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When it comes to January, the month where life transforms unmagically overnight from warm, twinkly wonderland to grey, stone cold reality, you will probably fall into one of two camps – the embracers or the escapers.

Always the optimists, we’re throwing our arms around January and all the possibilities as the low winter sun streams through those windows of opportunity we see in front of us (and yes, ours need a bit of a clean too…).

If things are looking more damp and dismal from where you’re sitting, it need not be so.  Yes, January can be a long tough month but if you look at things from a different point of view, you’ll find there’s the opportunity to kick start a new routine and unlock a whole stream of fun, satisfaction and optimism.

Still finding it tough?  Well, we’ve pulled together some top tips which we hope will help you ‘rebrand’ what often seems like a never-ending month of dreariness into something altogether more enjoyable.

Reclaiming time

Isn’t it wonderful to look ahead at a stretch of 31 days and feel like anything is possible?  Ok, not overnight, but with a bit of planning and focus, goals we didn’t think were attainable can suddenly start feel within reach.  We’re not out and about with full social diaries in the way same way we were in December, under pressure with work deadlines and to do lists the length of our arm. With time available to us, January feels like the perfect chance to use these cold dark nights to start painting a mental picture of how we want the rest of our year to look in terms of professional achievements, travel, hobbies and relationships.

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The only way is up!

Every day is a day closer to spring, the light is slowly changing so hold on to every feeling of optimism and build on it because good things really are ahead, just around the corner.  January’s a great opportunity to clear out the clutter and ‘uplift’ your surroundings to fully embrace the beginnings of Spring when those first green shoots start to appear.  Don’t be afraid to get rid of things that no longer serve you, make your home a sanctuary for those cosy nights in during the weeks ahead.

Friday 5pm

There is no better time of the week as far as we’re concerned.  Laptop lid closed, music on, nibbles out and time to fully embrace that hour of cocktail making and shaking.

Need some cocktail inspiration for your end of week Gin o’ Clock?  We’ve got four recipes to bring a bit of sparkle to those cold, dark Friday nights and take you all the way through to February.

While we might not be doing ‘an apple a day’ every day, we’re certainly making Caorunn’s signature apple garnish a BIG part of our Friday nights!

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A Toast to the Bard

One of the best, and most unifying things about January (and a great way to shake off those winter blues) is of course the annual celebration of the life and work of Robert Burns on the 25th January. Burns night is celebrated by millions of people across the globe; a perfect opportunity for fun, entertainment and some great food and drink.

The format for Burns Night is of course steeped in tradition but more people now are enjoying throwing a contemporary twist on things and putting their own unique stamp on the occasion.

We’re taking inspiration from the Scottish dessert, Cranachan which is traditionally made of oats, cream, whisky and raspberries and creating our own ‘pudding in a glass’ to round off our haggis nachos (yes!) this Burns Night!

Scottish Occassions Burns St Andrew s Cranachan cocktail


  1. 1- 1/4 oz. Caorunn Gin
  2. 1/2 oz. Calvados
  3. 1/2 oz. Honey Syrup
  4. 1/2 oz. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  5. 5 raspberries
  6. 3/4 oz. Pasteurized egg white
  7. Soda water


Shake first six ingredients and double strain into a highball glass filled with ice and top with soda water.
Garnish with a large cinnamon stick and dust with cinnamon sugar

 We hope your 2022 has got off to a great start and you’ll enjoy drawing on some of our tips for digging deep, embracing January and getting the most out of the ‘worst month of the year’ which really just needed a rebrand!


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