something from Demijohn can make the Winter seem more appealing?

Christmas Free Delivery Offer

Please get your Christmas orders in early to avoid disappointment, and don't forget if you can't get to one of our shops you can order online at demijohn.co.uk. Order online before Sun 1st Dec 2013 and all standard UK Mainland Orders over £30 will be delivered for FREE*, whoopee! (*Normally £5.95 or free for orders over £40, other terms may apply)

Some Early Christmas Recipe Tips

Smoked Salmon, a frequently served Christmas luxury, becomes more than simply food for the brain when served with a tot of Lime Vodka Liqueur 24%, Mince pies are taken from the humdrum to the exotic when served alongside a Demijohn Spiced Rum Liqueur 20%, and Stilton reveals all its majesty when paired with a Somerset Pomona 20%. Tempted to try?

Dr Alice Prochaska opens Oxford to the skirl of the pipesOxford Tastings

Since our launch on 9th October, our newest branch of Demijohn at 20 Little Clarendon Street in Oxford would appear to be going down a storm. Darren Anderson, our Oxford Shop Manager and his magnificent new team are enjoying the whirlwind of your enthusiasm. We had a great response to our launch tasting evening events, which gave about 150 of you the opportunity to hear a light hearted introduction to all we do, while enjoying a taster of our wares. Thankyou to everyone who has been involved so far, especially my Uncle who piped us open on day one!

If you missed them, we aim to run a few similar "on the house" tasting evenings early in the New Year within all our shops which you will be able to sign up for via a future newsletter. However, if you cannot wait that long and would like to book your own private evening for friends or work colleagues in the next few weeks then please contact us and we will be more than happy to plan an event with you. Click to find more details on all our Tasting Events.

Fairs and Events

Handmade Demijohn Liqueur ChocolatesMark the Tireless, the heroic champion of Demijohn Events 2013, continues to appear at Fairs and Exhibitions throughout November and December taking the marvel that is Demijohn out to you. You can find him enthusing (noisily) at Living North Christmas Fair at York Racecourse until Sunday this week. However he will be all over the shop over the next 7 weeks and our full list of Christmas events including dates and times can be found on our Fairs and Events page. Good luck Mark!


Next time in The Demijohn News - Our latest product invention, handmade Demijohn Liqueur Chocolates....mmmm!

We love hearing your thoughts. So if you have any good or bad ideas that you think are worth sending in, please do!

Yours,

 Angus


The Mystical Corridor of Demijohn Delights

Posted in Events Blog , by Mark Perkins, on 12th November 2013


Mark and Vikki in all their Demijohn glory!

Our first time of exhibiting at the Living North Christmas Fair, came with the distinctly difficult trial of finding a position to put us. The Food Marquee was full, as was the warm Food Hall with its heart warming Christmas jingles oozing from its doors in sound waves of treacle glistening from a warm, homely fudge-cake... So where was the Christmas marvel that is Demijohn going to fit?

And much like the fourteenth winter coat, the twenty fourth pair of shoes and that hat that you use all the time, (so that it is never worth putting away) we were put into 'the corridor' And what a truly winning and enchanting spot it was. Demijohn turned an ordinary looking corridor into something special and enchanting!

The wind howling outside, running past the entrance like an invisible icy hair drier, blowing all hairstyles horizontal on leaving - we felt like the outside was Narnia and we were the wardrobe! In this wonderfully fictitious world, Demijohn was the equivalent of Mr. Tumnus' cup of tea ... A pleasant stop you never intended taking, to then discover you had been enjoying the delights for a whole afternoon ... Enticed by the hypnotic colours of our Raspberry Vodka and Seville Orange Gin liqueurs and occasionally being entertained by the singing and dancing of myself and Vikki.

Then, the Ice Queen came, freezing the olive oil, the hands, the bottles and even threatening to dampen and oppress our feelings of joy! But NO! Fuelled by the sunny warmth of Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur, the folk of Demijarnia left the stand with more smiles than before, some with a lighter wallet and happier heart; and some, having to leave the corridor (the gateway to another world) even doubting whether the delights of Demijarnia even existed! For if you were to go back to that place, all you would find is an ordinary looking corridor, with ordinary looking lights in an ordinary looking building...

Thank you all for your support at Newcastle and I am very much looking forward seeing more of you at York this week!

Mark


Demijohn opens in OxfordTo the skirl of the bagpipes, the clinking of glasses, and oos and aahs as delicious artisan drinks were quaffed Demijohn opened its newest and largest shop at 20 Little Clarendon Street in Oxford yesterday. This unusual liquid deli attracted hundreds of locals, as well as VIPs who all wanted to taste the action.

Dr Alice Prochaska, the Principal of Somerville College, (left) which owns the land Demijohn is on, cut the raffia ribbon to declare the shop open. Demijohn has expanded from its Scottish roots to tempt the tastebuds of Britain’s southern population.

Demijohn is far more than a shop – it is a new way of retailing, where predominantly British-made quirky liqueurs, spirits, whiskies, oils and vinegars are sourced and customers are encouraged to taste before purchasing. Oxford is the largest of the four Demijohn shops with about 50 delicious drinks, oils and vinegars on offer.

Walking into Demijohn is a booze or foodie lover’s paradise with its large glass jars of unusual liquids, each with its own distinctive colour and taste. With staff knowledgeable and passionate about the products, there is no end of cocktails, drinks and recipes that can be made using Demijohn’s products.

As the ultimate eco-retailer customers also choose the size and shape of re-useable bottle, which is then filled with the liquid of your choice, making it an eco-friendly purchase. At a time when many small shops are struggling, Demijohn is expanding, as its method of selling and quality of its products continue to delight customers all over the world.

Angus Ferguson in his new Oxford ShopDemijohn’s founder Angus Ferguson says: “Increasingly the British consumer is searching for unique hand-made British products that not only taste great, but have a known provenance that they can understand and relate to. We at Demijohn are offering exactly this. From our humble beginnings with one small shop in Edinburgh nine years ago, we are now expanding to our fourth shop with our sales growing at a steady 15% year on year and our online sales rocketing.

“We have recently had a big demand in the Oxfordshire area for our products so it made sense to open our first Southern England shop here. With Oxford being such a centre for fine food and drink, as well as having a healthy visitor market, we are becoming a great foodie attraction. Visiting Demijohn is like a journey of discovery into foodie heaven – by tasting the products customers know what they are buying and are enlightened further by learning more about how to consume them, such as in different cocktail recipes, dressings or sauces.”

Demijohn also offers a unique personalisation service so the message of your choice can be added to the bottle – for free!

Demijohn’s products are both quirky and sophisticated and are sourced from small artisan producers from predominantly across the UK who, like Demijohn, have a passion for good food and drink produced in an eco-friendly way.

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Note to Editors:

Demijohn sources unusual, delicious artisan liqueurs, spirits, oils and vinegars from around the UK and Europe and sells them in a wide range of re-useable glass bottles. Each bottle can have a free personalised message added.

Demijohn Shops:

  • 382 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AR Tel: 0141 337 3600
  • 32 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW Tel: 0131 225 3265
  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637 487
  • 20 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HP Tel: 01865 552179

Normal Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6pm, Sun – 11.30-5pm

www.demijohn.co.uk

For photography, further press information or press samples, please contact: Fenella Taylor at Fenella Taylor PR. Tel: 01389 830390 Mobile: 07721 324696 Email: fenella@fenellataylorpr.co.uk


The Demijohn News - Oxford is Open!

Posted in The Demijohn News , by Angus Ferguson, on 8th October 2013

Demijohn opens in OxfordNewsflash! We have finally opened our new shop in Oxford, hooray!

After 3 weeks of sanding, cleaning, painting and, most importantly, filling demijohns we are finally ready to welcome you to try Demijohn at 20 Little Clarendon Street in Oxford for yourself.

Tomorrow will be the official opening of our new shop, with my Uncle playing his bagpipes merrily at about 12.30pm and bringing a small skirl of Scotland to the streets of North Oxford. If you are able to drop by and enjoy the experience you would be more than welcome. We will be open until 6pm.

An Invite to a Tasting Evening in Oxford

If you miss tomorrow, no matter. We will be running a series of launch tasting evenings up to the end of November on the house. If you have already applied for an invite and received a reply from us then you need do nothing more as we will be in touch again shortly with booking details. If you wish to be invited to one of our launch tasting evenings at the new Darren Anderson, our new Oxford Shop Manager, ready for anything (including painting shelves!)shop, then please contact us expressing interest.

The launch tasting evenings will be run on a similar basis to our standard tasting evening. The events will be held on a number of week nights over the next couple of months and will be free to attend on the condition that you bring at least one friend who might also appreciate what we have to offer. They will be light hearted and fun, but clearly subject to availability!

We look forward to entertaining you again soon.

       Yours,

                  Angus


Liquid Deli Opens in Oxford

Posted in Press Releases , by Angus Ferguson, on 7th October 2013

Demijohn launches a new shop in OxfordGooseberry Gin, Raspberry Vodka and Elderflower Vinegar are a few of the delicious, quirky liquids just arrived at a brand new liquid deli at 20 Little Clarendon Street in Oxford. Demijohn has expanded from its northern base to tempt the tastebuds of Britain’s southern population with its first shop in the south of England.

Demijohn is far more than a shop – it is a new way of retailing, where predominantly British-made quirky liqueurs, spirits, whiskies, oils and vinegars are sourced and customers are encouraged to taste before purchasing.

Walking into Demijohn is a booze or foodie lover’s paradise with its large glass jars of unusual liquids, each with its own distinctive colour and taste. With staff knowledgeable and passionate about the products, there is no end of cocktails, drinks and recipes that can be made using Demijohn’s products.

As the ultimate eco-retailer customers also choose the size and shape of re-useable bottle, which is then filled with the liquid of your choice, making it an eco-friendly purchase. At a time when many small shops are struggling, Demijohn is expanding, as its method of selling and quality of its products continue to delight customers all over the world.

Demijohn’s founder Angus Ferguson says: “Increasingly the British consumer is searching for unique hand-made British products that not only taste great, but have a known provenance that they can understand and relate to. We at Demijohn are offering exactly this. From our humble beginnings with one small shop in Edinburgh nine years ago, we are now expanding to our fourth shop with our sales growing at a steady 15% year on year and our online sales rocketing.

“We have recently had a big demand in the Oxfordshire area for our products so it made sense to open our first Southern England shop here. With Oxford being such a centre for fine food and drink, as well as having a healthy visitor market, we hope to be a great foodie attraction. Visiting Demijohn is like a journey of discovery into foodie heaven – by tasting the products customers know what they are buying and are enlightened further by learning more about how to consume them, such as in different cocktail recipes, dressings or sauces.”

Demijohn also offers a unique personalisation service so the message of your choice can be added to the bottle – for free!

Demijohn’s products are both quirky and sophisticated and are sourced from small artisan producers from predominantly across the UK who, like Demijohn, have a passion for good food and drink produced in an eco-friendly way. For example, Gooseberry Gin comes from East Lothian in Scotland, Organic Elderflower Vodka from a farm in Somerset, Seville Orange Gin from an orchard in Worcestershire and Butterscotch Cream Liqueur from the heart of Devon.

Demijohn is pioneering the eco-deli, with all its 50 or so products stored in huge glass demijohns, which sit on beech shelves from an ancient fallen beech tree from Fife. There is minimum packaging, as all the bottles are re-useable with eco-friendly corks and the bags are made from recycled materials. Its passion for its products go beyond the shop – regularly the Demijohn team head to the countryside to pick sloes for the Sloe Gin or elderflowers for the Elderflower Vinegar to ensure they have a plentiful supply made from the best the hedgerows offer!

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Note to Editors:

Demijohn sources unusual, delicious artisan liqueurs, spirits, oils and vinegars from around the UK and Europe and sells them in a wide range of re-useable glass bottles. Each bottle can have a free personalised message added.

Demijohn Shops:

  • 382 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AR Tel: 0141 337 3600
  • 32 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW Tel: 0131 225 3265
  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637 487
  • 20 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HP Tel: 01865 552179

Normal Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6pm, Sun – 11.30-5pm

www.demijohn.co.uk

For photography, further press information or press samples, please contact: Fenella Taylor at Fenella Taylor PR. Tel: 01389 830390 Mobile: 07721 324696 Email: fenella@fenellataylorpr.co.uk


Cocktails, Crooners and Citrus Sundowner's

Posted in The Demijohn News Events Blog , by Mark Perkins, on 12th September 2013

Mark on top form on the stand!Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival

Who would have thought, tucked away in West Yorkshire, there was a festival as EPIC as this one!

Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival is not only one of the most successful shows we do, it is also the most fun...
 
Step straight off the train, walk out of the station and you are there; exotic foods, amazing cheese, tasting and demonstrations everywhere, and all in the main square! But more frivolity is to be had, 6 o'clock happens... It is time for a street party...
 
The live bands (most of whom are obviously fuelled with the odd Citrus Sundowner or Morello Fizz from demijohn's much loved cocktail selection) play on the steps of the station. Everybody, happy due to eating Awesome and drinking Fabulous all day, is rocking in the street.
 
We shut off our bottling section of the stand and like Tom Cruise and Bryan Brown in Cocktail (although the bottles are getting thrown in a stylish and smooth way, I cannot say the same for the catching!) the bar comes into its own, acting like the servant of Bacchus, boosting the party to the extreme!

The Demijohn News - Last of the Summer Salads

Posted in The Demijohn News Flavours of the Month , by Angus Ferguson, on 4th September 2013

Sitia Extra Virgin Olive Oil in an Antica Quadra 500ml bottle

I think we can all say, hand on heart in Britain, "what a wonderful Summer we have had!"

