Every mum loves gin, it’s a fact*. And while flowers, breakfast in bed and an Outlander box set would make most mothers very happy, we’ve been looking at some truly exciting and different Scottish Gin experiences you might want to consider to wow your mum if shares our love of gin.
Blendworks from Eden Mill
Ideally located in the historically beautiful Rusacks Hotel, St. Andrews, and overlooking the iconic 18th hole of the Old Course, the people behind Eden Mill Gin have created Blendworks, a gin classroom, dedicated to the pursuit of your perfect gin flavour.
Join the Eden Mill experts for a gin masterclass, where you will be able to sample their gins, then have the opportunity to design, make and bottle your very own gin and take home 3 bottles to share and enjoy. This is a wonderful day out in a beautiful setting – perfect for serious gin-lovers. Costs from £95, find out more here.
In the run-up to Mother’s Day, we are running a competition to WIN a Blendworks experience for two. Click here to enter.
Pickering’s Gin Jolly
If you’re looking for a great gin experience in Edinburgh, the lovely people at Pickering’s Gin are delighted to welcome visitors on a “gin jolly” around Summerhall Distillery.
Situated in the old Dick Vet animal hospital, this unique, friendly and intriguing tour takes you backstage to the production of the iconic Pickering’s gin. You’ll see the whole process, as well as get a comprehensive background to the history of gin.
The tour starts with a P&T poured from the Gin Tap (!) in their neighbouring Royal Dick Bar and is rounded off with some gin tasting just 3 feet from the stills. Tours cost just £10 per head and you can book online here. They were just awarded Visit Scotland Thistle Award’s Best Visitor Attraction in Edinburgh and the Lothians, so it’s best to book early.
The Crossbill Hatchery Gin School
And over at the Hatchery Gin School in Barras Art and Design Centre, Glasgow, you have the unique opportunity to meet and hear an introduction from founder of Crossbill Gin, Jonathan Engels who will guide you through an exceptional gin-making experience.
On the day, Jonathan will share his expertise on the gin-making process, help you test and select your own botanicals, create a botanical basket, then distil your very own gin in a miniature copper pot still. Finally, your bottle will be labelled with your bespoke design to take home and show off.
Included in the 3-hour masterclass is a tutored gin tasting, so you can taste your gin like an expert! You can book from just £90 per head, find out how here.
*Special offer* Buy mum a gin school voucher and you can come along for free, so that’s £90 for you both! Enter code LoveMum at checkout. Discount code valid up until mother’s day, gift vouchers will be sent out first class.
Gin 71 Spa, Glasgow
If you prefer an altogether more relaxing experience, why not check out the UK’s first gin spa, in Glasgow? Brought to you by the people behind Gin 71 bars, it offers treatments and spa days, using natural botanical treatments with a complimentary gin cocktail.
They are currently offering a Mother’s Day spa package– find out more here.
Red Bus Bistro tours
A unique, relaxing and fun day out in either Glasgow or Edinburgh, Red Bus Bistro tours offer you the opportunity to share a gin afternoon tea on board a classic double-decker bus, while you tour around the city.
You can expect to be served a sophisticated afternoon tea including a sandwich selection, sweet and savoury treats for your tastebuds all accompanied with a refreshing Gin pot-tail of your choice (a Gin cocktail created with Gin, fresh herbs, mixers and edible flowers all served in an elegant Pot Tail).
Tickets cost from £15 each and you can book online here.
The Secret Herb Garden
If your mum loves gardening, then she will love exploring this hidden gem, The Secret Herb Garden, home of Old Curiosity Gin, is set at Old Pentland, near the Hillend Ski Slope and is a paradise for people who love to grow things.
Besides browsing the nursery for herbs and other fragrant plants, they provide an array of workshops, from candle making to furniture up-cycling. You can also enjoy a delicious snack and coffee and take a look in their shop, which includes, of course, the magnificent colour-changing Old Curiosity Gin, made with botanicals grown on site.
It’s a wonderful day out – find out about their upcoming events here. We visited them recently to see their distiller Steve make some mouth-watering exclusive cocktails from their gin range. Watch the videos and get inspired here.
56 North Tastings
Treat your mum to an afternoon out in Edinburgh and the chance to become a gin boffin with a masterclass from the award-winning 56 North. With a selection of tasting classes to choose from, including their ‘Gin Odyssey Masterclass paired with fruits and chocolates’ and ‘Scottish gins and cheese Masterclass’ you can spend the afternoon tasting top quality gins, local produce and learning from the experts. For a limited time, they are offering 50% off all their classes, so it’s the ideal time to book
The gin-loving team at 56 North now have their very own gin stills, so you can also tour their distillery and find out about the process behind making gin, with the opportunity to buy a bottle to take home. Take a look at their website for prices, bookings and vouchers.
Craft 56 Gin Club
Sample some of Scotland’s finest craft gins without having to leave your house! A subscription to Craft 56 Gin club means monthly deliveries of the finest small-batch gins from the most exciting distilleries across Scotland, delivered to your door along with some exciting treats.
The boxes cost £40 per month and you can choose to have them delivered monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly. So your mum could look forward to getting a new quality gin, a recommended mixer, gourmet treats, tasting notes and cocktail recipes. Great for creating an enviable gin shelf or sharing with her favourite son or daughter!
And we have a brilliant special offer from Craft 56, Click here to receive 25% off your first month when you sign up for a 3-month subscription. Or, if you’re thinking of buying a bottle for mum (or yourself), you can get 10% off when you enter code SGS10 at checkout.
So Happy Mother’s Day from the team at The Scottish Gin Society! Whether you’re treating your mum, yourself or another gin-lover in your life, we hope this selection of gin experiences gives you gin-spiration for a brilliant day out!
*It’s not really a fact, but we bet most mums do…