From an East Lothian village to the glittering BRITs: NB Gin’s limited edition bottles for star-studded bash

NB Gin is to celebrate its association with the BRIT Awards by serving music’s biggest stars from hand-etched BRIT-inspired bottles created by a designer from her home studio in a Scottish village.

NB Gin to the BRITs

NB Gin will be a drinks sponsor at the official Sony BRIT Awards after-party in London for the third year in a row. Stars at the glittering bash will enjoy five-star treatment at a secret upmarket venue and NB Gin’s hand-etched bottles will be served to the celebrity A-listers.

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Winter gin and food pairings to warm your cockles

Christmas may be over and the march through 2017 is well and truly underway but the weather is still bitter outside so here are some winter gin and food pairings to warm your cockles.

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Whether you are after a winter gin cocktail or a simple G&T we have the winter food and gin pairing to help you get the most out of your occasion.

These are our top suggestions for what gin creation goes well with your winter food.

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NB Gin’s gin calendar

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New year, same gin. We would not have it any other way.

We’ve mapped out your entire year in gin (yes, seriously). We’re good like that, you see.

Get your pens out and mark those diaries; these are the key dates of the year to be drinking gin (as well as all the other times of course) accompanied with the perfect serving suggestion.

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Christmas gin ideas to make it a merry one

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At NB Gin we love to get into the festive spirit (no pun intended… okay maybe a little bit), so we thought it was right on time to give you our favourite Christmas gin cocktails and serves.

NB Gin, in our humble opinion, is simply perfect as a G&T or neat, or perhaps with some ice. Our perfect NB Gin serve is with Fever-Tree Tonic, lots of ice and orange or grapefruit to garnish. But at Christmas time you must get a little creative, don’t you think?

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Why you should enjoy gin without tonic

Gin without tonic

Now, before anyone starts getting outraged by the headline about drinking gin without tonic, let’s clear a few things up.

Firstly, we LOVE a good gin and tonic. We believe that the G&T is probably one of man’s greatest triumphs.

Secondly, this is subjective. If the thought of drinking a spirit without a tonic or some kind of mixer appals you, then that’s okay. But you’re missing out…

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NB Gin and Johnny Roxburgh: A perfect match

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NB Gin and Johnny Roxburgh have created a brand new gin, to be launched in the UK in 2017.

The collaboration between NB – voted the world’s best London Dry gin in 2015 – and Johnny – world renowned party architect to the stars – will see the new gin launched in April 2017.

Johnny Roxburgh Number 67 London Dry gin is a premium London Dry with Norfolk samphire as one of the prime botanicals.

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Three cocktails to make in under three minutes

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Hands up who likes cocktails!

Okay, so we are all guilty of sipping on cocktails when we get the chance, aren’t we? But some of us simply don’t have the time, or ingredients, to do so.

When we think of cocktails, we think of exotic ingredients from lands afar and a bartender in a bow tie furiously shaking a Boston tumbler over his shoulder.

It doesn’t need to be this way.

Using everyday ingredients, you can make these simple gin cocktails at home in under three minutes.

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The best gin bars in Melbourne

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Our series on the best gin bars in the greatest cities of the world has gone down like a good G&T so we thought it was time to tell you about the best gin bars in Melbourne.

In no particular order, here are four of our favourite gin bars in Australia’s capital of Victoria, Melbourne.

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The perfect vodka summer serves

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Now that the good weather is (sort of) here, we thought it was about time to offer up some perfect vodka summer serves that will ensure you enjoy NB London Dry Citrus Vodka in all its glory.

Our citrus vodka is the first of its kind in the world so it’s only right that it’s served in a way that really makes our creation sing in the glass… and in your mouth.

Here are a few of our perfect vodka summer serves to ensure your sunny evenings are as gorgeous as they possibly can be!

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Is your gin craft or just crafty?

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Gin is most definitely in again with the clear spirit at the centre of a revolution. It seems like everyone is after the next new fashionable craft gin but is your gin really craft or just crafty?

You see, not all craft or artisan gins are created equal. For all the wonderful, inventive and delicious craft gins in the UK today, there are gins that are quite simply nothing but young pretenders.

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Why gin is everybody’s drink

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Did you think gin is a drink only to be mixed with tonic? Wrong! Gin is such a versatile spirit it can be enjoyed in so many ways. The really good gins are even smooth enough to be enjoyed neat.

Here’s a whole bunch of reasons why gin is everyone’s drink… even if you don’t like G&Ts.

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NB Gin and NB Vodka served at Duchess of Cambridge’s £10,000-a-head charity bash

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NB Gin – the North Berwick-based London Dry which was voted the world’s best in 2015 – and NB Vodka – the world’s first London Dry Citrus Vodka – was served to high society at the lavish Houghton Hall last night (June 22nd).

The £10,000-a-head invitation-only bash saw 80 VIPs descend on the stately home of the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley and was in aid of the East Anglia Children’s Hospice, a charity which the Duchess of Cambridge became a patrol of in 2012.