Although the Summer heat is starting to wane, there is still another treat in store to keep us in positive spirits for a few weeks more; fruit! I love this A simple tomato and basil saladpart of the year, being a bit of a fruit bat. However the question remains, what do you do with the glut?

Tomatoes, for example, that have ripened all at once. My Wife's answer was to make a simple Basil and Tomato Salad. Using our new Cretan Sitia Extra Virgin Olive Oil and our irresistible 12 year old Traditional Balsamic Vinegar. This is a brilliantly quick and easy recipe for a light lunch or a healthy starter.

If you are looking for another quick starter then try our other new recipe, Traditional Bruschetta. So simple even I can make this one! And the secret to its success, wonderfully strong, fresh Olive Oil. Try it with any of our single estate olive oils, our new Sitia, Kabbadates or Villa Montalbano Extra Virgin Olive Oil, mouth-wateringly delicious!

A Special Offer

If you have yet to use up your 10% first order discount on our new website then take note of voucher code newsletter10 and simply enter it when you check out online. Please note this offer is an exclusive for those who receive The Demijohn News and is valid only on your first order online. 

Our News

The Demijohn Challenge - not just for strong men you know!If you look at our updated Fairs and Events page you will see that we have been rattling about the country during the Summer. We are certainly making our new Events and Marketing Manager, Mark Perkins, work hard for his money!

Throughout our travels, we have met a brilliant array of old friends and wonderful new people from the CLA Game Fair in Warwickshire and RHS Tatton Park Flower Show in Cheshire to our more normal stamping grounds of Scone Game Fair in Scotland and Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival in Yorkshire.

Despite exhausting ourselves in the attempt, it has been fun! Thankyou to all those who have made it to see us so far, however we are currently exhibiting at Burghley International Horse Trials until Sunday this week and will be at Blenheim Palace Horse Trials in Oxfordshire next week. So if you are nearby and need a refill, we would very much like to see you!

A tasting evening in Oxford..on the house!

A tasting evening in Oxford on the houseOur most exciting news, however, (which is still top secret so please don't tell anyone!), is that we are to open a new branch of Demijohn in Oxford in the Autumn. More details will follow as the plan comes to life, however if you would like to be invited to one of our launch tasting evenings at the new shop, then please contact us expressing interest.

The launch tasting evenings will be run on a similar basis to our standard tasting evening. The events will be held on a number of week nights over the next couple of months and will be free to attend on the condition that you bring at least one friend who might also appreciate what we have to offer. They will be light hearted and fun, but clearly subject to availability!

Product News

It has been a while since we had Bladnoch Single Malt Whisky on tap, but our new cask strength 11 Year Old Bladnoch Single Malt Whisky 52.9% is certainly wrinkling a few excited noses!

Proving to be as popular as our original 20 and 21 casks of Bladnoch, that Bladnoch 11 year old Single Malt Whisky 52.9% in a Strauss 500ml bottleare sadly now just a distant taste memory, this new Lowland Malt, cask No. 314 has something special about it. And it is not just about the taste.

Our new 11 Year Old Bladnoch Single Malt Whisky 52.9% represents some of the first Whisky produced under the new ownership at Bladnoch Distillery of brothers, Colin and Raymond Armstrong. Two great men, full of character and passion about their spirit and they have created a masterpiece. If your dram is a smooth drink, with a hint of fruit and whiff of oak, then I think you should sneak in for a wee sniff of this!

Next time in The Demijohn News: Preparing for the annual Sloe pick....

We always love to hear your news, views and ideas, good or bad, so do please send in your thoughts.

       Yours,

                  Angus


The Big Feastival

Posted in The Demijohn News Events Blog , by Mark Perkins, on 2nd September 2013

Sunset Over The Big FeastivalAnyone who is familiar with the more alcoholic side of Demijohn's beautiful produce (which is affectionately known as "The Alcoholic Sweet Shop of Joy!") will know how well it all goes down as an after dinner tipple, with desert, in a cocktail at lunch time, with fish, meat, cheese... the list goes on...

Those of you with a more creative mind, will know that to help unlock the inner yearnings of your artistic soul, the key is a little Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur or Morello Cherry Brandy Liqueur...

So when invited to this years 'Big Feastival' in Oxfordshire, where there was fantastic food, and of course, live music - we jumped at the chance!

Fuelling artists like Ciaran Jeremiah from The Feeling, and meeting an amazing range of individuals - We had a lady, so thrilled with our product, not only did she buy some for herself, the next day, she smuggled in her own Limoncello for myself and Darren (The new manager of the up and coming, ever so exciting, Oxford shop) to taste! - it is a very hard life I lead! Next year, demijohn cocktails will be free flowing and plentiful, as well as being able to buy yourself a bottle!Mark and Ciaran Jeremiah


Traditional Bruschetta

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes , by Frances Ferguson, on 29th August 2013

Traditional BruschettaA brisk yomp up a hill in the sunshine with an ecstatic dog this morning has left me ravenous and looking for a reward for such toil. Our new Cretan Sitia Extra Virgin Olive Oil beckons and I am already anticipating an evening drink at the garden table accompanied by some traditional Bruschetta. This simple recipe, otherwise known in Tuscany as Fettunta, is the traditional way of savouring the first olive oil harvest of the season. Since the sun is now shining here at Demijohn HQ we shall enjoy it as a celebratory herald of the great summer we have had!

Ingredients

Preparation

Slice the bread thickly and toast it until just golden. Slice a garlic clove in half and rub the bread with the clove all over. Drizzle generously with the olive oil and eat immediately. Adorn your bruschetta with a basil leaf or some anchovies if you're feeling exotic!


A Simple Tomato and Basil Salad

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 27th August 2013

A simple Tomato and Basil SaladThis is a quick and easy salad recipe that not only tastes delicious, it takes seconds to prepare and is pretty healthy too. Our simple Tomato and Basil Salad is wonderful for making lunch a little more fresh, and great for a low stress dinner party starter idea. And if you grow your own basil and tomatoes, as we do, then as we have found it is a great way to use up a glut of homegrown produce!

Ingredients

Preparation

Slice your fresh tomatoes and lay in a shallow dish or plate. Chop a ball of Mozzarella into slices or chunks and lay on top of the sliced tomatoes. Remove fresh basil leaves from their stems and sprinkle generously over the whole dish. Crack over some salt and pepper, adjusting for your own personal taste. Then drizzle first 12 Year Old Balsamic Vinegar over the salad, then more liberally, our Sitia Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The order of vinegar then oil is important, as the oil will wash the balsamic vinegar through the salad giving you a more rounded dressing. 

This dish can be made either in a single layer or mutiple layers depending on numbers to be fed. It can be served with nice thick homemade wholemeal bread or ciabatta. If you haven't got Mozzarella to hand then try this dish with flakes of parmesan cheese, a surprise is in store!


New Cretan Olive Oil Launched at Demijohn

Posted in The Demijohn News Press Releases , by Angus Ferguson, on 19th August 2013

With summer sunshine finally shining and our tastebuds yearning for salads Demijohn have launched a brand new Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Crete, called Sitia Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Sitia Extra Virgin Olive OilSitia Extra Virgin Olive Oil is light, with an aromatic, fresh olive taste and velvety smooth texture, which makes it a simply irresistible choice for dressing and cooking foods with. Its gentle flavour and mild taste make it perfect just to drizzle on salad leaves or fish, or mix with our Apple, Gooseberry or Lemon Fruit Vinegars.

From the sun-kissed olive groves of eastern Crete the Sitia Extra Virgin Olive Oil is produced by Sonia Swain and her brother Edward. The climate in Crete is as near perfect as you can get for producing olives for olive oil but it is only produced in small quantities and so is very rare.

Sonia’s background in horticulture and Edward’s farming knowledge from their native Shropshire led them to purchase a small plot of arable land in Crete in 2009 with the intention of producing their own olive oil. The Swains were quickly liked by the neighbouring Cretan farmers because of their enthusiasm and competence in managing their olive grove. Fuelled by a relentless passion to produce a first class olive oil, which included picking each olive by hand, their first main crop for sale was pressed just this February.

Angus Ferguson, MD of Demijohn said: “We have dreamed of stocking a good Cretan Extra Virgin Olive Oil since we founded in 2004, but being such a rare commodity it has taken almost 9 years of searching to find something suitable. Finally, after many months of discussion with the Swains about their crop we were eventually captured by Sonia’s and Edward’s passion and integrity. The quality and flavour of their exquisite Sitia Extra Virgin Olive Oil is unquestionable and has certainly been worth the wait. If there was one regret it is that given the size of their grove and the amount harvested, stocks are limited. If you are passionate about olive oil then I would recommend ordering soon.”

Sitia Extra Virgin Olive Oil is unfiltered, giving it a magical velvety texture, so the natural fibre settles after time. Sitia Extra Virgin Olive Oil is priced at £3.40/100ml and is available from http://www.demijohn.co.uk/sitia-extra-virgin-olive-oil

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The Wild Wild West ... Wales

Posted in The Demijohn News Events Blog , by Mark Perkins, on 19th August 2013

Pembrokeshire County Show

Morello Cherry Brandy Liqueur

In the sleepy, calm and beautiful county of Pembrokeshire in South Wales, I was looking forward to a slightly more laid back show. The main motive for which was I wanted to buy a hat, you know; the type of all weather, no-nonsense, ‘make you like John Wayne’ Hat! I was all set up in plenty of time, I had met me lovely neighbours from ‘Pembrokeshire Produce’, scouted out several hats in the running for my new head accessory… then the doors opened!

My Uncle, who lives locally, suddenly (as well as being my host for the 3 days) became the animated salesman. Handing out tasters as if they were the miracle cure, feeling as though everyone not only should want the beautiful Gooseberry Gin, but needed it… and lots of it too!

Orders were flying in, my wrapping was not fast enough, and beads of perspiration started to form, but then, suddenly, back up arrived. It came in the form of three wonderful, energetic and vibrant lady friends of my Uncle (the regular welsh Casanova), passing tasters this way and that, ensuring anyone in the vicinity had tried at least one liqueur. They were more jolly, less lethal and more moral forms of Demijohn’s very own crusaders. If you were not into alcohol, that was OK, but you would have to try the Elderflower Vinegar (as a result, this sold out on day 2)!

We even got involved with the most wonderful sisters selling Chocolate, hand made by them (Oh Sugarplum), and of course, in regular Demijohn style, just had to try every liqueur with every chocolate, in every combination… Morello Cherry Brandy and Dark chocolate Truffle… Enough said!!!

Oh… and I never got my hat!

 


More than flowers at RHS Tatton Park

Posted in The Demijohn News Events Blog , by Mark Perkins, on 29th July 2013

Tiggy and Mark in action on the Demijohn stand, watch out!When you have the perfect garden - all of your Bluebeard Shrubs are perfectly pruned, your Carolina Allspice is, as it does every year, putting your neighbour's generic (and if I may say so slightly browned) Hydrangeas, to shame; there is not one weed in sight and the pressure washer has been out so many times you have had to buy a new patio, as you washed the old one away (not to mention buying that little pressure washer to clean the bigger pressure washer) - the only thing left to do is enjoy it for the remainder of the summer, with a glass of sensational liqueur, a hammock and (if you have my complexion) 5 litres of suntan cream.

That is an image that screams 'I win at life'. It is a oil painting that people look at and say 'that guy has it down', a photograph in a large album that everyone pauses that extra second to suspend their disbelief and be there with you.

So when you go back to work after your short break in the Eden you have created - having sipped at ice cold Gooseberry Gin Liqueur; invited your friends around for champagne with their choice of Morello Cherry Brandy Liqueur, Organic Rhubarb Vodka or Blackcurrant Gin dropped into it; even having some Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur around that chiminea you shouldn't have bought, but you did, with your wife at midnight - your boss will say 'your three weeks behind on that report, also, finish this for me whilst I go and have dinner with an important client', you will smile and say 'OK', because you will be thinking...

'I win'!

        Mark


Always a great day at the CLA

Posted in The Demijohn News Events Blog , by Mark Perkins, on 22nd July 2013

Are you up for the Demijohn Challenge?And we were back! Replaced by the horizontal rain, the sea of mud and dampened spirits; were smiles and blue sky as far as the eye could see! And this year we had brought out the big guns (not just Andrew from the Edinburgh Shop) but our increasingly popular cocktail bar!

Midsummer Muddles, Citrus Sundowners and yes, once again the infamous Bloody Pirate Cocktails were flying off in every direction as though there was a gin/vodka shortage scare.

We were personally fuelling the brilliant reggae band with our cocktails of musical fusion, these guys never sounded so phenomenal (well, at least their Seville Orange Gin perception was such).

Whilst the banter was free flowing and spirits high there was only one thing left that anyone with the courage, capacity and sheer determination could try... the Demijohn Challenge!!! Many modern day knights took the challenge, there were few who succeeded. 'What is this challenge?' I hear you ask, well, I shall tell you...

Hard work, but isn't she doing well!The Demijohn Challenge, who's record of 2 minutes and 30 seconds is still unbeaten by the hero and Yorkshire King that is Adam Palmer from Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil, is where you hold two filled 5 litre containers in each hand with arms out stretched.

'Easy' I hear you say! Well, you will just have to try it for yourselves. The woman's challenge, set by the horse vaulting, gymnastic phenomenon that is Hatty from the Spencerfield Spirit company is 1:30. Anyone who beats the record at a show gets a free cocktail, and a SHED load of respect!

