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It’s official. Summer has (finally) arrived!

We’d say throw up the bunting but we’re guessing some of you may already have the flags out, since June heralds The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and everyone’s getting into the party spirit.

June, as far as we’re concerned, is the time to start slowing things down and taking it easy.  It’s the last few weeks of school term, the start of garden party season and not to mention World Gin Day. Stick the tonic on ice because we’ve pulled together some tips to make the most of the Summer Season with Caorunn.

World Gin Day

Letʼs face it, we love any excuse for a celebration, but June 11th marks a big day in Caorunn’s calendar. After all, World Gin Day brings the world together to celebrate our favourite spirit, and we can definitely drink to that – our new favourite is a Caorunn Blood Orange Gin with Fever tree Blood Orange Soda.

Keep an eye on Caorunn’s Social Channels to see how we’re marking the occasion, in the meantime here’s some standout gin cocktails for the big day.

Caorunn White Negroni


Raspberry Rhubarb Highball

Garden Party Cheers with Blood Orange Bottle Perfect Serve and Caorunnita

Hosting the perfect picnic

When could possibly be the best time to throw a splendid gin picnic you ask?

We’d say, almost definitely as part of National Picnic Week from the 18 – 26 June, but by all means have a trial run – see what works, what doesn’t, what transports well and what happens to a scotch egg in the sunshine (we’ll let you be the judge of that!)…

This year the only thing we’re leaving to chance in our picnic planning is the weather – although even that won’t get in the way of everyone having a great time and most importantly, making memories with friends and families.

We think it’s worth putting the effort in to a bit of pre-planning, dotting the ‘i’s and crossing the ‘t’s – there’s no reason a party in the park should look any less chic than a proper table setting. 

Before we get to the good part (the fruity gin cocktails of course), here are our picnic mandatories.

The essentials

  • A few large picnic blankets – spread them all out to create a comfy space
  • Cool bags and Picnic hamper
  • Serving bowls & platters and some containers to give away leftovers
  • Salt and Pepper shakers
  • Water jugs
  • Tea towels
  • Ice buckets/bottle coolers/ice
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Rubbish bags
  • Brollies/ raincoats
  • A jumper or a fleece in case things get chilly and some suntan lotion (because you never know, particularly in Scotland)
  • Games and a Mini speaker
  • First aid kit with Insect repellent

The fancy stuff to take your picnic up a level

  • Lazy Susan x 2 – one for your condiments, one for your cocktail mixers (you’re welcome)
  • Tablecloth, napkins and small flower vases for table settings
  • Proper cutlery (food doesn’t taste great served in or with plastic)
  • Cheeseboard plus cheese knives (because presentation is everything)
  • Lanterns and maybe some fairy lights in mason jars if you’re feeling creative
  • Cushions and blankets

The Food

Any food can be picnic food – it doesn’t have to be a quartered sandwich, sausage roll, savoury egg or chips and dip affair. For example, a pavlova can be assembled almost anywhere and is always a showstopping dessert. Scones with clotted cream and jam (always a winner!), fresh strawberries, raspberries, and chocolate bites for something sweet.  An assortment of artisan breads and crackers, a seafood platter with langoustines and a side of baked salmon, continental meats platter, Mediterranean salad, olive tapenade, Caprese salad, coronation chicken.  We really could go on and on…

If you need some more inspiration for your spread, have a gander at the National Picnic Week website.

Picnic with Classic Bottle Copa Glass and Perfect Serve

The Cocktails

Now for the jewel in the picnic crown - the Caorunn Gin cocktails.

Your summertime drinks menu is right here…


Pink Lady Spritz

Highland Herbal Highball

Hosting a memorable outdoor gathering is a bit of an art, but a thoroughly enjoyable experience in our view and the planning is half the fun.

We hope we’ve given you some (picnic) food for thought to ensure that from basket to blanket, your afternoon goes with a swing.

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