'World’s largest gin and tonic' served up by Scottish distillery

A Scottish distillery, which previously held the title of the creator of the 'world's strongest gin', claims to have made the world's largest gin and tonic.

Published 30th Jul 2018
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

The 875 litre, 8.5% abv batch has been created at Banchory-based Deeside Distillery - and is made up of 175 litres of gin (350 bottles of the Distillery’s own Still River gin) and 700 litres of tonic.

The giant G&T was made specifically for the distillery's own event next weekend, Sessions Festival; a craft drink, food and music festival, where revellers will be some of the first to taste it ‘on tap’.


This is the second ‘world first’ for Deeside Distillery having inadvertently developed the ‘world’s strongest gin’ at 77% with their Uncut Gin. The discovery that they had made the largest ever G&T came after developing the product specifically for the festival and some bar customers who wanted to try it.

Liam Pennycook, head distiller at Deeside Distillery, said: “We seem to 'accidentally' produce world firsts when we develop new ideas and products - it’s definitely the advantage of having our own distillery and producing all our spirits, beers and whisky from scratch.

"Both the world’s strongest gin and this newly mixed gin and tonic have been the result of us looking to offer new innovative products to our customers. Realising we have produced a potential new record is fun but essentially the product has to taste fantastic and appeal to our customers.

“The gin and tonic has already been sampled and has had amazing feedback. We are officially launching it at our own Sessions Festival this weekend (3-5th August) in Aberdeen and we are sure it will be a massive hit.”

A previous record for the world’s largest gin and tonic had been set with 739 litres.

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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