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A Short Story of Elderflower Picking

We now stock 3 products that use elderflower, an Elderflower Vinegar, an Elderflower Vodka Liqueur and an Elderflower Cordial. However, it was as a result of demand for our Elderflower Vinegar, that was first developed along with Mrs Anne Sinclair at West Craigie Farm near Edinburgh in the Summer of 2005, that we first started picking elderflower each year. Since its introduction, Anne has continued to work her magic on many harvests of elderflower, creating our delicious flavoured vinegar which has become both a staple of our Demijohn food cupboard and a huge favourite of many of our customers the World over.

Elderflower Vinegar drizzled on fresh strawberries and Strawberry Ice Cream

Uses for Elderflower Vinegar

Elderflower Vinegar can be used for dressing salads with olive oil or infused oils, as in our Elderflower Vinaigrette. It can be mixed with soda, ice and lemon to make a healthy soft drink and used within many inspired recipes, when baking cakes and meringues or included in cocktails such as our Lemon Weegie.

Heading for the hedgerows

By 2006, popularity for our Elderflower Vinegar had increased tremendously and we ran out of the vital ingredient needed to make enough of it. We simply needed more elderflower.

So each year since 2006 we have closed up our shops and, with nearly all our Demijohn Staff or Demijohnnies as they are known, headed to the rural hedgerows to forage for the elusive elderflower.

Our Edinburgh and Glasgow teams picking elderflower in 2012 at West Craigie Farm near Edinburgh

We have picked naturally occurring, organic elderflower, in some of the most beautiful spots imaginable. This is a short pictorial record of the many elderflower picks we have undertaken over the years. They have taken place around beautiful farmland in West Yorkshire, owned by one of our rapeseed oil producers the Kilby family, throughout historic woodlands in and around Edinburgh to the hedgerows of the famous Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire.

Picking at Gleneagles Hotel

Our Elderflower Vinegar’s popularity increased further in 2018, when both The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh and The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire decided to use it to dress salads within their restaurants. As demand increased, so supply was strained and we realised we would need a new source of elderflower.

So in the Summer of 2019, and after quite a bit of planning, we persuaded Executive Chef Richard Dalgleish and his many Kitchen Staff from The Gleneagles Hotel to allow us to plunder the hedgerows in and around the golf courses and gardens of the hotel.

Some of our York Demijohnnies picking elderflower near Wetherby in West Yorkshire in 2019

Such was the extreme nature of the event we decided to also make a film of our day, produced by ex Demijohnnie and film maker, Callum Downs, our Glasgow Shop Manager at the time. Callum’s film shown on this page, The Elderflower Pick, is a beautiful portrayal of a memorable day, capturing some of the splendour of The Gleneagles Hotel and the fun of an elderflower pick.

It is not always easy..

Arranging the annual elderflower pick has not always been easy. After a record picking year in 2019, it has been a very different story for 2020. The Summer of 2020 has been dogged by movement restrictions as a result of the Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic lockdown, and as a result of a very hot Spring the blossom formed early on the elder.

As a result we had to organise our annual pick in mid June, and decided to mobilise our family, rather than our team of Demijonnies from our York shop, to conduct the pick on our own farm, Glenlair, in South West Scotland.

The huge team of pickers at Gleneagles Hotel in 2019

The fruits of our labour mean we will have some Elderflower Vinegar to sell, however our picking were meagre in comparison to previous years. We therefore anticipate an early sell out during 2020 sadly.

The happy news is that we will determinedly continue to pick elderflower for our Elderflower Vinegar in the many years to come.

Such is its continued popularity, our advice is always to buy it as soon as you need it, to avoid disappointment if we sell out earlier than expected.

A Day in the life of an Elderflower Picker

A day of picking elderflower involves getting up early and being prepared for all types of weather, as it could be red hot causing everyone to suffer sunburn or so wet there is even a chance of hypothermia!

Our York team in 2017, elderflower picking in the Wharfe Valley, West Yorkshire

Long trousers and welly boots are a must, as our romantic images may show a gentle activity, but nature has decided elder should grow in areas that are normally full of angry stinging nettles and brambles.

Plenty of energetic activity and fresh air are rewarded by a generous pickers lunch. A healthy homemade selection of food including Elderflower Cake for the Pickers, and of course some of our fantastic Demijohn cocktails and mocktails to wash it all down with. It can be a lovely relaxed piece of the day.

The pick generally ends with a pickers tea during the weigh in, where we calculate how much elderflower has actually been gathered in all the many bin liners. The precious haul is then packed up and dispatched as quickly as possible to Anne’s Kitchen in Edinburgh, to be initially frozen prior to being turned into her now famous Elderflower Vinegar.

Needs must! Angus picking with his children in South West Scotland during the 2020 Coronavirus lockdown

When to pick?

Elderflower is the blossom of the native British Elder Tree and flowers generally in late June or early July in Great Britain. It can normally be picked within a 3 week window, which could be earlier or later in the Summer, depending on how far South one is picking or if we have had a very hot Spring that year. Sometimes a 6th sense, or elderflower nose, is required to gauge the optimum moment to mobilise the pickers.

Elderflower picking is more of an art therefore, than a sport. We wish you the best of luck if you too wish to head to the hedgerows and have a go at picking the elusive elderflower yourself, whether to make Elderflower Vinegar, Elderflower Vodka Liqueur, Elderflower Cordial or Elderflower Champagne.


A Lime & Basil Cooler Mocktail, made with our delicious Lime & Chilli Cordial

The Summer of 2020 has been hot at times, and unusually dry here in South West Scotland. So hot in fact that we have been constantly thinking up new thirst quenching alcohol free Mocktails to drink, like our really simple Lime & Basil Cooler Mocktail.

This is a fabulous drink, using our popular Lime & Chilli Cordial, which can make a brilliantly healthy, non-alcoholic option to the 6pm G&T. As many of our guests have testified, it is an alcohol free drink that thanks to the lime and chilli actually tastes exciting and almost alcoholic.

Ingredients

Preparation

Put plenty of ice cubes in a tumbler glass, along with a sprig of fresh basil and a measure of our Lime & Chilli Cordial. Top up with Walter Gregor's Tonic Water and gently stir.

Drink our Lime & Basil Cooler Mocktail at Summer BBQs, for a pre-dinner drink or during a garden lunch in the hot Summer sun. When you simply need to quench your thirst with a delicious, grown up alcohol free drink our Lime & Basil Cooler is the answer!

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White Truffle Oil being used to make Truffle Oil and Parmesan Wedges

We think the rich earthy flavour added to these potato and sweet potato wedges by our White Truffle Oil adds a delicious depth of flavour to them. Serve with stuffed, pancetta wrapped chicken breast or home-made steak burgers and mountains of green salad.

Preheat the oven to 200C. Cut the potatoes and sweet potatoes into wedges lengthways. Depending on size of the potato I get about 8-12 wedges per potato. In a bowl mix together the wedges, Kabbadates Extra Virgin Olive Oil and teaspoonful of salt and then spread in a single layer on two baking sheets.

Bake the wedges for 15 minutes then turn them and return to the oven for another 10 minutes. Once golden and crisp remove from the oven, drizzle with the White Truffle Oil, grated Parmesan and a light sprinkling of course sea-salt and chopped chives to taste. Serve immediately to avoid the wedges going soggy!


Rich Chocolate Fudge Cake

Demijohn HQ is currently having to double as home-school depot and so I feel it is my duty, as catering department, to provide an occassional break-time treat to buoy the spirits as we all tussle with tech!

This indulgent cake seems to go down well with all ages and was just as welcome for those of us who left school a moment or two ago and are finding it an interesting challenge to aid and supervise. Fortunately Mr Mill's morning PE exercises will be going some way to burning it all off again too!

By using our wonderfully fresh Perthshire Rapeseed Oil this recipe ensures that this rich Chocolate Fudge Cake is as rich and fudgy as its name requires.

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Ingredients:

  • 175g Self Raising Flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 150g caster sugar
  •  2 tbsp Golden Syrup
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 150ml Perthshire Rapeseed oil, plus extra to grease the tins.
  • 150ml semi-skimmed milk

Icing ingredients:

  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 225g icing sugar
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 tbsp of milk (a little more if needed)

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/ 180°C/160°C {Fan Assisted]
Grease two 8 inch cake tins and line the bases with parchment.

Seive the flour into a bowl, and stir in the cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and caster sugar.

Make a well in the centre and add the syrup, eggs, sunflower oil and milk and beat well,until smooth, with a whisk, either hand held or electric. (I feel sure the aforementioned Mr Mill the P.E. Teacher would approve of the hand held version more)

Divide the mixture between the two cake tins and bake for 25-30 minutes until risen and firm to the touch.

Allow them to cool in the tin for 10 minutes or so before turning out onto a wire rack.

Chocolate Cake

Icing:

Beat the butter until it is soft then gradually seive in the icing sugar and cocoa powder and add enough milk to make the icing fluffy and spreadable. 

Sandwich the 2 cakes together with butter icing and cover the sides and top of the cake with more butter icing. Additional decorations can be added by creative pupils needing a break from academia!


The sweet spiciness of our Rhubarb and Ginger Cordial is the perfect addition to my Rhubarb Ice Cream recipe to lift the richness of the double cream used in this indulgent mix.

One of the first things in our garden to burst into leaf, and very enthusiastically, is the rhubarb. The sprouting crowns are one minute emerging from the earth like tiny aliens, the next we are surrounded by thick dark leaves shading out everything they can! It's the work of a moment to seize a few tender stems, and I recommend getting them early when they are sweetest, and stewing them to make some deliciously rich Rhubarb Ice Cream.

Not everyone in our family is as fanatically gingery as I am so rather than adding a significant amount of ginger to create a Rhubarb and Ginger Ice Cream I like to team a scoop of this with a gingery butter biscuit to achieve pudding perfection.

Rhubarb Ice Cream Ingredients

Preparation

My sugar to rhubarb ratio is rarely measured so please feel free to add only a little of the sugar at the start of cooking and adjust to taste after cooking while the rhubarb is still hot. Stew the rhubarb in a lidded pan over a medium heat until the stems are tender throughout but only just starting to fall apart.

Once cooked and cooled remove half the rhubarb mixture (approx 250g) and puree it. Stir into the cream, add the Rhubarb and Ginger cordial and finally the remaining un-puréed cooked rhubarb. Pour the mixture into an ice-cream maker, or alternatively whisk into an ice-cream tub and put into the freezer removing every half hour or so to beat and break up any ice-crystals.

Rhubarb Ice Cream using our delicious Rhubarb & Ginger Cordial

Gingery Butter Biscuit Ingredients

  • 100g soft unsalted butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp ground ginger

Beat the butter and sugar until creamed then add the flour and ginger and mix together gently to form a dough. Roll into small balls about cherry sized and space well apart on a lined baking tray. Dip the tines of a fork in cold water and use it to flatten the biscuits. Bake in a preheated oven at 180degreesC or 160fan, gas mark 4, for about 15 minutes.

Allow to cool on a wire rack and then perch one on a scoop of delicious Rhubarb Ice Cream and and a swirl of stewed rhubarb and eat. For a more intense gingery dessert, try a splash of our handmade Ginger Wine 14.5% over your Rhubarb Ice Cream.

Other Rhubarb Recipes

Rhubarb and Mead Pavlova

Easy Rhubarb and Ginger Wine Trifles


The beautiful spring weather that has appeared seems the perfect herald for a culinary highpoint in my year: British Asparagus season!

Each year, having shunned the imported variety that can be found in the supermarket, I get ridiculously over-excited when the bundles of British grown asparagus spears become available. Our favourite asparagus recipe is Scortched Asparagus Spears, where you simply BBQ asparagus using a little Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar.

This year, we have been promised an extended area of vegetable garden so I am proposing that, at last, we plant a row. This will, of course, herald the next agony of waiting patiently as the plants establish themselves before we can enjoy our own harvest. Fingers crossed that the rabbits don't seize the opportunity to enjoy them before we do!

Click to read our Scorched Asparagus Spears recipe

Asparagus has been cultivated for many centuries. The Greeks and Romans were fans and the Ancient Egyptians were so enamoured of it that it was offered up to their Gods in homage. Whether they took to cooking asparagus on a grill or a BBQ is anyone’s guess!

Having been cultivated in France for many centuries it started to be grown in Britain largely during the 17th Century. Now commercially grown in several areas of the South East of England I shall be curious as to whether I can conjure up temperatures in Scotland to allow the asparagus crowns to thrive.

In the meantime I will continue to do my little happy dance when they appear in the local greengrocer. Fortunately, in the interest of domestic harmony, this aspara-passion reigns throughout the family and we all delight in them in their many forms: bacon wrapped asparagus and grilled asparagus over the firepit, or briefly barbecue and then added to a pasta dish.

Our Tayberry and Asparagus Tripoline and our Pici Asparagus with Balsamic Vinegar are two fabulously simple pasta recipes both involve cooking asparagus on the grill and then dressing the spears with either fabulous fruity vinegar, or for real luxury, a splash of our 25 year old Balsamic Vinegar.

Scorched BBQ Asparagus coated with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar and ready for eating!

If you prefer to avoid the wood-smoky flavour of the barbecue you can wrap the asparagus in foil to allow them to steam rather than grill. Do also remember to save the woody ends to make a deliciously creamy asparagus soup. Though I would recommend sieving the mix after blending the cooked down ends as the fibres are very hard to break down. Failure to sieve risks your recipients choking and wiping their tongues frantically as if suffering from furballs (unless, of course, your family has better table manners than mine?)

Each year, at the arrival of this patiently awaited season, we share our excitement through one of our recipes so here are a few gathered together so that they don't disappear into the depths of our website (the virtual equivalent of Moomin Mama's handbag).

I hope you too can find these beautiful bunches of deliciousness and enjoy them with our range of fabulous oils and vinegars.


The Global Warming Cocktail was first created by Joe Rogerson, our talented Shop Manager in York. His delicious variation on a traditional Dark and Stormy Cocktail brought warmth and comfort to our annual post Christmas party in 2019, in a season when climate change seems to be making itself very heartily felt!

However, you don't have to drink it only on a wild night. A frosty Spring day, or during blazing Summer sun would suit it just as well. This is a fantastic rum cocktail for any moment!

Ingredients

Preparation

Shake the 3 Year Old Cask Aged Dark Rum 54%, Lime Vodka Liqueur 25% and Lime and Chilli Cordial with the fresh mint and lime hard with lots of ice. Add the contents of the shaker to a tumbler glass and then top up with Ginger Beer. Muddle gently and garnish with fresh lime wedges.

Angus shaking up a Global Warming Cocktail in the Spring!

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Fresh and zesty, this long refreshing citrus mocktail can put a spring in everyones step without the units of alcohol. What a treat! Using our handmade Lime & Chilli Cordial, the Fiery Mojito Mocktail is wonderfully quick and easy to make, and a convincing non-alcoholic alternative to the hugely popular classic Mojito Cocktail that uses White Rum.

Ingredients

Preparation

Shake the Lime & Chilli Cordial, mint and lime together with lots of ice. Pour complete contents of the shaker into a highball glass. Top up with more ice and soda. Garnish with fresh mint and wedges of fresh llime.

The Fiery Mojito Mocktail ready to drink!

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The arrival of the fresh Olive Oil harvest seemed the perfect moment to indulge in another family treat, Taramasalata. Since it isn't commonly available, we all get rather excited when we acquire some Smoked Cod's Roe and can make it using a proper Greek Taramasalata recipe, rather than the baby pink fluff sold in the supermarkets.

Fortunately for us our lovely friends at Inverawe Smokehouse, in the West of Scotland near Oban, sell Smoked Cod's Roe. Using our own fresh harvest of Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil we were able to whip up this delightful Taramasalata dip.

If you have never tried to make Taramasalata dip yourself, watch Angus in action below showing you how to use the Taramasalata ingredients to make a Taramasalata from heaven.

Taramasalata Recipe

Ingredients

Preparation

First soak the cod's roe in cold water for a couple of hours, to remove some of the excess salt, then rinse and drain it. Peel off the skin and mash it well with a fork. Now gradually whisk in the lemon juice using a hand blender if you have one, although a fork or whisk will do if you feel you really need some exercise to earn your Taramasalata dip.

Now slowly drizzle in the Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil or another of our Extra Virgin Olive Oils, keeping whisking all the time until the whole mixture emulsifies and thickens a little. If it becomes too thick slake the mixture with a splash of boiling water. Finally mix in the garlic and parsley. 

Taramasalat dip is delicious either spread thickly on bread or on tortillas. We chopped wholewheat tortillas into triangles and dunked them into the dip - Irresistible!

Just to prove how delicious homemade Taramasalata recipe can be, as a family we nearly polished off the whole bowl we had made prior to taking the actual recipe photos. You can see the incriminating evidence from our photo below, sorry!

Taramasalata


Focaccia, made with fresh Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil

While we risk ensuring that we all become the shape of Demijohns with our current enthusiasm for trying out new recipes I couldn't resist trying a new focaccia recipe using both our deliciously fresh Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a touch of our 25 year old Balsamic Vinegar

It will work even better if you don't, as I did, forget to knead it again promptly after the first prove, but even with a slightly rushed second prove it seemed to go down pretty well and was demolished in 1 sitting. I recommend eating it with soup, with pasta, or just dunking chunks of it into the wild garlic pesto we made earlier in the week.

