Firkin Wins at World Gin Awards 2019

Celebrations were the order of the day for Team Firkin as the Edinburgh based craft distillery, once again claimed top placing for two expressions at Round 1 of the World Gin Awards 2019, held in London’s Caledonian Club on Thursday 10th January.

The much acclaimed cask-aged Firkin original won ‘Best in Category’ in the UK matured gins section, adding to category award wins in 2017 and a gold medal placing in 2018.

“We are delighted to be recognized once again at the highly acclaimed World Gin Awards 2019. Firkin Original is where our journey started and was one of the very first cask-aged gins on the market, so we are naturally delighted to have been placed as Best in Category. “ Derek Mair, Founder – Firkin Gin

Firkin Rosie, the 2018 launched rose petal and strawberry infused gin received a gold placing in the ‘UK flavoured’ category; previously having been recognized as a finalist in the 2018 Scottish Gin Awards – ‘Speciality Gin’ category.

“Firkin Rosie is one of our most recent small-batch releases and is proving to be a hit with gin lovers looking for a sweeter taste. This is a great achievement for us within the ‘UK flavoured’ category and we now look forward to the next announcements at the Gin Magazine Awards in February.” Derek Mair, Founder – Firkin Gin.

Celebrating the world’s best gins, The World Gin Awards is part of the World Drinks Awards; global awards selecting the very best in all internationally recognised styles of drinks. The World Drinks Awards select, reward and promote the world’s best drinks to consumers and trade across the globe.

Each gin must go through a rigorous three-step process of judging. First each gin is tasted in its relevant style to identify and select the style winners. Judges making up the World Gin Awards panel include international, leading journalists, specialist drinks retailers and industry experts.

Style winners are then tasted against each other to identify the best gin in each category and finally, the best gins in each category are then tasted against each other one last time to select the world’s best gin.


Cocktail: Botanic Spritz


The Botanic Spritz is the sixth cocktail to be released from our collaboration with Oblò Bar and Bistro earlier this year. The cocktail looks and tastes brilliant, and you can try it for yourself using the recipe below!


FIRKIN Sherry, Violet Liqueur, Elderflower Cordial, Lemon Juice, Pink Lemonade, Cucumber


  1. Add 25ml Gin, 25ml Liqueur, 25ml Cordial, 15ml Lemon Juice and ice to shaker
  2. Pour into a glass with ice
  3. Top up with Pink Lemonade
  4. Garnish with Cucumber

Cocktail: Rhubarb Sour

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Rhubarb Sour is the newest cocktail from FIRKIN’s collaboration with Eyemouth’s Oblo Bar and Bistro. Made using award-winning FIRKIN original, the cocktail is beautifully finished and tastes as good as it looks. Use the recipe below to try this one at home!


FIRKIN Original, Maraschino, Lime Juice, Egg White, Rhubarb Cordial, Cranberry Juice, Orange Angostura, Flowers


1. Add 35ml FIRKIN, 15ml Maraschino, 15ml Lime Juice, 25ml Egg White, 25ml Rhubarb Cordial to a shaker and dry shake.

2. add ice and wet shake

3. Strain into a martini glass.

4. Add angostura drops and flowers to garnish

5. finish by adding 25ml Cranberry Juice


Cocktail: Velvet Espresso

Cocktail-velvet-Espresso-WEBThe Velvet Espresso cocktail, the latest from FIRKIN Gin’s collaboration with Oblò Bar, is for coffee lovers! Combining our festive FIRKIN Yuletide with Baileys and Espresso, this recipe is a cocktail to enjoy in the winter months!

Ingredients: FIRKIN Yuletide, Baileys, Espresso shot, Coffee Recipe:

  1. Shake 25ml FIRKIN Yuletide, 50ml Baileys and Espresso shot together with ice
  2. Double strain into martini glass
  3. Garnish with Coffee Beans

Cocktail: Oblo Sling

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The Oblo Sling is the third cocktail from recent series with Oblò Bar & Bistro. The cocktail is based upon the limited-edition FIRKIN Port and with flavours such as Passionfruit is perfect for the summer months.


