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North Uist Distillery Co to launch cocktail delivery service - and a new pink grapefruit gin

The island distillery is selling ready-made cocktails, and has released a new, fruity gin.

Published: December 1, 2020
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North Uist Distillery Co have released their first pre-mixed cocktail for mail order dispatch this December - and a Downpour Oak Aged Negroni is one of two new pre-sale releases from the Downpour Gin collection.

With cocktails at home becoming a trend during lockdown, this timely special release comes ahead of the festive season for people to enjoy at home this Christmas.

First mixed for Count Camillo Negroni in Florence, the Negroni cocktail is a clever adaptation of the Americano cocktail - in this instance Downpour Scottish Dry Gin is aged in oak casks to add extra depth and complexity.

It’s then carefully blended with sweet vermouth and bitter amaro.

Co-Founders Jonny Ingledew and Kate MacDonald launched their first product Downpour Gin in April 2019 and have been busy dispatching orders from the Outer Hebrides ever since.

Kate MacDonald said: “We wanted to create a premium cocktail for people to enjoy during lockdown.

"This cocktail is pre-mixed so there is no preparation involved, just pour it over ice, stir and garnish with fresh orange peel.

"It’s something special to enjoy at home and easy to take with you to any outdoor gathering - socially distanced of course!”

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In addition to this new cocktail, the distillery also announced the launch of their new Downpour Pink Grapefruit Gin. This zesty edition is described as bright and full of juicy flavours.

Head distiller Jonny Ingledew said: “This version of Downpour Gin is all about the freshness and we’ve captured this by using plenty of fresh pink grapefruits to get a big bold flavour. We also added pink peppercorns to dazzle the fruity taste buds.”

The recommended serve for Downpour Pink Grapefruit Gin is to pour over ice, partner with a premium tonic and garnish with a slice of pink grapefruit.

These two new spirits will be ready to dispatch in December and you can pre-order from the website now.

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Bottles are £29 with free UK delivery with the last Christmas delivery day on the 18 December.

North Uist Distillery Co use sustainable, no plastic packaging and each order includes a handwritten Hebridean postcard with a bespoke gift message.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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