Focaccia Recipe

Ingredients

Preparation

Mix the yeast, flour, tablespoon of Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil, salt and water to make the bread dough either by hand or in a bread maker. If making by hand once the ingredients are mixed well knead it vigourously and then leave to prove until it has doubled in size.

While it is proving slice the onion finely and stir in 1 tsp of olive oil and a tsp of Balsamic Vinegar and microwave in a partially covered dish for 1 or 2 minutes until the onion is softened and delicious!

Roll and pat out the proved dough into a rectangle on a greased baking tray about 25 x 30cm. Prod indentations over the whole dough and then top with the onion mixture. Leave the dough somewhere warmish to prove again for about 30 minutes.

Once more it should grow to about twice its size. Drizzle with 1 more teaspoon of olive oil and bake at 190 degrees centigrade or gas mark 5 for about 25 minutes. Even the smallest Demijohn who normally thinks onions are yukky guzzled this down with delight.

Focaccia, a delicious treat for a quick lunch to feed a hungry family!


Are you bored of Easter eggs or do chocolate turns you off? Then try Demijohn’s Egg Box of Delights, which is a grown-up way to say Happy Easter to someone you love.

The new Demijohn Egg Box of Delights gift sets

For a quirky Easter treat, the easily compostable free cardboard duck egg box, which is slightly bigger than a hen’s egg box, is bursting with six miniature 40ml Apotheker bottles, filled to the brim with homemade artisan spirits such as Seville Orange Gin, Morello Cherry Brandy, Chocolate and Coffee Cream Liqueur, or oils and vinegars.

There are four varieties of the new Egg Box of Delights

Starting at just £23, the new range includes 4 gift set varieties, including a gift set of 6 Gins, a gift set of 6 Liqueurs, a gift set of 6 Oils & Vinegars and Connoisseurs gift set, so there is something for everyone. They make a lovely present for friends and family during the Easter holidays. Crafty friends will love having the bottles to re-use and they are a great way to take a small amount of dressing elegantly to a spring picnic.

Demijohn is a very sustainable and eco-conscious retailer and this new Egg Box of Delights is as eco-friendly as you can get. The cardboard is compostable and the bottles are all refillable at all Demijohn outlets or via mail order.

Egg Box of Delights - Liqueur Gift Set

All the Demijohn drinks can be drunk straight from the bottle over ice, or if you are feeling inventive make one of our delicious and unusual cocktails listed on our website.

For added gifting, Demijohn will write a short personal message on the bottles which makes it an extra special present this Easter.

Give the Easter bunny a run for his money by visiting the Demijohn website to order.

Browse the new Egg Box of Delights gift sets and a range of other Easter gifts via: https://www.demijohn.co.uk/gift-ideas/easter-gifts

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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. Gift wrapping is also available.

Demijohn Shop:

  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637487

Demijohn Shop Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10 to 6pm, Sun - 11.30 to 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


Demijohn has expanded its sustainable retail empire, with the opening of a Concession Store in the highly successful farm shop, Craigie’s, on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Demijohn's latest concession store at Craigie's Farm near Edinburgh

With eco-friendly retail very much at the forefront of food retailing, Demijohn has created its fourth concession – simply a liquid deli within a farm or food shop – with specially made shelving housing the large glass demijohns and a selection of Demijohn’s finest artisan liqueurs, fruit vinegars and oils, as well as some gift products.

The Demijohn Concession Store at Craigie's Farm Shop

Craigie’s Farm Shop is a natural choice for the expansion of Demijohn as Craigie’s has been involved with the production of some of their finest handmade fruit vinegars since they founded in 2004. Most notable is their Elderflower Vinegar which is made from a secret recipe by the Mother of the owner. In summer the Demijohn team have even picked elderflowers from the hedgerows of the farm at Craigie’s to ensure there is a plentiful supply of their bestselling Elderflower Vinegar.

The idea behind Demijohn’s way of selling is for customers to taste before purchasing and then choose the size and shape of the re-fillable bottle, and they can even have a personalised message added for free. Based on the Italian cantina method of selling, this appeals to sustainable retail, as promoted by many farm and food shops. There is minimum packaging, focusing instead on the provenance and quality of the products.

Demijohn decided to expand its offerings to more consumers by taking up concessions in other like-minded food shops. To date there are other highly successful concessions stores at Loch Leven’s Larder Farm Shop in Fife and Luss General Store on the shores of Loch Lomond, with another 5 more planned to open throughout the UK within the next 6 months. The current concessions are hugely popular with regulars and tourists alike who love sustainable retail AND tasting delicious artisan drinks.

Demijohn’s drinks are quite unlike most commercial liqueurs – all are made from natural ingredients, with no added colourings or flavourings and are perfect as the basis to delicious cocktails, or on their own over ice or as an ingredient in one of Demijohn’s famed recipes.

The Demijohn Concession Store at Craigie's Farm Shop

Angus Ferguson, owner of Demijohn, said: “We offer a seriously fun and engaging method of shopping which appeals to large numbers of people who enjoy discovering new food and drink tastes. Our customers love our quirky, high quality products and increasingly understand our eco-friendly retail concept.

Re-using a Demijohn bottle by refilling it makes even more sense in 2020 than it did in 2004 when we first started. We are sharing our knowledge and success with other like-minded independent businesses such as Craigie’s Farm to create smaller, more flexible concession stores. We aim to make it as easy as possible for our customers to refill their bottles by opening more concession stores here in the UK throughout 2020."

Demijohn’s success is nationwide – they have just been nominated as a finalist in the York Food and Drink Awards, as Independent Retailer of the Year.

If you can’t make it into one of the shops or concessions, Demijohn products are also available for mail order via 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. Gift wrapping is also available.

Demijohn Shop:

  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637487

Demijohn Shop Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10 to 6pm, Sun - 11.30 to 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


Not slow in winning awards, Demijohn's artisan Sloe Gin has won one of the top awards at the World Sloe Gin championships, held in Kent. Winning the new boutique distillery category, and placed second overall, Demijohn's Sloe Gin certainly won over the judges.

The World's Best Sloe Gin

This is the 11th year of these awards, organised by the George Inn in Frant and Moondown Events, and for many years Demijohn's Sloe Gin has been crowned the top spot. Competition is getting ever more competitive, with entries coming from all over the world, and this year coincided with the end of dry January. The event also raised more than £650 on the day for UK Sepsis Trust, in memory of a local lad who died from sepsis.

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 on the blackthorn bush 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 'boutique' gin.

Angus Ferguson, owner of Demijohn said on hearing the news: "Our Sloe Gin continues to be a bestseller so we are delighted to have won this award. Our Demijohn Sloe Gin's taste has been based for the last 15 years on my Mother's recipe, not too sweet, not too dry and a perfect drink for the cheese lover looking for an alternative to Port."

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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. Gift wrapping is also available.

Demijohn Shops:

  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637 487

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


New Year, New Yum

Posted in Latest News The Demijohn News Flavours of the Month , by Frances Ferguson, on 9th January 2020

Paired with a little sadness at turfing out our beautiful Christmas tree (though the hens now will get its benefit as a climbing frame) is the feeling of enthusiasm for getting on with the New Year and taking a much needed break from several weeks of gastronomic overindulgence. But I'm not the giveupeverythinguary type so instead I look forward enjoying some healthy but delicious meals with the mildest intention to focus on the foodie aspect of Demijohn's wares, rather than the drinky ones.

Bramble Vinegar

We are still several months away from salad season (the rain lashing my window in early afternoon darkness is ensuring that I don't forget this) but one of my favourite foods, which even feels relatively virtuous, is a huge tray of roasted winter vegetables: red onions, parsnips, carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, leeks all tossed together with a Demijohn Chilli infused Rapeseed Oil, salt, and roasted. It brings a bit of colour to the dish if you throw in a handful of halved brussel sprouts for the final 10 minutes of cooking time. When everything is roasted season with black pepper and a generous dressing of Demijohn Apple Vinegar to draw out the comforting sweetness of these wintery wonders.

Another much maligned winter vegetable is Cabbage. Admittedly boiled in the Dickensian workhouse manner it is truly ghastly but I love cabbage chopped up raw or braised with cooking apples and cheered up with a bit of chilli and Damson Vinegar.

Braised red cabbage

Soften half a chopped onion in Chilli Rapeseed Oil then add sliced red cabbage for a few minutes. Add some cubes of Bramley Apple if you wish. Stir in a spoonful of flour and seasoning and then slake the flour with Demijohn's Damson Vinegar and leave on a medium heat until the cabbage is cooked to make a deliciously rich winter vegetable dish. Check that the cabbage isn't catching and add Damson Vinegar as needed.

Demijohn's Yorkshire lemon Rapeseed Oil brings an air of the Mediterranean to the dankest day and I love to use it to finish a kedgeree or a mushroomy pasta dish. A generous slug stirred through before serving is all that is needed. It can also be used to make a delicious lemon mayonnaise to accompany any fish dish, and after all – fish is always healthy – at least healthier than the mince pie and chocolate biscuit fest I have been on recently.

For a fishy treat don't forget our delicious recipe for John Quigley's hot smoked Salmon using Demijohn's Bramble Vinegar – delicious, incredibly nutritious and utterly delightful!

And if you need an indulgent treat then our favourite winter medium for our Kabbadates single estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil is this recipe for heart-stopper potatoes. As the name suggests it isn't going to remove the Christmas tummy but January and February can be pretty glum without a little bit of fun! Utterly delicious served with a steak and, I think, a vast improvement on Steak Frites.

Heart-stopper Potatoes

Scrub some Maris Piper Potatoes and chop into cubes about 1-1.5cm across. Sprinkle into a roasting dish no more than 1 layer deep. Chop finely several garlic cloves and sprinkle over the potatoes. Drizzle the whole tin with Kabbadates Extra Virgin Olive Oil and turn the potatoes until they are well coated in oil. Sprinkle the potatoes liberally with rosemary and salt and roast in a hot oven (about 200C) for about 30 minutes. Turn the potato cubes about half way through the cooking time to prevent them sticking to the tray. Utter heaven with steak and salad, or anything else frankly!


Prominent drinks company Demijohn is re-locating its main retail base to York, and concentrating its retail, mail order, concession and wholesale business from this new larger base. With a new direction for the company in this age of online and customer-focused purchasing, Demijohn is creating a new Demijohn Club, where customers will enjoy exclusive evening events such as Cocktail Master Classes in-store and offered the chance to refill their Demijohn bottles at home using a biodegradable container.

In addition, it is expanding its trade and concession offerings with many new concessions at farm shops and delis planned for 2020, as well as a much broader trade offering.

With the decline in high street retailing and prohibitive rents and business rates, Demijohn has sadly made the decision to close its shop on Byres Road in Glasgow. While this is a blow for local West End residents, it is hoped that the new Demijohn Club and other concession outlets will allow the business to focus on local products for local areas and expand its best sellers. Demijohn also plans to have a very active presence at food, country and local shows and events so its loyal customer base can still taste and have the Demijohn experience.

Angus Ferguson, MD and Founder of Demijohn said: "Since we founded 15 years ago, high street retailing has undergone a huge change, with the most pronounced shift being within the last 3 years. We have to make some dramatic changes to remain successful. Our amazing environmentally conscious customers are demanding greater availability of our products closer to them, across the World. So staying true to our eco-friendly ethos and entrepreneurial spirit, we aim to revolutionise 21st century retail and make changes in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Our new Demijohn Club, running from York, will utilise biodegradable containers to allow our customers to refill their Demijohn bottles at home or refill at our new smaller, more efficient concession outlets dotted throughout the UK.

"It is a new direction for the company but one in which we plan to expand and develop over the next decade and beyond. At Demijohn we have a great relationship with our customers, many of whom have become friends, and we will not desert them, but will enfold them into the Demijohn Club. Above all we are committed to continuing in being a sustainable, environmentally friendly company with a minimum carbon footprint, which we believe this new direction allows.

"This new leaner, more focused Scottish company will allow for growth and opportunities in other directions so watch this space as to our plans!"

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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. Gift wrapping is also available.

Demijohn Shops:

  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637 487

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


Our 10 Best Christmas Gift Ideas

Posted in Latest News The Demijohn News Flavours of the Month , by Frances Ferguson, on 10th December 2019

Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas presents – when it's suddenly abundantly apparent what I really hope someone might give me but wrack my brains for ideas for others! Having said that I'm almost always quite delighted to be given something that the giver clearly wanted themselves so here are some suggestions of some of my favourite Demijohn gift ideas to give to your nearest and dearest.


1. The Demijohn Drinks Chest

Who wouldn't want this beautifully hand made oak chest. A delightful piece of cabinetry partially inspired by a Georgian tea caddy but with a handsome robustness. With 8 different liqueurs and a choice of glasses all fitting into beautifully crafted spaces within the chest this couldn't be more delightful. And hopefully the fortunate recipient might appreciate how much you would like this too and at least share some of the delicious contents with you!

The Demijohn Drinks Chest

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2. The Huge Demijohn Hamper

This is just what it says – an amazing cornucopia of all things Demijohn. If Father Christmas wore a Demijohn apron this is what you'd hope he'd bring you. A wide range of all sizes of bottles filled with Demijohnnie Gin, Morello Cherry Brandy, Somerset Cider Spirit, Bramble Scotch Whisky, Gooseberry Gin, Oils, Vinegars, jams and Chutneys. I could go all Ratty listing the contents of a riverside picnic with this one but just go ahead and give one. Your giftee will be more grateful than the Mole himself.

The Huge Demijohn Hamper

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3. Chocolate Rum Jeroboam

What a treat this immense three 3 litre Salmo bottle contains! Our spectacular Chocolate Rum Liqueur 29.5%. Less sweet than many of our liqueurs this is one for the Rum enthusiast and the Dark Chocolate Lover. Cacao has been infused in Golden Caribbean Rum to make this wonderfully deep flavoured creation. Ideal equally as an aperitif over ice or a digestif after a Christmas feast we have also conjured up a few cocktail recipes using this wonderful drink. And remember we encourage owners of a Demijohn bottle to return to us for a refill so even once it has been drained dry your recipient has a fantastic decanter like bottle to refill again and again.

Chocolate Rum Jeroboam

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4. The Oil and Vinegar Tower with Oak Gift Box

A beatiful European Oak box made by our talented Cumbrian cabinet makers contains 3 clever stacking Impilabile 250ml bottles filled with our fresh Villa Montalbano Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Tuscany, our tart Gooseberry Vinegar from Edinburgh and our fruity Damson Vinegar from Shropshire. Our Oil and Vinegar Tower is the must have set for all salad eating food lovers. Your Oil and Vinegar Tower and its Oak gift box can be personalised to create an even more unique gift. You can alter the contents of the bottles in your Impilabile 250ml Bottle Presentation Box, add a handwritten message for free on the bottles, and for an additional fee add an engraving of your choice to the surface of the presentation box.

The Oil and Vinegar Tower with Oak Gift Box

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5. Gift for a Serious Foodie

Contained in 2 handsome 100ml Mystic stacking bottles filled is our wonderful 25 year old Balsamic Vinegar from Modena and our fresh Tuscan single estate Villa Montalbano Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Made by the Tagliavini family at their Acetaia at Ponterotto, Soliera, just North of Modena this carefully matured Traditional Balsamic Vinegar can be used in a multitude of ways, on undercut beef, on Parmesan Cheese or over strawberries or ice cream. Its taste will never disappoint. Our Villa Montalbano Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a concentrated, fresh single estate extra virgin olive oil from the North Chianti region of Tuscany, near Pistoia. It has an aroma of fresh olives and a little pepper to give it excitement. It is excellent for dressing stronger flavoured foods such as green leaf salads of rocket or watercress or cured meats with our 25 year old Balsamic Vinegar.

A Gift for a Serious Foodie

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6. Gooseberry Gin Gift Box

Fitting exactly into it's handmade Oak Presentation box is a handsome cubelike Mystic 500 Bottle containing our unique Gooseberry Gin Liqueur 17%. Our Gooseberry Gin Liqueur is tart, yet sweet, perfect for the gin lover looking for the unusual.  This is equally delicious neat, over ice, long as a G&T with tonic and a big squeeze of lemon, or in a number of cocktails found on the recipes page of our website. Our Gooseberry Gin Liqueur is hand made for us East Lothian using British Careless gooseberries and a Scottish spirit gin. The Oak wood Mystic 500 Presentation Box has been hand crafted by our cabinet makers in Cumbria to our own design.

The Gooseberry Gin Gift Box

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7. Mini Winter Selection

A delightful handmade poplar Tantalus contains 3 100ml Chiara bottles each filled with Brammle Scotch Whisky Liqueur 23%, Raspberry Vodka Liqueur 22% and Sloe Gin 25%. Each hand made British liqueur has its own unique rich and fruity quality. The result is a drink selection that is almost impossible to resist! Our Winter Liqueur Selection is perfect as a dinner party decanter set. A magical present for a grown up foodie or a wine connoisseur at any time of the year it doesn't really need to be reserved for Christmas!