So... Knights of the gin infused realm of joy... We will see you all at our next show!

                                          Mark


Get ready for the CLA Game Fair 2013

Posted in Events Blog , by Mark Perkins, on 15th July 2013

Wigeon relaxing at the Demijohn Cocktail Bar!Two years since our frivolities at the CLA game fair at Blenheim palace and the memory of it is still as crystal clear as a bottle of our 50% Demijohnnie Gin!

This game fair, two years ago, was shortly after the momentous occasion that myself and the legend that is Tim Fox in the York shop invented our best selling cocktail; the Bloody Pirate! Something so simple (Raspberry Vodka Liqueur mixed with the Spiced Rum Liqueur) was selling faster than a firework on a roller skate and this was no different when we brought it to the CLA game fair!

At the CLA, once the queues have vanished, the selling dies down, the sun has slipped away, you would think it was the end of the day... But no! This is when the exhibitors come out to play!

Armed with a bottle of Bloody Pirate, sat around a camp fire, where the food is delicious and the champagne and banter are both bubbling with viscosity, a new drink was born... The Bloody Pirate 'happened' to find itself mixed with the champagne, such things are inevitable and no name could be found for this delightfully downable drink.

It was not until the following morning, when the Demijohn Staff were not the only exhibitors blinking in the sunlight, speaking with a rasp harshness of tone, in a happy but fuzzy haze, that the drink was aptly re-named the 'Bloody Disaster'!

     Mark


Angus in action on the Demijohn Cocktail Bar

We may be a week or two past actual midsummer, but I am determined not to let our precious Summer slip away so easily! To remember it, we have created a new cocktail drink called the Midsummer Muddle.

Combining the rich fruity flavours of our delicious Morello Cherry Brandy 17%, smooth apple taste of our Somerset Pomona 20%, and marmalady twang of our delightful Seville Orange Gin 26%, this is cocktail to refresh, excite and enjoy.

Sip while watching the tennis or entertaining friends in the garden, fantastic!

Event News

We have been rattling our new Events and Marketing Manager, Mark Perkins, about the country over the last few weeks with our Demijohn travelling roadshow, exhibiting at events in Warwickshire, Cheshire and even Norfolk!

This week however we are back in Scotland for the official launch of our new Demijohn Cocktail Bar at the Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace, near Perth.

The Demijohn Cocktail BarWe will be exhibiting again this year at Stand 29 on Osprey Row, between Fri 5th to Sun 7th July. Not only will we be bottling our products in our classic liquid deli style, but mixing up some of our favourite cocktail drinks with our products, including of course our new Midsummer Muddle.

Scone Game Fair is already regarded as one of the best country pursuit events in Scotland, this year it will hopefully be known as one of the best cocktail parties in Scotland! So with the temperatures forecast to reach the 20's this weekend, I can see our stand being a popular destination.

An updated list of all our events we are planning to attend for the year can be found on our Fairs and Events page.

Product News

The Elderflower Picking Lunch - Yorkshire 2013Last week we began the now annual expedition to pick elderflower for our much loved Elderflower Vinegar. As a simple dressing or vinaigrette for fresh salad leaves, there is possibly nothing comparable to Elderflower Vinegar.

Closing up shop last Thursday, we went picking with an enthusiastic team of 7 in the fields around Wetherby, West Yorkshire. We gathered what we now think was a record amount, but a long hard day plundering hedgerows needs a good reward, and a serious lunch of a few Demijohn drinks is definitely the carrot!

Our hard won pickings were delivered later that evening to Mrs Sinclair's Kitchen, just North of Edinburgh. Amazingly after some speedy production Picking elderflower is a team game!work (for which thankyou Mrs Sinclair!), our first batch of Elderflower Vinegar is ready and will be available to purchase in our shops, online and at Scone Game Fair from Friday this week.

We are planning a second picking day, weather dependent, next week here in Scotland. I think that lunch will be rather good too!

Whatever you are planning over the weekend, whether it be watching the tennis, gardening or partying with friends and family, we hope it is dry, warm and above all fun!

 

       Yours,

                  Angus


Midsummer Muddle

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 3rd July 2013

Midsummer Muddle CocktailWe invented our Midsummer Muddle Cocktail on a Summer evening in June when we needed a special drink to celebrate with friends. Having rained all day and with just 20 minutes prior to the first guests arriving at 6pm, the sun finally came out. We decided it was time to be brave and create a new cocktail drink for the new Summer conditions and moved the whole party outside into our garden. Our Midsummer Muddle Cocktail was born, and what a drinks party it was!

Ingredients

Preparation

This drink is designed to be made up in a large pitcher or jug and drunk long in high ball glasses. Add a good quantity of ice to a jug with a squeeze of fresh lemons and slices of lemon and cucumber. Add measures of Morello Cherry Brandy Liqueur 17%, Somerset Pomona 20% and Seville Orange Gin 26%. Top up with lemonade. Serve with additional ice in tall glasses.

Anything else I should know?

If you would like add a little extra style to your cocktail, add some of our whole Morello Cherries in Apple Eau de Vie 20% to your cocktails.


The Norfolk Delights

Posted in Events Blog , by Mark Perkins, on 3rd July 2013

Spiced Rum Liqueur 20%In the ever-turning energetic whirlpool of life that is Demijohn's Events Manager, you learn very quickly to go where the current takes you!

Such was our first insight into the wonderful Royal Norfolk Show. After a lovely phone call at midday, the day before the show, I found myself locked, loaded and shooting down the M6 like a 70mph alcoholic laser gun by 1pm. I got a lovely reception from the organisers on arrival and from this moment on, it would only get better...

Throughout the show, being fuelled by handmade fudge, ice-cream and fantastic banter from the stalls either side of me, it all went like a well oiled Rolls Royce engine. The eureka moment when the beautiful Spiced Rum Liqueur 20% was enjoyed alongside rum and raisin ice-cream was a particular high point... no wonder we had sold out of it by 10 am on the second day!

There were even people buying our Spiced Rum Liqueur to make their own homemade ice-cream when they got home, definitely a good plan for getting into the summery holiday mood...

The Royal Norfolk Show is a show I thoroughly enjoyed and through meeting so many wonderful and lovely people, I have no doubt that we will be back again!

    Mark


Cheshire County Show - A winning smile!

Posted in Events Blog , by Mark Perkins, on 28th June 2013

Mark with his winning smile!What a show this turned out to be! Having just come from the wonderfully busy BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham our stock had taken a hit as people could not get enough of our brand new batch of Gooseberry Gin Liqueur 17%...mmm!

The courier had brought in more stock (I have taken to calling the courier Gimli - the dwarf from lord of the rings - because he is ever so reliable and although he is ultimately a hero in my life, he is always slower than you want him to be) and the next thing I know I was late entering the show ground and had recruited the aid of a sweet little old lady on a mobility scooter to help carry some of the product across the show ground, an absolute angel on wheels - and as it turns out, a rather big whisky fan!

As this was Demijohn's first time at the Cheshire County Show, it was brilliant to meet so many new people and introduce them to the concept of our delightfully tasty ways; I could not even resist enticing the stand opposite (selling Ginger Beer), to try drinking it with our Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur 20.5%, what a success amongst exhibitors and customers alike.

When I thought this show could not get any more fun, I was approached and presented with a second place rosette for best looking ... Stall! Having had a little round of applause and a celebration dance with anyone willing to join in (3 people and an excitable dog) I went on to have a brilliant show.

I look forward to seeing some of you lovely people again at the RHS Flower Show in Tatton park (25-28 July) - don't forget those refills!

Mark


Get ready for Elderflower Vinegar

Posted in The Demijohn News Flavours of the Month , by Mark Perkins, on 28th June 2013

Team Demijohn go Elderflower Picking in YorkshireSummer brings so many things to different people; holidays, sun, beaches, alfresco dining, an ice cold cocktail on the riverside....

For me for the past 3 years, since working at demijohn in York, Summer brings with it the annual Demijohn elderflower pick!

Over the next couple of weeks the Demijohn Team and anyone else who is crazy enough, will be taking to the Yorkshire and Scottish hedgerows to gather as much elderflower as we can for our beautiful Elderflower Vinegar: so sweet you can put it on ice cream; so refreshing you can drink it with sparkling water; and so fresh it livens up the most boring of salads!

The farm we pick on is the same land that makes our Yorkshire Lemon Rapeseed Oil and the two go fantastically in one of our most popular salad dressing combinations to date, in the Elderflower Vinegar and Lemon Oil Ball.

If you would be interested in joining us either this year or in the future, drop us an email!

Mark


The Demijohn News - Fortunate Fathers

Posted in The Demijohn News Flavours of the Month , by Angus Ferguson, on 30th May 2013

Our new Gooseberry Gin. Go on, give it a Goo!

Fathers are rather fortunate that Demijohn exists in my Fatherly opinion, as the choice for Father's Day presents got somewhat better from about July 2004 onwards when we opened.....

If you are faced with the annual challenge of buying a Father's Day present this year, here are some quick ideas for presents that I personally would like to receive (my Wife take note please!):

  • Gooseberry Gin Liqueur 17% - Newly back on tap, this drink makes a cracking Gooseberry G&T!
  • Father's Day Box Set - A great idea for a whisky drinker who also appreciates a hand crafted wooden box.
  • Daddy's Sauce - Not every Father drinks, but we all eat. Salads will never taste the same again with this 25 YO Balsamic Vinegar.
  • Father's Gold - If your Father is a whisky lover, then this smokey Islay Single Malt will certainly appeal.
  • Father's Spiced Rum Ration - A velvety smooth, dark Caribbean rum that is every Sailor's treat.
  • Somerset Cider Brandy 42% - If your Father is a little cheesy, consider this alternative digestif to Whisky.
  • Demijohnnie Gin 50% - My own cup. At 50% abv, this is not for the faint hearted. Disturbingly good straight over ice!

Order over £40 online by Monday 10th June to ensure you receive a free* delivery prior to Father's Day on Sunday 16th June. (*Please note free delivery applies to UK mainland delivery addresses only).

Events News

Mark Perkins returns as Events & Marketing ManagerWe are building up to the start of our Summer Show period which kicks off with the BBC Good Food Summer Show between 12-16 June. We will be exhibiting on Stand F502 in Hall 20 of the Birmingham NEC. Read more....

Mark Perkins, formerly Shop Manager of our York Shop, is returning to the Staff of Demijohn and will join me on our stand in this the first show of his new roll as our Events & Marketing Manager. Expect to see Mark at many events around the country, dancing and singing as only he knows how!

A full list of all our events we are planning to attend for the year can now be found on our new dedicated Fairs and Events page. We look forward to seeing you at some or all of them.

A New Recipe or Two

Rhubarb and Mead PavlovaFrances, my lovely Wife, has been busy in the kitchen experimenting with both her own recipe ideas and others that you kindly have sent in. Please keep the ideas coming as you may be rewarded with a £30 Demijohn Gift Voucher for any recipe or cocktail that we decide is good enough to publish. One of Frances's most recent creations is her Rhubarb and Mead Pavlova. Easy to make, perfect for a BBQ pudding and utterly delicious to taste....need I say more? Read our new recipe blog for other inspiring recipe and cocktail ideas.

Please don't forget to place your Father's Day orders before Monday 10th June. Have a wonderful weekend!

            Yours,

                     Angus


BBC Good Food Summer Show 12-16 June 2013

Posted in The Demijohn News Events Blog , by Angus Ferguson, on 29th May 2013

Our York Shop Team in high spirits!At last the sun is shining but crumbs, it has taken its time to come out! The Summer BBC Good Food Show is a spectacular event at which all the nice things in life come under one roof. It combines a rather large Food Festival, with a plethora of Garden and Lifestyle amusements thrown in. 

Go on, give it a Goo!

Because the sun will be out, we will be launching our new Gooseberry Gin Liqueur 17% at the show. It is a delicious Summery drink which can be drunk either over ice or used to make a delightful Gooseberry G & T, a cocktail we have called Evoque. So for those of you who are coming to the show and yet to try it then please come and see us on Stand F502 in Hall 20 of the gigantic Birmingham NEC.

And there is more....

Our new Gooseberry Gin is not the only product we will be bringing along with us. Remembering of course it is Father's Day on Sunday 16 June, we will also have our classic Fatherly drink of Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur 23% and other great favourites such as our marmalady tasting Seville Orange Gin 26%, fresh Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur 20.5% and velvety smooth Spiced Rum Liqueur 20%. 

If you are thinking of Summer salads then we will have our Gooseberry Vinegar and Blackcurrant Vinegars on tap for the first time.

If you are yet to book your tickets for the show and are now thinking of coming then vist the BBC Good Food Summer Show website for full details. We look forward to seeing you there!

               Yours,

                  Angus


Moroccan spiced Chicken with Mead

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes , by Frances Ferguson, on 27th May 2013

Traditional Mead 14%As the blossom is now exuberantly blossoming outside Demijohn HQ it is a delight to bump into the occasional bumble bee during my increasingly frequent forays into the garden. I hope soon to start encountering a honey bee too and such thoughts bring Mead to my mind. Mead was something I had rather dismissed as belonging to a time of wenches and wassailing until we found our Traditional Mead 14% and discovered a much dryer, more perfumed drink than I had imagined. Its strong floral flavours survive the rigours of cooking and so I was rather excited to find this recipe for a Moroccan style Chicken dish last week.

