Monday, 21 March 2022

Darnley’s gin launches refillable pouches – plus cocktail recipe

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While some alcohol brands are making the strange decision to release NFTs left, right and centre (which we know takes a huge amount of energy), others are taking a more sensible and sustainable route.

Darnley’s gin has recently introduced refillable pouches across its range. The Scottish distiller offers 700ml pouches in its Original, Spiced and Navy Strength gins.

Once decanted into a bottle, or drunk from the pouch, you can return them to the company via Freepost, where they will be recycled.

The pouches weight around 50% less than a standard glass bottle, require less energy to produce, and are made from recycled plastics.

William Wemyss, founder of Darnley’s gin, said, “Our sustainability plans for the brand are one of constant improvement and the launch of our gin pouches is part of this journey. We hope Darnley’s Gin fans will not only enjoy these gins, but also return the pouches so the full environmental benefits of this initiative can be realised”.

Darnley’s might not be the first gin brand to offer refillable pouches, but we’re glad to see it joining the likes of Rock Rose, Twisted Nose, Glaswegin and Bullards.

What does Darnley's gin taste like and a cocktail recipe

Image: Darnley's Gin

Time to grab yourself a gin pouch, put your feet up, and say cheers to the fact that you’re doing your little bit to help the planet. Maybe try mixing up one of these cocktails too?

Darnley’s original is a London Dry style gin, juniper-led (yay!) and made with six botanicals: juniper, elderflower, Spanish lemon peel, angelica root, Moroccan coriander seed and orris root. It’s got a lovely creaminess to it with the elderflower and citrus doing a little Mexican wave dance in your mouth. Once the boogying has died down, it’s got a round and warming finish.

Darnley's Delight

Image: Darnley's gin


50ml Darnley's Original gin
50ml pineapple juice
10ml dry vermouth
Dash of sugar syrup
Dash of Angostura bitters


Pour all the ingredients into a shaker over ice and shake rapidly. Double strain into glass. Garnish with three drops of Angostura bitters. 

Do you think it's a good idea spirits brands are moving towards improving sustainability?

Monday, 7 February 2022

Recipes: Want a non-alcoholic drink with a serious kick? Try Gimber

Non-alcoholic drinks are having a moment. It feels like barely a day goes by without another non-alcoholic 'spirit' being released. 

However, while you might want a change to alcohol, you might not want an imitator.

Alongside the many non-alcoholic spirits, we've also seen a bit of a boom in the world of fancy soft drinks.

Of course there's the usual Cokes and juices, but now we're seeing more shrubs and drinking vinegars and interesting cordials.

Speaking of, we recently tried Gimber. And we are fans.

What is Gimber?

Gimber is basically a really fancy cordial, with a serious kick. The ingredients are ginger, lemons, cane sugar, herbs and spices. One of the key compounds found in ginger is gingerol, which not only activates spice receptors on the tongue but apparently has also been found to have restorative properties. Some of the benefits that have been linked to gingerol include anti-inflammation, relieving muscle soreness, reducing stress, alleviating nausea and boosting the immune system. 

The name comes from a blend of 'ginger' in Dutch, French and English: gember, gingembre and of course, ginger.

It came about when founder Dimitri Oosterlynck was fed up of constantly drinking alcohol, or something boring or sugary. He couldn't find what he was looking for, so created something entirely new. It all started in 2017, and has been growing since then.

How do you drink Gimber?

In any number of ways. The 'perfect serve' is 30ml of Gimber mixed with 200ml of sparkling water. That will get you a seriously refreshing drink with a spicy kick. It's warming and zesty. The overriding flavour is of course ginger (at least 38% of Gimber is made with high-quality organic ginger), but you do pick up other herbs and spices too, as well as a citrussy note. 

You can also swap you G(in) for G(imber) in your G&T. Add 30ml of Gimber to 200ml of tonic and finish off with a sprig of rosemary.

You can use Gimber in your smoothies...

Fancy a blast of ginger energy with your breakfast? Try this Ginger Pear Smoothie. 

3 pears
1 lime
500ml soy milk
30ml Gimber
Optional: Chocolate chips/lime zest to top

Blend everything together
Serve with grated chocolate and lime zest

You can add Gimber to cocktails...

Ok, so it does make a very delicious non-alcoholic drink, but it turns out it tastes great in cocktails as well.

This cocktail recipe is also non-alcoholic, but if you want to turn your mocktail into a cocktail, swap the Everleaf for gin, white rum or tequila blanco.

30ml Everleaf aperitif
15ml Gimber ginger
1tsp honey water
Top with ginger beer
Garnish with orange wheels

You can even use Gimber as an ingredient in your cooking

Turns out this fiesty cordial is pretty versatile and works well in this seasonal butternut squash salad.

Mix together roasted butternut squash, red onion, kale and feta cheese. 

Dress with a mix of 1tsp Gimber, 20ml olive oil, salt and pepper.

Where can you buy Gimber?

You can buy it direct online (with a 20% discount for your first order) or from the likes of Daylesford, Selfridges, Whole Foods Market, Planet Organic, Dorchester Collection and Harvey Nichols.

It costs £2.99 for 20ml, £14.95 for 200ml, £24.50 for 500ml, and £27.90 for 700ml.