The Mini Winter Liqueur Selection

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8. More than Gin Baubles

Gin is Everywhere! And at Demijohn we like the variety of some of our alternatives. So here is a set of 6 charming miniature 40ml Apotheker bottles each containing one of our favourite tipples: Limoncello Liqueur 32%, Toffee Whisky Liqueur 20%, Morello Cherry Brandy Liqueur 17%, Raspberry Vodka Liqueur 22%, Seville Orange Gin 26%, and Spiced Rum Liqueur 20%. Each bottle comes with it's own raffia loop so that these tiny delights can be used as baubles on a Christmas tree, to decorate a wreath, mantelpiece, Santa's Claus's beard - or anywhere else that needs a little seasonal lift. Contents can be varied by request, prices may vary if contents are altered.

Christmas Gin Baubles

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9. A Nocturne of Coffee and Chocolate Cream Liqueur

A classic Demijohn bottle of 350ml of amazingly velvety Chocolate and Coffee Cream Liqueur using dark chocolate, a twist of coffee, real Devonshire Cream and Julian Temperley's first class Somerset Cider Brandy. This indulgent treat has proved so popular it has been gushing out of the demijohn since it's first arrival. If you have tried our Butterscotch Cream Liqueur, Chocolate Orange Cream Liqueur or sip the odd Baileys then this will be definitely be one for you. It is delicious drunk over ice or alternatively add to your grown up desserts, such as ice cream or cake, to liven them up a little!

A Nocturne of Coffee and Chocolate Cream Liqueur

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10. Hipflask of Traditional British Sloe Gin

The perfect stocking filler. If you have a person in mind who like their cheese and port, then this fun hipflask of Sloe Gin would be a fabulous gift to give. This drink is made with much hard work and love. In mid to late October 2018 we headed to the hedgerows of South West Scotland to help pick the elusive sloe berries that make this very special drink. After steeping in London Gin for 10 to 12 months, the result is a deliciously rich and fruity drink which is similar Port. In our family we often start our Christmas day festivities with a dash of our Traditional Sloe Gin in a glass as Champagne to make a Kir or Sloegasm Cocktail. Christmas Day soon takes a leap for the better!

A Hipflask of Sloe Gin

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Whatever your tastes or your budget there is so much to choose from at Demijohn that I hope this is given food for thought. Now all you need is some delicious Demijohn wares to sustain body and spirit over the holiday season!

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Sustenance and energy maintenance are vital requirements of the Team Demijohn Elderflower pick and this year I decided to supplement it with a sugar boost of a particularly appropriate variety: Elderflower cake made with our delicious elderflower vinegar and the addition of lemon zest. Being easier to transport to ravenous pickers and plentiful enough to feed a substantial team I opted for a traybake but this would equally suit a round cake with adjustments for baking time. Having experimented with both a butter cream and a drizzle topping the buttercream was voted the winner!

Elderflower and Lemon Cake

Elderflower products have become more popular in the last few years, and some companies have resorted to using synthetic elderflower flavourings to meet demand. Not us though! We believe that nothing can compare to the fresh, floral aroma and smell of real elderflowers. However, to get the real unique flavour of elderflowers requires hard work as they are not available to buy commercially, and it requires a team of pickers to brave the stinging nettles and be hoisted up on each other’s shoulders to reach higher up to hand pick the blooms. Another challenge is that the elderflower season is very short in the UK, being just between the end of May and mid June. The flowers should only be harvested on dry, warm days, with the buds fully open which makes it particular difficult because of the varying unpredicabilty of the Summer weather in the UK.

Elderflower products such as cordials, 'champagnes', and liqueurs are fairly well known in the UK and Northern Europe, but there was a huge worldwide explosion in interest in elderflowers, last year in 2018, because the Duke & Duchess of Sussex chose a lemon and elderflower cake with a Swiss meringue buttercream for their Royal Wedding. Meghan and Harry’s cake was made by Claire Ptak of Violet Cakes in London, and her recipe used over 200 Amalfi lemons and 10 bottles of elderflower cordial.

Elderflower and Lemon Cake

The flavour and aroma of elderflowers is best preserved in vinegar hence why I chose to use our elderflower vinegar in this cake recipe, since it also adds some of the sharpness that is usually provided by the lemons since I opted to use lemon zest instead of whole lemons. The unique taste of elderflower is quite difficult to put your finger on, it is floral, and has subtle hints of tropical lycee or pear, and just like tomatoes are enchanced by basil, the flavour of the elderflower is equally enhanced when married with the citrusy aroma and flavour of lemons.

Elderflower Cake Recipe Ingredients

  • 225g of unsalted butter
  • 225g of caster sugar
  • 275g of self raising flour
  • 2 level tsp of baking powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 tbsp of Demijohn Elderflower vinegar
  • the finely grated zest of one lemon

Buttercream ingredients

  • 200g of unsalted butter
  • 300g of icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp of elderflower vinegar

How to make our elderflower lemon cake with buttercream

  • Preheat the oven to 160C or 140C in fan oven.
  • Blend the cake ingredients well and spread in a greaseproof lined baking tray (mine measures approximated 20x30cm).
  • Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes.
  • When baked a skewer will come out cleanly.
  • Blend the ingredients for the buttercream and once the cake has cooled remove it from the tin and greaseproof paper and spread the buttercream evenly over the top of the cake.
  • Cut into squares as required - My tin makes about 30 squares of florally sugary deliciousness.

Hungry Elderflower Pickers ready for Elderflower and Lemon Cake


Sloes - Bitter Berries to Sweet Gin

Posted in Latest News Flavours of the Month , by Stuart Reid, on 30th June 2019

What are Sloes?

Sloes, or the sloe berry are small, dark, bitter, stoned fruits that grow on the blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), a large growing shrub with vicious thorns in the plum family. The sloe is native to Europe, small parts of Asia, North Africa, and has spread to other parts of the world by human migration. However it’s a wonder that human’s ever thought to naturalise sloes to other parts of the world as the berries eaten straight from the bush taste absolutely terrible and suck the moisture from your mouth. It’s only after they go through a frost that the astringency is reduced, and the amazing plum like flavour of the sloes and subtle notes of almonds makes it possible for making wonders such as sloe gin. The word sloe comes from the Old English word slāh via the Middle Low German word slē and similar words for the fruit can be found through Northern Europe were there are long traditions of infusing the fruit with alcohol.

Prunus spinosa Fruit

The Blackthorn Shrub

The blackthorn or sloe has managed to find a foothold in Northern Europe because it spreads where humans and animals do not tread and maintains its presence with its long, sharp thorns from which it gets its Latin name 'spinosa' meaning thorn shoots. Because of its dense nature and thorns it has been used to good effect by farmers for hundreds of years as cattle proof fencing.

Similar to the sloe are its cousin the bullace (wild greengage), the damson (which has been cultivated from the bullace) and the cherry plum or myrobalan, though none of these have the bitterness of the sloe and do not have the same dangerous thorns.

Sloe tree

What are Sloe Berries used for?

Though humans have been eating sloes for a long time as a source of vitamin C in the Winter and for medicinal purposes, it wasn’t until farmers started to use blackthorn as hedgerows that an abundance of sloe fruit became available and people learned how to transform the sloe berries into wonderful liqueurs such as sloe gin, sloe vodka, sloe whisky, sloe brandy and sloe port, as well as jams and fruit pies.

Myths have grown up around the making of sloe gin, from when they should be picked, to how they should be processed and how long they should infuse before drinking. In the past you had to wait until the first frost had bletted the fruit before using them, but nowadays they can be placed in a freezer after picking to help break down the outside skin and encourage the juice to infuse with the gin. It was also said that each sloe berry must be pricked with a blackthorn thorn or a silver needle. However modern freezing of the fruit takes care of this too.

Making sloe gin is a lesson in patience

Making sloe gin is a simple process, but waiting for the magic to happen takes patience. Adding the prepared fruit with sugar to gin is easy, waiting months, even years for it to be ready is the hard part. The waiting is worth it though as inside the infusion are complex chemical processes that change the bitter sloes into a sweet drink with heady flavours and rich aromas. In a paper published in 2004 titled 'Phenolic composition, antioxidant and antimicrobial activity of the extracts from Prunus spinosa L. fruit' it describes the phenolic compounds found in sloe berries. It is probably the transformation of these chemical compound by various methods such as oxidation, esterification and others that take place during the long, slow ageing to give rise to the complex flavours of sloe gin.

The Best Sloe Gin in the World

How to determine the best sloe gin in the world is quite easy. Simply, it is the one that has won the World Sloe Gin Championships three times. Demijohn’s Worcestershire Sloe Gin has wowed judges and its success is down to the long infusion time of the sloes with the gin to ensure a deep, rich flavour.

The best sloe gin in the world


Drinks Chest at the Scottish Game Fair

Posted in Latest News Press Releases , by Stuart Reid, on 6th May 2019

Gift Set - Drinks ChestPicnics or shooting parties this summer simply wouldn’t be complete without the 2019 Demijohn Drinks Chest, made bespoke for each customer. Handmade in Cumbria, from oak with strong leather handles, it contains eight bottles of top quality hand-made small batch Demijohn liqueurs; two 500ml cube shaped bottles for the owner’s very favourite drinks and six smaller 100ml bottles in the same attractive shape. These will be available to order and buy on the Demijohn Stand in the GWCT Members Enclosure.

While you take a look at the huge array of delicious drinks, spirits, cordials and liqueurs on the Demijohn stand, treat yourself to one of their delicious artisan cocktails. Midsummer Muddle or Bloody Pirate will be mixed up specially for the customers, turning the stand into a fun cocktail bar for the Fair.

Scottish Game FairNew on the stand will be Demijohn’s 25 Year Old Balsamic Vinegar. This exquisite balsamic vinegar is made by the Tagliavini family at Soliera just north of Modena. As one of the very few 25 year old true balsamic vinegars available in the UK, it is an incredible product to pour over undercut beef, parmesan cheese or even strawberries and ice cream. Its thick, syrupy texture and velvety smooth taste puts it in a class of its own. It will be launched at the Game Fair so be sure to buy some. Priced at £50/100ml.

25 Year Old Balsamic VinegarDemijohn’s stand will contain many of the company’s favourites, including Bramble Scotch Whisky, Gooseberry Gin, Seville Orange Gin, Morello Cherry Brandy, Spiced Rum, Sloe Gin and a wide selection of oils, vinegars and cordials. Customers can come and refill their previous Demijohn bottles or choose from our wide range of bottles, ranging from 40ml to 3 litres.

Demijohn staff will even add a personalised message for free so you can buy the perfect summer gifts for friends and family.

Bespoke versions of the Drinks Chest are available with personalised engraving on both the lid or sides of the chest and on the glasses. For shoots, both the tumblers and the shot glasses can be supplied with peg numbers on the bottom. The exquisite hand craftmanship of this unique drinks cabinet ensures that your picnic will always be posher than next doors’ and also looks great displayed on a sideboard or table instantly giving a room the irresistible promise of abundant hospitality!

Don’t miss out on visiting the Demijohn stand – for many visitors it is the highlight of the Fair and we look forward to welcoming old and new customers across the weekend!

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Note to Editors:

The Standard Edition Drinks Chest is delivered with its 8 bottles filled with some of Demijohn’s most popular liqueurs, including 500ml of both Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur 23% and Seville Orange Gin 26%, and 100mls each of Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur 20.5%, Sloe Gin 22%, Spiced Rum Liqueur 20%, Gooseberry Gin Liqueur 17%, Morello Cherry Brandy Liqueur 17% and Toffee Whisky Liqueur 20%. The Drinks Chest costs £975 for the Standard Edition including eight liqueurs and can be order online at: http://www.demijohn.co.uk/drinks-chest-standard-edition

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. Gift wrapping is also available.

Demijohn Shops:

  • 382 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AR Tel: 0141 337 3600
  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637 487

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


Demijohn Concession at Luss General Store, Loch LomondAfter creating the UK’s first liquid deli some 15 years ago, Demijohn is expanding its concept of sustainable selling into farm shops, delis and tourist destinations. The small ‘Demijohn delis within a deli’ comprise specially made shelving housing the large glass demijohns and a selection of Demijohn’s finest artisan liqueurs, fruit vinegars and oils, as well as some gift products.

The idea behind Demijohn’s way of selling is for customers to taste before purchasing and then choose the size and shape of the re-fillable bottle, and they can even have a personalised message added for free. Based on the Italian cantina method of selling, this appeals to sustainable retail, as promoted by many farm and food shops. There is minimum packaging, no labels and it really focuses on the provenance and quality of the products.

Demijohn decided to expand its offerings to more consumers by taking up concessions in other like-minded food shops. To date there are highly successful concessions in Loch Leven’s Larder Farm Shop in Fife, Luss General Store on the shores of Loch Lomond, the White Goose Restaurant & Bar in Dundee and with more planned throughout the UK.

Demijohn ConcessionDemijohn’s liquids are quite unlike most commercial liqueurs – all are made from natural ingredients, with no added colourings or flavourings and are perfect as the basis to delicious cocktails, or on their own over ice or as an ingredient in one of Demijohn’s famed recipes.

Angus Ferguson, owner of Demijohn, said: “The Demijohn concept and our products are still hugely popular. We offer a fun and engaging method of shopping which appeals to large numbers of people who enjoy the very best food and drink. These customers are also increasingly sensitive to their impact on the environment, so allowing them to refill their Demijohn bottles is very attractive and creates repeat business. Sharing our success with other like minded independent businesses to create smaller, more flexible concession stores rather than large fixed high street stores, seemed to be the natural development. Our aim is to offer our products to more corners of the country and expand further throughout 2019.”

If you can’t make it into one of the shops or concessions. Demijohn products are also available online at 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
  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT Tel: 01904 637 487

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 Great Demijohn Easter Bake Off

Sticky Spiced Rum Cake Recipe

Amazing! The sun has come out after storm Gareth, and the sky is dotted with the type of white fluffy clouds that I had forgotten existed anywhere outside a children's book illustration. I even glimpsed a rather prematurely enthusiastic crocus this morning. Perhaps Spring will spring after all, Easter will eventually arrive too and we can celebrate with a cheering cake?

So bring on The Great Demijohn Easter Bake Off, to cheer us all up! Cake seems particularly associated with Easter but since cake is best consumed in our family as a pudding (Mr Demijohn often receives a dissapproving glare at his attempt to heat up any cake and pair it with ice-cream regardless of how it is best served) I have experimented.

The end result is a new recipe, our Sticky Spiced Rum Cake which uses our velevty smooth Spiced Rum Liqueur 20% in its recipe for both cake and sauce. It is a banana loaf with a Spiced Rum Sauce in place of the more traditional sticky toffee pudding as I find cooking with treacle a rather dauntingly sticky process.

If you are not a Sticky Spiced Rum Cake person, then we have a number of other simple and delicious recipes we think you will enjoy for Easter. For divine decadence, try our Chocolate Rum Cake, which uses our Chocolate Rum Liqueur 29.5%.

Chocolate Rum Cake Recipe

If you are planning an Easter Tea Party and need a change from cake or cucumber sandwhiches, then we can recommend our Meady Mouthfuls Honey Mead Cookies. These delicious cookies are made using our Traditional Mead 14% and can perk up most tea parties!

Another fabulous pudding to feed a family or a dinner party, is our Raspberry and Lemongrass Trifle. Using our popular and fruity Raspberry Vodka Liqueur 22%, we can thank long term customer Jackie Hancock for this inspired treat.

Easter is set to be warmer and tastier with The Great Demijohn Easter Bake Off at its heart. We wish you a very Happy Easter baking with friends and family!

     Frances

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Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur, a little medicine against Winter's fury?

As the snow flutters prettily past the Demijohn HQ window the medicinal qualities of Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur seem a particularly welcoming thought.

In an impressively strong willed attempt to refrain for an hour or two from broaching the bottle I decide to peruse information on the Bramble itself.

This vital and delicious ingredient in both our Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur and our delicious Bramble Vinegar is such a familiar weed in rural (and less rural) Scotland that we rarely think beyond escaping its thorny clutches.

With a tiny amount of delving I immediately discover that the Bramble or Rubus fruticosus is a member of the rose family. On closer thought the scratches sustained from both are not dissimilar and there is some resemblance between the tiny pinkish white blossom of the bramble and the delightful blowsy blossom of a dog rose.

The fruit of the Bramble

The fruit of the bramble (or blackberry for those South of the border) is now considered an antioxidant “superfood”. Not only is it a great source of vitamin C, but also vitamin A, Omega3, potassium and calcium.(I knew a little snifter would have some benefits!).

During the American Civil War blackberry tea was used to cure dysentery. More than one ceasefire was reportedly called for the purpose of picking blackberries and Confederate and Union soldiers would pick blackberries together, often from the same bush at the same time.

It is even reputed to foretell winter weather: a very cold spell whilst the blackberries are in full flower (late June to July) is known as a Blackberry Winter. It foretells plenty of snow and ice later in the year.

So that omnipresent weed the Bramble has many strings to it's bow.