Ingredients

  • 10 free range chicken thighs with bone in and skin on
  • 2 tsp salt 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 120g dried apricots
  • 1onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp lazy ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 350ml Traditional Mead 14%
  • 50g flaked almonds.

Preparation

Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and then brown the pieces in olive oil in a heavy frying or saute pan for about 5 minutes each side. Remove them to an ovenproof dish and scatter the apricots over and around the chicken. Pour off all but 3 tbsps of fat from the pan and soften the onion in it, adding the garlic and ginger followed by the spices and remaining salt and pepper once the onion is almost completely softened.

Add the Traditional Mead to the pan, deglaze and simmer for about 5 minutes until the juices thicken slightly. Pour these over the chicken, cover the dish and bake at 180 degrees celsius for about 1 hour until the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Remove the cover 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time. Toast the flaked almonds in a dry frying pan and sprinkle them over the chicken before serving with couscous.


Rhubarb Bellini

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 25th May 2013

Rhubarb Bellini CocktailIf you are a rhubarb fan then our Rhubarb Bellini Cocktail will be your drink. Its creation, using our very popular Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur 20.5%, marked the launch of our new Demijohn Cocktail Bar in a muddy field at Scone Palace in Pertshire, Scotland in early July 2012, (well we needed something to raise morale in the rain!).

Ingredients

Preparation

This is a long drink that should be ideally served in Champagne Flutes or another similar tall glass. Stew fresh rhubarb stems for about 5 minutes and sweeten generously with sugar. Liquidize the stewed rhubarb with a blender into a smooth paste. Chill for an hour prior to adding 2 teaspoons full of the fruit purée to the glass. Add a measure of Organic Rhubarb Liqueur 20.5% and top up with chilled Prosecco or Sparkling White Wine.

Anything else I should know?

The original Bellini is a long cocktail drink that originated in Venice in the 1930's. It is a mixture of sparkling wine (traditionally Prosecco) and peach purée often served at celebrations. It is one of Italy's most popular cocktails. Our Rhubarb Bellini's proved to be so popular our customers soon forgot the rain and the mud at Scone Palace and really got in the swing of things!

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Citrus Sundowner

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 25th May 2013

Click to buy our Citrus Sundowner Cocktail SetOur Citrus Sundowner Cocktail is a drink designed to make you feel alive and kicking. Best drunk on a warm evening with friends as the sun goes down, it will revitalise the parts that other cocktails fail to reach. You can buy the ingredients for this cocktail as our Citrus Sundowner Cocktail Set.

Ingredients

Preparation

This is a long drink refreshing drink, so choose a high ball glass or increase the quantities and add to a pitcher for larger parties. Add the measures of Lime Vodka, Seville Orange Gin, Ginger Wine with plenty of ice to a glass. Then add the juice of a quarter of fresh lime and a quarter of fresh lemon. Top up with tonic water, stirring gently. Garnish with small segments of lime, lemon and orange. Drink slowly facing into the setting sun, and feel happy!

Anything else I should know?

Like all good things in life this cocktail was created by chance and circumstance at a 50th birthday party with friends in Perthshire, Scotland at the end of May. One balmy warm Spring evening, we needed a celebratory drink for the birthday girl, Catriona. With the basic ingredients of Lime Vodka Liqueur, Seville Orange Gin and Ginger Wine to hand, the Citrus Sundowner Cocktail was born, AKA Catriona's Citrus Sundowner. This is a delightful drink that is so fresh it will make you feel young again...well almost!

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Raspberry Fresh

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 24th May 2013

Raspberry Fresh Cocktail and Raspberry and Lime Vodka BallSometimes simple flavours pair together in the most magical way, and such is the case in our deliciously fresh tasting Raspberry Fresh Cocktail. Combining our seriously fruity Raspberry Vodka, zesty Lime Vodka Liqueur and fresh apple juice, this drink can make a long and refreshing way to start a warm summer's afternoon or a night on the tiles.

Ingredients

Preparation

Add Raspberry Vodka, Lime Vodka, Raspberry Puree (optional) and plenty of ice to a High Ball or Collins glass and top up with fresh Apple Juice. Top Tip: To make a Raspberry Puree simply wash a good handful of fresh raspberries, place in a suitable bowl and mash, whizz or pummle them into a paste. A fork would do this as well as a very expensive liquidizer! Easy peasy lemon squeezy :)

Anything else I should know?

Mark and Tim in our York shop have had some great ideas for mixing our unique selection of handmade British drinks, but this is one of their best so far. Be warned however, our Raspberry Fresh Cocktail is so easy to drink it might make you rather fresh too!

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Gooseberry Gin Heralds Start of Summer

Posted in The Demijohn News Press Releases , by Angus Ferguson, on 24th May 2013

Gooseberry Gin Liqueur 17%There’s no more truly summer British fruit than the old gooseberry with its bright green hue and bitter sweet taste. Whether you love or loathe them, liquid deli Demijohn has a whole new take on gooseberries as it launches it 2013 new Gooseberry Gin Liqueur.

As a very original drink Gooseberry Gin Liqueur is best served long with tonic over ice and a slice of lemon – Demijohn has called this summer cocktail Evoque as it certainly evoques a mood of Summer long fun!

Made especially for Demijohn by two retired PE teachers in East Lothian, near Edinburgh, the Gooseberry Gin combines British gooseberries with dry London Gin and sugar. The result is a light green, slightly peppery alcoholic version of heaven.

Angus Ferguson, MD of Demijohn says: “Gooseberries, like many traditional British fruits are having a revival as more allotments and kitchen gardens spring up. They epitomise the British summer, which is exactly what this irresistible summer drink does, but in a delightful, alcoholic form. Launched this summer in anticipation of some sunshine, Demijohn Gooseberry Gin and Tonic provides the perfect summer aperitif or party cocktail.”

Gooseberry Gin Liqueur 17% is priced at £5.10/100ml. It is available from www.demijohn.co.uk or their shops in York, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Note to Editors:

Demijohn sources unusual, delicious artisan liqueurs, spirits, oils and vinegars from around the UK and Europe and sells them in a wide range of re-useable glass bottles. Each bottle can have a free personalised message added.

Demijohn Shops:

  • 382 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AR Tel: 0141 337 3600
  • 32 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW Tel: 0131 225 3265
  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637 487

Normal Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6pm, Sun – 11.30-5pm

www.demijohn.co.uk

For photography, further press information or press samples, please contact: Fenella Taylor at Fenella Taylor PR. Tel: 01389 830390 Mobile: 07721 324696 Email: fenella@fenellataylorpr.co.uk


Bloody Pirate

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 22nd May 2013

The Bloody Pirate Gift SetThis cocktail is dedicated to our Demijohn boys in York, Mark Perkins and Tim Fox. They have created a great cocktail drink using our hugely popular Raspberry Vodka and Spiced Rum liqueurs to create a big, strong tasting drink for men. If you like Vodka and Rum then this is your cocktail.

Ingredients

Preparation

Very simple. Pour equal measures of Raspberry Vodka Liqueur and Spiced Rum Liqueur over lots of ice in a rocks glass.

Anything else I should know?

The Raspberry Vodka, or Bloody part of this drink, conveys a fruity taste while our Spiced Rum, aka drink of Pirates, adds a rich caramel treat. The result is cracking cup to start any Summer party! The Bloody Pirate is a ready made gift set, a great present idea for men!

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Demijohn Dark Mojito

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 22nd May 2013

Apotheker 1 Litre bottle of Spiced Rum Liqueur 20%Edinburgh was voted in 2008 as the Mojito capital of Europe, impressed? It is only right therefore that we let you into the little secret of the Demijohn Dark Mojito that may have been encouraging this vibrant trend!

Ingredients

Preparation

Gently crush mint in the bottom of the shaker glass, add quarter of fresh lime, fill up with crushed or broken ice. Shake together the Spiced Rum, Lime Vodka and Lemon Vinegar. Strain into a collins glass and add the soda. Top up with crushed ice if required and gently muddle ingredients together. Add straws and away you go!

Anything else I should know?

Some cocktail trivia to impress your friends: The original Mojito is a Cuban Mint Julep with lime and would be made with white rum, not our dark spiced rum as we are suggesting here. During US Prohibition the old recipe was revived with great success at the Bodeguita del Medio Bar in Cuba. Right, now stop studying and get into action....!

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Dark and Staurmy

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 21st May 2013

Dark and Stormy Palm Trees in BermudaThis cocktail was inspired by our visit to Bermuda for Hogmanay 2010 where we took some of our Scottish weather with us and left Bermuda with unseasonal storms, a temperature of around 13 degrees Celcius and a power cut! The recipe is a play on the classic Dark 'n' Stormy cocktail which uses Bermudan Dark Rum and Ginger Beer. Get ready for a surprise as this Scottish Dark & Staurmy version makes a deliciously tempting drink with warming Glaswegian Spiced Rum and smooth Ginger Wine.

Ingredients

Preparation

Half fill a highball glass with ice and add Spiced Rum and Ginger Wine in equal measures. Top up with fresh soda and drink with storm screens closed and heating turned up! If drinking in hot weather, add a slice of lime to the mix.

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Raspberry Vodka Martini

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 20th May 2013

ARaspberry Vodka Martini Cocktail Demijohn Classic and a good one to get a party going!

Ingredients

Preparation

Shake and serve over ice.


Morello Fizz

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 19th May 2013

Morello Fizz CocktailOur Morello Fizz Cocktail is designed an an easy, fun cocktail to get your party started! It combines our uniquely delicious Morello Cherry Brandy Liqueur simply with fizz.

Ingredients

Preparation

Add the measure of Morello Cherry Brandy Liqueur to a Champagne flute glass and top up with Champagne or sparkling wine. Add a single Morello Cherry from our Morello Cherries in Apple Eau de Vie for great visual effect and watch your party lift off as your guests eventually eat the Morello Cherry in their glass!

Anything else I should know?

If you are looking for present inspiration then consider our Damson and Morello gift set, perfect for those who like their Champagne cocktails as both our Damson Gin Liqueur and Morello Cherry Brandy Liqueur can be used to make delicious Kirs.

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Evoque

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 18th May 2013

A Ball of Gooseberry GinIf you are a gin and tonic drinker who simply enjoys a delicious tasting gentle drink at the end of a hard day, then our Evoque Cocktail is your drink. At its core is our Gooseberry Gin Liqueur which is a legendary drink in its own right. Full of flavour with an exciting bitterness, its sophistication has even impressed some of the UKs leading wine critics such as Oz Clark.

Ingredients

Preparation

Briefly shake Gooseberry Gin Liqueur 17% and lemon juice with ice, strain into a champagne flute or cocktail glass and top up with chilled tonic. Garnish with a slice of lemon or a few red gooseberries for serious style.

Anything else I should know?

Our Gooseberry Gin is simply delightful over ice, but when drunk long with tonic, it will certainly evoque the mood, but not destroy the intention! You might say our Evoque Cocktail is fun, safe and more rewarding than anything else in its class.... a bit like the car that inspired it.

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Rhubarb and Mead Pavlova

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes Flavours of the Month , by Frances Ferguson, on 17th May 2013


Rhubarb and Mead PavlovaThe sun is shining and with both the rhubarb patch and the hens exuberantly prolific at the moment it seems almost a necessity to adapt that most summery of puddings, the Pavlova, to the fruits of the Scottish springtime. The result is a Rhubarb Pavlova perfumed and gently flavoured with the musky sweetness of our Traditional Mead 14% and a tiny smidgen of Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur 20.5%.

Ingredients

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 100 degrees celsius and line a baking tray with non stick paper. Whisk the egg whites until stiff then add 200g sugar in 3 stages until all combined .Whisk in the Rhubarb Vodka. Spread the meringe mix onto the baking tray in a circle leaving a slightly higher rim around the edge and bake for 2 and a half hours. Then allow to cool and remove the baking paper before moving it to a serving plate.

Lay the rhubarb in a shallow pan one layer thick and sprinkle over a little water and 50g sugar. Poach over a medium heat for 10 minutes then allow it to cool. Meanwhile whip the cream and 1 tbsp Traditional Mead together. Fold the yoghurt and remaining Mead into the cream then gently fold in half the rhubarb until it looks marbled.

Spread the cream and rhubarb mixture onto the meringue base then top with the remaining rhubarb and its syrup.


Pici Asparagus with Balsamic Vinegar

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 13th May 2013

Pici Asparagus with Balsamic VinegarI absolutely love pasta! Well done Italy for inventing such a food. However, you do need to have the odd inspirational thought when creating a pasta dish to ensure you don't get stuck in a "Pasta Bake Rut" or PBR for short.

Messing about at the stove last week I came up with this delightful little dish using fresh British Asparagus which has just come into season (and thanks to the long Winter, I do mean just!).

My pici pasta with asparagus uses our 25 year old Balsamic Vinegar and is fabulously quick to make. It also serves two good eaters, is superbly easy to wash up and whoever you are making it for will think you are a legend in the kitchen. So how is it done?

Ingredients (for two)

Preparation

Chop onion, garlic, pancetta, asparagus and coriander before you start. The asparagus spears should be chopped in thirds, the other elements in chunks. Soften the onion, garlic and pancetta in a heavy based frying pan with a tbsp full of Kabbadates Extra Virgin Olive Oil. At same time, in a separate pan, cook your pasta.

Once browned, remove the onion, garlic and pancetta from pan and place to one side keeping warm. Add asparagus to pan and fry hard until the spears are looking scorched in places. Add back in the onion, garlic and pancetta mix, chopped coriander and another tbsp of olive oil. Now check pasta is ready, it should be "al dente," firm but not hard, drain and add to frying pan. Season with salt and pepper and mix contents of frying pan well on a low heat.