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10 gin and vodka cocktails to make your summer sizzle

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It’s June, which means it’s allegedly summer in the UK, so it’s time to start thinking about your gin and vodka cocktails.

To help you get into the spirit (sorry) we’ve selected 10 vodka and gin cocktails for you to enjoy.

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20 things you probably didn’t know about The Queen

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There have been 12 U.S. Presidents during her reign including Dwight D. Eisenhower, Barrack Obama, John Kennedy and Richard Nixon.

Elizabeth is patron of more than 600 charities and organisations such as Action for Children, Cancer Research UK and Dogs Trust.

The Queen is the only person in Britain who can drive without a license or number plate on her state car.

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NB Gin featured in commemorative album for Queen’s 90th Birthday

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NB Gin, the multi-award-winning premium spirit produced in Scotland, will appear in the official commemorative publication for The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration to take place at Windsor Castle this year.

While The Queen’s actual birthday is on 21 April and her official birthday is on a Saturday in June, The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration will take place from 12 to 15 May 2016 in Home Park, Windsor Castle, and will celebrate The Queen’s life, her dedication to the Commonwealth and international affairs, her involvement with the armed forces and her love of horses.

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Why Scottish gin is the best in the world

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Not to blow our own trumpet or anything but Scottish gin is bloody wonderful, and arguably the best in the world.

A massive 70 per cent of all UK gin is produced in Scotland across many craft and artisan distilleries so there must be a reason for all the fuss…

Style is everything

Scottish gin distillers don’t all use the same style; we like to mix it up! Scotland has such a diverse approach when it comes to producing gin. Our distillers tend to experiment which makes the end result even more exciting. This experimentation and creative verve brings a whole new edge to the industry.

A little bit of history

Although Scotland may be better known for its tremendous whisky, its gin distillers have used this immense experience to become master gin distillers.

Of course, Scottish gin is not new, as much as it is a very popular drink with the younger generation. There are Scottish gin recipes dating back some 250 years.

Local botanicals

Many Scottish distillers take advantage of the environment, using it in their gin to produce a unique twist. From Scottish junipers to vibrant heather, Scottish distillers have experimented around with their own landscape to produce the most tantalising and creative batches of gin.

The best bar none

The gin is well and truly in again. Mother’s Ruin? That’s so last century! The pretty young things have collectively seized the opportunity to take it on board and in turn so has Scotland.

With such a huge selection of fabulous gin bars in Scotland, the gin lover (that’s you, by the way) is really spoilt for choice.

From the capital of Edinburgh to the Highlands, there’s an embarrassment of riches when it comes to bars that know the importance of serving good gin.

Scotland is also home to a bar – Fifty Six North – with one of the biggest collections of gin in the country! But we don’t suggest you try all 200 varieties of gin in one night…

Competition makes improvement

Competition could be the best thing for Scottish gin, given its success.

As there is such a massive array of gin distillers in Scotland this obviously leads to competition.

But for customers this is fantastic and the reasoning why is simple – distillers will work even harder to try and grasp your attention against their competitors, resulting in a bigger diversity of gins.

More flavours, better quality, more styles, more garnishes, new cocktails – the works!

Passion at the heart

There is a reason why the Scottish gin industry has boomed in the past decade and one of the major reasons is the passion that goes into distilling gin.

Distilling world-class craft and artisan gin is an art. We use our own two hands and high-quality ingredients to create our award-winning London Dry gin… with a little help from our kinky still.

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NB Gin is an artisan London Dry gin – recently voted the world’s best – and is distilled in North Berwick, Scotland. To learn about stocking NB Gin, contact us here.

 

A life of luxury drinks

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After we were chosen by Rolls Royce as one of the world’s most revered brands in their enthusiasts publication, we’ve been celebrating this as Luxury Week.

We couldn’t resist tempting you into the most luxurious cocktails in the world and even included the cocktail we came up with for Rolls Royce – Spirit of Splendour.

Rolls Royce – Spirit of Splendour

This cocktail emphasises the highlights of luxury life without breaking the bank as you can make it in your own home.

To make this gorgeous cocktail, fill a shaker with ice and add a healthy measure (50ml) of NB Gin, mix in 12½ml red Vermouth, 5ml of Pedro Ximenez sherry and finally two dashes of Angostura bitters.

Give the mix a good stir and strain into a champagne balloon. Just to add that opulent touch, garnish with gold leaf.

Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

Costing a whopping £660, the Mint Julep is a signature sip at the Kentucky Derby.

The cocktail is served in a custom made Tiffany & Co cup immersed in ancient ice sourced from an Alaskan glacier more than 10,000-years-old.

The Mint Julep is made with Woodford Reserve Bourbon and turbinado sugar with a garnish of Louisville-grown mint.

Our thoughts: do you get to keep the cup?!