Click for the recipe, Sausages with Red Onion and Bramble Glaze

It is in the knowledge of it's amazingly beneficial properties that I embark on making this delicious warming winter dish, Sausages with Red Onion and Bramble Glaze, bolstered by the knowledge that it is doing us countless other goods!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we have, do contact us with any new recipe ideas you have for Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur, we are sure there are many more.

     Frances.


Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur 23%

Give a touch of the Christmas spirit with this original, alcoholic Christmas drink – Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur from the innovative liquid deli Demijohn.

From a recipe as old as the hedgerow fruit itself, this award-winning drink, Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur, is Demijohn’s bestseller for this Christmas. Made in East Lothian in Scotland, this rich, full-bodied drink, which is similar in looks to port but has a much more complex flavour, is ideal for post Christmas dinner, or as an excellent accompaniment to cheese, or even for a nip when out on a bracing winter’s walk.

Demijohn can bottle this drink in a whole range of bottles, ranging from a small 40ml to a wonderfully indulgent 300ml Salmo bottle. Every one is hand bottled to order and then a personalised message can be added for free. Or choose a hand-crafted gift box which will be the highlight under the Christmas tree.

Father's Day Gift Box

This whisky liqueur contains an infusion of Scottish brambles, or blackberries as they are known outside Scotland, with sugar and Scotch Whisky. Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur is also known as Brammle (pronounced bram-el), which translates from the old Scots as Bramble.

Men in particular love this as a Christmas gift, and the Demijohn staff will also give some great tips on cocktail recipes including this delicious drink, making it an even more innovative gift. Demijohn also has some great gift sets containing the Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur, which is not just original but combines three or five of their handmade artisan drinks.

Big Daddy, 3 litres of Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur

Give a gift that will be loved by young and old alike this Christmas! Give Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur!

Priced at £5.20/100ml it is available from Demijohn shops or online from: https://www.demijohn.co.uk/bramble-scotch-whisky-liqueur-416

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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:

  • Unit 8/L4, First Floor, Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow, G1 2FF. Tel: 0141 3533560
  • 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

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

Buchanan Galleries Opening Hours: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat - 10-7pm, Thurs 10-8pm, Sun 10-6pm.

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


Inside Demijohn's new Buchanan Galleries Store

Clearly bucking the trend for retail start-ups is Scottish liquid deli Demijohn who this week opened a new pop-up in Glasgow’s main shopping centre, Buchanan Galleries. Such is the demand for their artisan liqueurs, spirits, whiskies, oils and vinegars, especially in the run-up to Christmas, that they decided to expand with this new shop.

Stephanie Fraser, Chief Exec of Bobath Scotland, one of Demijohn’s chosen charities, will cut the raffia on 12 Oct to officially declare the shop open.

With a very visual and inviting shop décor, complete with large glass demijohns perched on beech shelves which come from ancient fallen beech trees from Fife, the Demijohn pop up is the perfect place to source innovative and delicious Christmas gifts. With their ethos of encouraging customers to try before buying, this shop will be a real pick-me-up for weary shoppers in the centre of Glasgow.

Going to Demijohn is to most adults what walking into a sweet shop is to children – shelves of delicious tasting and sounding drinks of colours and strengths from Bramble Whisky Liqueur to Seville Orange Gin, Rhubarb Vodka to Butterscotch Cream Liqueur. 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. Such is their passion that at times they head to the hedgerows to collect sloes for the Sloe Gin, elderflowers for Elderflower Vinegar and brambles for Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur.

Demijohn Managing Director Angus Ferguson said: “All we hear in the press is how challenging the state of retailing is at the moment. At Demijohn we are always optimistic and building on our current healthy sales from our shops on Byres Rd, Edinburgh and York, this pop-up is the perfect way to get into the city centre in the pre-Christmas rush, and allow those shoppers from other parts of Glasgow and beyond to come and enjoy the Demijohn experience.

Click for directions to our new Buchanan Galleries store

“So often customers are looking for something different and a bit quirky for Christmas, and this is exactly what we offer. With a wide selection of re-fillable bottles, customers choose the contents of the liquid (after tasting naturally!) and then can even have a personalised message added for free. This traditional, friendly method of shopping is appealing to so many who are tired of the faceless 21st century retailing.”

Kathy Murdoch, centre manager at Buchanan Galleries, said: “We really like Demijohn’s ethos of combining bespoke products with a great customer experience and I’m sure they’ll be a big hit with customers looking for something a little different this Christmas”.

This month Demijohn is also opening a stand alone counter in Loch Leven’s Larder Farm Shop in Fife, in another expansion of the business.

Demijohn is located in Unit 8 / L4 on the first floor of the Buchanan Galleries and is open 10am to 7pm daily, with late opening on Thursday until 8pm.

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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:

  • Unit 8/L4, First Floor, Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow, G1 2FF. Tel: 0141 3533560
  • 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

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

Buchanan Galleries Opening Hours: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat - 10-7pm, Thurs 10-8pm, Sun 10-6pm.

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


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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Gift of a Wedding - Wedding Present Ideas

Posted in Latest News , by Frances Ferguson, on 23rd August 2018

Best Man Gift Ideas - A Mystic 500ml bottle of Sloe Gin

Presents are everywhere at a wedding. Wedding presents for the happy couple, presents for the ushers, bride to be presents, wedding gift for the groom, presents for the parents of the bride and groom, wedding favours for the guests. And each present is a token of love thanking its recipient for being part, or being invited to be a part, of a very special day which is unique to each and every couple. Inevitably you want these presents to be as unique and tailor made as you, and this very special ceremony.

So how to find the unique wedding gifts that says so much about the importance of this day? Perhaps commission a unique sculpture than encapsulates all that is so unique about the recipient. How glad they will be! Or will they?

Perhaps they would be delighted to receive their very favourite animal – but then who on earth is going to look after the giraffe during the honeymoon, and the long, long years of giraffe life thereafter?

Our Mystic 100ml stacking bottle make beautiful liqueur wedding favours or gifts

Perhaps a truly unique experience - but then who, apart from, perhaps the occasional eccentric millionaire, would really choose a spacesuit as their going away outfit?

 Demijohn's extensive selection of delicious drinks, oils and vinegars can be bottled and personalised so that no two gifts are ever the same. Or uniquely personalised sets can be bottled to your own specifications, and each have your chosen hand written inscription added to them.

 A handsome set of mystic 500ml bottles for the ushers, each filled with a whisky from our range of 5 different whiskies and whisky liqueurs?Our 40ml Apotheker miniature bottles can make wonderful wedding favours for your guests


Perhaps for the hens who blossom into maids of honour a Mini Gin Rack would help them wind down happily from all the excitement?

 For the mother of the bride a Seville Orange Gin Gift Box might just hint to her how much you have appreciated her years of support.

 For the wedding present which will be treasured the Drinks Chest would be a truly wonderful present for a group of friends to club together for. Each drinks chest is made to order by our hugely skilled cabinet maker from beautiful oak so they are a marvellous rarity.

An assortment of our personalised wedding gifts and wedding favours
And for the guests to remember the wonderful day our 40ml Apotheker bottles filled with any of our selection of drinks make your dinner tables sparkle with their jewel like colours and special message.

If you would like more information on personalised wedding presents or wedding favours, please contact us.


Chin Gin! Your Summer Gin Cocktails Guide

Demijohn Gin Cocktails

Here at Demijohn we have a gin for all seasons and gin cocktails for any weather. As Scotland has been roasting under 28 degrees several times this week, the temptation to reach for a cooling sip of Gin and Tonic as the evening approaches is beckoning. So often thought of as winter warmers even our darker fruity favourites such as Sloe Gin and Damson Gin can dress up in their summer finery in some of these spectacular cocktail recipes.

Slow Down and Relax

If, like I do, you find this glorious heat makes you just a tad unproductive, embrace the enforced slow down with a Demijohn Wibble Cocktail, one of our many gin cocktails: a striking combination of Sloe Gin, Demijohnnie Gin, Grapefruit juice and lemon juice, with the tiniest dash of Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur.

A Fruity Summer Refresher

For a fruity summer refresher why not perk yourself up with our delightful Gooseberry Gin Liqueur. With the sharpness of that piquant little fruit it is delicious as a little snifter over ice or for a longer cooling quencher make it into an Evoque Cocktail, aka Gooseberry Gin and Tonic.

The Evoque Cocktail, aka Gooseberry Gin and Tonic

Sparkle and Shimmer

To make your day sparkle and shimmer why not transform your champagne, prosecco, cremant or cava with a dash of Blackcurrant Gin to make a Blackcurrant Bellini Cocktail. A tart and vitamin c packed Kir!

Smooth and Sophisticated

Feeling smooth and sophisticated. Then Celebrate your inner 007 with a Demijohn Classic Dry Martini Cocktail using Demijohnnie Gin, Dry British Vermouth together with some vodka, lemon and ice.

Zingingly Fresh Aperitifs

Don't allow yourself to become a damsel in distress. Calm that frenzy by sipping on a refreshing Distressed Damson Cocktail. Muddle some crushed blueberries with lime juice, ice, and Damson Gin to create this zingingly fresh aperitif.

At the End of the Day

The Citrus Sundowner Cocktail

At the end of the day let's appreciate our wonderful maritime climate bathing in whatever weather it has chosen to throw at us. Best of all to do this while enjoying a Citrus Sundowner Cocktail in the company of friends and family. This spectacularly successful cocktail created for a great friend of ours is a delicious combination of Seville Orange Gin, Lime Vodka Liqueur and Ginger Wine topped up with Walter Gregor's tonic water.

A Bientot and I'm off to raise a glass to the wide variety of Gins we delight in at Demijohn – Chin Gin!

   Frances


How to make 7 Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes

Elderflower Vinegar and Lemon Oil Ball

We have over the years sourced some of the finest olive oilsinfused oils and balsamic vinegars that combine in salad recipes to create irresistible salad dressing recipes. From a simple pasta salad to the more complex bean salad recipe, these healthy salad recipes are easy to make and delicious to taste.

We currently have 7 first class edible oils on tap, including 3 Single Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oils, a Scottish Rapeseed Oil and 3 infused Rapeseed Oils. With our oils you can make many healthy salad dressing recipes. These are our 7 favourite salad recipes using our oils, to give you a wonderful week of Summer salads:

Monday's Classic Leafy Green Salad

Using our Villa Montalbano Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Tuscany. Gather a great bundle of fresh, mixed green salad leaves, from your garden if you are lucky enough to grow some. Once washed and prepared, place and mix together in your largest bowl for effect.

Top tip! When choosing your salad leaves, make sure you balance the flavour of those leaves to your olive oil and personal taste. We like a really strong salad, to excite the tastes buds and make our guests cough! If you like a mild salad use a milder dressing so that your food is in balance.

In this case we are going to the strong side of the salad spectrum with rocket, watercress and basil bulked out with red chard and a cheaper leaf such as gourmet medley. The result should be a nice colourful bowl of leaves. When dressing a salad with vinegar and oil, always adjust for salt and pepper first, drizzle the vinegar and wash through with your olive oil. In this case use our strong flavoured fruity Tayberry Vinegar and then wash through with our velvety smooth Villa Montalbano Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Tuesday's Pea and Mint Salad

Pea and Mint Salad

Using our Kabbadates Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Corfu. To make this simple Pea and Mint Salad use roughly 1/4 kg of fresh garden peas. Remove the peas from their pods and add to a bowl with fresh mint, a splash of Kabbadates Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a splash of Apple Vinegar. Serve along with a light lunch or use as a starter with some good bread.

Wednesday's Asparagus Salad

Using our Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Portugal. Clean and prepare a suitable quantity of asparagus spears rolled in olive oil, and fry hard in either a very hot frying pan or on BBQ until slightly scorched. Place in a cold dish and drizzle a generous amount of Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil over the spears. Finally crack some sea salt over the spear prior to serving with cold meats.

Thursday's Fiery Dragon Potato Salad

Using our Chilli Rapeseed Oil from Yorkshire. Chop a handlful of clean potatoes into small cubes and place onto a baking tray. Add some rough chopped garlic, with their husks removed. Drizzle a liberal amount of Chilli Rapeseed Oil over the potatoes and garlic and stir to ensure a good coating of oil over both. Finally crack some sea salt over the whole tray and then place in a pre-heated over at 180 degrees C for about 20 minutes. Every 5 minutes, lift out the tray and turn the potatoes, applying a little more salt, until all the potatoes have turned a crispy brown colour. Remove tray and serve either hot or cold with homemade Mayonnaise.

Friday's Quick Cous Cous Salad

Using our Rapeseed Oil from Perthshire. Prepare a suitable quantity of Cous Cous and allow to cool slightly in a mixing bowl. Chop peppers, olives, cucumber and add all to the bowl with a generous amount of Perthshire Rapeseed Oil and a dash of Gooseberry Vinegar. Adjust with salt and pepper to taste.

Saturday's Wildflower and Tomato Caprese Salad

Using our Lemon Rapeseed Oil from Yorkshire. As a guide you will need roughly one large vine ripened tomato and about half a 450g fresh mozzarella per person. Cut 5mm slices of both tomato and cheese and arrange on a salad platter with the tomatoes on the bottom over laid with the fresh mozzarella slices. Season with cracked sea salt and pepper prior to scattering a handful of fresh basil leaves and wild Wood Sorrel flowers (yellow, pink or white) over the plate. Finally dress the whole dish with a healthy amount of our Elderflower Vinegar and Lemon Oil, which we also call Elderflower Vinaigrette. The result is belissimo!

Sunday's Lazy Pasta Salad

Using our White Truffle Oil from Perthshire. Are you like us and always have a small bowl of left over cooked pasta in the fridge from a meal earlier in the week? Annoying isn't it! This is a great recipe idea to use up spare cold pasta so it does not go to waste. If the pasta is very fresh and still soft you might be able to simply add the ingredients directly to it. If not then throw the pasta once again briefly into boiling water and strain to revitalise it. Then add chopped chunks of salami or chorizo, peppers of various colours, halved raw button mushrooms and chunks of raw garlic. Drizzle a liberal dose of Truffle Oil and a splash of Gooseberry Vinegar and stir well together. Add cracked sea salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a generous amount of coarse grated Parmesan Cheese.

We hope you enjoy these delicious recipes as much as we did when creating them. If it has unleashed a creative chef within you and you have thought up additional healthy salad recipes using our oils and vinegars, we would love you to share them with us. So please do contact us with any recipe ideas or suggestions.

In the meantime, happy munching!

Angus


Handmade personalised wedding favours

What would make your wedding guests smile just a little more on your special day? It would have to be the sight of Demijohn’s delicious artisan alcoholic personalised wedding favours, which not only provide a great memorable gift but also give a splash of colour to the wedding table.

Gone are the days of sugared almonds or crass gifts, your wedding guests will love these wedding favours – for a summery theme a small bottle of Scottish Raspberry Vodka is ideal or for the romantics Traditional Mead is the drink of love. If you’d prefer a very Scottish gift, Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur is popular or to add a touch of spice to the day opt for Spiced Rum Liqueur.

What makes these wedding favours particularly personal is each bottle can have a message on it or attached to it. The bride and groom choose the size and shape of the glass bottle (from miniature 40ml up to bigger 100ml bottles – or even larger) and then can choose one of over 60 delicious artisan liqueurs, whiskies, spirits or fruit vinegars to go inside.

The range of Demijohn products is huge and each liquid is more wonderful than the last. The favourites for wedding favours are Raspberry Vodka Liqueur, Damson Gin Liqueur, Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur, Toffee Whisky Liqueur, Traditional Mead or Spiced Rum Liqueur and all can be drunk on their own or with a mixer or in a cocktail. For those wanting something non-alcoholic there are natural cordials or fruit vinegars, which are delicious when mixed with sparkling water.

Our miniature 40ml apotheker bottles make beautiful wedding favours

The bottles are perhaps part of the love of these wedding favours as they can either be small round or larger wiggly Fila bottles or even much larger heart-shaped bottles. And guests can then return to a Demijohn shop and have it refilled.

Demijohn Owner Angus Ferguson says: “Our personalised wedding favours have grown to be hugely popular with weddings at anytime of the year, especially in the Spring and early Summer. Our understanding that each wedding is unique and special, allows us to be a great help when making choices about our beautiful, understated handmade drinks for wedding guests and table centre pieces. Our offer of adding a tasteful handwritten name, or details of the Bride and Groom and wedding date, to each bottle can really add to the magic of a table place setting. We believe we can offer some of the most original, personalised wedding favours around.”

Prices start from £4.32/bottle with discounts for larger orders. So make sure you contact Demijohn to discuss your wedding favours now before the summer rush!

https://www.demijohn.co.uk/gift-ideas/wedding-favours-ideas

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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

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


Father's Gold; a great idea for a whisky loving Father

Spoil your Dad with liquid gold on Father’s Day with a present so rare and delicious that he can’t fail to enjoy it. Liquid deli Demijohn has managed to acquire a very special, cask strength, 8 year old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 59.8%, which it is releasing specially for Father’s Day.

Father’s Gold, as a 700ml bottle of this amber liquid has been dubbed, is a particularly rare Islay malt whisky because of the limited production. At 59.8% proof it is certainly strong and has been deliberately bottled at cask strength, which is part of its rarity and appeal.

