The most stylish al fresco bar in Edinburgh, The Blackbird has announced a unique collaboration with Bombay Sapphire to devote the summer of 2017 to all things gin.
The outdoor bar at The Blackbird, previously known as The Shed, has been transformed into a dedicated gin bar and renamed the Gin Hut. Right through until September it will be serving a special menu with four luscious gin cocktails inspired by Indian summers.
There’s a Mango and Cardamom Fizz with preserved mango, cardamom and celery bitters topped with soda; a refreshing Peach and Lemongrass Buck with peach tea, lemongrass and Fever Tree Ginger Ale; and for something a little sweeter, there’s the Raspberry and Pankot which mixes Bombay Sapphire with coconut milk, raspberry, rose water and lemon bitters.
The cocktail list is completed with The Blackbird’s Perfect Serve, a double measure of gin with Fever Tree tonic and lime garnish served in a proper gin goblet for the full experience.
To ensure you enjoy your G&T’s in equally chic surroundings, the garden has been given a full facelift for the summer season with the centrepiece being a one-off unique piece of specially commissioned “graffiti spaghetti” by legendary artist Mr Doodle.
The mural, which covers two walls of the garden, is the first time the graffiti artist and illustrator has appeared in Scotland, having previously done pieces for Callooh Callay, London and MTV.
Mr Doodle drew the piece free hand, taking a day and a half to complete it. His black and white al fresco inspired cartoons have been punctuated with splashes of acid blue and the Star of Bombay as a nod to the summer of gin.
The Blackbird Gin Hut is open 7 days a week from 10am till 10pm with regular events to be held throughout the summer.
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