To Serve

Serve on large warm plates and drizzle our 25 year old Tagliavini Aceto Balsamico Extra Vecchio sparingly over each dish, adding grated parmesan cheese as required. An accompanying salad of green leaves, dressed with our Kabbadates Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and a good rich red table wine to drink will make this dish fit for any dinner party. Forget the PBR issue, anyone hungry?


The Demijohn News - A is for Asparagus

Posted in The Demijohn News Flavours of the Month , by Angus Ferguson, on 13th May 2013

Pici Asparagus with Balsamic VinegarI absolutely love pasta! Well done Italy for inventing such a food. However, you do need to have the odd inspirational thought when creating a pasta dish to ensure you don't get stuck in a "Pasta Bake Rut" or PBR for short.

Messing about at the stove last week I came up with a delightful little dish using fresh British Asparagus which has just come into season (and thanks to the long Winter, I do mean just!).

My pici pasta with asparagus uses our irresistible 25 year old Balsamic Vinegar and our grassy Kabbadates Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It is fabulously quick to make, serves two good eaters and is superbly easy to wash up. Whoever you are making it for will think you are a legend in the kitchen. See how I made it?

Fairs and Events

25 year old Tagliavini Aceto Balsamico di Modena Extra Vecchio in a Mystic 100ml stacking bottleHaving just returned from our action packed adventures at the Dales Food Festival at the start of May, we return next week to Leyburn in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales to support another good cause the ABF The Soldiers' Charity. Their Spring Fair will be held in Tennants Auctioneers on Wed 22 May (5-9pm) and Thurs 23 May (10am to 4pm). It is a tremendous gathering of small, high quality, independent traders selling everything from china and rugs to chorizo and our Spiced Rum! So if you visited us in Leyburn at the food festival and need a quick refill of your Gooseberry Gin Liqueur bottle, for example, we would love to see you!

And finally.....

An apology. I am sorry for any frustrations you may have suffered with the April "Rhubarb" edition of The Demijohn News when trying to open the links within the email. We had a technical hiccup with our new e-newsletter format which is now happily resolved. Thankyou to all those who wrote in kindly to inform us of the problem.

We always like hearing from you, with any stories or recipe ideas that you have. So please keep the emails coming!

      yours,

            Angus


Pan Fried Duck breast with Sloe Gin

Posted in Food Recipes , by Frances Ferguson, on 2nd May 2013

Sloe Gin 25%I had an experimental evening last night with duck breasts and a discovered remnant of Demijohn Sloe Gin 25%, a leftover from a very energetic massed sledging outing only a couple of months ago. The verdict: a success, improved with a splash of lemon vinegar.

Ingredients

  • 2 shallots
  • 2 duck breasts
  • 60-100ml Demijohn Sloe Gin 25%
  • 1 star anise (optional)
  • a dash of Demijohn Lemon Vinegar

Preparation

Slice the shallots thinly and soften in a frying pan using the tiniest smidgen of olive oil. When softened set the shallots aside in a warmed dish and wipe the pan clean with kitchen roll then heat the pan to smoking hot. Having scored the skin of the duck breasts and seasoned with salt and pepper fry them in the pan for about 5 minutes until the skin is just starting to crisp. Drain the fat from the pan and turn the duck breasts over, cooking for a further 3-4 minutes until the meat is still just pink inside. Remove the duck breasts to the dish of shallots and lower the heat under the pan. Now slake the pan with the Sloe Gin, allowing enough to make a jus for each duck breast. Remember that the gin will reduce in quantity so don't be too sparing. Add the star anise and bubble the gin until it reduces by about a third and takes on a slightly syrupy consistency. Add a dash of lemon vinegar and season with salt and pepper to taste then pour this jus over the duck breasts.

Served with creamy mashed potato and mountains of springy green vegetables this seems to be quite well received!


Freshly cut Scottish RhubarbSpring has finally brought some sun and with it a fabulous crop of rhubarb in Inverness, where our delicious Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur 20.5% is made. It has also seen the launch of our new website, hooray! Our Rhubarb Vodka is never better than when made with fresh, new rhubarb stems at this time of year. So we urge you to give it a try, right now.

And if you're planning a party over the forthcoming May bank holiday weekend, then I can wholeheartedly recommend a few of our Rhubarb Vodka Cocktails and recipe ideas to impress your guests, see below for details. However, to celebrate the launch of our new website and to let you try out our most recent batch of Rhubarb Vodka we would like to offer you a 10% discount on your first order online. Simply sign up to our Newsletter from our website Homepage.

Our Spring Cocktail and Recipe Ideas

Our Rhubarb Bellini Cocktail is certainly a drink to get your guests into shape at the start of a party. Made with Prosseco, Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur 20%this will add more than a little fizz to the proceedings! If you like something with spice, then I can recommend our Carrie MaK Cocktail, which combines our Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur with our handmade Ginger Wine 14.5%. We are, of course, all hoping for a heat wave this weekend, so for those who need something a little more refreshing then our latest recipe, Seville Orange Marmalade Ice Cream, is just the ticket. Made with our fresh tasting Seville Orange Gin 26% and our favourite Seville Orange Marmalade, this is moreishly marmalady (if that is English!).

Earn yourself a £30 Gift Voucher

Have you got a good recipe or cocktail idea that uses one or more of our products? Then we would like to hear from you. We are currently offering a £30 Demijohn Gift Voucher as a reward for any recipes that are used. Interested? Then read more...

We have a new website!

It has taken nearly a year in development, with some pretty late nights endured not only by us but also our our faithful development team at INDEZ. The results, we hope you agree, are an impressive improvement. If you think all the effort has Seville Orange Marmalade Ice Creambeen worth it or if you have any suggestions for further improvements, from simple spelling mistakes to real humdingers, then we definitely would like to know. So please send us a quick email.

Time for a Food Festival

After such a long Winter we all need to get outside. This weekend marks the start of our event year with the wonderful, the marvellous, the epic Dales Festival of Food and Drink (Sat 4 to Mon 6 May 2013). We will have our new Gooseberry Gin Liqueur 17% on tap amongst other products, but we are only a small part of something much larger. Held in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales at Leyburn this really is a first class event run by some amazingly enthusiastic volunteers. From asparagus to mouth watering pork pies, real Wensleydale Cheeses....as you can see I find it hard to concentrate on our stand!

Whatever your plans for the weekend, I hope they are sun filled and fun.

       Yours,

             Angus


Seville Orange Marmalade Ice Cream

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes Flavours of the Month , by Frances Ferguson, on 26th April 2013

Seville Orange Marmalade Ice CreamThis deliciously grown-up ice-cream is wonderful served on top of freshly peeled orange segments.

Ingredients

Preparation

Mix together the ingredients adding the Gin sparingly. Check the taste and adjust the quantity of Seville Orange Gin accordingly. Chill the mixture for half an hour then churn in an ice cream maker. Freeze in an ice cream tub remembering to remove it from the freezer half an hour before serving to allow it to soften a little.


Spiced Rum and Brown Bread Ice Cream

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes Flavours of the Month , by Frances Ferguson, on 25th April 2013

Spiced Rum Liqueur 20%I have always loved brown bread ice-cream, I think it's an inspired recipe that sounds so worthy, yet tastes so delicious. And now I have found a way to make it a bit more decadent.

Ingredients

  • 84g wholemeal bread
  • 56g granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 pint double cream
  • approximately 100ml Spiced Rum Liqueur 20%

Preparation

Whiz the bread to crumbs in a food processor then toast briefly in a dry frying pan turning them until they are golden brown. Melt the sugar in the water in a heavy pan, don't stir, just shake it occassionally until the sugar is evenly melted, then boil rapidly for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the breadcrumbs until the sugar syrup cools into crystals on the crumbs. Stir the Spiced Rum gently into the cream. Be prepared to taste until reaching the right flavour, not too much Spiced Rum, just enough to taste it in the cream. Now whip the cream mixture and once whipped gently fold in the crumb mixture. Freeze in an ice cream tub and remember to remove it from the freezer about half an hour before serving.


Demijohn Widens its Appeal with New Website

Posted in The Demijohn News Press Releases , by Angus Ferguson, on 22nd April 2013

The new Demijohn HomepageDemijohn has gone global with the launch of a £50,000 website to enable its customers to more easily source and buy its delicious artisan drinks, oils and vinegars and to broaden its appeal.

As the world’s first ever liquid deli, Demijohn has pioneered its unique selling technique where customers choose the size and shape of the bottle into which the contents of choice are poured. The new website gives online customers the same ease of use as visiting one of the shops and all that’s missing is being able to taste before buying.

Designed by Glasgow-based Indez, the website is a clear, minimalist shop where customers can see all the products by category and can then choose the size and shape of bottle and add a personalised message all in one single action. Having re-photographed many of the products and added in new gift sets this new Demijohn ‘shop’ is already proving sensational with online sales growing fast since it was launched.

With the ability to be translated into virtually any language, Demijohn can broaden its customer base to the whole world. Many of the Demijohn products are as good in cocktail and food recipes as they are on their own so a whole new Recipes page has been added. This will be continually updated to include the latest recipes that the Demijohn team create. In addition, a blog page has been introduced where all members of the Demijohn team will write seasonal and relevant blogs about the products, where they come from and how they can be used.

Demijohn MD Angus Ferguson said: “Our new website is our fourth shop launch and offers all our customers, far and wide, much easier access and information about the products. With a fresher, cleaner look it has broader appeal and ease of A website with spirit! Demijohnnie Gin 50%use than the previous site and better explains what we do and how we do it. Despite these challenging times we have seen a steady growth in sales of about 15% year on year. We hope with this website that this should increase to 20-25% growth, allowing us to widen our product range.

“We aim to deliver to the UK within 4-5 working days but with a small, dedicated staff we can often do this quicker. We are a family company where all our staff are knowledgeable and passionate about the products, their provenance and their uses (staff nights are riotous affairs as we always have to sample the latest products!) which we hope the new website conveys.

“With two mail order sites in Glasgow and York we will fulfil orders quickly and efficiently and get them delivered to you or your loved ones, complete with the free personalised message, as quickly as possible.”

Check it out for yourself – www.demijohn.co.uk

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Note to Editors:

Demijohn sources unusual, delicious artisan liqueurs, spirits, oils and vinegars from around the UK and Europe and sells them in a wide range of re-useable glass bottles. Each bottle can have a free personalised message added.

Demijohn Shops:

  • 382 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AR Tel: 0141 337 3600
  • 32 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW Tel: 0131 225 3265
  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637 487

Normal Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6pm, Sun – 11.30-5pm

www.demijohn.co.uk

For photography, further press information or press samples, please contact: Fenella Taylor at Fenella Taylor PR Tel: 01389 830390 Mobile: 07721 324696 Email: fenella@fenellataylorpr.co.uk


A Chocolate Orange with a DifferenceDon't follow the herd this year when choosing your Easter Eggs, but instead consider our more grown up liquid Easter Egg as a fun alternative!

Great for a party!

Our beautiful spherical 500ml Strauss bottle filled with our delicious Chocolate Orange Cream Liqueur 17% could make your Easter a great time for a party! Hand made with rich, dark chocolate, real Devonshire cream, zest of orange and an Apple Brandy base. This liqueur will be difficult to resist.

Not for Chocolate? Then get zesty...

If you are not a chocolate fan then simply go Orange! Our Seville Orange Gin 26% has a marmalady twang. Not only is it delicious with dark chocolate, it might give you the feeling that spring is in the air! A Ball of Marmalady GinSo, whether your party is with family or friends this Easter, consider ordering your alternative Easter Egg from Demijohn to spice it up a bit. Eating in to save money has never been so much fun!

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Ham with a Demijohn Morello Cherry Twist

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes , by Frances Ferguson, on 22nd March 2013

Morello Cherry Brandy Liqueur 17%This recipe has been kindly sent to us by Angela Wilson in response to our call for recipes using our products. Angela has been rewarded with a £30 demijohn gift voucher as a thank you for this wonderful recipe.

Ingredients

Preparation

Put the ham into the tightest fitting pan you can find and cover with the cherry coke. Bring to the boil and simmer for approximately 2 and a half hours (for a ham for 4-6). Preheat the oven to 200C.

Remove the ham from the pan after simmering and place it on a roasting tray on top of some foil and cut off any extra fat layer on the top, leaving just a thin layer. Score diamonds into the fat and stick a clove into each diamond.

To a saucepan add the cherry jam, Demijohn Morello Cherry Brandy, the Demijohn Raspberry Vinegar and the smoked paprika. Stir over a high heat constantly until the glaze thickens. When ready, pour over the ham, and roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Let it rest before carving.

The author recommends that this goes particularly well with a glass of Morello Fizz


Frisky MaK

Posted in Cocktail Recipes , by Frances Ferguson, on 22nd March 2013

This is a play on the traditional Whisky Mac Cocktail with a naughty twist at the end! The ingredients produce a deliciously warming and gingery drink with an unexpected cidery note. If you are looking at finishing a dinner party with a buzz of admiration rather than a yawn of dissent, then there is nothing quite like this simple cocktail with which to impress your friends!

Ingredients

Preparation

Shake and serve over plenty of ice in a tumbler (rocks) glass. Garnish with a slice of fresh apple on the rim.