Ritz-Paris Sidecar

From just across the Channel comes a limited edition drink that may not be available in years to come.

Priced at £340 the Sidecar starts off as a normal, but classic mix of brandy, Cointreau and a dash of lemon juice, but added to this is the very rare 1830 Ritz Reserve.

There are a small amount of Ritz Reserve bottles left in the world due to the batch being made before the invasion of phylloxera pest, which destroyed a large amount of France’s valued grapes.

Mai Tai

You can order the Mai Tai at the Merchant Hotel in Belfast with a price tag of £936.

The price is so high due to the uniqueness of the rum, with only six bottles available worldwide, the Merchant owning one of them.

The Merchant claims to be the only bar in the world serving the exclusive cocktail.

The Diamond Is Forever Martini

On the 45th floor of the Ritz-Carlton at the top of the Tokyo Midtown Tower you will find the Lobby Lounge and Bar where this remarkable cocktail is served.

The extravagant drink is made up of cooled Grey Goose Vodka and fresh limejuice, but there is something even more luxurious about this drink…

Sparkling in the bottom of the glass is a beautiful one-carat diamond – which you get to keep. The drink does cost £9,700 though.

The flawless one-carat diamond definitely makes this drink a girl’s best friend.

Want to know how to make an NB Gin Spirit of Splendour? Check it (and the Rolls Royce) out here.

25 times when only a gin and tonic will do

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Gin lovers out there will understand that under certain circumstances the only solution is to pour yourself a well-deserved Gin and Tonic, with the world’s best gin!

This could possibly turn into a tick list for some of you out there!

Parenting

The little bundles of joy that grow through the terrible twos into the more terrible teens but you couldn’t love them any less, however there are a few occasions where you find yourself reaching for the bottle…

When your three-year-old tells you he’s polished the new car… with a stone.

When your teenage daughter bursts through the door, tears streaming down her face to tell you that Zayn has left One Direction…

When your teenage daughter bursts through the door the next day to find out that One Direction are taking a break…

When the babysitter cancels…

When you’ve booked a family holiday but your teenager refuses to go because there is no Wi-Fi…

When your six-year-old accidently overhears you speaking about putting the presents under the Christmas tree…

When finally the house has gone quiet but you can’t relax as that means the children are up to mischief…

When your 10-year-old daughter insists on joining Facebook because ‘all her friends have it’…

When you hide from your toddler in the bathroom to get two minutes’ peace…

Students

Perhaps surprisingly, many students are fans of artisan gin like NB Gin (wasn’t it cheap cider and boxes of wine when we were students?).

You’re the type of student who has a limit of £5 on food shopping for the week because the rest of it has gone towards buying quality gin!

When you get in from a lecture, aiming to get ready for a big night out to find your electricity bill needs topping up, hello frizz ball…

When you’re singing your heart out in the shower, just about to rinse off the conditioner when the water goes from steamy hot to freezing cold…

When your embarrassing parents turn up at your front door, out of the blue and try making friends with your flatmates thinking they’re ‘down with the kids’

When someone steals your milk…

At work

Whether you work in an office, deal with customers or even run your own business, there is sometimes something that makes you wish you had a large G&T at the ready.

When you have that sigh of relief because you think it’s Friday, only to be shocked to find it’s actually only Tuesday…

When it’s 4:58pm and you are just about to pack everything away and the phone rings…

When it’s Monday morning (or is that just us?)…

When the coffee machine breaks and the only other alternative is decaf…

When the opening hours extend in the run up to Christmas…

When you work in retail and the Christmas music has already started playing in October…

When your boss signs you up for compulsory team building exercises…

When the customer is definitely not always right…

Being an adult (it’s rubbish sometimes)

When you wake up late and you rush to the car to find that it’s completely iced over and you have 15 mins to get to work…

When you remember being an adult means you have responsibilities… and a mortgage…

When you order a pizza and say ‘love you, bye’ by accident…

When you book a romantic getaway to be told that the rooms were mixed up and you have bunk beds…

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New York’s favourite cocktails with the world’s best gin

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NB Gin has gone international and it’s hitting NYC! So we thought it was time to look at which gin cocktails are loved by our American cousins!

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The Classic Martini

The one, the only, the classic! All around the bright city of New York, in bars and restaurants, the Classic Martini will always been on the menu, even the lunch one!

So why not bring the Big Apple back into your home? Quick, easy, simple and refreshing this cocktail is an easy evening treat!

Ingredients: 60ml NB Gin / 20ml Dry Vermouth / lemon peel / lots of ice

Pour some Dry Vermouth in a Martini glass, swirl around and dispose of the excess. In a shaker full of ice, add the gin and gently stir before pouring. Add lemon peel garnish.

Dirty Martini Olives 7 Ways

The Dirty Martini /Olives 7 ways

For some of you the thought of olive brine in a cocktail is not an appealing one. It turns out some Americans thought that too, so much so that a certain New York bartender, Naren Young, decided to do something about it.