It has a definite peaty note to taste and a wonderful smoky hint at the finish that can be likened to burnt grass or smoked meats. It is this unique taste that has delighted the palates of whisky connoisseurs and everyday drinkers alike.

As an added extra Demijohn is able to add a personal message for free on every bottle so you can tell your father how special he is.

Demijohn’s Angus Ferguson adds: “As a proud Father of 3 children myself I understand how wonderful it can be to receive a special present on Father’s Day. Our Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is very popular at Demijohn with Islay Malt Whisky lovers. If your Dad is one of these, he is going to really love our Father's Gold bottle.

https://www.demijohn.co.uk/father-s-gold

Oil and Vinegar Tower with oak gift box, for food loving Fathers

However, not all fathers like whisky. But all Dads do eat! So if your father takes great pleasure in cooking and eating salads, then our Oil and Vinegar Tower might be the perfect Father’s Day gift for the modern day Dad who is as happy in the kitchen cooking as in the garden shed. Priced from £31.15 without an oak gift box.

https://www.demijohn.co.uk/oil-and-vinegar-tower-with-oak-gift-box

Both these delicious products and many more ideas for Fathers Day are available at www.demijohn.co.uk or in any of their shops in York, Oxford, 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 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


Something for Mother

Rhubarb and Ginger, a wonderful Mother's Day gift idea

Mother's Day falls on Sunday 11 March this year here in Britain. Interestingly, in the US it will be celebrated on 13 May. If you need something nice for your Mother on Mothering Sunday, we can help. Our selection of Mother's Day gift ideas is a great start to give you present buying inspiration, but there is so much more to choose from.

Top 10 Mother's Day Gifts

To makes things simple for you, here are our Demijohn top 10 Mother's Day gift ideas for 2018. We hope you like them and don't forget you can add a free handwritten message on the bottle to give it your personal touch:

  1. Rhubarb and Ginger - £23.20 - A charming set of Ying & Yang 200ml bottles filled with our delicious Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur and Ginger Wine, which combine to make our Carrie Mak Cocktail.
  2. Mother's Day Warmer - £22.80 - Two tall and elegant Ducale 200ml bottles are filled with our fruity Damson Gin Liqueur and Ginger Wine. The result is a delicious, warming treat.
  3. The Gin Rack - £34.87 - A set of our 5 most popular gin liqueurs nestle in a handmade, British poplar wood tantalus to create the most beautiful rack of gins. If your Mother likes gin, this could be for her.
  4. Fila Oil and Vinegar Gift Set - £19.30 - 3 beautifully shaped Fila 100ml bottles nestle together to create a good looking gift set. Filled with our Villa Montalbano Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Tayberry Vinegar and Apple Vinegar this is heaven for any salad lover.
  5. The Liqueur Box - £90.55 - Its beauty is in the simplicity of its design. Our handsome British handmade Oak wood box contains a set of our 6 most popular liqueurs in charming cubed 100ml bottles. This is very special.
  6. Raspberry Vodka Liqueur (100ml) - £9.00 - Raspberry Vodka Liqueur has fun written all over it. Fruity, smooth and loved by all, this drink is simply delightful!
  7. Mini Vinegar Rack - £19.43 - If your Mother loves her salads and already has a good olive oil in the house, this is a beautiful compact set of our handmade vinegars that can refilled and re-used time and again.
  8. Gooseberry Gin Liqueur (40ml) - £4.88 - A very small taste of something utterly delicious. Small can be beautiful.
  9. Bramble Whisky Liqueur (350ml) - £21.60 - Our Bramble Whisky Liqueur is one of our most popular drinks as it appeals to whisky drinkers and non whisky drinkers alike. Fruity with a cheeky tickle!
  10. Tasting for Two - £40 - If you would like to treat your Mother to a special day out, then do consider our Tasting for Two. Book it at a time and date of your choosing, in any of our shops, and tell us what you would like to taste. This is fun.

Fila Oil and Vinegar Gift Set, a great idea for a salad lover

So, regardless of where you live in the World the importance of Mothering Sunday is the same for us all. It is the moment to say thankyou, to show our love and remember happy times with our wonderful Mothers.

We are here to help offer more ideas, as our suggestions are merely the start of the thought process when buying a special Mother's Day gift. Remember that each of our bottles varieties can be filled with any one of our 80 products, which gives you an extraordinary amount of choice. By the time we have written your chosen message and wrapped the bottles up beautifully for you, we can guarantee that your present for your Mother will be unique.

Best wishes,

Angus


The Drinks Chest

As the summer season of Burghley, Game Fairs, picnics, trips to the races and shooting fast approaches, the must-have accessory will be the new Drinks Chest from Demijohn. Essentially a luxurious portable drinks cabinet, this upmarket item can be carried outdoors for all summer events whether to watch the horses, fish on the river or out onto the grouse moors.

Handmade in Cumbria, from oak with strong leather handles, the Drinks Chest contains eight bottles of top quality hand-made small batch Demijohn liqueurs; two 500ml cube shaped bottles for the owner’s very favourite drinks and six smaller 100ml bottles in the same attractive shape.

The sturdily constructed, yet easily carried, cabinet can be supplied with either 10 tumblers on two trays of five, or with a single tray of 14 elegant shot glasses.

The Drinks Chest

The Standard Edition Drinks Chest is delivered with its 8 bottles filled with some of Demijohn’s most popular liqueurs, including 500ml of both Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur 23% and Seville Orange Gin 26%, and 100mls each of Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur 20.5%, Sloe Gin 22%, Spiced Rum Liqueur 20%, Gooseberry Gin Liqueur 17%, Morello Cherry Brandy Liqueur 17% and Toffee Whisky Liqueur 20%. Together many of these make the most delicious Demijohn cocktails.

The Drinks Chest is for sale with any selection of drinks from Demijohn’s unique range of handmade British drinks, including Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

The exquisite hand craftmanship of this unique drinks cabinet ensures that your picnic will always be posher than next doors’ and also looks great displayed on a sideboard or table instantly giving a room the irresistible promise of abundant hospitality!

The Drinks Chest’s combination of traditional materials and modern functionality are the result of 10 years of development. Unique to Demijohn, the Drinks Chest is designed and crafted by British Cabinet Makers in Cumbria from properly seasoned Oak sourced only from the UK and Europe.

The Drinks Chest

Bespoke versions are also available with personalised engraving on both the lid or sides of the chest and on the glasses. For shoots, both the tumblers and the shot glasses can be supplied with peg numbers on the bottom.

Demijohn owner, Angus Ferguson said: “We thought long and hard about what would make the ultimate portable drinks cabinet and The Drinks Chest is our answer. A decade of experience has led to this simple, yet beautifully designed Oak chest. Whether you need it for a day at the races or a large family picnic our Drinks Chest will mark your occasion with fun and serious style. Such is the quality and strength of its British hand built craftsmanship, it will survive rugged use and still be in good condition for future generations to enjoy. The best part about it all is that you get to choose the drinks!”

The Drinks Chest costs £975 for the Standard Edition including eight liqueurs and can be order online at:

http://www.demijohn.co.uk/drinks-chest-standard-edition

Prices are offered on application for bespoke versions filled with alternative Demijohn drinks or requiring engraving.

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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


Our Top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas

Posted in Latest News The Demijohn News Flavours of the Month , by Angus Ferguson, on 8th December 2017

Top 10 Christmas Gifts for 2017

Top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas

Choosing Christmas presents can be extremely stressful and time consuming. So we are trying to make it as fun and as simple as possible. Orders for pre-Christmas delivery should be placed with us by midnight on 18th Dec.Thankfully there is no rush yet.

Our top 10 Christmas gift ideas list is designed to provide a present for anyone and everyone at the right price. There are of course many more gift ideas to choose from and don't forget to add a free handwritten message to give your present the personal touch:

  1. "The Stocking Stuffer" -  100ml bottle of Toffee Whisky Liqueur 20% - £9
  2. "A dinner party present" - Olive Oil & Fruit Vinegar Ball - £19.60
  3.  "A little something for Granny and Grandad" - Hipflask of Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur 23% - £22.64
  4. "For my wonderful extended family" - Demijohn Goody Bag - £39.50
  5. "To my darling other half" - The Drinks Chest - £975
  6. "To a loving sibling" - Cordial Gift Set - £29.10
  7. "For a fabulous Boss" - Seville Orange Gin Gift Box - £62.95
  8. "A treat for a best friend" - The Gin Rack - £34.87
  9. "Something for the family to share" - Demijohn Large Hamper - £250
  10. "For a special occasion" - Liqueur Gift Box - £90.55

Late opening has started!

Mystic 100ml bottles can make fabulous Christmas present ideas

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Don't forget you can order online and use our free Click and Collect service to save you time when visiting one of our shops.

We are here to help, so if you get stuck please contact us. We look forward to seeing you soon.
             Yours,  Angus


Are you Gin Bore-beld? Demijohn has the solution!

Advent Apotheker Set (Set of 24 liqueur miniatures) used to create decorative baubles for your Christmas tree

Christmas should, in my opinion, should be celebrated with all the good things in life. And in order to avoid the accursed over indulgence so synonymous with the party season I like to apply my rule of “everything in moderation”. Thanks to the diverse range of delicious delights offered by Demijohn I can remain true to that principal, while enjoying myself liberally!

Our Apotheker 40ml miniature bottle lends itself so well to the application of this that I have devised 3 especially Christmassy treats for the festive season, each bringing a tiny taste of Demijohn to your, or your nearest and dearest's, holiday. These beautiful miniature bottles can be used as stocking fillers, baubles for your Christmas tree or wreath, or even to decorate your table centre piece. Brilliant!

More than Gin Baubles

Firstly the More than Gin Baubles set comprising 6 charming 40ml Apotheker bottles each containing one of our favourite liqueurs. Around each bottle neck hangs a little raffia loop so that these tiny delights can be used to decorate a wreath, Christmas tree, or mantelpiece.
More than Gin Baubles (Set of 6 liqueur miniatures) used for making a Christmas wreath
The contents include our deliciously sunshine filled Limoncello Liqueur 32%, warming Toffee Whisky Liqueur 20%, indulgent Morello Cherry Brandy Liqueur 17%, our founding classic Raspberry Vodka Liqueur 22%, delightfully marmalady Seville Orange Gin 26% and the best of winter spices in our Spiced Rum Liqueur 20%. Contents can be varied by request, prices may vary if contents are altered.

12 Apothekers of Christmas

If the comforts of the toasty winter fire might cause the contents of this set to simply evaporate too swiftly why not plump for the 12 Apothekers of Christmas Set. This set includes 12 apotheker 40ml bottles each supplied with raffia hanging loop and a greater selection of our unique handmade drinks. Your Christmas tree or wreaths will simply look fabulous when decorated with this varied selection.

12 Apothekers of Christmas (Set of 12 liqueur miniatures) used to make a Christmas table centre piece

Advent Apotheker Set

For those of us who find it too painful to narrow the field I recommend the Advent Apotheker Set. 24 charming 40ml bottles, each supplied with a raffia hanging loop, contain a huge selection of different Demijohn delights for as they say “Variety is the spice of life.” This set is so wide and varied, you could use them as an advent calendar or decorate your Christmas tree, table centre piece or wreaths and still have spare for stocking fillers for your friends and family.

Wishing you all the fun and happiness that a Christmas with family and friends can bring,

Frances


Spooky spirits make frighteningly good cocktails ....

Click to view all our Halloween CocktailsHalloween is not just for the children. We have put together a collection of suitably spooky Halloween Cocktails for you to try. If you are planning a grown up Halloween party in the next few days these delicious cocktails should make the party go with a woohoo!

If you like a short and fruity drink, try our simple to make Bloody Pirate Cocktail. Our famous Raspberry Vodka 22% is mixed with our velvety smooth Spiced Rum 20% over ice for a superb short drink. For something longer and fresher try the Demijohn Dark Mojito. If it has to be gin, then either our Distressed Damson or Blackcurrant Bomb Cocktails are for you. There are quite a few more....

Pre-Christmas Tasting Evenings
Thankyou to all who attended our first pre-Christmas Tasting evening earlier this week. We have a few places left for the next tasting evening which will be held in all shops on Fri 10th Nov for an hour starting at 6.30pm. Click to book your place.

Win a Ball of Sloe Gin
Congratulations go to Miss Emma Ferguson from Harlow who won our last competition for a Mini Gin Rack. Our latest competition is for a Ball of Sloe Gin. If you are feeling lucky click to enter the competition.

We hope we have given you some good ideas for a tremendous party this weekend?

             Yours, 
                       Angus


The Liqueur Gift Box, a unique corporate gift ideaSaying thank you to clients and staff at Christmas is an easy and thoughtful way to increase goodwill. But the secret is to give a gift that not only looks good and tastes good but is also original and desirable. To this end Demijohn have launched the most stunning presentation boxes, which are filled with delicious liqueurs and spirits, and all at different price points to meet your corporate Christmas gifts needs for those who enjoy the finer things in life.

The added benefit of the Demijohn gifts is that personal messages can be added on the bottles for free or for an additional fee, an engraving of choice, such as the company logo, can be marked in the actual wood.

The Demijohn boxes are like all Demijohn products – lots of different sizes, shapes and contents so you can make a mass order and satisfy everyone from the office staff to the board directors.

The Liqueur TowerFor those in high positions there is the upright Liqueur Tower (with oak gift box) which holds 3 stackable x 250ml Impilabile bottles in a stunning box. The contents of the bottles can be chosen from any of the Demijohn products, but Demijohn recommend the lovely combination of Seville Orange Gin, Rhubarb Vodka and Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur as a sophisticated trio. The Liqueur Tower (with Oak Gift Box) is priced at £88.15.

The Sloe Gin Gift BoxFor the pillar of the company, there is the Sloe Gin Gift Box which contains a 500ml Mystic bottle of the world’s best artisan gin (as voted in the World Sloe Championships for the last 3 years running) and comes in the most stunning oak presentation box. Made in Worcestershire from sloes collected from the hedgerows, often by the Demijohn team who shut up shop to do a day of foraging, this is a traditional liqueur with an added bitter taste making it ideal as a fresh air sharpener, an after dinner digestif or even in cocktails. But hurry as stocks of this product are limited given its seasonal nature. Priced at £62.95.

The Liqueur Gift BoxFor those that went the extra mile this year, The Liqueur Gift Box is ideal. Hand created oak boxes hold 6 x 100ml bottles of the best of Demijohn’s liqueurs, including Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur, Seville Orange Gin, Spiced Rum, Sloe Gin, Morello Cherry Brandy and Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur. Of course, if you’d rather choose your own liqueurs then that is also possible. Priced at £90.55.

Mini Christmas StackerFor team players the Mini Christmas Stacker is perfect, priced at just £27.60. Three Mystic 100ml bottles are filled with warming Christmas drinks – Sloe Gin, Spiced Rum Liqueur and Morello Cherry Brandy.

Cordial Gift SetsFor the teetotaller don’t despair, Demijohn have a non-alcoholic gift - the Cordial Gift Set, comprising 3 charming 100ml Chiara bottles filled with our handmade fresh Raspberry Cordial, Lemon & Mint Cordial and Rhubarb & Ginger Cordial, all held together in a poplar wood rack or tantalus. Only a small amount of cordial is required to be diluted with still or sparkling water, garnished with lime, lemon or other fruits and is a very upmarket and delicious option for non-drinkers and drivers. Priced at £29.10.


https://www.demijohn.co.uk/gift-ideas/corporate-gifts
https://www.demijohn.co.uk/sloe-gin-gift-box
https://www.demijohn.co.uk/the-liqueur-gift-box
https://www.demijohn.co.uk/the-liqueur-tower-with-oak-gift-box
https://www.demijohn.co.uk/mini-christmas-stacker
https://www.demijohn.co.uk/cordial-gift-set-raspberry-lemon-and-rhubarb

All can be bought at one of the Demijohn shops in Edinburgh, Glasgow, York or Oxford or online at www.demijohn.co.uk. Your corporate Christmas gifting done in one order so hurry and place it now!

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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


Boxing it up for an original ChristmasTo give a Christmas gift that not only looks good and tastes good but is also original and desirable is hard to find. Artisan drink-ie and foodie company Demijohn have launched this week the most stunning presentation boxes. They are filled with delicious liqueurs and spirits, and all at different price points to meet your Christmas needs for those who enjoy the finer things in life.

For the sleek family member or friend choose the Impilabile Presentation Boxes which holds 3 stackable x 250ml Impilabile bottles in a stunning upright box. Customers can choose the contents of the bottles from any of the Demijohn The Liqueur Tower (with Oak Gift Box)products, but Demijohn recommend the lovely combination of Seville Orange Gin, Rhubarb Vodka and Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur as a sophisticated trio. The Liqueur Tower with Oak gift box is priced at £88.15.

