Video: Fringe stars Mother’s Ruin showcase Scottish gin with new verse for their hit gin show

A gin-inspired Australian cabaret act which is performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has helped to create a new video promoting Scotland’s vibrant gin scene.

Published 16th Aug 2017
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

After spending a few weeks in Scotland’s gin capital, self-confessed ‘ginthusiasts’ and the creative minds behind Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin, Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood have been so inspired they've teamed up with VisitScotland to showcase Scotland’s gin to audiences around the world.

The duo, who are currently performing at the Gilded Balloon, are renowned for their love of the juniper-led spirit, taking audiences on a musical tour of gin’s past and present with a hugely closing number called ‘I’ve drunk every gin.’

In celebration of their Fringe appearance, Mother’s Ruin were invited to a special tasting session in the Royal Dick Bar at Summerhall, where Pickering's have their distillery, before recording a special Scottish-gin inspired verse of their famous song for an exclusive VisitScotland video.

Marsden said: "We had so much fun trying a few more Scottish gins. We've been making our way around the distilleries and bars in town (it's research, of course) and we can't wait to try a few more."

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With Scotland producing 70 per cent of the UK’s gin including three of the world’s top selling brands, the country is becoming a magnet for gin enthusiasts thanks to its ever growing collection
of craft brands infused with some wonderful natural botanicals.

Better known for producing single malt whisky, many visitors to the country don't realise just how diverse, or how large, Scotland's gin sector has become in recent years, with many of them only now beginning to realise just how much good gin Scotland now produces.

There are now over 50 producers in Scotland - producing around 100 different gins - with almost half offering, or soon to offer, visitor experiences including tours or themed events.

Gin distilleries are popping up along the length and breadth of the country from Shetland Reel way up in Unst in the Shetland Isles to the newly opened Crafty Distillery based in Newton Stewart in Dumfries and Galloway.

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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