He created the Olives 7 ways cocktails, replacing the yucky olive brine with olive varietals.

Still for the acquired palette but the Dirty Martini is a botanical goddess! The olives bring out the tones in the gin and give the Martini an extra kick of flavour!

Ingredients: 45ml NB Gin / 45ml Dry Vermouth / Small handful of chopped olives / drops of extra virgin olive oil.

Stir ingredients with ice in a shaker. Pour into a frozen glass. Serve the remainder in a carafe sitting in crushed ice if you want to get really fancy!

Garnish with olive oil drops.

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Dating back to the 1930s, this classic is sure to refresh your palette with a zesty tang from the lemon juice and equal amounts of both dry and sweet Vermouth.

It’s quick and easy but it really packs a punch. We love this one!

Ingredients: 60ml NB Gin / 20ml Dry Vermouth / 20ml Sweet Vermouth / Dash of lemon juice

Add ingredients together and pour into a Martini glass. Easy!

Fountain of Youth

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Keep yourself young with this gin incarnation of the more traditional vodka-based Fountain of Youth.

The refreshing, fruity taste of this colourful cocktail will give you a head start for a night in the big city!

Adding fresh lime juice will make this berry sensation into a zesty concoction no one can resist!

Ingredients: 60ml NB Gin / 20ml cranberry juice / 20ml Pimms No1 / dash of lime juice / mint to garnish

Shake the ingredients with ice, strain and pour! Garnish with cucumber or mint if you’d prefer.

Gin Sling

Gin Sling

We all know it. We all love it. The Gin Sling is like an old friend. ‘Sling’ is actually derived from the German word to gulp “Schlingen” … although we’re not suggesting you have to do it!

The recipe for an original Gin Sling – popular with Americans for nearly 100 years – is as follows: 40ml NB Gin / 20ml of simple syrup / Lemon juice / Dash soda water / ice / grated nutmeg

Add the ingredients, minus the soda water, to a shaker, shake, strain into a tall glass, top with soda and add a touch of nutmeg.

You may find this to be quite different from what you would normally associate with a Gin Sling but this is the original, and quite possibly the best, way to make it.

Give it a go as in post-revolutionary America the Gin Sling was the stereotypical American drink!

This is a very exciting time for us here at NB Gin so keep up to date with us on this blog. For more news, competitions and updates, follow our Facebook and Twitter!

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Hello. We could be perfect for each other.

NB Gin Forth Bridge We are NB Gin.

We like to think we’re unique in our own perfection. We stand out from the crowd. We’re pure and we’re proud.

No drink in the world is made like NB Gin, or tastes like it. What we’re trying to say is that NB Gin is really rather good.

Of course, there would be no point in us telling you this without backing it up with some facts.

In 2015 the World Drinks Awards voted NB Gin the world’s best London Dry gin. In 2014 we were awarded a silver medal at the Gin Masters. It’s safe to say that these people know what they are talking about.

NB Gin is a real gin lover’s gin. It’s an artisan product that has quality at its heart.

But we don’t take ourselves too seriously and we certainly want as many people as possible to enjoy craft spirits, like ours.

Of course, quality will never be sacrificed. So no matter what the demand (and trust us, it’s high) our still – complete with its own unique little kink – will only ever produce in small batches.

Small batches to us means no more than 100 litres at a time so we can be 100 per cent sure that it’s perfect.

Only eight botanicals will ever go into NB Gin; juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, grains of paradise, lemon peel, cassia bark, cardamom and orris root. And unless these eight score 10/10 for quality, they simply don’t make the grade. So, now you know a little more about us, we’d love to get to know you better. Let’s have a chat about your business and see if NB Gin is right for your brand.

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NB Gin scoops another gong!

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Vivienne Muir, CEO of NB Distillery, has scooped the gong for International Growth Business of the Year at the Business Women Scotland Awards, the results of which were announced on 29 October at a black tie ceremony at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow. The award recognises the success of NB Gin, launched in October 2013.

The event, run by Business Women Scotland magazine, celebrates and rewards some of the many inspiring women who have achieved great success in their business or career. Supported by the Federation of Small Businesses, the awards attracted entries from a variety of businesses from as far as the Isle of Skye and Dingwall, to Stirling and Edinburgh.

The International Growth category recognises Scottish businesses that have achieved the highest and most sustainable levels of international growth in the past year, celebrating their export success. The award focuses on all aspects of growth including sales, profit, geographical expansion, and acquisition.

Lynne Kennedy, Managing Editor of Business Women Scotland magazine, said: “The judges felt that NB Gin had shown success in a crowded market in a short space of time, in an industry sector important to Scotland’s economy.

“Within seven months of launch, there was interest from Germany, Spain and Denmark.  This year they have launched in Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and the USA.  Their export markets are double what they were last year, with new deals agreed for Canada and Australia, and further deals with seven European countries to evolve in the coming year.  And the company is now only two years old.”

