Edinburgh's Old Curiosity Distillery launches limited edition colour changing Christmas gin

Gin fans can now buy a limited edition gin from Edinburgh's Old Curiosity Distillery.

Published 9th Nov 2020
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

Scottish craft distillery, Old Curiosity, has launched a new limited-edition, colour changing Christmas Gin ahead of the festive period.

The new gin is created by blending classic aromatic spices and naturally coloured with botanicals, which combined make an eye catching red coloured gin.

The Secret Garden Christmas Gin (50cl, 39% ABV) is distilled with botanicals grown in the distillery’s Secret Herb Garden on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom are distilled to create a distinctly festive flavour, while hollyhock petals give the liquid a natural festive red colouring.

The Secret Garden Christmas Gin comes in three sizes to suit a range of gift ideas. Starting from a perfect stocking filler size of 5cl (£5.95), 20cl (14.95) to 50cl (£35.95) - ideal for a gin lover’s present.

The range also includes a festive gift set of a 20cl bottle of Christmas Gin paired with the distillery’s Wild Gin (20cl, 40% ABV), priced at £29.95.

Hamish Martin, director at the Old Curiosity Distillery, commented: “We really wanted to explore a new range of festive flavours using traditional seasonal ingredients to make our Christmas Gin.

"We drew influence from medieval Christmas feasts by distilling the gin with cinnamon and aromatic cardamom, while the ginger gives the spirit an extra kick for warmth.

“We’ve proud to say that our Christmas Gin contains no preservatives, sugars, colourings or flavourings, only truly natural ingredients from our very own Secret Herb Garden in Midlothian. We hope gin lovers enjoy our festive tipple this Christmas.”

The Secret Garden is an award-winning herb nursery with over 600 naturally grown and tended varieties of herbs and flowers which are picked, dried and distilled by hand to deliver the pure essence of nature.

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It is most renowned for the multi award-winning collection of premium, 100 per cent natural, Secret Garden Gins which are stocked by some of the UK’s most prestigious retailers and now exported to 11 countries around the globe.

The distillery also produces ranges of teas, soaps and hand sanitisers.

The Secret Garden Christmas Gin is available now online.

The perfect serve

Fill a tall glass with ice

Add 50ml Christmas Gin

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Top up with low sugar tonic

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Once the tonic is poured into the glass, the bright red Christmas Gin turns to a striking fluorescent pink.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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