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Panda & Sons to takeover at Holyrood Distillery this weekend

The popular bar will be creating cocktails with the distillery's gin and new make spirit.

Published: August 26, 2021
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Holyrood Distillery is partnering with world-renowned Edinburgh cocktail bar Panda & Sons, for a weekend takeover where guests can also enjoy the distillery’s new gin, Height of Arrows.

The award-winning team at Panda & Sons will take up a residency at the Edinburgh distillery’s bars on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th August and will serve up bespoke cocktails made from spirits including Holyrood’s newly released Height of Arrows gin, and their new make spirit.

Holyrood’s Height of Arrows is made with a whisky maker’s philosophy from just three ingredients – one botanical and two modifiers.

Height of Arrows is a translation of the Gaelic name for Arthur’s Seat - Ard Na Said - which represents the location of Holyrood Distillery in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat.

Holyrood Distillery’s new make spirit comes directly from the whisky still - before the cask maturation process - and tasting it at this stage gives an insight into the flavours imparted through distillation.

The opportunity to taste the spirit in the Panda & Sons cocktails allows visitors a chance to experience something that will go onto become some of the first whisky to be produced in Edinburgh for 100 years.

The Panda & Sons cocktails will be available to both guests in Holyrood’s dog friendly outdoor Courtyard Bar, as well as their indoor bar which enjoys views of Salisbury Crags.

Evening guests will also enjoy the company and entertainment of Edinburgh drag queen, Alice Rabbit, who will host the evening sessions with songs and conversation.

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Winners of multiple awards and included on lists of the World’s Best Bars, Panda & Sons, opened its city centre bar in Edinburgh in 2013.

Advance booking is highly recommended, for no cost.

To reserve a table and for more information, visit the distillery website.

Interactive experiences are also available at Holyrood Distillery, giving visitors the chance to tour the working distillery and learn about Holyrood’s innovative approach to whisky production.

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The Holyrood Distillery Courtyard Bar is open throughout August and, in addition to cocktails, serves up its own spirits alongside drinks from carefully selected local independent brewers and distillers.

Holyrood has also partnered with local restaurant Luxford, and independent coffee bar, Don’t Tell Mama.

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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