Edinburgh's Drinks Lab Gin Cruises to return next month

Gin fans rejoice, the popular Summerhall Drinks Lab cruises are back.

Published 16th Jun 2021
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

Summerhall Drinks Lab will restart their popular Gin Cruise events along the Union canal in Edinburgh from 3 July.

Tickets for the first event are on sale now, with further gin cruises planned for the first and third Saturday of the month at 1pm and 4.30pm.

Over the two hour experience, guests will receive a tutored tasting of five different gins, each sampled neat then as part of a mixed drink or cocktail.

Throughout, the two knowledgeable hosts will explain the botanicals, flavours and story behind each gin sampled, take an entertaining look at gin history and production, and answer guests' burning questions about all things juniper.

“Our Cruises have been a very important fixture in the gin calendar for many years, and we 're incredibly excited to get back on the canal and sample some wonderful gin.” said Jamie Shields, owner of Summerhall Drinks Lab.

“The cruise events are a fantastic opportunity to try new and exciting gin from Scotland and further afield, and are a great way to enjoy a leisurely afternoon sailing out of the city with a cocktail in hand.”

The cruise events take place on the Lochrin Belle canal boat, owned by social enterprise Re-Union.

The boat ride begins at Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, and sails up to Slateford before returning to the start point.

Tickets are very limited as capacity is reduced to allow adequate distancing to take place on board and are on sale online now, for £39.50 each.

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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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