Vivienne Muir, CEO of NB Distillery, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have been named as the winner of this award. It makes me realise how much has happened over the last two years, and how far NB Gin has come from its initial creation in our kitchen using a pressure cooker and central heating pipes. I’m extremely proud of NB Gin and what it has achieved, and very humbled to have been named alongside the other fantastic finalists. My goal has always been to be an inspiring person, and I hope that this award will inspire others.”

Margaret Gibson from Women’s Enterprise Scotland helped pick the shortlist, with judges Marie Macklin CBE and Prof Lesley Sawers having the hard task of choosing the winners. Marie said: “It was fantastic to see so many different types of business, new and old, started by women throughout Scotland. There were some interesting ideas with a positive outlook for future growth, which is great for Scotland’s economy.”

STV newsreader Rachel McTavish was the MC for the awards, Philanthropreneur and Secret Millionaire Dawn Gibbins Cox MBE was the inspirational guest speaker, entertainment was by the fabulous Globe Girls, and money was raised for the magazine’s charity partner NSPCC Scotland through a silent auction and raffle.

NB Gin goes back to the 70s… Come join us!

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Grab your platforms, we’re taking you back in time to the groovy ‘70s!

Yes, the disco balls are being revived in this special 1970s-inspired blog.

So let’s get started!

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What to wear

Calling all fashionistas out there! Look out your flared polyester disco jumpsuits…you know exactly what we mean! We all had (and guiltily loved) these skin-tight, flared-bottom jumpsuits, which we, of course, rocked on a night out to the disco, dancing to a bit of ABBA or rocking out to the one and only Led Zeppelin.

For all other occasions, this was definitely the decade of the skirt. Empire waist midi skirts with asymmetrical flares were most popular, accompanied by a floral shirt and your favourite knee-high platforms!

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What to eat

The 70s saw a huge rise in the popularity of dinner parties and it was all about the colours!

The classic cheese and pickles hedgehog was a must-have (could you handle the shame of forgetting this?) alongside devilled eggs, prawn cocktails, square sandwiches (with the crusts cut off…obviously!) and quiche!

For dessert, the classic pineapple upside down cake was the centre of attention! But other classics such as the indulgent chocolate roulade, banana splits, soufflé and baked Alaska were also on the table.

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What to drink (obvs)

The Pink Lady – gin, applejack, lemon juice, grenadine and an egg white! Oh yes, this uber-popular cocktail actually became one of the first “girly drinks”. You’d sip it from an avocado green glass whilst catching up on some well-needed girl chatter!

Singapore Sling – gin, cherry brandy, soda, grenadine and sweet & sour mix. The Singapore Sling in your favourite hurricane glass, perhaps before a wild night of dancing on tables to a bit of T Rex or Rod Stewart!

Grasshopper – Green crème de menthe, white crème de cacao and cream. Although it didn’t normally have gin in it, it was very much 1970s!

Served straight up without ice, this green concoction may have made you feel green the morning after!

Harvey Wallbanger – Vodka, Galliano and fresh orange juice. This refreshing zesty drink served on the rocks in a highball glass will kick things off at any classic 70s party! Go wild and try it with NB London Dry Citrus Vodka!

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 70s trivia for your 70s party chat

Slang of the 70’s – ‘Psyche’, ‘in your face’, ‘phony’, ‘4-shaw’, ‘dig it’, ‘get down’ and ‘that’s sick’.

Events – Elvis Presley found dead, Margret Thatcher becomes the first woman Prime Minister, the Beatles break up, the US pulls out of Vietnam, Microsoft is founded, the first test tube baby born, Sony introduces the Walkman and the decimalised currency is introduced.

Cost of Living – Loaf of bread 9p, two cinema tickets 90p, bottle of whisky £3, pint of beer 20p, Range Rover £1,998.

Film & TV – M*A*S*H, Jaws, The Godfather, Star Wars, The Exorcist, Alien, Happy Days, Charlie’s Angels.

Oh, we want to go back to the 70s. For real. Now. Although there would be no NB Gin or NB Vodka so perhaps not.

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NB Gin is an artisan gin distilled in North Berwick, Scotland. It was recently voted the world’s best London Dry Gin. NB also produces the world’s only London Dry citrus vodka.

 

NB Gin to be served at prestigious art exhibition

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It might now be gracing the bars of the Big Apple, but there’s plenty going on for NB Gin back home too.

On Sunday, it will, in fact, be the gin of choice at a prestigious arts event taking place at Blenheim Palace, principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough and the birth place of Winston Churchill in 1874.

The Blenheim Art Foundation will be hosting a new exhibition by American artist and founding figure of Conceptual Art, Lawrence Weiner, who is regarded as one of the most influential artists working today with a career spanning more than fifty years.

