Glasgow Cocktail Weekend preview

Glasgow cocktail weekend launch

Whisky serves at Glasgow Cocktail Weekend

Kelvingrove Café hosted London Bartender Aiden Page of Callooh Callay to serve up cocktails made with Naked Grouse marking six days to go until the first ever Glasgow Cocktail Weekend kicks off (Find out more about the weekend here).

Glasgow cocktail weekend launch

Top mixologists from Hutchesons, Spanish Butcher, The Finnieston and Kelvingrove Café have also come together to showcase inventive cocktails and a taste of what to expect from Glasgow Cocktail Weekend in a video to launch the festival. Friday headliners Illyus and Barrientos have provided an exclusive soundtrack for the video with their yet-to-be-released single M.E.A. on Toolroom Records.

Mr Foodie sacrificed his liver for the blog in order to sample a trio of Naked Grouse cocktails. These will be available throughout Glasgow Cocktail Weekend.

Glasgow cocktail weekend launchStrawberries & Dreams sees Malbec married with Naked Grouse to create a perfectly sweet whisky serve that is juicy red, full of flavour and finished with a Scottish strawberry.

Glasgow cocktail weekend launch

Courgetti Junction has a grapefruit base, Naked Grouse and Courgette Fino (?!) which is topped with a brut champagne to create a fresher way to drink whisky.

Glasgow cocktail weekend launch

The final cocktail Stark & Truly was a bit weird, tasting like seawater mixed with whisky! But the funnest part of the night was a blindfolded sensory experience with aromas and tastes – what do they remind you of? What memories do they evoke?

Glasgow Cocktail Weekend will also be taking over four different venues each day with DJs who sell out internationally, including a unique collaboration at Tontine Lane pop-up for the Merchant City, with llyus & Barrientos playing the Hidden Lane on Friday evening.

Maybe see you there? Cheers! 🍸




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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