It was a pleasure to be working at the quietly sophisticated Dalmahoy Hotel, just outside Edinburgh,
over the weekend.
For those who haven’t visited, Dalmahoy is set in acres of mature woodland with two golf courses,
leisure club and friendly dedicated staff. It is 20 minutes drive from Edinburgh City Centre.
They have recently announced an extensive multi million pound room refurbishment.
On Friday, a large corporate group were in for their conference.
We were tasked to bring in an interesting drinks offering for meeting breakout during the afternoon.
The 30 minute breakout sessions were offered a craft beer and Scottish gin tasting.
We were lucky to have Dr Chris on hand for Fridays beer tasting.
He chose 3 craft Scottish beers for the afternoon tasting:
- Chew Chew: Salted Caramel Milt Stout, from Fallen Brewing
- Drop Kick Me Jesus: Sour Pale Ale by Tempest Brewing
- Seven Peaks IPA by Drygate brewery
Guests enjoyed the variety of craft beers on offer. Which opened up new flavour profiles to those
used to a standard pint of lager!
Our Gin Goddess, Timna, served up 3 of Scotland’s finest gins for the group. Who sampled the spirits
and then tried the perfect serves with a selection of tonics.
The Scottish gins chosen were:
- Rock Rose
- The Botanist
- Edinburgh Seaside gin
The idea was to present three contrasting Scottish gins to the guests, allowing them to taste the key
differences between the brands.
Edinburgh Seaside was the most coastal of the gins and was finished with a slice of lemon. The citrus
notes from both the gin and the garnish balanced the slightly mineralic yet sweet notes that came
from the spirit.
Rock Rose was deliciously savoury and floral. The herbaceous notes were enhanced by the rosemary
garnish whilst the hint of lemon from the spirit made this a well-rounded gin and tonic.
To finish, we had the Botanist which was the drier of all the gins showcased. The key wood and
earthy notes of the spirit accentuated the notes of pepper spice coming through on the palate.
Garnished with a slice of pink grapefruit for the perfect serve. This makes a crisp, dry and classic gin
Just the Tonic:
This was our first time with Cushiedoos Premium tonic water on tasting and it was great to have
such positive feedback. Even the guests that don’t normally like tonic water said they enjoyed the
taste. Which is testament to what it says on the bottle: “it’s good enough to drink on its own”. The
majority of people that say they do not like tonic water are usually referring to the bitter taste of
quinine and this is one of the things that sets this tonic water apart from others; it uses no quinine at
all! This makes this tonic less drying/sharp on the palate. Despite the fact, this also means the
tonic tastes a little bit sweeter than others, it actually has no sweeteners or preservatives and has
24% less sugar than other leading tonic brands. Well worth a try if you are looking for a different
Scottish Gin accompaniment!
In the evening as a prelude to dinner. The corporate client was looking for an interactive cocktail
masterclass. Guests learned the skills required to prepare themselves 3 cocktails 🍸 during dinner.
We set our pop up bar up in the room as a cocktail demonstration station. Mark, one of our
mixologists gave a cocktail demonstration, assisted by members of the group.
There were 8 tables for dinner, we set up a cocktail station for each of the guests’ tables. Each of the
8 tables had all the ingredients and equipment to make the cocktails for themselves.
Our Reel Time cocktail experts were on hand to showcase the best way to make the cocktails. They
then worked the room during dinner answering questions. Helping guests to create the best drinks.
The cocktails that the guests prepared were:
- Tom Collins
- Whisky Old Fashioned
You can find out more about our pop up cocktail bar and cocktail experiences at