The launch party takes place this Sunday (October 11) and it is here that NB Gin, along with its kindred spirit NB London Dry Citrus Vodka, will be served to around 500 high-profile guests. Both spirits will also be served again later that day at an intimate reception for 200 guests before dinner.

It is classic serves of gin and tonic, and vodka and tonic that will be on offer to the elite guest list, which will include a mix of influencers, art critics, opinion formers and industry leaders. The Art Foundation was launched at the Palace last year and was one of the most widely covered arts events in the media.

Vivienne Muir, CEO of NB Distillery, says: “We are really honoured to have had NB Gin and NB Vodka selected as the spirits of choice for this amazing event. Our focus for both drinks has always been on quality, and we are delighted that they are now being actively sought out by major events companies and other luxury brands, and that more and more people are being given the opportunity to enjoy them.”

Morten Jensen, partner at Billetto UK Ltd, who is organising the event, says, “NB Distillery’s spirits are synonymous with quality and were the obvious choice for this high-status event.

“They are meticulously blended to create the perfect balance of flavours, which makes them perfect for classic serves and cocktails, but they’re also delicious served neat. And not many brands can achieve that perfection.”

NB Gin and NB Vodka are produced at NB Distillery in North Berwick, East Lothian. Already a fixture in high-end bars, restaurants and department stores around Europe, the multi-award-winning NB Gin is becoming increasingly sought after both in the UK and overseas.

Most recently, it has partnered exclusively with Duggan’s Distillers to import the multi-award-winning spirit into the United States.

NB Vodka is enjoying its own success, having been served earlier this year to the tennis in-crowd at the 2015 Wimbledon Live event, and building its own reputation for quality in the drinks industry.

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Autumn dishes for your gin-fuelled evenings

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The weather is cooling, leaves are falling and the thermostat is slowly making its way up… hello again autumn!

Autumn means woolly knitwear, hot drinks and crisp mornings. But what about the gin, we hear you say.

Well, there’s really no need to panic because no cold weather will hinder your opportunity to enjoy a refreshing gin!

To adjust your preferences whilst keeping gin in mind, we came up with a few foody ideas to get you into the autumnal mood.

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Spaghetti squash

We’re all about making food simple and delicious and at this time of year you can’t go past spaghetti squash.

It’s the perfect autumnal dinner and it’ll tickle your taste buds, warm you up and is a perfect match for a cheeky NB Gin & Tonic.

To make your super healthy squash just that little bit naughty, add a pinch of salt and pepper, a dash of pumpkin puree and a tad of butter.

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A savoury sensation

Looking for more of a nibble than a full dish? Well look no further than the crisp botanical taste of our gin with three mini bites.

First is a delicious mini parcel of soft cheese, rocket and pesto wrapped in Parma ham. Quick and simple, it’s one of those treats that tastes like it took ages to make.

To accompany this tantalising parcel, try a mini game pie filled with cubes of tender venison in a rich gravy with golden pastry. Got your taste buds going yet?

The third mini bite is a roasted acorn squash and garlic mash! Acorns and squash scream autumn, which makes this little delight perfect right now.

Pear-ific pudding

Gin goes surprisingly well with sweet treats and this fruity delight will make a fabulous autumn pairing.

Cinnamon poached pears are juicy and succulent and the sweetness of the cinnamon complements the understated tones of our gin.

Autumn garnishes to top off your gin

Rosemary

This versatile herb is just perfect for adding to your gin & tonic. The heady aroma enhances your favourite drink just that little bit more and prepares your taste buds before you even taste the gin itself! It also adds a powerful taste of a fragrant botanical tone.

Cinnamonum verum

Cinnamon stick

Cinnamon will make many appearances during the autumn thanks to its traditional association with this time of year, so why not add it to your gin? The sweet flavours of cinnamon exploring the sharper tones of the gin will create a sensation in your mouth.

Spiced apple

Another classic autumnal treat which will make a perfect garnish for your gin is spiced apple.

We know cinnamon works well with gin but cinnamon on apple in gin, well it’s just bloody perfect!

The cinnamon again adds the initial spicy tone, contrasted with the sweet crisp apple. Bring your refreshing NB Gin to this autumn party and you’ve created something truly spectacular!

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NB Gin arrives in America!

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NB Gin, the multi-award winning craft gin produced in Scotland, has partnered exclusively with Duggan’s Distillers to import the spirit into the U.S. It will initially be distributed to a number of high-end restaurants and cocktail bars in New York, before being rolled out to other selected states.

NB Distillery, where NB Gin is produced, is located in North Berwick on the east coast of Scotland. Purely by chance, it was there that a senior Duggan’s colleague, while on holiday, happened to taste the gin and was so impressed by its quality and taste that he personally recommended that it was imported to the U.S.

Following the extremely stringent London Dry distillation process to the letter, NB Distillery has created a spirit which is very classic, very pure, and of the highest possible quality.

