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Edinburgh’s Medicinal Cocktails Trail


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Holyrood Palace is home to an array of historical information, from insight into the British Monarch’s relationship with Scotland to the significance of the Palace gardens and grounds.

The origins of The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh can be traced back to the historic Physic Gardens within the grounds of Holyrood Palace. The gardens were created to teach students about the medicinal properties of plants and to provide pharmacists with fresh materials.

With the launch of Abbey Strand Apartments located next door to the freshly re-envisioned Physic Gardens, now is the perfect time to incorporate some of Edinburgh’s historical flavour into your visit.

We’ve collected some of the best medicinal cocktails to experience in Edinburgh:

The Painkiller

The Boozy Cow, 17 Frederick St, Edinburgh EH2 2EY

This one does what it says on the tin, brimming with a selection of rums, pineapple and cocoa, The Painkiller will blast your symptoms away (quite literally). The torchlight concoction is not your average fruity fresh delicate cocktail.

Stars in Your Guise

Panda & Sons, 79 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 4NF

Panda & Sons’ herbal addition to their top selection of cocktails, Stars in Your Guise incorporates gin, celery, bitters, and coriander seeds to their list of botanical ingredients mixed with citrus fruits to dis-guise the healing strength of this cocktail.

Mary Stairs

Under the Stairs, 3A Merchant St, Edinburgh EH1 2QD

Under the Stair’s take on the Bloody Mary leaves a little more kick from the fermented chilli, basil and spices. This old favourite is full of flavour and spice, with the option of El Dorado 3 Rum or Davna Bison Grass Vodka, the choice is yours when it comes to tailoring this cocktail.

The Jolly Botanist

The Jolly Botanist, 256-260 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8DT

Replenish your taste buds with this fruit-filled mixture; Botanist, Poppy Liqueur, cranberry, lemon, sugar, raspberries & egg white, The Jolly Botanist celebrates the tradition cocktail flavour whilst injecting some horticultural healing zest.

Jalapeno Business

The Basement Bar, 10a-12a Broughton St, Edinburgh EH1 3RH

Fight fire with fire in the basement bar. The Jalapeno Business cocktail heats things up with this Mexican chilli infused tequila blend. The heat vs sweet concoction really does get all up in your business.

Mercantile Punch

The Register Club, Floor 4, 42 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2AD

Finish your medicinal cocktail exploration with The Register Club’s Mercantile Punch. The timely infusion of chamomile will be the perfect antioxidant to your weekend of cocktails, while the sleep-inducing qualities will ensure a night to remember.

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