Randy Rider

Posted in Cocktail Recipes , by Frances Ferguson, on 22nd March 2013

Those boys in our York shop, with help from renowned Yorkshire Chef, Phil Leverington, have been up to their ingenious cocktail mixing tricks again to create this punchy little number, the Randy Rider Cocktail. With a fantastic balance of flavours of rich Spiced Rum Liqueur from Glasgow and smooth Apple Brandy from Somerset, this is a drink to sharpen the tongue after a long dinner! Just sit back and sip....

Ingredients

Preparation

Serve over ice in a rocks glass or tumbler.


Atholl Brose with a Difference

Posted in Cocktail Recipes , by Frances Ferguson, on 22nd March 2013

Atholl Brose was traditionally drunk on Burns Night in Scotland and used to sort the men from the boys! This variation of the traditionally recipe retains the oatmeal to make a cranachan type pudding to be enjoyed by all.

Ingredients

Preparation

Whip the double cream until stiff, then gently stir in the toasted pinhead oatmeal and honey. Chill and just before serving, mix in the Demijohn’s Finest Blended Scotch Whisky 40%.

Anything else I should know?

The name Atholl Brose is supposed to derive from the tale of the Duke of Atholl's capture of his enemy, the Earl of Ross, in 1475. The Duke was supposed to have filled a well, from which the Earl liked to drink, with this magical potion. Ross drank deeply and was captured.


Distressed Damson

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

Damson Gin Liqueur 22%Our handmade Damson Gin Liqueur is smooth and fruity when drunk straight. Sharpened up with a little lime turns this drink into a deliciously refreshing aperitif.

Ingredients

Preparation

Muddle a chopped fresh lime and some blueberries in a rocks glass. Add a large (50ml) shot of our Damson Gin, stir, and top up with crushed ice.

Anything else I should know?

This dring can also be made with great effect using our Traditional Sloe Gin.


Lime Vodka Collins

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

Lime Vodka Collins CocktailIf you like your drinks sharp and refreshing then this might be just your tipple!

Ingredients

  • 2 measures Lime Vodka Liqueur 24%
  • 1 measure lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • fill with club soda
  • ice cubes

Preparation

Fill a collins glass 3/4 full with ice cubes. Add the Lime Vodka, lemon juice and sugar. Top with club soda.


Blackcurrant Bomb

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013


Blackcurrant Gin Liqueur 20%Blow your friends away with this one!

Ingredients

Preparation

Garnish with a slice of lemon, serve over ice.

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Pink Gin

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

Pink Gin CocktailThe Pink Gin was invented by the British Navy, and the inclusion of our blackcurrant vinegar: a favourite food of blackbirds, and a fruit reminiscent of summer puddings, seems to celebrate its very Britishness - hurrah!

Ingredients

Preparation

Rinse a martini glass with Blackcurrant Vinegar or Angostura Bitters, then add a generous measure of Demijohnnie Gin 50%

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Tam O Shanter

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

Acrobats - Apotheker 40ml bottles filled with Demijohn's Finest Blended Scotch Whisky 40%This is a very good cocktail for you to get your Burns Night Supper festivities off to a cracking start.

Ingredients

Preparation

Strain over ice into a chilled high ball cocktail glass and serve. While your guest are consuming your fine cocktail, take your chance to perform Burns' famous Tam O' Shanter poem for them and simply await their applause. Please note, it may take more than one cocktail!


Bloody Rusty Nail

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

Antica Quadra 500ml bottle of Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur 23%All credit for this little genius of a drink goes to our erstwhile Edinburgh Shop Manager, Alastair Simpson. Always one to appreciate a good thing, Alastair seems to have found a way of spicing up Oz Clarke's favourite liqueur from Demijohn, our Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur, and making a good drink even better. The rich fruity taste of Brambles (or Blackberrys) in the liqueur make this drink seriously fruity with a bloody big punch of whisky!

Ingredients

Preparation

Shake and serve in Boston shot glasses.


Carrie MaK

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

Ginger Wine 14.5%Our Shop Manager in Glasgow, Carrie Hay, is credited with inventing this delicious little cocktail. It is simple to make and dangerously easy to consume! Another twist on the traditional Whisky Mac Cocktail, the combination of ingredients here produces a beautifully sweet, smooth and gingery drink. If you like rhubarb and ginger, you are going to love this!

Ingredients

Preparation

Serve over plenty of ice in a tumbler (rocks) glass

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Rhubarb MAkintosh

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

Mystic 500ml Stacking bottle filled with Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur 20.5%A twist on the traditional Whisky Mac Cocktail, this definitely has its roots in Glasgow. Glasgow's fame for its artists, such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh, heavy rain and eccentricity makes Rhubarb MaKintosh an appropriate choice of name for this inspiring cocktail! The combination of ingredients sharpens the rhubarb flavours and produces a dry drink with lemon overtones. Clever, with a few surprises up its sleeve...

Ingredients

Preparation

Shake and serve over plenty of ice in a tumbler (rocks) glass. Add a thin slice of root ginger to the edge of the glass.


Scottish Rose

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

Cubana 700ml bottle of Caol Ila Single Islay Malt Whisky 46%The name Scottish Rose does not refer to the colour of the drink itself but rather the colour of one's cheeks after drinking it! This cocktail recipe was created for the Demijohn 2008 Staff Christmas night out by Alastair Simpson at which a cocktail competition was held between our Edinburgh and Glasgow shops. The Glasgow cocktail is called a Strawberry Moscow Mule. Although a draw was declared on the night, your comments on the success of each recipe would be much appreciated and can be posted online if witty enough!

Ingredients

Preparation

Take 2 classic Martini glasses, evenly split the 1/2 measure of Caol Ila between the 2 glasses. Tilt each glass and spin slowly to entirely coat the inside of the glass with a film of the whisky and discard the remainder. Then take a Cocktail Shaker, and fill with ice. Add 2 measures of Demijohnnie Gin 50% and a single measure of Apricot Brandy Liqueur 17%. Shake vigorously and then strain evenly into the 2 prepared glasses to remove the ice. To finish the cocktail, drop in a whole fresh bramble (blackberry) and then serve.


Strawberry Moscow Mule

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

Lime Vodka Liqueur 24%This cocktail recipe was created for the Demijohn 2008 Staff Christmas night out by Carrie Hay as our Glasgow team's entry to a cocktail competition between our Edinburgh and Glasgow shops. The Edinburgh cocktail is called Scottish Rose. Although a draw was declared on the night, your comments on the success of each recipe would be much appreciated and could be posted online if witty enough!

Ingredients

  • 3 measures Lime Vodka Liqueur 24%
  • 6 Fresh Strawberries
  • 3/4 measure Fresh Lime Juice
  • A dash of Sugar Syrup
  • 5 measures of Ginger Ale

Preparation

To start, blitz up 2/3 of your fresh strawberries. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the Lime Vodka, lime juice and a dash of sugar syrup and shake well. Take a Collins glass (or tall straight sided glass), add 2 or 3 blocks of ice and a couple of whole strawberries. Strain your mixed drink into the glass until half full, top up with Ginger Ale. Garnish with half a strawberry, add straws. Serves 2.

Anything else I should know?

To make this sharper and more limey, simply leave out the sugar syrup.


Wee Bloody Mary Doll

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

Lime Vodka Liqueur 24%This is an old favourite of mine for clearing the head on a Sunday morning pre-lunch! The first named Bloody Mary Cocktail was created by Fernand "Pete" Petiot of Harry's Bar in Paris. He is thought to have named the drink after Mary Pickford the famous actress. There is no doubt in my mind that the man deserves a medal as it is a fabulous combination of flavours. Many variations on a Bloody Mary have been thought up since, which makes this a fun drink to make time and again. See my little tips below for some ideas, but I suggest you start with our Wee Bloody Mary Doll to get you off to a good start!

Ingredients

  • 2 measures Lime Vodka Liqueur 24%
  • 1 measure Cucumber Vodka 29.1%
  • 5 measures Tomato Juice 4 drops of Tabasco
  • 1 pinch of Celery Salt
  • 1 small pinch of Black Pepper

Preparation

Shake and strain through a hawthorn strainer (or anything similar to hand!). Serve in a large goblet or tumbler glass with a short stem of celery and its leaves to add a bit of style.

Anything else I should know?

  • If a measure of Tequila is added your Bloody Mary will become a Deadly Mary.
  • If Tequila is used in the place of the vodka this will become a Bloody Maria.
  • If our Demijohnnie Gin 50% is used instead of our Lime Vodka Liqueur 24% and a half a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice is added, your cocktail will become a Red Snapper.

Elderflower Vodka Cooler

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 15th March 2013

The ElderflowerIt may look simple, but this drink has the ability to turn spring into Summer, even in Scotland. So, break out your BBQ and head for the garden as our Elderflower Cooler cocktail will start your party with refreshing style!

Ingredients

  • 2 measures of Organic Elderflower Vodka 26%
  • 1 measure of Lemon Vodka Liqueur 22.5%
  • Top up with soda or sparkling mineral water

Preparation

Use an old fashioned tumbler or rocks glass. Pour Organic Elderflower Vodka and Lemon Vodka Liqueur measures over ice, top up with soda and garnish with a slice of lemon. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!


Leyburn Food and Drink Festival 4-6 May 2013

Posted in The Demijohn News Events Blog , by Angus Ferguson, on 14th March 2013

Angus on the mobile Demijohn Cocktail BarWe wil be exhibiting at our first event of the year, the fantastic Leyburn Food & Drink Festival again between Sat 4th and Mon 6th May 2013. For those who have never witnessed this tremendous event I urge you to come.

Imagine this.... 

A large field, set amongst the rolling green hills of the beautiful North Yorkshire Dales. In that field are placed a few white tents, some merry go rounds for the children and a band stand. In those tents however are some of the finest food and drink exhibitors Britain has to offer. In the evening after a hard days sampling, chatting and selling, we retire to one of the many country pubs for a few ales and supper. Only in the Dales do locals talk about religion and politics on first meeting in the pub. They get away with it because they are "reet" friendly.

Just brilliant....

We wait all year for this event to happen, to see the thousands that come out of the hills for it, as it is so much fun. Who would have thought that it all started out of tragedy? The event was founded at the end of the last foot and mouth outbreak in an attempt to restart a flagging local economy, just brilliant. I hope we will see you there!


Demijohn Wibble

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 14th March 2013

Demijohn WibbleMake like an expert mixologist and create this concoction. It’s a bitter sweet drink that’ll warm you and your guests up in a flash. As recommended by Rebecca Twomey in Cosmopolitan Magazine in December 2009!

Ingredients

Preparation

Add the gins, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, sugar syrup and whisky to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

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Grapefruit Vodka Mojito

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 14th March 2013

Spiced Rum Liqueur 20%In October 2009, just after we launched our new shop in York, we launched our Grapefruit Vodka Liqueur 20%. Made for originally for us by Ian and Rosemary Mills in Powys in Wales, this is a truely fabulous drink for all citrus vodka lovers. The cocktail possibilites for this drink are endless, but one cocktail creation stands out from the crowd as having been deliciously successful and was developed on the back of the popularity of our Demijohn Dark Mojito. In fact our Grapefruit Vodka Mojito is so drinkable that is now used on a regular basis to start our Demijohn Tasting Evenings. Not a bad way to start an evening I think you will agree!

Ingredients

  • 2 measures Spiced Rum Liqueur 20%
  • 2 measures Grapefruit Vodka Liqueur 20%
  • 2 measures Soda Water
  • 3-4 sprigs of mint
  • Hearty squeeze of fresh lime

Preparation

Gently crush mint in the bottom of the shaker glass, add a hearty squeeze of fresh lime, fill up with crushed or broken ice. Shake Spiced Rum, Grapefruit Vodka. Stain into a colins glass and add the soda. Top up with crushed ice if required and gently muddle ingredients together. Add straws and away you go!

Anything else I should know?

A little Mojito cocktail trivia to impress your friends: The original Mojito is a Cuban Mint Julep with lime and would be made with white rum, not our dark spiced rum as we are suggesting here. During US Prohibition the old recipe was revived with great success at the Bodeguita del Medio Bar in Cuba. Right, now stop studying and get into action....!

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Somerset Applecart

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 14th March 2013

Somerset 10 Year Old Cider Brandy 42%This cocktail was created to mark Saint George's Day, normally on 23 April. It needed to be quintessentially English, seasonally fresh and with a bite like Saint George's slain dragon! The result is a sharp, fresh cocktail with a little history of its own. Our Somerset Applecart cocktail combines the brilliantly smooth apple taste of our Somerset 10 Year Old Cider Brandy 42% and the delicious marmalady twang of our Seville Orange Gin 26%.

Ingredients

Preparation

Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake and strain cocktail glass. Garnish with slices of lemon and orange. Drink slowly to unleash the dragon!

Anything else I should know?

I always like a twist of cocktail trivia with each of our cocktails as there is generally an underlying reason for each creation. This one certainly appeals to my military roots as our Somerset Applecart is a derivation of the famous Sidecar cocktail created after the First world War at Harry's Bar in Paris. The story recounts that an Army Captain was in the habit of arriving in a chauffeur driven motorcycle sidecar at the Bar and that Harry created a cocktail for him. Using cognac, cointreau and lemon juice he created the drink known now as a Sidecar. Our cocktail uses this marvelous complement of tastes and the best of British handmade drinks to create a new English classic the Somerset Applecart!


Election Twist on a Long Island Iced Tea

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 14th March 2013

Election Twist on a Long Island Iced TeaThe 2010 election fever certainly needed a little ice to cool it off. We created our Election Twist cocktail to be just the long drink needed to keep us up late and survive a long night of vote counting! Our Election Twist is a Demijohn variation of the seductively sweet classic Long Island Iced Tea cocktail and has been invented by one of our Glasgow team members, Carlos Wheeler. It was first drunk by a group of guests taking part in one of our organised tasting evenings in Glasgow. Their enthusiastic noises of approval have now written it into the official Demijohn Cocktail Book.