And it’s the quality of NB Gin which is driving its success. Among other accolades, it won the “World’s Best London Dry Gin” category at The World Drinks Awards 2015 following three rounds of judging by an international panel of experts. It’s described as “superb” by Johnny Roxburgh, party planner for the UK Royal Family and master entertainer to the global elite, and was served as the gin of choice to the cream of the music industry earlier this year at the star-studded Sony Music BRIT Awards After Party in London.

It will also feature in the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club 2016 Yearbook, which celebrates the best in design and luxury living, the launch of which will take place later this year at the Saatchi Gallery in London. And it’s here that a bottle of NB Gin will appear in a lit-up glass case and be placed on its own individual plinth.

NB Gin is stilled, blended, bottled and labelled by hand in very small batches, to ensure that every bottle is absolutely perfect. It’s made from pure British grain spirit and a blend of eight botanicals, all of which have been meticulously selected to produce a smooth and balanced flavour which is not overly complicated. The still itself was custom built in London and installed in North Berwick by the oldest makers in the world.

Vivienne Muir, CEO of NB Gin, says: “The gin market is becoming more and more focused on small batch artisan brands and no more so than in the U.S. Stockists are seeking out interesting hand-crafted gins because their customers are seeking variety, quality, authenticity and something which has a different ‘story’ to the mainstream brands.

“We’re thrilled that NB Gin can provide this, and are absolutely delighted that such a reputable and experienced importer as Duggan’s Distillers, which represents the world’s finest producers, has proactively selected our spirit as the first gin to be added to their portfolio.”

Since its UK launch in late 2013, there has been overwhelming demand for NB Gin and it’s stocked in a very long list of high-end hotels, bars, shops and restaurants across the country. The word is quickly spreading beyond the British Isles too and it’s now being sold in a number of overseas markets including France, Spain, Germany, Denmark and Belgium, with strong interest also coming from Hong Kong, China, Australia and Canada.

Reassuringly classic but contemporary in character, NB Gin is bright and fresh with subtle notes of citrus and a solid hit of juniper. It’s also uncompromising on quality, with every part of this artisan spirit having an attention to detail which makes it stand out from the rest. It works either on its own with a block or two of ice, traditionally mixed with a quality tonic, or is equally at home in a classic cocktail.

NB Gin’s arrival in the U.S will be further supported by a trade development visit to promote British gin across the pond. UK Trade & Investment, which works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets through exports, has selected NB Gin as one of only ten brands taking part in this “gin mission” which will involve various events and tasting sessions in New York and Los Angeles at the end of October.

You can buy your NB Gin and NB London Dry Citrus Vodka from our friends at Lockett Bros here.

Gin & Tonic: A brief history

Gin and tonic summer

When you settle in the evening and take that first lingering sip of your Gin & Tonic, do you ever wonder how and why?

Probably not… in fact, you probably don’t even care but we do so we’re going to tell you.

We haven’t lost the plot. We’re talking about the origins of the G&T, of course!

It’s quite a fascinating story and there were plenty of twists (we make no apology for that pun) and turns in the life of the Gin & Tonic.

It’s had an eventful past, from being used as a cure for malaria and scurvy to becoming the ultimate gentleman’s drink in the mid-19th Century.

We won’t go too far back, we’ve already talked about the history of gin in an earlier blog, which you can find here.

This time we’re focusing more on what makes Gin and Tonic the drink we all know and love today.

A malaria cure you say?

Yip, malaria and scurvy were big problems in India and other tropical regions where the famous East India Company plied much of their trade. It was discovered that quinine could be used to prevent and treat the disease. Of course its bitter taste wasn’t great. Enter gin!

British officers in India in the 1800s began to add sugar, water, lime and gin to the quinine tonic and, boom!

They created the greatest thing ever created by man, in our opinion. If it were not for those chaps trying to sweeten their quinine, you would have no NB Gin today! It’s an awful thought, isn’t it?

Gin? Who drinks gin?

The Gin & Tonic never really went away. It was hugely popular through pretty much every decade of the 20th Century but it did have the occasional dip and blip.

Perhaps 20 or so years ago vodka – with the help of some heavy-hitting marketing – began to rule all. Vodka bars were in. Gin, and the Gin & Tonic, were shunted to the back of the bar.

There were still plenty fans of the cocktail – including we at NB Gin – but it just wasn’t trendy. Asking for a Gin & Tonic in a stylish bar wasn’t the thing to do. Many gin lovers kept their gin love as a dirty little secret for the house! But then something changed.

The gin revolution

Over the last 10 years, but especially the last five, the whole world has gone crazy for craft and artisan gin and the Gin & Tonic is once again the drink to enjoy, whether at home or in a bar.

The gin revolution shows no signs of slowing and we’re incredibly proud to be part of it at NB Gin!

It has had its ups and downs over the centuries but the Gin & Tonic has proved that classics never die. Now, we’re off to open the NB Gin and a bottle of Fever Tree Tonic. You should too… don’t forget the ice and garnish!

