NEWS Six, Six Nations Rugby inspired cocktails from the Ivy

The Ivy on the Square reveals limited-edition cocktail menu in collaboration with The Garden Shed Drinks Company to celebrate the return of the Six Nations rugby tournament

Rugby fever is set to hit Edinburgh as the city gears up for the return of the Six Nations tournament next month. The Ivy on the Square will be celebrating in style with a special limited-edition cocktail menu and dessert inspired by the annual sporting competition.

The six cocktails – one representing each participating country – will be available at the city centre brasserie throughout the duration of the Six Nations, from Friday, 1 February to Saturday, 16 March. Created in collaboration with The Garden Shed Drinks Company, an environmentally-friendly business co-founded by Scottish Rugby professional Ruaridh Jackson and former Scottish international player Ryan Grant. Using their signature Garden Shed Gin and their newly released limited edition Côte-Rôtie Aged Gin, which is the first of its kind, each cocktail has a distinctly national flavour.

Scotland and Ireland’s cocktails are both inspired by their Celtic heritage with a new twist on two classic drinks, a Penicillin and an Irish Derby.

The Scottish Thistle (priced at £9.75) is a warming blend of Côte-Rôtie Aged Gin and Naked Grouse whisky with ginger, lemon and honey.

Ireland’s Irish Clover (priced at £11.25) mixes Côte-Rôtie Aged Gin, Redbreast whisky, Antica Formula and whisky barrel bitters.

The Garden Shed Drinks Company’s signature gin is used to make England’s refreshing English Rose (priced at £8.75), along with other quintessentially English ingredients including Pimms, cucumber and elderflower cordial.

The Ivy on the Square’s Welsh Daffodil cocktail (priced at £9.50), also uses Garden Shed Gin, shaken with sloe gin, lemon juice, lavender syrup and egg white.

Jetting off to the continent without leaving Edinburgh, customers will also be able to enjoy cocktails inspired by France and Italy during the Six Nations. The French Iris (priced at £11.75) is based on a classic French 75, whilst the Italian Lily (priced at £10.95) completes the line-up with a delicious blend of Côte-Rôtie Aged Gin, Barolo Chinato vermouth, Campari and whisky barrel bitters.

In addition to the limited-edition cocktails, which will be available throughout the whole tournament, The Ivy on the Square will also be whipping up a special Six Nations-themed dessert on match days.

Over the Line, a rugby-ball shaped chocolate ganache shell filled with mint mousse, vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce, will be available for nine days throughout the tournament. Customers can enjoy it on game days for £10.95, before heading along to watch the match at Murrayfield.

The Ivy on the Square, 6 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2BD. The Six Nations cocktails are available from Friday, 1 February to Saturday, 16 March 2019.

The Garden Shed Drinks Company was established in 2017,  and aims to be both ethical and environmentally friendly, donating a portion of profits to environmental charities. www.thegardensheddrinksco.com

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