Ingredients

Preparation

Describing the preparation of this drink reads like a manifesto. Making our Election Twist is an undemanding labour of love! Start with equal measures of our marmalady Seville Orange Gin 26% and our Lime Vodka Liqueur 24%. Add a conservative measure of Spiced Rum and a splash of fresh squeezed lemon to give a twist of independence and a subtly green feel. Shake and strain into an ice filled Colins (long) or Rocks (short) glass and top up with a liberal dose of full fat Coca Cola.

Anything else I should know?

If you are a monster raving looney and want to make it a classic Long Island Iced Tea, add a half measure of gold Tequila and teaspoon full of egg white. Election night will never be the same again!


Sloe Gin Rickey

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 14th March 2013

Sloe Gin Rickey CocktailFor Sloe Gin Liqueur lovers this is a must to try. It will wake any party up with is freshness!

Ingredients

Preparation

Squeeze the lime juice directly into a highball glass half filled with ice, add spent shell and Sloe Gin. Mix with spoon and add soda.

Anything else I should know?

Our Sloe Gin 25% can be replaced by our Sloe Sherry Liqueur 18% to make a Sloe Sherry Rickey which is a slightly lighter drink!


Edinburgh Apple Royal

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 14th March 2013

Edinburgh Apple Royal CocktailEdinburgh Apple Royal was a cocktail created to celebrate The Royal Wedding between Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton which took place at Westminster Abbey on 29 April 2011. It is a deliciously spring fresh aperitif, with a distinctive taste of apples and a hint of citrus. This drink brings together the finest taste of British apples used in the production of our Somerset Pomona 20% and the Spring freshness of our marmalady Seville Orange Gin 26%.

Ingredients

Preparation

Add ingredients to ice in an old fashioned whisky tumbler, top up with indian tonic water and garnish with a slice from a very British Apple such as Kingston Black, Harry Masters Jersey or Brown Snout!

Anything else I should know?

Our Staff Christmas Party in Glasgow, Feb 2011, with extra hair!Like everything at Demijohn there is a good story behind the creation of this new cocktail drink. Our Royal Wedding Cocktail was to be both fitting, appropriate and drinkable in Royal circles. To encourage some ideas we held a friendly competition between our 3 shops, with the intention of the newly created drinks being judged at our annual Staff Christmas Party. In 2011 it was held in our Glasgow Shop in early February.

The theme for the party was A Twist on Burns and those in attendance not only performed acts of poetry and music, in keeping with the tradition of Burns, but they also wore an item of fake hair! The prize for the best cocktail was relief for the creators from the fake hair they were wearing for the remainder of the party. So, competition on the night as you can imagine was stiff, but Demijohn Edinburgh won with their fabulous creation Edinburgh Apple Royal, a fitting and appropriate drink for even the finest State ceremony and certainly a drink to mark the Royal Wedding!


Oil and Vinegar CarouselWhat mother doesn’t love a little spoiling foodie treat on Mother’s Day? Demijohn has unveiled a beautiful new Goccia Carousel of three oils and fruit vinegars which makes the perfect gift. New to this trio is Gooseberry Vinegar which has just been launched by liquid deli Demijohn.

The presentation rack of 3 stunning Goccia 100ml bottles, brought together in a red cherry frame with a clever collar that locks them in place, makes a great addition to the table. As spring approaches and our palates yearn for fresh salads again this ‘dressing kit’ not only looks good but tastes delicious when poured over fresh salad leaves, vegetables or even used for dipping bread in.

Demijohn’s new Gooseberry Vinegar combines the sweetness of British gooseberries with sharper vinegar to create an unusual fruit vinegar that can be used on its own or combined with Demijohn’s fresh Tuscan Villa Montalbano Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It can even be used as a tasty, fresh soft drink when mixed with two parts sparkling water to one part Gooseberry Vinegar.

The other elements of the Mother’s Day Goccia trio are Scottish Raspberry Vinegar with its bright colour and summery taste and Villa Montalbano Extra Virgin Olive Oil - a wonderfully fresh, green virgin olive oil from Tuscany. As an added bonus a special handwritten message can be written on the bottles to remind your mum just how much you care.

If you’re mother prefers something stronger Demijohn suggests Morello Cherries infused in Apple Eau de Vie. Beautifully packaged in a reusable Kilner style jar, these are as delicious on their own as with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. With a strong taste of old English cider apples and fresh cherries this is the perfect Mother’s Day dessert.

Angus Ferguson, founder of Demijohn said: “Our new Goccia table rack that we have just introduced for Mother’s Day is a great gift that is a little different from most dressing racks. It can go into instant use and will last the summer through – if not devoured before summer arrives!”

The Oil and Vinegar Carousel is priced at £35.35 and the Morello Cherries are priced at £19.75.

All are available from www.demijohn.co.uk or their shops in Edinburgh, York and Glasgow.

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Seabreeze

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 13th March 2013

Seabreeze CocktailI first discovered this drink in Hong Kong when I was involved with its handover to the Chinese in 1997. It was hot, hot, hot and we had many reasons to party. Records do not recount how many of these delightful Seabreeze cocktails were consumed, but their refreshing memory lingers on to this day! If you are having a Summer BBQ and it is a hot day, then I certainly can recommend one of these to wake everyone up and really get things going.

Ingredients

  • 2 measures of Grapefruit Vodka Liqueur 22%
  • 2 measures of fresh cranberry juice
  • Ice

Preparation

Pour Grapefruit Vodka and cranberry juice over lots of ice in cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime. Sip slowly and enjoy the freshness.


Cossack Kiss

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 13th March 2013

Cossack Kiss CocktailYou may not be able to dance like a Cossack, but there is no reason why you shouldn't be able to drink like one! Invented by our York Shop Team in early 2012, this is a fun cocktail combining our handmade Butterscotch Cream Liqueur with real Devonshire cream and our velvety smooth Spiced Rum Liqueur.

Ingredients

Preparation

Using a shot glass or small tumbler, if you are to include ice, pour in the Butterscotch Cream Liqueur first. Then pour the Spiced Rum Liqueur very slowly over the back of a tea spoon that hovers just above the Butterscotch Cream Liqueur. The result should be that the rum successfully floats on top of the cream. If you don't get it right on your first go, then unfortunately you will just have to try it again. Practice, of course, makes perfect and in this case a very jolly night!

Anything else I should know?

The Cossack Kiss Cocktail can be drunk at the start of an evening with friends as a sharpener or after dinner when the liqueurs come round. The combination of Cider Brandy in our Butterscotch Cream Liqueur and dark Demerara Rum in our Spiced Rum Liqueur make this drink an irresistible sip with a little kick in the pants! If you are looking for looking for present inspiration for a rum cocktail drinker then consider our Cocktail Kiss Cocktail Set.

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Wild Plum Bellini

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 13th March 2013

Celebrate with a Wild Plum BelliniOur Wild Plum Bellini Cocktail is a fun play on a classic Bellini Cocktail and was designed specially for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in June 2012.

Ingredients

  • 1 measure of Wild Bullace Liqueur 23%
  • 3 measures of Prosecco (or Champagne or other sparkling wine)
  • Fresh Plums (preferably Damsons) Fresh Mint

Preparation

This is a long drink that should be ideally served in Champagne Flutes or another similar tall glass. Take a good handful of fresh ripe plums (preferably damsons), wash and then liquidize with a blender into a smooth paste. Chill for an hour prior to adding a teaspoon full of the fruit purée to the glass. Add the measure of Wild Bullace Liqueur and top up with chilled Prosecco. Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve immediately. Seasonally, and for added effect this cocktail can be made with our Sloe Gin Liqueur or Damson Gin Liqueur and include puréed fruit from Sloe, Bullace, Damson and other plum family fruit trees.

Anything else I should know?

The original Bellini is a long cocktail drink that originated in Venice in the 1930's. It is a mixture of sparkling wine (traditionally Prosecco) and peach purée often served at celebrations. It is one of Italy's most popular cocktails. We are sure that our new style Wild Plum Bellini will not only bring on the Summer sun, but hopefully keep it shining throughout the whole of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year!

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Gin Fresh

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 12th March 2013

Gin Fresh CocktailThis is quick, simple to make and stylish

Ingredients

  • Double measure of our Demijohnnie Gin 50%
  • Dash of Elderflower Cordial
  • Couple of fresh mint leaves

Preparation

Combine our Demijohnnie Gin 50% and Elderflower Cordial in a tumbler with plenty of ice. Muddle with fresh mint. Hey presto! Warning, this is not for the faint hearted!


Cider Brandy Camembert

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 12th March 2013

The Cheeseboard Drinks SelectionIf you like cheese and need something for your nibbles at a drinks party, then this might be the perfect soloution.

Ingredients

Preparation

Puncture the cheese several times with a knife. Dribble the Cider Brandy over the cheese allowing it to soak into the puncture holes. Place the cheese in a preheated oven (to 180C) and allow to bake for 15 to 20 minutes until runny. Eat immediately - dunk crisps and repeat!

Why not try our Cheeseboard Drinks Selection, a special gift for cheese lovers


John Quigley's Hot Smoked Salmon

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 12th March 2013

Bramble VinegarJohn Quigley’s Hot smoked salmon, ruby grapefruit, shaved fennel, pistachio and watercress salad with minty crème fraiche and Bramble Vinegar dressing.

Ingredients

  • 1 Ruby grapefruit segmented
  • 1 small fennel bulb very finely sliced
  • A handful of watercress or rocket
  • 300g hot smoked salmon flaked into bite size pieces
  • A small handful chopped pistacchios
  • 6 tbsp crème fraiche
  • 4 tsp Bramble Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp mint sauce

Preparation

Combine the crème fraiche, bramble vinegar and mint sauce in bowl and mix together, ideally to the consistency of single cream, if not add a little water. Divide and arrange the grapefruit, fennel, watercress and salmon between 4 plates, drizzle over the dressing and sprinkle on pistachios.

John Quigley is Chef and patron of the well respected Red Onion Restaurant in Glasgow and is always welcome at Demijohn!


Elderflower Vinaigrette

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 12th March 2013

Elderflower Vinegar and Lemon Oil BallThis is a simple to make vinaigrette which was first invented by Mrs Wilson of Biggar, one of many enthusiastic Demijohn customers.

Ingredients

Preparation

Add the Elderflower Vinegar and Yorkshire Lemon Rapeseed Oil to a jug with a wide neck. Grate a small amount of lemon jest to the mixture. Adjust for salt and pepper. Pour complete mixture into an old Demijohn bottle of at least 300ml capacity and shake vigourously. Use to dress green leaf salads.

Delicously delightful, thankyou Mrs Wilson!

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Cider Brandy Sauce

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 12th March 2013

Somerset 10 Year Old Cider Brandy 42%If you have ever thought that chicken needs a little help to become interesting, we this recipe might be just the ticket!

Ingredients

  • 25g sliced shallots
  • 2 peeled cloves of garlic
  • 20g of unsalted butter
  • 5 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 50ml Somerset 10 year old Cider Brandy 42%
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 50ml double cream
  • 180g unsalted butter

Preparation

Soften 25g sliced shallots and 2 peeled cloves of garlic in 20g of unsalted butter. Add 5 sprigs of thyme and 1 bay leaf and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add 50ml Somerset 10 year old Cider Brandy and reduce down to almost nothing. Add 500ml chicken stock and reduce by half, then add 50ml double cream. Whisk in 180g unsalted butter in small pieces and season with salt and pepper.

Delicious served with chicken, but is also great with pork.


The Very Best Game Gravy

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 12th March 2013

Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur 23%A generous glass or two of our Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur 23% stirred into the juices of a roast duck or venison joint will make a gravy that will add enormous joie de vivre to your dish.

So simple anyone can do it!


Creamy Ginger Pork

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 12th March 2013

Ginger Wine 14.5%If you like to taste your food, then this pork dish using our handmade Ginger Wine 14.5% will impress.

Ingredients

  • 3 Pork fillets
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 140ml Ginger Wine 14.5%
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 140ml sour cream
  • Preserved stem ginger

Preparation

Slice the pork fillets in half lengthwise without cutting right through. Flatten them out and beat them, then cut across the centre to make 6 escalopes. Coat them in flour seasoned with salt and pepper. Heat a generous splash of olive oil in a pan and sauté the escalopes for about 4 minutes each side until cooked through. Remove them and keep warm. Add the Ginger Wine, lemon juice, and 56ml water to the pan, stir well and reduce to half. Stir in the sour cream and 3 pieces of ginger preserved in syrup, drained and chopped. Bring it to the boil again until the sauce thickens and then serve poured over the escalopes.

Serve with mashed potato and mountains of gently steamed leaf spinach. Delicious!


Easy Rhubarb and Ginger Wine Trifles

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 12th March 2013

Ginger Wine 14.5%This delicious recipe will happily serve 4 hungry people.

Ingredients

  • 1lb rhubarb (trimmed weight) cut into 1" lengths
  • 2dsp vanilla sugar (or regular caster sugar)
  • 1/2 layer of sponge cake
  • 8 tbsp Ginger Wine 14.5%
  • 1/2pt thick custard
  • 4tsp Greek yoghurt

Preparation

Pre-heat the oven to high (200C). Put the rhubarb into a roasting tin and sprinkle with the sugar. Roast for 20 minutes, turning over half way through. Allow to cool. Cut the cake into 1cm cubes and place in 4 large wine glasses. Sprinkle evenly with half the Ginger Wine. Top with the cooled rhubarb. Sprinkle with the remaining wine. Top with the custard and refigerate. Plop the yoghurt on top before serving. Enjoy!