For the individualist there is the Sloe Gin Gift Box which contains a 500ml Mystic bottle of the world’s best artisan gin (as voted in the World Sloe Sloe Gin Gift BoxChampionships for the last 3 years running) and comes in the most stunning oak presentation box. Made in Worcestershire from sloes collected from the hedgerows, often by the Demijohn team who shut up shop to do a day of foraging, this is a traditional liqueur with an added bitter taste making it ideal as a fresh air sharpener, an after dinner digestif or even in cocktails. But hurry as stocks of this product are limited given its seasonal nature. Priced at £62.95.

The Liqueur Gift BoxFor the person who loves luxury then The Liqueur Gift Box is ideal. Hand created oak boxes hold 6 x 100ml bottles of the best of Demijohn’s liqueurs, including Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur, Seville Orange Gin, Spiced Rum, Sloe Gin, Morello Cherry Brandy and Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur. Of course, if you’d rather choose your own liqueurs then that is also possible. Priced at £90.55.

If budgets are tight the Mini Christmas Stacker is perfect, priced at just £27.60. Three Mystic Mini Christmas Stacker100ml bottles are filled with warming Christmas drinks – Sloe Gin, Spiced Rum Liqueur and Morello Cherry Brandy. This little present will certainly spice up a Christmas morning.

For the teetotaller or driver in the family Demijohn have a non-alcoholic gift - The Cordial Gift Set, comprising 3 charming 100ml Chiara bottles filled with our handmade fresh Raspberry Cordial, Lemon & Mint Cordial and Rhubarb & Ginger Cordial, all held together in a poplar wood rack or tantalus. Only a small amount of cordial is required to be diluted with still or sparkling water, garnished with lime, lemon or other fruits and is a very upmarket and delicious option for non-drinkers and drivers. Priced at £29.10.

The Cordial Gift Set (Raspberry, Lemon and Rhubarb)

The appeal of the Demijohn gifts is that they can all be personalised with either a complimentary handwritten message on the bottles or for an additional fee, an engraving of choice can be marked in the actual wood.

http://www.demijohn.co.uk/sloe-gin-gift-box
http://www.demijohn.co.uk/the-liqueur-gift-box
http://www.demijohn.co.uk/the-liqueur-tower-with-oak-gift-box
http://www.demijohn.co.uk/cordial-gift-set-raspberry-lemon-and-rhubarb

http://www.demijohn.co.uk/mini-christmas-stacker

All can be bought at one of the Demijohn shops in Edinburgh, Glasgow, York or Oxford or online at www.demijohn.co.uk. Christmas done in one order so hurry and place it now!

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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


Pea and Mint Salad

Posted in Latest News All Recipes Food Recipes Quick & Easy Dinner Party , by Frances Ferguson, on 27th August 2017

Pea and Mint SaladThis is a fantastically quick and easy salad recipe using our first class Kabbadates Extra Virgin Olive Oil, that I use regularly to accompany our light lunches or sometimes a slightly heavier supper dish at home.

Ingredients

Preparation

Using a fork, prod out the garden peas into a bowl, rinse and drain. Add a small amount of roughly chopped fresh apple mint. Dress with Kabbadates Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Apple Vinegar and stir gently until well mixed.

Serve alongside your favourite light lunch or use as a healthy starter on its own. Happy munching!

   Frances

Some more salad recipes to try:

How to make 7 healthy salad dressing recipes 


Demijohn launches a set of 6 handmade British cordialsThe number of people opting for a non-alcoholic drink has grown massively in the last few years, fuelled by health scares and stricter drink driving laws. But the soft drinks or cordials on offer are pitifully few and often are over-sweetened fizzy drinks or just plain water, making a fun evening stretch into a long thirsty desert.
 
Not now - artisan liquid deli Demijohn has just launched six new handmade cordials that make being teetotal fun! Having tested the market (and promptly sold out) in November 2016, they launched properly at The Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh and have been hailed as totally amazing.
 
With six flavours – Nettle, Elderflower, Raspberry, Lemon & Mint, Rhubarb & Ginger and Lime & Chilli – they are so concentrated that you only need a small amount to dilute with sparkling or still water.
 
They are handmade by micro producer Charlotte Grant who is not only immensely passionate about making cordials, but has a magical skill. Charlotte has been making amazing cordials from hedgerow ingredients gathered in and around her Suffolk home for a number of years. All the ingredients wherever possible are British grown or foraged from the hedgerows so supply is limited as many are seasonal (the elderflowers for example are only around for a few short weeks in June).
 
 
Set of 6 cordials in 100ml bottlesDemijohn’s Angus Ferguson says: “As a host we all try to entertain our guests equally. Yet it has been increasingly difficult to find an exceptional drink with which to offer our adult non-drinking guests. A year ago with this in mind, Frances and I set ourselves the challenge to refresh the options available for this grown up, discerning non-drinking market. The result is our new range of Demijohn cordials that can be mixed to make long, refreshing drinks that are as enjoyable as a glass of good table wine. Parties have once again become fun for all!”
 
The cordials are priced at £6.45 for 100ml, £9.95 for 375ml and £12.75 for 500ml sealed bottles and are available in store and by mail order via Demijohn’s 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


Our new Damson Vinegar is ready to try...

Our new Damson Vinegar in an Impilabile 250ml Base bottleIf May was for Martinis, June is for celebrating the arrival of Summer and the eating of many salads! To make your salads even more exciting we have added a super fruity new Damson Vinegar to our range of oils and dressings.

Our Damson Vinegar is made by infusing a rare variety of Damson, called the Shropshire Prune, in a White Wine Vinegar. The result is a beautifully rich tasting Damson Vinegar which is sweet but sharp. Use it to dress your salads with a little of our Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or add it to your cooking in the place of a Balsamic Vinegar and witness a little magic.

Recipe for your Weekend

Scorched Asparagus Spears on the BBQIf you are planning a BBQ this weekend we recommend you try our Scorched Asparagus Spears recipe. British Asparagus is still in season and it is a super simple treat to make. As a variation to our Traditional Balsamic Vinegar ingredient, try using either our new Damson Vinegar, Tayberry Vinegar or Blackcurrant Vinegar instead.

Our Tayberry Vinegar is a Winner!

As we seem be on a vinegar roll this week, it would be wrong not to mention that our Tayberry Vinegar, which we launched last year, just happened to win Best Retail Product in the recent Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards. Voila!

Thankyou for reading and we look forward to seeing you somewhere soon.

Yours,

   Angus


May is for Martinis!

Click for 4 new Martini cocktail recipes. Easy to make and wonderful to sip!May is the most wonderful month where nature seems to give itself a whopping great shake and come alive. Opulent colours mix with the deafening noise of the birds and bees, it is simply superb is it not? In the midst of this excitement, Frances and I decided to experiment with our new Dry British Vermouth, just to see if we could remember how to make a Classic Dry Martini and develop some new Martini cocktail recipes.

Our new Dry British Vermouth is at the heart of our Martini experiments. It is a unique and complicated drink, handmade just North of Edinburgh. A British White Wine delicately infused with 24 herbs including Wermod, produces a simply magical ingredient for any Martini Cocktail or gentle aperatif when mixed long with soda, ice and lemon.

Like the natural World around us, not only did we giving ourselves a whopping great Spring shake, but we discovered just how simple to make and pleasurable the Classic Dry Martini cocktail can be. Top of our new creations was our Sloe Gin Martini, followed closely by our Morello Martini and Raspberry Vodka Martini. What we really discovered is that May is for Martinis. What that means for June is hard to tell....!

Little Clarendon Street Party - Sat 20th May

Little Clarendon Street Party, Sat 20 May 2017Thankyou to all who came oozing with enthusiasm to see us at Badminton Horse Trials at the start of the month. It was a tremendous way for us to kick off our year. Our next event is a big party in Oxford this weekend. Come and join us on Sat 20 May for the second Little Clarendon Street Party. Between noon and 4pm all the small independent businesses in our street will be celebrating in style with various live music performances and bunting to give the day a little sparkle. We will be mixing up some Mocktails to try and hopefully the sun will shine!

2017 Events Diary

Please be warned that we are deliberately exhibiting at some new events this year. As a result we will not be at the BBC Summer Good Food Show for example. Instead, if you are in North Yorkshire, we will exhibiting at the Ripley Castle Grand Sale near Harrogate for the first time, between Thurs 8 and Sun 11 June.

All of our events for the year are listed on our Fairs & Events page and are updated regularly. If you have missed us, sorry. Please either visit one of our shops or order from us online.

Win a Ball of Marmalady Gin

Ball of Marmalady GinCongratulations go to Mr Peter Walker from Warminster for his win at the end of March of our Certainly Wood £30 Wood Bundle and Olga Brecht in Oxford who won our Easter competition for a Chocolate Orange with a Difference. Click to enter our new competition for a Ball of Marmaldy Gin which is now in full swing. Good luck!

Thankyou for reading and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Yours,

   Angus


5 of the Best Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Fila Oil & Vinegar Gift SetMothering Sunday falls at the end of this week, are you ready? If you were thinking of giving just flowers or chocolates again, here are 5 of our best Mother's Day gift ideas to help you make a different decision this year:

  1. Mini Yummy Mummy Rack - £25 : A beautiful set of the 3 gin drinks needed to make our delicious new Yummy Mummy Cocktail.
  2. Mother's Day Warmer - £23 : Fruity Damson Gin and spicy Ginger Wine, what is not to like?
  3. Oil & Vinegar Gift Set - £20 : A pretty set of oils and vinegars for the Spring salad lover.
  4. Treat your Mother to a Tasting - £10 per person : Book your places now at our tasting evening on Fri 24th March later this week.
  5. Miniature of Raspberry Vodka - £5 : A small sip of one of our most popular drinks of all time.

Win 2 Oxford Walking Tour Tickets

Click to Win 2 Oxford Walking Tour TicketsIf you are local to Oxford or tempted to visit us in this beautiful City one day, then click to WIN 2 Oxford University & City Walking Tour tickets, courtesy of our friends at Experience Oxford. Your friendly and knowledgeable guide will lead you through the streets of Oxford, describing its history, architecture and traditions. You will also get to visit one of the world famous colleges, its quadrangles, chapel and beautiful gardens. Sound like fun day out?

And finally, thankyou to all who entered our recent Mother's Day competition for a Mini Gin Rack which has been won by Alison de Metz from York.  Alison, look out for your email!

Thankyou for reading and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Yours,

   Angus


Your Invite to a Tasting Evening

Recipe for our new Yummy Mummy Cocktail (NB. Spaniel not included!)This is your personal invite to join us for a Tasting Evening we are to hold on Fri 24th March. It is a great chance for you to taste some of our newest products, such as our new Glen Moray 9 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 60.2%, and also have a sip of our delicious new Yummy Mummy Cocktail. This fabulous gin based cocktail was created by our Oxford Shop for our recent Staff Christmas party cocktail competition. If you like your gin with a hint of orange, it takes some beating!

Our planned tasting evening is very much for all to attend and yet could be an excellent treat for a Mother's Day gift.

A Delightful Mother's Day Offer

Until Wed 15 March 2017, we are offering £5 off* your next order placed online of £30 or more. So if you are ready to purchase one of our many Mother's Day gift ideas online, either for collection in store or for delivery, now is definitely your moment to order.  Simply enter Voucher Code: mothersday2017 when you checkout.  (*Terms apply: Limited to one £5 off order per customer only, £30 minimum order value excludes cost of delivery. Offer ends at 23.59hrs on 15 Mar 2017.)

Tasting Evening Details

The Mini Yummy Mummy Rack, one of many brilliant Mother's Day gift ideasOur tasting evening will be based on our popular Standard Tasting Evening. It will start at 6.30pm with a cocktail drink or two and last approximately for one hour. The evening is designed to be relaxed and fun and aims to unlock some of the secrets behind our unique range of handmade British food & drink. At the end of the evening there will be a chance to purchase some of your favourite products using a pre-paid shopping voucher.

How to Book

Places are limited at the tasting due to space contraints in our shops, so booking is essential. The cost to attend is £10 per person, which includes a £5 Shopping Voucher to spend during the tasting. To book please email your contact details and the shop location in which your tasting is to be held (Edinburgh, Glasgow, York or Oxford). Alternatively please call our Customer Service Team on Tel: 0845 648350.

Thankyou for your continued enthusiasm for us and let's hope that Spring manages to spring soon!

Yours,

   Angus


Claim your 15% Refill Discount

Our new Food Lovers Goody BagThere is now only 5 days left for you to claim your 15% discount when refilling your old Demijohn bottles. So why not plan a quick party this weekend and enjoy draining a few nearly empty bottles "down the hatch" with a collection of friends, before popping back in for a refill?

By refilling your Demijohn bottles you not only save on the cost of the original bottle; until Tue 28th February 2017 we are offering an additional 15% discount on the cost of your refill.

When refilling, please always ensure your bottles are as clean as possible prior to returning. Simply request your refill discount from a member of our Staff at time of purchase. We will do the rest, including removing any labels and providing new corks if necessary.

Competition Time!

Congratulations go to Mr Stuart Old from Colchester who has won our Valentine's Day competition for a Heart of Raspberry Vodka, also known as One for the Heart. Thankyou to all those who entered. If you fancy your chances once again then please click to enter our latest competition to win a £30 bundle of kiln dried logs and other items from our friends at Certainly Wood.

Have a great time this weekend trying to finish up all your old Demijohn bottles. We hope to see you before Tuesday next week for a refill!

Yours,

   Angus


All you need is a big heart

A big heart shaped bottle of Chocolate Rum LiqueurValentine's Day falls on Tuesday next week, are you ready? For some it makes their nose curl just at the thought of it, for others it is a moment to express their most passionate feelings.

If you are the romantic type, then our Valentines gifts ideas may be just what you need. Alternatively, for the brave, how about booking a surprise Tasting for Two in one of our shops? This popular and fun tasting can be held on a day and time of your choosing.

Oxford Valentine's Tasting

If you are close to our Oxford Shop, we will be running a special Valentine Tasting Evening with canapés, starting at 6.30pm on Tuesday 14th Feb 2017 for one hour. The cost is £15 per person, which includes a £5 shopping voucher to spend on the night. Individuals and couples are welcome, however, booking is essential as places are limited. To book please email us with your contact details as soon as possible.

Refill Discount Offer - Ends Soon!

Another witty blackboard created by our Edinburgh Team!It is still a very good time to refill your empty Demijohn bottles. By refilling you not only save on the cost of the original bottle; until the end of February 2017 we are offering an additional 15% discount on the cost of your refill, whatever delicious product that may be.

When refilling, please always ensure your bottles are as clean as possible prior to returning. Simply request your refill discount from a member of our Staff at time of purchase. We will do the rest, including removing any labels and providing new corks if necessary.

I hope you have a good weekend and that we see you again soon for a refill.

Yours,

   Angus


Our Sloe Gin is a Winner!

Our World Championship winning Sloe Gin is back in stock!Happy New Year. We have started 2017 on a tremendously high note with the news that our traditional, British Sloe Gin has won the World Sloe Gin Championships for the 3rd year running, hooray! We now have more Sloe Gin back in stock, along with other popular lines, if you are yet to try some for yourself.

Time for a Refill?

Have you got a collection of empty Demijohn bottles that are sitting around your home gathering dust? More than just being a sign of a few good parties over the last month, now is a very good time to refill them.

By refilling your old Demijohn bottles you not only save on the cost of the original bottle; until the end of February 2017 we are offering an additional 15% discount on the cost of your refill, whatever delicious product that may be.

With many Burns Night suppers or end of the January Blues parties being planned, refilling now might make perfect sense.

When refilling, please always ensure your bottles are as clean as possible prior to returning. Simply request your refill discount from a member of our Staff at time of purchase. We will do the rest, including removing any labels and providing new corks if necessary.

BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards

We try hard very to get it right all the time, and some of the time we actually do! When we don't, however, please do tell us and I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how we resolve the problem. Here are just a couple of nice comments from our customers:

20 Dec 2016 - "Received my order today - absolutely love the hand written messages as requested and the packaging is beautiful - will definitely be using you again - well done and merry Christmas x"

27 Oct 2016 - "I visited your Edinburgh store with a friend this past Saturday and just wanted to compliment both your products and your staff. We were able to try several samples before buying, which made it very difficult to choose a few to take home on our limited shopping budget. The guy that was working was very helpful, friendly and funny; based on the other reviews I've seen, you seem to have a knack for hiring great staff. I will definitely be back if I'm ever back in Edinburgh or one of your other locations."

Click to win One for the HeartIf we have got it right for you also in the past, and you feel like we deserve a little credit for our efforts please nominate us as Best Food Retailer in this years BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards. It is a long shot for us to win this prestigious award, so we will keep our fingers crossed!

Win a Heart of Raspberry Vodka

Our deliciously fruity Raspberry Vodka is as popular as ever, especially as Valentines gifts. If you fancy your chances to win our One for the Heart, a 500ml heart shaped bottle of Raspberry Vodka Liqueur 22% delivered free to your door, please click to enter our Valentines Competition without delay.

We look forward to seeing you for a refill soon.

