A whisky company partners with a botanic garden to create floral cocktail

A whisky society has teamed up with world-renowned mixologist and a Botanic Garden to create a limited-edition range of floral cocktails.
In this partnership between The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) and The Royal Botanic Garden, mixologist and Edinburgh independent bar owner, Jason Scott, will be working with Dr Greg Kenicer of The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
Together they have created cocktails that explore the more delicate and floral notes within the Society’s June Outturn whiskies, complementing and contrasting them through edible flowers and exciting mixers.
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Photo by SMWS. Inspired by the flavours of summer, the signature cocktails will be created using a range of natural mixers.
Jason, who is the owner of Bramble Bar, Lucky Liquor and The Last Word Saloon, is a key figure in the Scottish cocktail industry and has trained some of the best bartenders in the country.
Jason Scott, said: “I have long been a fan of the Society and really admire what they do.
“After visiting The Botanics and meeting up with Greg, it’s been a journey of fun and discovery to create these fantastic floral cocktails.
“I’m confident whisky and flower lovers alike will adore this summer cocktail menu.”
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Photo by SMWS. The signature cocktails will be available at SMWS Bath Street, Queen Street and Greville Street from Friday 11th June.
Adding his thoughts, Dr Greg Kenicer of the Royal Botanic Garden, said: “I am delighted to be working with Jason and The Scotch Malt Whisky Society on this exciting and unique project.
“When it comes to enhancing and developing cocktail flavours, there is so much out there for drink makers and bartenders to explore from the botanical Kingdom.
“Many of these plants can be grown in a garden or even a window box, or you can find them at your local supermarkets.
“Since the Stone Age, botanicals and fresh plants have been used as compounds to enhance the flavour of drinks.
“It’s really exciting to see mixologists across the world continuing this ancient legacy, and also innovating in so many creative ways.”
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Photo by SMWS. To celebrate the signature cocktail menu, the SMWS will also be hosting an event on the 29th of June, at their Queen Street venue.
Non-members are also welcome to attend Queen Streets’ Kaleidoscope Bar and can visit both Bath Street and Greville Street venues on Tuesday evenings, by booking online or by phone.
With the aim of breaking down the perceived barriers of traditional whisky drinking, the below cocktails have been designed to encourage whisky enthusiasts to delve deep into the modern use of whisky, by mixing the water of life with fresh ingredients.