Watch: How to creatively transform an empty Harris gin bottle

Harris gin is one of Scotland's most popular gins, and it's as well known for its seaside spirit as the beautiful bottle it's contained in.

Published 23rd Apr 2020
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

The Harris gin bottle was designed by Stranger & Stranger for its launch in 2015, and went on to win an award.  The colour reflects the clear blue sea on the island, with the etchings representing the waves.

The bottle proved so popular that stocks ran low and rationing was introduced briefly in 2016.

Popular uses of the empty bottles including filling then with fairy lights or using them as a base for a lamp.

But now, Hutton Creative Design have shared another way to transform the bottle.

Posting on their YouTube channel, Mark Hutton said: "I had some fun creating an iconic label in the same style with the colour of the water in Harris.

"Using my design skills and taking the photos, bringing them into photoshop, a bit of retouching, then some magic in illustrator, finally printing it out and adding it to the bottle. One of a kind!!"


The video shows how to create a new label for the bottle, turning it from Harris gin to Harris water.

Using a range of blue inks, dotted onto a white piece of paper to create a sea-like quality, the label is then scanned into a computer and sized to fit before text is added.

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It's then printed and cut to size before being stuck on to the bottle.

Any colours can be used, and text added - making this a fun and creative way to update your empty bottles for their new use.

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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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