Yours,

   Angus


Our 6 Best Christmas Present Ideas

The Demijohn Goody Bag is back!If you are like me, you will be feeling the pressure mounting to resolve your Christmas list. The clock is certainly ticking for most of us. So to help you stay composed this is our top 6 ideas for Demijohn Christmas gifts this year:

  1. Demijohn Large Hamper - £250 - A sumptuous hamper that should make a whole family happy at Christmas
  2. Big Daddy - £152.50 - 3 litres of fruity Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur, for Daddy to share!
  3. The Demijohn Goody Bag - £39.50 - Our highly popular Goody Bag is back, filled with delicious presents
  4. The Liqueur Rack - £31.59 - If you are not sure which of our drinks would be best, then this a good answer
  5. Olive Oil & Fruit Vinegar Ball - £17.40 - A beautiful set of bottles for the food lover
  6. A Handmade Cordial - £9.25 - New to Demijohn, choose your favourite cordial from our set of 3 delicious varieties

Christmas Late Opening has Started!

We are now open late each day in all our shops to allow for a more comfortable shopping experience in the run up to Christmas. It will be most busy during the middle of each day, so please do consider coming earlier or later if at all possible. In addition, do use our online click and collect service to save yourself time when you visit. Please see our Christmas Store Opening Hours for more details.

The Liqueur Rack, a drink for nearly everyone!Christmas Deliveries

Delivery is currently free for UK Mainland orders over £40 when using our Standard 4 to 5 working day service and we will always strive to do our best to get your order delivered safely and on time. However, if your order is very urgent, please alert us and we will do everything possible to put it to the front of the queue.

To help us ensure your order is delivered in time for Christmas, please place your order prior to Sun18th Dec for our Standard UK delivery service or by Tues 20th Dec for our Express service. Please note that delivery times cannot be guaranteed. See our shipping page for more information. 

We have a Winner!

Congratulations go to Mr Leech from Liverpool who won our latest competition for a Ball of Sloe Gin. Thankyou to all who entered and watch out for our next competition which will be posted soon.

Good luck choosing your Christmas presents, I hope our ideas help. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours,

   Angus


New Hampers and Fresh Cordials for Christmas

A new range of hampers for ChristmasNew things have arrived on our shelves. We have created a fresh range of Christmas Hampers that will make excellent Christmas gifts, and added a new range of delicious handmade Cordials for you to try.

Our new range of cordials includes 3 flavours Rhubarb & Ginger, Lemon & Mint and Raspberry. Designed to be exciting in taste, yet not too sweet, they will hopefully make your Christmas party as fun for your guests that are not drinking alcohol as all the others!

And finally our big Christmas free delivery offer ends soon. You can still take advantage of free delivery* on all online A fresh range of delicious handmade Cordials has arrivedorders over £25. We will also include a free 40ml bottle* of something very nice from our Demijohn cupboard if you spend £50 or more. Terms apply, see our Big Christmas Offer for details.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours,   Angus


Enjoy free delivery and a little present

Our Winter Liqueur Selection, one of many fabulous Christmas present ideasChristmas is coming fast, so now is a very good time to place your online order for some fabulous Christmas gifts. To help you, we are offering not only free delivery* on all online orders over £25 for a limited period, we will also include a free 40ml bottle* of something very nice from our Demijohn cupboard of delights for the first 100 orders we receive of £50 or more.

Simply place your order online by the end of November to be included in the offer and receive your free Christmas present from us.

If you get stuck please do contact our Customer Service Team in Edinburgh who will do their very best to help. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours,

    Angus

*Terms: Sorry, there are a few conditions to this offer. A free 40ml bottle of Demijohn product will be added to any eligible order regardless of its delivery address, however, we will decide what contents is included in your bottle! Free delivery applies to our Standard 4 to 5 working day UK mainland address service only, normally £5.95. Both offers end at 23.59hrs on 30 Nov 2016. Other delivery charges may apply, see Shipping for more details.


Invite to a pre-Christmas Tasting Evening

The Raspberry Fresh Cocktail, for someone smooth and fruity!In response to popular request, on Wed 16th November we have organised a special pre-Christmas Tasting Evening in each of our 4 shops, Edinburgh, Glasgow, York and Oxford.

Trying some of our unique and delicious products can be a lot of fun and this is certain to be a great opportunity to choose a few early Christmas presents. So, do not miss this opportunity to get your friends, family or work colleagues together and treat yourselves to an evening out. 

The event will start promptly at 6.30pm with a cocktail and last for about an hour. Cost to attend this one-off event is just £10* per person of which £5 can be redeemed as a shopping voucher on the night against any purchase made.

To book your place

Spaces have been filling up quickly, so please choose your preferred shop then either email your choice and contact details to info@demijohn.co.uk or call our Customer Line on Tel: 0845 6048350.

*Terms: Normal price £14.50 per person. Please note that after your booking is confirmed your £10 attendance fee is refundable only in the event of cancellation of the Tasting Evening by Demijohn. The £5 shopping voucher is valid only during the tasting evening.

Corporate Events and Gifts

We now have a dedicated team to assist with corporate event and gift enquiries and they are ready to help. A Tasting Evening is an excellent and affordable way to entertain a group of work colleagues or friends in the run up to An example of a personalised corporate engravingChristmas and can take place on a date of your choosing.

Alternatively if you need a collection of presents for work colleagues, our products can be personalised to make simple, unique and beautiful corporate gifts to meet virtually any budget.

Contact us to find out more about booking your own tasting event or to discuss a quote for a personalised corporate gifts order.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours,

Angus


Make it a Sloe Gin

Ball of Sloe GinSloe season has arrived and with it the need to harvest Sloe berries from rather prickly bushes. Sloe Gin is one of the classic drinks of the British Countryside. With its rich, port like taste Sloe Gin can make a fabulous after dinner drink or something with which to fill your hipflask.

The stakes are high to make a first class drink each year, and as our Sloe Gin won the World Sloe Gin Championships for the last two years we have quite a reputation to uphold. So last week some of our enthusiastic Demijohn Staff marched on the hedgerows of Galloway to pick a little of the elusive Sloe for our 2017 batch of Sloe Gin. Our haul was good, and luckily so was the weather and the lunch!

You may make your own Sloe Gin, you may have friends or relatives who make their own. Everyone involved in Sloe Gin's annual production understands the need to keep the location of their precious Sloe berries close to one's chest. They also understand that only time will assure you of a drink with a perfectly deep flavour similar to a vintage port.

After at least 10 months of maturing in a London Gin, Demijohn Sloe Gin is nearly ready for drinking. Often we allow 12 months just to be sure. Sloe Gin is therefore aptly named. We recommend you come and have a sip before it is all gone.

Invite to a Pre-Christmas Tasting Evening

If you would like a chance to try our Sloe Gin first hand, among the many other delicious products we have on tap in our shops, then please sign up now for our special Pre-Christmas Tasting Evening. This event will be run simultaneously in our four shops, Edinburgh, Glasgow, York and Oxford on Wed 16th Nov 2016.

Team Demijohn Sloe Pick in Galloway on 18 Oct 2016The Tasting Evening will start promptly at 6.30pm with a cocktail and last for about an hour. Tasting Evenings are fun and relaxed and will allow you to try all of our new products and many more besides, giving you some great ideas for Christmas presents.

Cost to attend this special event is just £10* per person of which £5 can be redeemed as a shopping voucher on the night against any purchase made.

To book your place

Choose your preferred shop then either email your choice and contact details to info@demijohn.co.uk or call our Customer Line on Tel: 0845 6048350. Please note places are limited.

Love the idea but not the date?

Demijohn Sloe Pick Oct 2016Our special pre-Christmas Tasting Evening is based on our standard Tasting Evening which can be booked and run as a private event on a date to suit you either within our shops or at your chosen location. They are an excellent and affordable way to entertain a group of friends or work colleagues. Contact us for more details about booking your own Tasting Event.

*Terms: Please note that after your booking is confirmed your £10 attendance fee is refundable only in the event of cancellation of the Tasting Evening by Demijohn. The £5 shopping voucher is valid only during the tasting evening.

Events News

Christmas Fair season is about to begin. I have oiled my moving parts and dusted off the cobwebs of Autumn in preparation! It kicks off with the wonderful BBC Good Food Show in Glasgow SECC between Fri 4 to Sun 6 Nov next week. We will be exhibiting on Stand D102, in amongst a brilliant selection of other food and drink businesses. We maybe coming to a location near to you. View our Fairs and Events page for full details.

Win a Ball of Sloe Gin

If you would like a chance to win a Ball of Sloe Gin delivered to your door for free, then please enter our latest competition.

I hope we see you for a sip of Sloe Gin very soon.....

Yours,

Angus


Last of the Summer Salads...

Our new Light Salad Dressing Gift SetOur new Light Salad Dressing Gift Set or our Fila Oil and Vinegar Gift Set are great ideas for getting the last of your Summer Salads tasting ever more delicious.

So if you are planning on enjoying a weekend of warm weather like us, in a desperate attempt to cling on the remnants of Summer, then take a leaf from our book (and that would be a green one). Try dressing your salads with something exciting from our extensive Oil and Vinegar range.

Staff News

It is with huge enthusiasm that we announce the appointment of our new Oxford Shop Manager, Manon Deslauriers. Manon has a wealth of real life experience on her side and a great sense of French Canadian humour. Please be kind to her as she learns the ropes!

We have a Winner!

Our new Fila Oil and Vinegar Gift SetCongratulations go to Ann Martin, from Fife, who won out latest competition for a Ball of Marmalady Gin. Our next competition will be published shortly, so keep your eyes peeled.

I hope your weekend is as filled with well dressed green salad leaves as ours, and that we see you very soon.

Yours,

Angus


Don't miss our Festival Offer!

If you have yet to take up our special Festival Discount Offer to save yourself 15% on purchases either online or in store, please do so now. This offer ends on Wednesday this week.

Bramble season has begun! Try our delicious range of fruit vinegars on your saladsCelebrate your end of Summer and our 12 glorious years in business with our Festival Offer. Order £40 or more before the end of August and receive a 15% discount on your order either online or in store in Edinburgh, Glasgow, York or Oxford.

If ordering online use Voucher Code: festival2016. If visting our shops, simply request your discount from a member of our Staff at the moment of purchase. There is no limit on how many times this offer can be redeemed.

Please note, free standard delivery applies to UK mainland orders over £40. Alternatively, order online to collect for free from one of our shops. Offer ends at 23.59 hrs on Wed 31st Aug 2016.

I hope your Bank Holiday Weekend has been as fun as ours and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours,

Angus


A Festival of Ice Cream Recipes

Festival Blackcurrant Ice Cream made with Blackcurrant Gin LiqueurThe World famous Edinburgh Festival is in full swing and our founding little shop that we opened just over 12 years ago is right in the thick of it, nestling in the eclectic curve of Victoria Street. It was on one such festival that Frances's delicious Festival Blackcurrant Ice Cream recipe was born, using our incredibly rich Blackcurrant Gin Liqueur 20% from Worcestershire.

The great news is that you can adapt this simple recipe to use almost any of the 30 liqueurs in our range to make your ice creams more exciting. To vary your recipes yet further, we recommend trying out our Seville Orange Marmalade Ice Cream or our Spiced Rum and Brown Bread Ice Cream. I think ice cream heaven has arrived!

A Special Festival Offer

Celebrate your end of Summer and our 12 glorious years in business with our Festival Offer. Order £40 or more before the end of August and receive a 15% discount on your order either online or in store in Edinburgh, Glasgow, York or Oxford.

The original Gin Rack is back!If ordering online use Voucher Code: festival2016. Free standard delivery applies to UK mainland orders over £40. Alternatively, order online to collect for free from one of our shops. Offer ends at 23.59 hrs on Wed 31st Aug 2016.

Event News

Firstly we apologise to all you wonderful Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival fans for missing this years event. Thankyou for the many fantastic and passionate messages of disappointment at our absence. It is nice to be missed!

We will, however, be back out and about with the events team next week at the amazing Burghley Horse Trials between Thurs 1st to Sun 4th Sept, located in the Food Walk as last year. If you love horses and shopping then we look forward to seeing you there! Please check our fairs and events diary to see if we are to be near to you anytime soon.

Win a Ball of Marmalady Gin

Ball of Marmalady GinIf you have yet to enter and are a fan of our Seville Orange Gin 26%, then please enter our competition now for your chance to win a 500ml Sfera bottle of Seville Orange Gin, also known as a Ball of Marmalady Gin. The competition closes for entries on Sun 4th Sept 2016.

Good luck making the last of your hot Summer days a festival of ice cream fun, and don't forget to take advantage of our festival offer.

Yours,

           Angus


Summer Cocktail Ideas

3 quick and easy Summer cocktail recipes to make your Summer a little more lively. Click the links or photos to find out how to make our Citrus Sundowner, Raspberry Fresh and Rhubarb Bellini cocktails. 
Citrus Sundowner Cocktail Recipe
Raspberry Fresh Cocktail RecipeRhubarb Bellini Cocktail Recipe

Events News

If you would like to try our cocktails first hand, you are in luck. The largest cocktail party in Scotland, the Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace, is about to kick off. Between Friday 1st and Sun 3 July we will be in action on our stand at the GWCT Bagpipes at the Scottish Game Fair in 2015Members Enclosure with both our Liquid Deli and Cocktail Bar. If you are coming to see us, be prepared for a lot of fun and don't forget your welly boots or your beautifully clean Demijohn bottles if you need a refill!

We are recruiting!

We are looking for more dynamic, enthusiastic, food and drink fascinated people to join us and fill both full and part-time vacant positions in our Oxford Shop. If you or someone you know might be interested, please read our careers page for more information on how to apply for a job with us.

Have fun muddling those Summer cocktails!

Yours,

           Angus


Summer Cocktail Tips from Demijohn

Posted in Latest News Press Releases , by Angus Ferguson, on 13th June 2016

Our Raspberry Fresh Cocktail, perfect for a Summer party!Summer is upon us and as we all head outside we get that lovely warm feeling of entertaining friends while enjoying some good food and drinks. But the eternal question is how to provide original drinks. Many love a flute of fizz or a cold beer but a much better way to impress your guests are to whip up cheeky little Summer Cocktail Recipes and it’s sure to get the party started.

Liquid deli Demijohn, who source and sell artisan handmade spirits and liqueurs, are the cocktail connoisseurs as many of their drinks make the ideal summer cocktail. Indeed, some are simply the taste of summer in a bottle. Demijohn owner Angus Ferguson has plenty of advice on serving summer cocktails.

Firstly, ensure everything is well chilled and where possible use natural tasting spirits rather than highly flavoured or coloured ones as they will taint the subsequent cocktail. Secondly, try and add a bit of fresh fruit to the cocktail as that always looks and tastes better – for our rhubarb cocktails we add pureed rhubarb and our Raspberry Fresh has fresh raspberries.

Next choose the right glass – for a long cocktail a high ball glass is perfect and great when you add soft drinks and ice. Where you want something smaller and stronger a wide rimmed traditional cocktail glass is perfect.

You can mix up cocktails in jugs in advance rather than making them one by one when the guests arrive but always taste to check the strength and add ice at the last minute. Stir well before serving.

Here are some of our favourite cocktail recipes:

Rhubarb Bellini Cocktail - 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 Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur 20.5% and top up with chilled Prosecco or Sparkling White Wine

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.

Take a high ball glass or increase the quantities and add to a pitcher for larger parties. Add 1 measure each 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!

Raspberry Fresh Cocktail -  This drink can make a long and refreshing way to start a warm summer's afternoon or a night on the tiles. Add 2 measure of Raspberry Vodka, to 1 of Lime Vodka, a teaspoon of Raspberry Puree (optional) and plenty of ice to a High Ball glass and top up with fresh Apple Juice.

Available from Demijohn shops in Oxford, Glasgow, Edinburgh and York or online at www.demijohn.co.uk

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Demijohn Shops:

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  • 20 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HP Tel: 01865 552179

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Save 15% on your next order

Big Daddy! Our 3 litre Salmo bottle filled with Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur 23%If you are still looking for fabulous Father's Day gifts for your Dad or you are ready to stock up for a Summer party, our 15% discount off your next order will be welcome, I am sure.

Invite to a Tasting Evening

Our new Big Daddy bottle of port-like Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur 23% would certainly put a smile on most Fathers' faces. However, for something even more memorable, why not book a place on one of our special Tasting Evenings to be held on Thursday 16th June 2016 next week? Everyone is welcome, especially lucky Fathers! Click to book your place now.

Your exclusive discount and free delivery

To claim your 15% discount* off your next order in store or online, use voucher code: bigdaddy2016 prior to Sun 19th June. For in store purchases or telephone orders, simply mention the voucher code and request your discount from a member of our Staff at time of ordering.

In addition, orders placed online of £25 or more before Sun 12 June 2016 are eligible for free delivery to any UK Mainland address, saving you a further £5.95.

Click to design your own beautiful, personalised Demijohn wedding favours *Offer Terms & Conditions: Our 15% discount offer expires at 23.59hrs on Sun 19 June 2016. It is valid for use once on your next order only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Free delivery to UK Mainland addresses normally for orders of £40 or more. Other delivery rates may apply depending on delivery address and speed.