Festival Blackcurrant Ice Cream

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 12th March 2013

Festival Blackcurrant Gin Ice CreamOur Festival Blackcurrant Ice-Cream is made with our deliciously rich Blackcurrant Gin Liqueur 20% which has been popular with our customers since we opened up shop in Edinburgh in 2004. No wonder then that it makes a very delicious ice-cream!

Ingredients

  • 500g washed blackcurrants
  • 150g sugar 600ml double cream
  • 60ml Blackcurrant Gin Liqueur 20%

Preparation

Stew the blackcurrants with the sugar and 3 or 4 tbsps water until the fruit is soft. Puree them, then sieve out the seeds and allow to cool. Stir in the double cream and Blackcurrant Gin Liqueur. Chill the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes then churn in an ice-cream maker for 20 to 30 minutes.


Gooseberry Fool

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 12th March 2013

Gooseberry Gin Liqueur 17%Gooseberries are such a wonderful British fruit and this recipe is one of our nations favourites!

Ingredients

Preparation

Simmer the gooseberries with 2 dessert spoons of caster sugar until they are soft. Drain the juice off into a bowl and blend the gooseberries with 1 glass of Gooseberry Gin Liqueur. Add gooseberry gin, sugar and reserved cooking juice to taste until a soft pulp is achieved. Sieve the blended pulp to remove the seeds and fold into an equal quantity of ½ whipped cream and ½ greek yoghurt. Serve with very thin shortbread.


Poached Pears

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 12th March 2013

Elderberry and Port Liqueur 17%This is fantastically simple, yet delicious recipe for a lunch or dinner party dessert.

Ingredients

Preparation

Peel the pears and add to a pan with the Elderberry and Port Liqueur. Simmer together for about 1 hour turning the pears occasionally, until the pears are soft. Remove the pears and reduce the liquid until it is syrupy. Pour it over the pears and serve with the good vanilla dairy ice-cream.

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Speedy Zabaglione

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 12th March 2013

Somerset Pomona 20%This is a Zabaglione recipe of the most untraditional nature and is perfect for whizzing up for unexpected guests.

Ingredients

Preparation

Using a hand whisk beat the ice-cream and Somerset Pomona 20% together until the mixture is cold and fluffy but not frozen. Serve immediately in champagne saucers.

Anything else I should know?

This recipe can be used with just about all our hand made liqueurs. Have fun experimenting!


Summer Pudding

Posted in Food Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 8th March 2013

Blackcurrant Gin Liqueur 20%This simple recipe is a great way of not only feeding a family but impressing a room full of dinner party guests.

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Line a flexible pudding bowl with one layer of bread slices. Simmer together any summer fruit, including raspberries, strawberries, redcurrants, brambles, a small number of blackcurrants, with sugar to taste. Once gently softened allow it to cool then sieve off some of the juice and replace it with Blackcurrant Gin Liqueur 20% (reserve the juice in case it is needed later). Pour the Blackcurrant Gin Liqueur laced fruit into the pudding bowl. Ensure that the juice soaks into the bread, colouring it all. Add the reserved juice and any additional Blackcurrant Gin as required. Top the pudding bowl with more bread slices, cover, and weight gently. This can be frozen until needed then turned out onto a serving dish, thawed and served with pouring cream.

Anything else I should know?

The Blackcurrant Gin Liqueur 20% used can be replaced with Raspberry Vodka Liqueur 22% or Morello Cherry Brandy Liqueur 17% as preferred.


Highland Bread and Butter Pudding

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 8th March 2013

The Highland and Island Malt StackThis delicious Highland Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe serves 3 with a good appetite!

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsps of Clynelish Single Malt Whisky 56.2%
  • 6 Slices white bread
  • 4 Eggs
  • 25g Caster Sugar
  • 600ml Milk
  • Brown Sugar
  • Sultanas
  • Unsalted Butter

Preparation:

Butter the 6 slices of white bread, remove crusts and cut into quarters. Layer the bread in an shallow ovenproof dish sprinkling sultanas between the layers. Pour over 4 tbsps of Clynelish Single Malt Whisky 56.2%. Heat 600ml milk but do not boil and mix together with 4 beaten eggs and 25g caster sugar. Gently pour this over the bread and butter layers and leave to stand for a few minutes. Sprinkle over a little brown sugar and bake at about 180 degrees for 35 minutes until the top is golden brown.


Raspberry and Lemongrass Trifle

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes , by Angus Ferguson, on 8th March 2013

Raspberry and Lemongrass TrifleThis delicious recipe, using our much loved Raspberry Vodka 22%, serves 8 to 10 people and can be enjoyed by the whole family either at Christmas or another such large family gathering. The inspiration behind it comes from one of our most enthusiastic customers, Jackie Hancock. So thankyou Jackie for sharing your family secret with us all!

Ingredients

  • 600ml Water
  • 400g Caster Sugar
  • 50g Lemongrass (3-4 sticks, cut in half lengthways or crushed)
  • 300g fresh Raspberries 
  • 16 Trifle Sponges 
  • 4-5 tablespoons Raspberry Vodka Liqueur 22%
  • 600ml Single Cream 
  • 8 Egg Yolks 
  • 500g Double Cream

Equipment

Either one large glass bowl or two smaller bowls depending on your party.

Preparation

1. Make a syrup with the water and 325g of the caster sugar by bringing them to the boil in a saucepan and boiling for 5 minutes. Take the pan off the heat, add the sliced lengthwise or crushed lemongrass and let it infuse for about half an hour.

2. Strain the syrup into a measuring jug, keeping the saucepan with the strained Lemongrass to one side. Take out about 150-200ml of the syrup and put it into a pan with the raspberries. Bring it to a rolling boil and let it thicken slightly, mashing the fruit to make a jam-like consistency. Let it cool a little and then dunk the trifle sponges in the raspberry mixture and arrange them in the bottom of your bowl. Add our Raspberry Vodka 22% and about 100ml of the lemongrass syrup depending on how much your sponges absorb, and reserve the rest.

3. Meanwhile, to make the custard, heat the single cream in the syrup pan with the Lemongrass until it is nearly BUT NOT boiling, take it off the heat and let it infuse for about 15 minutes. Whisk the yolks and the rest of the sugar together and pour the cream (without the Lemongrass) into the same bowl. Then whisk again and put the custard back on the heat in the cleaned-out pan. Stir or whisk until the custard thickens (MUST NOT BOIL) and then pour it over the trifle sponges. Let it cool.

4. Whip the double cream until thick but not stiff, and cover the custard layer. Use about 250ml of the remaining sugar syrup to make a caramel by heating it in a saucepan until it turns a golden-brown. Drizzle the caramelised sugar syrup over the layer of cream to decorate at the last minute, as it can sink into the cream if left.

Anything else I should know?

The caramel topping is optional, you can decorate the top with anything you like (get the children involved here!).
 - Apply to face quickly before anyone else realises how delicious it tastes!


Good Goosegogs it's Mother's Day!

Posted in The Demijohn News , by Angus Ferguson, on 8th March 2013

Oil and Vinegar CarouselDeciding on a suitable present for your Mother on Mothering Sunday on 10th March is never going to be easy. Choosing something unique will be sure to surprise and hopefully delight. Your answer may lie with our beautiful new Oil & Vinegar Carousel. Choose this if your Mother is likely to enjoy a bowl of fresh green salad leaves simply dressed with our delicious Villa Montalbano Extra Virgin Olive Oil and either our handmade Scottish Raspberry or our fabulous new Gooseberry fruit vinegars. What is good for the digestion is surely positive food for the soul as we patiently await the arrival of Spring! However, if your Mother would be more likely to enjoy something a little stronger, then consider our Morello Fizz Cocktail using a jar of our Morello Cherries in Apple Eau de Vie 20%.

Oil and Vinegar CarouselWhatever you decide, forget her day at your peril and good luck making your choice! If you are quick, we are still offering a 10% discount on any Demijohn bottle refills until the end of February 2013 (i.e Thursday this week!). Simply request your refill discount from a member of Staff in store. If you haven't got a bottle to refill or are too far away don't panic! We are currently offering free delivery for orders of £40 or more to all UK Mainland addresses, so place your order online now. Terms may apply.

 

Also in this letter:

  • The Demijohn News: Tasting Evenings Galore! .... read below
  • How creative are you?: We still need your recipe ideas.... read below
  • Stay in Touch and Win a Prize!: Simply Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter to hear the details first

Demijohn News - February 2013

Morello Cherries in Apple Eau de Vie 20%Our News: Development of our new website continues at full speed and thankfully is nearing its completion. Those who have kindly signed up to help us test it will be getting the call up shortly, so stand by your beds! However, we have also been busy with running many tasting events, both within our shops and without. For groups of friends and work colleagues, for corporate entertainment and just good fun. At the start of the Month at one such evening I had the fortune to talk to about 40 of the knowledgeable members of the Institute for Wine and Spirits in Scotland (IWSS) about our products. Held in a private room at the Royal Scots Club and starting with a few warm up cocktails and delicious breads from Bakery Andante in Morningside in Edinburgh to taste our oils and vinegars, the evening was tremendous fun and in danger of never ending. This is always a good sign! If you are interested in organising your own event and would like more information about what we can offer for groups of two or more persons, then please look at our Tasting Events web page initially and then contact us to discuss a booking.

How creative are you? We still need your recipes! A big thankyou to those who have already sent in their recipes for consideration so far, we will be coming back to you with our verdicts shortly. However, we are still looking for more of your creative talents to assist us in developing new food & drink recipes ideas for our products. We are offering a £30 gift voucher as a reward for sharing your recipes that use Demijohn products with us. Simply email the recipe to me and if we decide to publish it we will reward you with a £30 gift voucher to spend with us in any way you choose. You will be credited with the recipe, if you wish, and may even become famous.... well it's possible! So come on, let's get those creative genes brewing and stewing and send us your recipe ideas when they do!

Next Month in The Demijohn News.... Our new website goes live ..... Please don't forget Mother's Day or to claim your 10% discount on your Demijohn bottle refills, all you need to do is ask when you return!

 Yours,

     Angus

Angus Ferguson

Managing Director


Gang thegither for Burns Night on 25th January

Posted in The Demijohn News , by Angus Ferguson, on 10th January 2013

Robert BurnsWe are fortunate in Scotland to have a very good excuse for a party in January and blow away the blues of a harsh winter, to celebrate the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns, born on 25 January 1796.

If you are to host or attend a Burns Night Supper our latest collection of Single Malt Whisky, unique Demijohn Finest Blended Scotch Whisky 40% and Brammle Scotch Whisky Liqueur 23% will be all you need for your dinner table.

For the centre of your table, we would suggest either our Single Malt Whisky Selection or our Highland and Island Malt Stack. We also have a couple of cocktail recipes which might help make your evening a memorable one.

Try our Tam O Shanter cocktail, which uses both our Demijohn Finest Blended Scotch Whisky 40% andBramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur 23% to provide a very drinkable fruity whisky punch. 

For a more traditional dessert cocktail, try our twist on the classic Atholl Brose cocktail. Whatever you decide to do, good luck in planning your evening and may "Freedom an' whisky gang thegither!

 

Save 10% on Bottle refills

Save 10% on Bottle refillsTo make matters more pleasant still, we are offering a 10% discount on any Demijohn bottle refills until the end of February 2013.

Simply request your refill discount from a member of Staff in store. If you haven't got a bottle to refill or are too far away don't panic!

We are currently offering free delivery for orders of £40 or more to all UK Mainland addresses, so place your order online now. Terms may apply. 

  

Demijohn News -  January 2013


Demijohn - Filming at the shopI hope you have also had a good start to the new year? Thankyou for all your support and custom during 2012, it led to another successful year at Demijohn and we are enormously grateful to you for it.

Our success is both down to the valiant efforts of our Staff on a daily basis and often your patience while we try to deliver what we have promised. Despite some of the highest volumes of online trade we have ever seen, where we processed up to 120 orders per day, we once again succeeded in ensuring that all pre-Christmas orders were delivered on time. 2013 however, is set to be an even busier and more exciting year than 2012 as we look forward to the launch of our new website next month.

In order to make sure it works correctly we will need some willing volunteers to help test it prior to going live. We have a few names already in the bag but do need more.

So if you would like to be one of the first to try and place some test orders with our new website, please send a quick email to me at info@demijohn.co.uk and we will add you to the growing list.

Depending on your contributions you may be rewarded!

How creative are you?

Demijohn BottlesA big thankyou to those who have already sent in their recipes for consideration, we will be coming back to you with our verdicts shortly.

However, we are still looking for more of your creative talents to assist us in developing new food & drink recipes ideas for our products.

We are offering a £30 gift voucher as a reward for sharing your recipes that use Demijohn products with us. Simplyemail the recipe to me and if we decide to publish it we will reward you with a £30 gift voucher to spend with us in any way you choose.

You will be credited with the recipe, if you wish, and may even become famous.... well it's possible! So come on, let's get those creative genes brewing and stewing and send us your recipe ideas when they do!

 

Next Month...Romance is in the air ...

Please don't forget to claim your 10% discount on your Demijohn bottle refills, all you need to do is ask when you return! Best wishes for the year ahead,

 

Angus Ferguson

Managing Director

 


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