Chin chin!

You can buy your NB Gin and NB London Dry Citrus Vodka from our friends at Lockett Bros here.

How to taste gin (you don’t have to spit it out)

How to taste gin

So you’ve finally realised that gin is quite simply the only drink that you’ll ever want to enjoy ever again but how best to do it?

For those smarty pants who are thinking to themselves, ‘open the bottle and pour into a glass’, get to the back of the class and put on that dunce hat (it’s 1940 for the benefit of that sentence).

There’s a lot more to drinking and enjoying an artisan gin than just sploshing it into a glass and glugging it back. There has to be due ceremony and a bit of love added to the process.

But here’s the best bit – you most definitely do not need to spit the gin out! We at NB Gin make our artisan gin to be savoured and we’d be more than a little bit miffed if you decided to discard it!

So, here are our top tips for tasting and enjoying your artisan gin.

Class in a glass

Before you even get your hands on that beautiful gin, you have to choose your gin glass and choose it wisely. What’s the best gin glass? Well, that’s a big debate of its own but we’d suggest something like a rocks glass that can handle all that ice and, in the case of a Gin and Tonic, a good tall glass is wise.

Many mixologists will choose a tall, wide glass to let plenty of air circulate in the drink.

Win by a nose

One of the true joys of a quality gin is the subtle aromas that it treats your nose to. Once you’ve poured your gin, gently swirl the glass around for a few seconds and take a small sniff of the drink. The botanicals can work their magic at this stage.

You might get floral notes, perhaps even herbs and, of course, juniper.

Be careful not to take a huge sniff of your gin. You don’t want to be overpowered before you even get to taste it!

Time to taste… and no spitting!

The groundwork you laid by smell a moment ago will stand you in good stead for the bliss that artisan gin will provide to your taste buds.

Those subtle aromas that you enjoyed by smell will be there in taste but you’ll more than likely get some other characteristics coming through too. Swirl the gin around your mouth and gently breathe in as you savour the flavour. Yum!

Experiment and repeat

So you’ve tried your artisan gin neat, why not try a Gin and Tonic now or go even further and make a cocktail, like one of the stunning creations from our mixologist TJ Littlejohn here.

We would love to hear how you like to taste and enjoy your gin. Chin chin!

Which celebrities love gin? Find out here!

Celebrity who gin

Okay, so we all know that gin is incredibly chic and cool and on trend once again (and about bloody time too!) but just to further highlight that point we at NB Gin thought we’d talk about celebs who love gin.

Perhaps our experience at the Brit Awards recently has gone to our heads a little and we’re now celebrity spotters. No, no, no. It’s not that. We love gin and we are suckers for celebrity news and gossip. That’s all.

Put those two together and the result is this blog. Taa-dah! Now, before we proceed with our three favourite gin celebrities, let’s clear something up. We haven’t included the ultimate spirit-drinking international man of mystery in this list and it pains us.

But the truth is that James Bond’s “shaken, not stirred” Martinis were Vodka Martinis. We’re taking this seriously so Bond, James Bond didn’t make the cut. Should we get out more? Perhaps. But let’s get going.

Madonna

Madonna

For all her controversial health kicks and bizarre workout regimes over the years, the Queen of Pop has always been quite open about her love of a drink from time to time.

And gin is her favourite tipple! Has she tried NB Gin? Well, we can’t say for sure but after her failed attempt at opening a cape whilst negotiating stairs at the Brits recently, she would have needed a stiff drink.

Of course, we were there keeping the NB Gin flowing at the Sony After Party but, alas, she did not make an appearance. Madge, if you missed out on an NB Gin and you’re reading this (highly unlikely), please get in touch and we’ll gladly oblige.

John Travolta

"Hairspray" ShoWest Photocall

He’s Hollywood royalty, he’s a commercial airline pilot, he threw shapes that had women swooning all over the world and… he loves gin.

Okay, so Mr T has piled on a few pounds over the years, but haven’t we all? He comes out with some weird stuff from time, so? And he’s allegedly quite fond of the cosmetic surgeon’s scalpel, but who cares?

We love that John loves a gin, in particular, a Martini. But we can’t say we’re particularly enamoured about the brand he chooses to drink… ahem.

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth 2

Can we call Her Majesty a celebrity? We’re a little bit concerned that we’ll get into trouble for even suggesting Ma’am should be on this list!

We can’t imagine that she would ever have one too many but it’s a well-known fact that the Queen does enjoy a gin.

We also have it on good authority that NB Gin has been enjoyed at Buckingham Palace although we don’t know if Her Royal Highness has tippled our produce herself.

As you would expect, the Queen won’t drink just any old gin. She enjoys a Gin and Dubonnet – a French fortified wine aperitif – with a slice of lemon under an ice cube.

She is reportedly very particular about that. She is said to enjoy one of these fine drinks every afternoon with her lunch. How decidedly classy, naturally.

Chin chin!