Perfect serves for a Caorunn gin and tonic

Caorunn gin cocktails and perfect serve
Tim Firmager
Follow me

With International Gin and Tonic day coming up on 19 October, we take a look at some perfect serves with Caorunn, gin from the Scottish Highlands.

Caorunn gin

A recent trip to the Scottish Highlands inspired us to explore a gin from the local small-bath distillery, Caorunn (pronounced ‘ka-roon’). Caorunn is quadruple-distilled, giving it an individual flavour profile, perfect for any classic or contemporary cocktail.

Balmenach Distillery in the Speyside region of the Scottish Highlands, which furnishes Caorunn with gin, has been distilling alcohol since 1824. Six traditional and five locally foraged Celtic botanicals (Dandelion, Heather, Coul Blush Apple, Bog Myrtle and Rowan Berry) are infused together with grain spirit in the world’s only working Copper Berry Chamber. The result is a dry, crisp and aromatic taste.

Working with mixologist Walter Pintus, Caorunn have developed the perfect serve and gin-based cocktails. Naturally, with International Gin and Tonic day in a couple of weeks, we have been trying out the recipes to perfect our mix and sharing these with our readers.

An Afternoon in the Highlands

This gin-based cocktail mixes acidity, fruitiness and umami notes, with a hint of smoke, for an extra layer of flavour.

RELATED ARTICLE  Bar review: Cloud Express @ Cloud 23 - Hilton Manchester Deansgate


  • 40ml Caorunn
  • 30ml raspberry cordial (we used the ‘Bottle Green’ brand)
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 40ml tonic water
  • 2ml whisky (ideally peat)


  • Stir all the ingredients with ice and serve in a rocks glass over ice. We used a Martini glass. Alternatively garnish with raspberries and/or wildflowers.

Caorunn Perfect Serve G&T


  • 1 part Caorunn
  • 1 part Premium Tonic Water
  • Red apple (ideally Pink Lady)


  • Build the G&T over ice in a tall glass, and garnish with slices of red apple

Celtic Remedy

This light and amble serve is perfect for a sunny afternoon tipple, or in fact any weather where you need to add your own sunshine.


  • 30ml Caorunn Gin
  • 10ml Campari
  • 2.5ml cider vinegar
  • ¼ apple
  • 1 blackberry
  • 10ml sugar syrup


  • In a shaker, muddle the apple and the blackberry together.
  • Add the rest of ingredients and shake.
  • Double strain into a glass filled with ice, garnish with blackberries.

Caorunn is available in selected Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Tesco supermarkets, as well as online stores and specialist spirit retailers, with a recommended retail price of £29.

About Tim Firmager

Tim divides his time being a Digital Consultant in The City and as a food and travel writer across the globe. When he's not working as one of the Lifestyle Editors here at Vada, he's planning his next trip, or on the lookout for the latest food crazes or unusual foods in London's markets.