We'll welcome you with a Rum & homemade ginger ale, while we introduce ourselves and the concept of the Drinks Lab, and explain the format of the session. As we like to make sure everything we do is interactive, you'll be responsible for making some of the drinks! We'll then take you through the fascinating history of rum from its origins to modern day distilling in Scotland, while you try three different samples of rums of different styles, including one from Scotland. Each sample is first served neat for you to smell and taste and appreciate the variety, before having the option to mix your rum to a mini-cocktail, and then pair your neat rum or cocktail with a flavoured vegan chocolate from our neighbours Considerit Chocolate. You'll then finish the session by making your own rum cocktail using the test tube racks on your workstation, and have time to enjoy your creation while we finish up and answer any questions you may have. Throughout, we encourage any questions you may have, from its production to styles, history or geography, and share in our love for all things rum!
We are the Summerhall Drinks Lab - owner Jamie and Chief Botanist Greg - a dedicated space for Drinks Education in Edinburgh. We provide fun, interactive tasting events for the public or for private groups, using local spirits and chocolate. Jamie is an experienced host of hundreds of tasting events over the last six years, ranging from two to 100+ guests at a time, and opened the Drinks Lab in 2018 to share his passion. Jamie's physics background and love of the drinks industry gives him a fantastic insight into the science behind the drinks you love. Greg, a graduate of Plant Science, is our botanical expert and has been hosting tasting events for the Drinks Lab since the start of the year. and combines his studies with his previous experience in hospitality to provide beautiful drinks, and a fascinating and informative experience
3x vegan chocolates, to be paired with the rum and cocktails
Rum & ginger ale on arrival, 3x neat samples of rum, 3x mini cocktails, and 1x full sized rum cocktail to finish
The experience will take place in the Summerhall Drinks Lab, a dedicated space for hosting tasting sessions in Edinburgh. The Drinks Lab was established in 2018, and continues to grow and innovate in our drinks offerings. The Drinks Lab is situated in the Summerhall complex, which from 1916 to 2011 was the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies. Summerhall is now being cultivated as a hub for the arts and all things creative.
We will be tasting rum and cocktails, don't bring the car if you want to enjoy all the drinks! Non-alcoholic alternatives can be provided if notified in advance.
Scottish Rum, Cocktails & Chocolate!