Vodka cocktails to blow your socks off

IN: COCKTAILSHOW TOVODKA

When it comes to cocktails, there is so much to choose from that you might be a little intimidated but many of them are easy to make – you’re only limited by your imagination so let it run riot! From classic to crazy, vodka cocktails have never gone out of fashion and they’re always delicious, especially when the summer weather is playing ball! At Lockett Bros, we put all the emphasis on quality and it’s no different with vodka choices. Thinking about using cheap vodka for a cocktail? Okay, you can leave the room! Sub-standard vodka will only result in a sub-standard cocktail, so just don’t do it! So which ones are the best? Well, of course, that’s a matter of taste, but here are three of our favourites. We’ve even suggested the best vodka to use in each of them. Vodka Martini Could you have a blog on vodka cocktails without a Vodka Martini? Of course not! It’s the...
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Gin and food: The ultimate pairings

IN: GINHOW TO

We all know about food pairings for our favourite wines but most of us aren’t so confident when it comes to pairing foods with spirits, such as gin. Gin has experienced an incredible resurgence over the last few years and is now arguably the most fashionable drink to enjoy in bars or at home. In Scotland alone, several world-class craft gin distilleries have popped up over recent years including NB Gin (distilled in North Berwick, the home of Lockett Bros) and Daffy’s Gin, which makes incredible use of Lebanese mint in its drink. When you think of gin, you probably first think about the classic Gin & Tonic and which garnishes to use, and you might even think of funky gin cocktails, but what food to eat? We doubt that even comes to mind. But it should. There are few more enjoyable treats than a big-hitting gin with a suitably matched menu. Of course, we at Lockett Bros are always...
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From old plumbing to one of the world’s finest gins, the fascinating story of NB Gin

IN: PRODUCERS

Sometimes the answer is staring you right in the face… or in the case of NB Gin’s Steve and Viv Muir, it was swirling around in their glasses. If you love gin, then the chances are you will know NB Gin and if you’ve tried NB Gin then the chances are you will love it. Since its launch in 2013, it has become one of the leaders in a gin revolution that has taken the drinks industry by storm. If it wasn’t for the fact that NB Gin was such an incredibly stunning drink, you could call Steve and Viv upstarts. It’s funny to think now, but NB Gin (the name comes from North Berwick in Scotland where it’s lovingly distilled) could have been NB Beer. “Setting up a business was something we wanted to do and initially Steve wanted to go into brewing and make a beer but we were sitting having a gin and tonic one night and...
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The rise and rise of craft gin

IN: PRODUCERS

  There’s a revolution going on in spirits right now but you might have missed it. Gin is in. But not just any gin. Craft gin. The spirit is enjoying an incredible resurgence and, as if from nowhere, it has usurped vodka as the drink of choice for a whole new generation. The juniper-based drink has never been so popular and a recent survey of London-based bartenders revealed that more than half of them regard premium gin as the most important spirit on their shelves. It’s trendy and for a younger generation of drinkers, it’s absolutely the only drink to ask for at your favourite bar. Of course, much like craft beer, good craft gins are not always easy to find and big distillers are already trying to muscle in on the revolution with their own “craft” offerings. The discerning craft gin drinker has to be wary of the mass-produced imitations, a problem that faces craft beer connoisseurs. One Scottish...
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Steve Muir

IN: PRODUCERS

Steve Muir – NB GIn It was once described as mother’s ruin, but gin is back and turning into the country’s most sophisticated spirit. How fitting, therefore, that husband and wife team Steve and Viv Muir have fulfilled a long-held ambition by setting up a gin micro-distillery (NB Distillery Ltd) in their home town of North Berwick and launching their very own brand of handcrafted premium gin.