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Angus and Eilidh shaking up a Burghley Bounder Cocktail at Burghley Horse Trials 2018!

We love to experiment with new tastes and sometimes cocktail inspiration strikes unexpectedly, often as a result of a new product arriving at a particular moment. And so was the case with the creation of this fantastically fresh and drinkable Burghley Bounder Cocktail, created during the 2018 Burghley International Horse Trials.

Our insanely popular Seville Orange Gin was combined with our zingy Lime & Chilli Cordial, some very fine Red Gum Honey from our Scottish friend Shamus Ogilvy at Necta & Hive and some fresh lime juice to create a wickedly delicious cocktail that might even give a rider enough courage to bound their horse around the famously tricky Burghley cross country course....well almost!!

Ingredients

Preparation

To avoid freezing the honey, muddle the honey with the Seville Orange Gin, Lime & Chilli Cordial and fresh lime juice in a cocktail shaker without any ice until all the honey dissolves. Then add crushed ice and the remainder of your squeezed lime fruit chopped into smaller chunks. Shake hard and pour complete contents into suitable sized tumbler or rocks glass. Sip slowly and get ready to leap like a Thoroughbred!

How do I buy the drinks for this cocktail?

Please choose an apppropriately sized bottle of Seville Orange Gin 26% and Lime & Chilli Cordial from our Cordial range.

Anything else I should know?

Red Gum honey is our preferred ingredient for the Burghley Bounder Cocktail due to is delicious concentrated molasses taste. However, another good honey could of course be used.

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The Royal Rhubarb and Ginger Cosmopolitan Cocktail

We have created the Royal Rhubarb and Ginger Cosmopolitan to celebrate the magnificent Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle on 19 May 2018 at St. George's Chapel, Windsor.

This would be a deliciously fun cocktail to drink at any wedding reception, especially a Royal Wedding reception. This drink champions the union of an American classic with home grown British rhubarb and a touch of ginger, to give it some heat! 

Ingredients

Preparation

Fill a Champagne Coupe or Martini glass with ice to cool the glass. Add your ingredients along with lots of ice to your cocktail shaker. Shake the mixture hard for around 10 to 15 seconds.

Remove all ice from the glass and strain the drinks from the shaker into the glass. Decorate with a small stem of rhubarb.

To make a rhubarb purée, 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 the fruit purée to the cocktail shaker.

How do I buy the drinks for this cocktail?

If you would like to try our Royal Rhubarb and Ginger Cosmopolitan Cocktail for yourself, then either buy our suggested gift set:

Royal Rhubarb and Ginger Cosmopolitan Cocktail Gift Set

Or follow each of these links to help you buy the right drinks:

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Demijohn Classic Dry MartiniWe have based our Demijohn Classic Dry Martini Cocktail on the original Dry Martini loved by the partying elite of the roaring 1920's. This drink famously re-invented itself in the Ian Fleming 1953 James Bond novel Casino Royale, where is earns the name Vesper Martini. The common theme with both forms of Dry Martini are that they are both large, strong, cold and well made with export strength spirits and use a very complex form of Dry Vermouth.

Luckily for us we have most of the ingredients we need to create our small miracle. Our Demijohnnie Gin at 50% abv has certainly the strength required, and our handmade Dry British Vermouth 18% with is 24 herbs including Wormwod, provide all the complex flavours one could ever need. A word of warning for those new to the wonderful World of the Martini. While being a fiendishly good drink, the Martini can also be a devilishly strong drink. Beware!

Ingredients

Preparation

Fill a martini glass with ice to cool the glass. Add your ingredients along with lots of ice to your cocktail shaker. Shake the mixture hard for around 10 to 15 seconds. Remove all ice from the martini glass and strain the drinks from the shaker into the glass.

Finally, twist a small amount peel from a fresh lemon over the glass and drop into the drink to give your Martini a zesty lemon twist. Garnish with a slice of lemon on the glass for effect.