Something for the Weekend - A Walking Wedding Fair

Edinburgh's Grassmarket is holding its first of a kind Walking Wedding Fair this weekend from 11am on Sat 11th June to 4pm on Sun 12th June. We, along with many of the other quirky Grassmarket independent businesses, will be offering some very special deals and activities over the weekend.

So if you are busy planning your wedding and need help choosing either wedding favours for your guests, a few thankyou presents for friends and family or simply need some of our unique drinks to spice up your wedding cocktails we think you should consider taking part. It will be fun!

We look forward to seeing you soon, armed with your exclusive Demijohn 15% discount of course, and will be happy to help as required.

Yours,

           Angus


Recipe for a great weekend

Hold you Horses for our new Summer cocktail!The bank holiday weekend is looming and Summer has officially started. To celebrate we have a new Summer cocktail recipe for you to try called Hold your Horses. Aptly named, this cocktail was created while we exhibited at Badminton Horse trials earlier this month.

Our Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur 20.5% is combined with our Grapefruitcello Liqueur 32% and Elderflower Vinegar to make an excitingly fresh long drink. So delightful is it to taste in fact, I think many forgot about the horse trials during that long, hot week in a field at Badminton!

Find out how to make a Hold your Horses Cocktail so you too can sip like a Show Jumper and get your great weekend started!

A Tasting fit for your Father

Father's Gold - A big bottle of our unique 6 year old Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 42%Father's Day is approaching fast on 19th June. Have you thought of a present for your Dad yet? We have many great Father's Day gifts to choose from, however, nothing could be more special than to accompany your Father to one of our Father's Day Tasting Evenings.

The tasting evenings, based on our Standard Tasting Evening format, will take place on Thursday 16th June in each of our 4 shops, Edinburgh, Glasgow, York and Oxford between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. The cost to attend is £10 per person, which includes a £5 shopping voucher redeemable on the evening.

How to Book

Little Clarendon Street Party in full swing!Places are limited. Last year this was a very popular event, so if you would like to bring your Dad along please book early. To book, simply send an email to info@demijohn.co.uk with your contact details, including the number of places to be reserved and the particular shop which you would like to attend. We will then respond with full details and organise payment to be taken prior to the event.

Events News

Julian mixes up a fine Vinegar Spritzer in aid of Sobell House HospiceWe have been out and about this month in style. Thankyou to all who came to see us at Badminton, we will be back in 2017 for sure! Thankyou also to those who took part in the Little Clarendon Street Party in Oxford last weekend which we sponsored. Despite a splot of rain, literally 1000's turned out to see the street in carnival spirit with magical music from 6 bands and 4 choirs. Our Vinegar Spritzer Bar raised over £100 for local charity Sobell House Hospice.

We cannot thank enough the hard work from everyone who made it happen and all the volunteer musicians. All our events for the year can be found on our Fairs and Events page.

Have a wonderful bank holiday weekend, may the sun shine and good luck holding your horse!

Yours,

           Angus


Spring starts and ends with Rhubarb

Freshly cut, Spring rhubarbOh the joys of Spring weather. But what really tells us when Spring has started or ended for that matter? For me it is not the balmy weather, not the appearance and disappearance of many lurid yellow daffodils. It is not birds busily nesting and their chicks hatching, nor young lambs leaping. For me Spring is defined by our crop of rhubarb, crucial for our Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur.

New striking red stalks dart from a black soil in a confident upwards movement before enthusiastically bursting open with fabulously huge green leaves. Rhubarb's energy seems at odds with virtually all else growing in the garden, and then like daft sheep following each other to an open gate, the rest of nature follows. Before we know it, Summer is here, whoopee!

Rhubarb Vodka LiqueurAnd what a vegetable rhubarb is, cunning and clever. Despite its foul taste when raw and poisonous leaves, its healthy look compels most to treat it as a fruit. It can make delicious drinks like our Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur 20.5% or sumptuous puddings like our Rhubarb and Mead Pavlova or Rhubarb and Ginger Wine Trifles

Spring starts and ends with rhubarb, think about it.

Events News

2016 got off to a flying start with an evening of Demijohn Cocktails at the amazing Rutherfords Micro Pub in Kelso on 31st March. Run passionately by owners Simon and Debbie Rutherford, they kindly invited me along to mix up a few cocktails for their customers. The result was a tremendously fun evening for me, I only hope all their guests enjoyed the performance too! If you have yet to visit this small but perfectly Simon and Debbie at the front of their Micropubformed establishment in the Scottish Borders, it is worth the trip.

Badminton

Thankyou also to all those who came to see us at the BBC Good Food Spring Show in Harrogate. Next week, Danny and I we will be in a field exhibiting at the famous Badminton Horse Trials between 4-8 May. If you happen to be in Gloucestershire and fancy a fun day out, remember to pack your bottles for refilling and please come and see us. We are located on the Food Walk, where the sun always shines!

Save the Date - Little Clarendon Street Party - 21st May 2016

Our Oxford Shop is planning a mega party with our neighbours. If you are near Little Clarendon Street in Oxford on Sat 21st May please come and join in our Street Party between noon and 6pm to celebrate our vibrant street, full of unique independent businesses. Music, performing arts and great food and drink will make for a seriously fun carnival atmosphere on the day and there is no cost to take part. Click for more details and show your support.

Mini Whisky RackAll our events for the year can be found on our Fairs and Events page

Father's Day Competition

Fathers are getting restless, knowing that Father's Day on Sun 19th June is approaching fast! Enter our Father's Day competition now to try and win our fabulous Mini Whisky Rack delivered free to your door in time for Father's Day. More great present ideas can be found in Father's Day Gifts.

Have a great weekend trying to work out when Spring is to end and Summer begin.

Yours,

           Angus


A delicious treat for Easter

A delicious Chocolate Rum Cake Recipe for EasterMy lovely Wife, Frances, has created an incredibly delicious Chocolate Rum Cake made with our Chocolate Rum Liqueur 29.5%. Could there be a better cake than this to feed friends and family with this Easter?

However, if you are simply looking for a fun alternative to the classic Chocolate Easter Egg then have a quick peek at our Easter Gifts to find all things egg shaped, from our Chocolate Orange with a Difference to our Olive Oil and Fruit Vinegar Ball and much more.

15% Discount Offer

Now you really can make your cake and eat it!  We would like to offer you a healthy 15% discount* off your next Demijohn purchase online or in store. Don't delay, your offer ends on Easter Sunday.

Please use voucher code: easter2016 either on check out online or quote verbally to a member of our Staff within our shops to redeem your discount.

Win a Chocolate Orange with a Difference*Terms for Easter 15% Discount Offer: This offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offer, excludes delivery charges and can be used once per customer. The offer expires at 23.59hrs on Sunday 27th March 2016. Please note our Standard delivery service to all UK mainland addresses is still FREE for orders of £40 or more, saving you £5.95.

Easter Competition

If you have yet to enter our latest competition for Easter, to win a Chocolate Orange with a Difference delivered free to your door, then please enter swiftly. This competition closes for entries on Sun 20 March 2016.

Good luck baking your cake. Have a wonderful Easter and we hope to see you soon.

Yours,

           Angus


Marvellous for Mothers

Our new Mini Liqueur Rack. Click for more Mother's Day gift ideasDemijohn has some marvellous new Mother's Day gift ideas for Mothering Sunday on 6 March 2014.

To every Mother in the land, therefore, please forward this email to the person in your family tasked with rewarding your continual love, care and attention. Bad luck Fathers, you will need to wait until June!

Our Standard delivery service to all UK mainland addresses is FREE for orders of £40 or more, saving you £5.95. To take advantage of this for a Mother's Day present, please place your order by Mon 29th Feb 2016.

Last Call for Refills!

If you have yet to refill and take advantage of our 15% discount off the cost of your Demijohn bottle refill, please do so now. This offer ends on Mon 29 February 2016.

Competition Winner

Congratulations go to Michelle Martin from Glasgow who has won our Valentine's Day Competition for a 500ml heart shaped bottle of our new Chocolate Rum Liqueur 29.5%. Thankyou to all those who entered.

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

Yours,

           Angus


Love is less dear than you think!

For Her, our Raspberry and Lime Vodka BallValentine's Day is approaching fast. So if you are struggling for some Valentine's Day gift ideas inspiration prior to the 14th February like me then help is at hand.

Here are my top two ideas, from the heart of course.....

Our Standard delivery service to all UK mainland addresses is FREE for orders of £40 or more, saving you £5.95. To take advantage of this for a Valentine's Day present, please order by Mon 8th Feb 2016.

Don't forget to refill!

For Him, A Rum PairWe are offering an additional 15% discount off the cost of your Demijohn bottle refill if made prior to the end of February 2016 in store. By refilling you will also save on the cost of a new glass bottle.

There is no catch, just please request your discount at the time of purchase. Simply give your bottles a good wash out and remember to bring them with you when you next visit. You will have fun trying to choose some of our delicious products to refill them with, we will do all the rest.

Win yourself a Heart of Chocolate Rum

If you have yet to enter, we have a new competition running to win a 500ml heart shaped bottle of our new Chocolate Rum Liqueur 29.5%, worth £33.20, delivered to your door for free. Click to view competition details and enter.

Good luck with choosing your Valentine a present. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Yours,

           Angus


15% Discount on Demijohn Bottle Refills

Our new Scottish Rose Cocktail Gift Set, perfect for a Burns Night SupperA very Happy New Year to you. If, like me, you are feeling slightly shocked at the onset of Winter proper, then hopefully this will cheer you up.

Our seasonal discount to encourage you to refill your precious Demijohn bottles has started, whoopee!

By refilling you will not only save on the cost of a new glass bottle, but we are offering an additional 15% discount off the cost of the refill if made prior to the end of February 2016.

There is no catch, just please request your discount at the time of purchase. Simply give your bottles a good wash out and remember to bring them with you when you next visit. You will have fun trying to choose some of our delicious products to refill them with, we will do all the rest.

With Burns Night and Valentine's Day approaching fast, this I think is a very good time to refill!

Win yourself a Heart of Chocolate Rum

Heart of Chocolate RumCongratulations go to the winner of our last competition Mrs Robertson from East Kilbride who has won herself a huge pile of Certainly Wood Kiln Dried logs. We now have a new competition running to win a 500ml heart shaped bottle of our new Chocolate Rum Liqueur 29.5%, worth £33.20, delivered to you door for free. Click to view competition details and enter.

Good luck with finding and washing out your Demijohn bottles. We look foward to seeing you for a refill soon.

Yours,

           Angus


Bring in the New Year with Grapefruitcello

The Two Cellos - A fun set of Grapefruitcello and Limoncello LiqueursToday we won, for the second year running, the World Sloe Gin Championships with our Sloe Gin 22%, how about that! However, equally as exciting is a new Grapefruitcello Liqueur 32% which has sneaked its way on to our shelves in the last few weeks. Have you tried it yet?

We think it might prove quite a popular drink at Hogmanay parties up and down the country this year, as it is really quite unique. It is always fun to surprise guests with a new potion from the drinks cupboard and our Grapefruitcello will do exactly that!

A fresh, smooth taste which is almost peppery on the tongue, our new Grapefruitcello Liqueur is an exciting drink that can make some cracking cocktails too. Start your New Year party this year with our Grapefruit Vodka Mojito cocktail and you will be dancing with the bells in no time! 

Last orders for Christmas Deliveries 

Our World Champion Sloe Gin. Seriously hot stuff!If you have placed an order recently, thankyou and now relax. Our Teams in Glasgow and York are doing a first class job of processing your orders swiftly and we are right on track to ensure all orders are delivered in time for Christmas.

Until Christmas Eve, we are open late until 8pm midweek and 6pm on Fri, Sat and Sun in all our shops to make life a little more civilised for you if you are planning a visit. Please see our Shop Opening Times page for full details.

While there is plenty of time left for pre-New Year deliveries, last orders to ensure a safe delivery by Christmas must be placed by midnight tonight for Standard deliveries and by midnight on Thursday 17th Dec for Express deliveries. After this time we will still process your order, however it is unlikely your order will arrive in time for Christmas. Weather may also affect delivery times. See our Shipping page for more details.

Win yourself a heap of Firewood for Winter!

It is not only our drinks such as our World class Sloe Gin that can keep you warm this Winter, we now have some firewood to hand out! Enter our new competition for your chance to win £125 of Kiln Dried Firewood from our friends at Certainly Wood. Click to view competition details and enter.

From all of us at Demijohn, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a jolly good party at New Year with our Grapefruitcello!

Yours,

           Angus


Top 10 Gift Ideas for Christmas

The new Demijohn Wibble Gift SetIf, like me, you can hear the Christmas countdown clock ticking and are still trying to think of ideas for Christmas presents, well, help is at hand. In no particular order, these are our top 10 Christmas gift ideas to get most people out of that tricky spot!

  1. Demijohn Wibble Gift Set £51.15 - A new set to make our famous Wibble cocktail, as recommended by Cosmopolitan Magazine
  2. Hipflask of 7 year old Aultmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky £60.92 - A unique cask strength, Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  3. Mini Gin Rack £22.79 - New this year, everyone's favourite tasting set of gins
  4. 500ml bottle of Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur £27.40 - A magnificently fruity drink, wonderful with cheese
  5. Chocolate Rum Jeroboam £182.50 - New this year, a beautiful 3 litre bottle filled with our delicious Chocolate Rum
  6. Bottle of Elderflower Vinegar350ml bottle of Elderflower Vinegar £9.85 - A unique dressing made with elderflowers picked by us
  7. Oil and Vinegar Carousel £35.75 - A charming handmade presentation piece for the finest kitchens
  8. Rhubarb & Ginger £21.80 - A beautiful glass orb filled with our Organic Rhubarb Vodka and Ginger Wine
  9. Citrus Sundowner Cocktail Set £43.05 - 3 clever stacking drinks to make our popular Citrus Sundowner Cocktail
  10. The Liqueur Box £86.95 - A handmade presentation box filled with 6 of our most popular drinks

Hipflask of Aultmore Single Malt Scotch WhiskyOil and Vinegar CarouselBottle of Bramble Scotch Whisky LiqueurRhubarb & GingerCitrus Sundowner Cocktail SetJeroboam of Chocolate Rum Liqueur

 

 

 

 With free standard 4-5 working day delivery for orders over £40 to all UK Mainland addresses, simply place your order by Wed 16th Dec this year and we will do the rest. Don't forget to add a free personal message and Christmas 2015 is sorted!

Late Opening, Christmas Deliveries and Click and Collect 

Our easy shopping news gets better and better. We are now open late until 8pm midweek in all our shops to make life a little more civilised for you if and when you visit prior to Christmas Eve. Please see our Shop Opening Times page for full details.

Mini Gin RackIn addition you can place your order now and request a delayed delivery. Alternatively you can choose to collect your order from one of our shops to save yourself time.

To request a delayed Christmas delivery please simply annotate "Christmas Delivery" in the special delivery instructions notes field when you checkout online.

Delayed Christmas deliveries will all be despatched in the week commencing Mon 14 Dec 2015 for delivery by Wed 23 Dec 2015. Last orders to ensure a safe delivery by Christmas must be placed by Wed 16 Dec 2015. After this time we will still be processing orders, however it is unlikely your order will arrive in time for Christmas. Weather may also affect delivery times.

Competition Winner Announced

The Liqueur BoxThe winner of our Mini Gin Rack Competition which ended on 30 Nov 2015 was Fiona MacDonald. Thankyou to all those who entered, Fiona will receive her prize shortly.

We are here to help. So if you get stuck simply contact us and we will do our absolute tippy top best to help. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours,

           Angus


The Demijohn News - Christmas Free Delivery Offer Reminder

Posted in Latest News Events Blog , by Angus Ferguson, on 23rd November 2015

Christmas Free Delivery Offer Reminder

A Rum Pair - A great new Christmas gift idea for the lover of all things rum!There is now only 7 days left for you to take up our Christmas free delivery offer if you have yet to do so. We have been having fun adding ever more great Christmas gift ideas to our website to make choosing your presents this year as easy as possible.

Don't forget you can place an order online for collection in any of our shops to help save you time. There is no additional charge for this service.

To qualify for free* Standard UK Mainland delivery, simply place an order online of more than £20 before Tues 1st December, saving you £5.95. Please note terms apply, see below.

Our News

Thankyou to all those who have bravely trekked through cold and stormy weather to visit us in our shops or our various Christmas fairs over the last week or so. It is much appreciated.

Our handmade Liqueur Chocolates are back, yum!My van is now packed and ready for the second to last event of 2016, however, my body most certainly is not!

Starting on Thursday is our biggest show of the year, the vast BBC Good Food Winter Show at Birmingham's NEC. Charlie and I will be dancing on our little stand number H44 with a few of our popular products for you to try, including our new Chocolate Rum Liqueur.

More details of the last two events of the year can be found on our fairs and events page.

We are looking forward to hearing from you again soon, whatever the weather!

Yours,

            Angus

*Free Delivery Offer Terms: To qualify for our free Standard 4-5 working day UK Mainland delivery offer you must spend £20 or more online per delivery address prior to 11.59hrs on Tues 1 Dec 2015. There is no limit on how many orders are placed. Our normal Standard UK Mainland delivery charge is £5.95 or is offered free for orders over £40.


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