Other Demijohn Martini cocktails to try:

Raspberry Vodka Martini

Sloe Gin Martini

Morello Martini

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Hold your Horses

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes Vodka Cocktails Citrus Cocktails , by Angus Ferguson, on 23rd May 2016

Hold your Horses CocktailFirst created during a fantastically hot week while we exhibited at Badminton Horse Trials in early May 2016, our Hold your Horses Cocktail is aptly named. Our smooth Rhubarb Vodka combines with our zesty Grapefruitcello and the zing of our unique Elderflower Vinegar to produce a delicious long drink, perfectly matched for a hot Summers day.

Ingredients

Preparation

Half fill a rocks glass with ice and add Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur, Grapefruitcello and Elderflower Vinegar. Top up with tonic water and muddle gently. Garnish with a fresh stem of rhubarb or lime and then sip like a Show Jumper!

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Chocolate Dark and Stormy Gift SetOur first Dark and Staurmy cocktail was created in 2010 using our velvety smooth Spiced Rum Liqueur. Our Chocolate Dark and Stormy cocktail is another unique play on the classic Bermudan Dark and Stormy and uses our Chocolate Rum Liqueur and Ginger Wine instead of the original ingredients of Bermudan Dark Rum and Ginger Beer. If you like dark chocolate and strong rum drinks we think you will like this cocktail!

Ingredients

The ingredients for this cocktail can be purchased as our Chocolate Dark and Stormy Gift Set.

Preparation

Half fill a highball glass with ice and add Chocolate Rum Liqueur, Ginger Wine and Lime Vodka Liqueur. Top up with fresh soda, muddle gently and then party like a Bermudan!

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The Queen's Guard on parade in 2015 at Balmoral, with Cruachan IV the Regimental mascot.Highland Fuze is a long, refreshing, whisky sour cocktail drink with an explosive finish. It can quench the thirst of many on a warm Summer's evening in the most excellent way. Like all our recipes, there is a good story behind its creation.

Each year from August Her Majesty The Queen heads with her family to her Scottish home at Balmoral in Royal Deeside for her summer holidays. To protect her and provide a Guard of Honour for a number of ceremonial duties a Company of about 100 serving Scottish Infantry Soldiers are allocated the task of forming the Queen's Guard.

In 2015 this task fell to The 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (The Royal Highland Fusiliers) of whom the Guard Commander was a personal friend.

As part of the many duties of the Queen's Guard, they are required to host a number of high profile Cocktail Parties. We were asked to create a new cocktail drink that would be suitable for such occasions.

After some tremendously fun experiments with the Officers' of the Queen's Guard and some inspired mixology based around a toffee apple from Demijohnnie Joe Rogerson, Highland Fuze was born. A cocktail drink not only delicious in taste, but also fit for Her Majesty The Queen.

Ingredients

Preparation

Choose a large tumbler style glass and add a generous quantity of ice. Squeeze in some fresh lime juice and add measures of both Toffee Whisky Liqueur and Somerset Pomona. Add a dash of Indian Tonic Water and muddle gently. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Top Tip: Highland Fuze is ideally suited to being made in larger quantities and served from a jug at your drinks parties.

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.

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Lemon Weegie

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes Vodka Cocktails Citrus Cocktails , 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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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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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 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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Evoque

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

Ball of Gooseberry Gin

If 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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Lime Vodka Collins

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes Vodka Cocktails Citrus Cocktails , 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.


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.


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.

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 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 Elderflower Vodka and Lemon Vodka Liqueur measures over ice, top up with soda and garnish with a slice of lemon. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!


Grapefruitcello LiqueurIn October 2009, just after we launched our new shop in York, we launched our first Grapefruit Vodka Mojito at a Tasting Evening. It was an outstanding success.

We have revisted this cocktail many times since and it is now made with our unique Grapefruitcello Liqueur 32%. This is a wonderfully fresh cocktail to taste and a great drink to start any evening!

Ingredients

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, Grapefruitcello. 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 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 10 Year Old West Country Cider Spirit 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 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!


Edinburgh Apple Royal Cocktail with the Royal Wedding Tower Gift Set

Edinburgh 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!

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Seabreeze

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes Vodka Cocktails Citrus Cocktails , 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

Preparation

Pour Grapefruitcello Liqueur and cranberry juice over lots of ice in cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime. Sip slowly and enjoy the freshness.


Gin Fresh

Posted in All Recipes Cocktail Recipes Gin Cocktails Citrus Cocktails , 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!


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