FIRKIN Port, Limoncello, Lemon Juice, Passionfruit Syrup, Gomme, Soda


  1. Put some ice into a tall glass
  2. Add 25ml Gin, 25ml Limoncello, 25ml Passionfruit Syrup, 10ml Lemon Juice and 25ml Gomme.
  3. Stir well and top up with ice
  4. Add soda and stir again
  5. Garnish with Lemon wheel
  6. Finish with 3 bar spoons of FIRKIN Port

Firkin Gin wins three awards at 2018 IWSC

FIRKIN Gin has won three silver awards at the 2018 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC). Now in its 49th year, the competition aims to award excellence in wines and spirits worldwide, encouraging recognition for quality products.

FIRKIN Rosie, a summer-themed gin made with strawberries, rose petals and sweet almond, collects its second note of recognition within two months of launching. The gin has also been nominated for a Scottish Gin award.

Multi award-winning Original FIRKIN Gin adds a silver IWSC medal to its honours list, which already boasts World Gin awards, Scottish Gin awards and a London Spirits Competition medal.

Try Me… Naked, FIRKIN Gin’s London dry gin, picked up an IWSC award for the second year running, after collecting the IWSC Silver Outstanding last year.

Derek Mair, founder of FIRKIN Gin, was honoured to have three of the FIRKIN family recognised by such a prestigious competition: “The International Wine & Spirits Competition is one of the oldest and most recognisable awards in the industry, so to have three products recognised is an incredible achievement for the FIRKIN Gin team.”

The IWSC receives entrants, sponsors and supporters from over 90 countries each year.

Cocktail: Fragola Cooler


The Fragola Cooler is the second cocktail from our new series with Oblo Bar & Bistro. The cocktail uses Port-aged FIRKIN Gin and is perfect for the summer, with key ingredients including strawberries and prosecco.


FIRKIN Port, Prosecco, Sweet Vermouth, Gomme, Lime Juice, Strawberries, Mint Leaves


  1. Slice some Strawberries and place into a wine glass
  2. Add Sweet Vermouth, 25ml Gomme and 15ml Lime Juice
  3. Mix it all together
  4. Add a scoop of ice
  5. Pour in 50ml of Port FIRKIN Gin
  6. Top up the glass with ice
  7. Finish with Prosecco
  8. Garnish with a strawberry and some mint leaves

Four Scottish Gin Award nominations for FIRKIN Gin

FIRKIN Gin has received four nominations for the 2018 Scottish Gin Awards.

Original FIRKIN Gin, which received a Silver Medal at last year’s Awards, has once again been nominated in the Cask Gin of the Year category. The gin, which was first launched in 2015, is aged in American Oak ex-whisky barrels to produce a truly unique flavour.

The majority of FIRKIN’s success this year comes in the Speciality Gin of the Year category, where FIRKIN Old Tom, FIRKIN Rosie and FIRKIN Yuletide have all been recognised. These three gins are the latest additions to the FIRKIN Gin range, having all been launched in 2018.

Founder of FIRKIN Gin, Derek Mair, is delighted to see the new spirits being recognised by a panel of industry experts: “We put a lot of time and effort into perfecting the new FIRKIN gins, so we are very pleased to see all three receive a nomination for the 2018 Scottish Gin Awards. This is the first opportunity to have the gins judged, so we’re hoping they’ll be as successful as our other products have been in the past.”

Derek is also pleased to see further recognition for the multi award-winning Original FIRKIN Gin: “Last year we received a Silver Medal for our Original FIRKIN Gin, so we’re hoping to go one step further this year and pick up the Gold.”

The Awards evening, which will see 46 producers from across Scotland coming together, will be held this September at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Glasgow.

Cocktail: Foxy Blonde


The first in our new cocktail series with Oblò Bar & Bistro, Foxy Blonde, is a cocktail which combines the smoky flavour from the Islay barrels with the sweetness of Peach Schnapps to create a truly unique flavour.


FIRKIN Islay, Peach Schnapps, Mango Juice, Pineapple Juice, Lime Juice, Angostura, Orange and Cinnamon.


  1. Mix together 50ml of Mango juice, 50ml of Pineapple Juice and 10ml of Lime Juice
  2. Add 35ml of FIRKIN Islay, 15ml Peach Schnapps and ice to a shaker
  3. Add a few drops off of Angostura to the shaker
  4. Add in the juice and ice before shaking well
  5. Pour the cocktail into a glass
  6. Top up with ice
  7. Garnish with Orange and a sprinkle of Cinnamon

Oblò Bar collaboration

Firkin Gin recently collaborated with Oblò Bar & Bistro to create an exciting new range of FIRKIN cocktails.

Award-winning Oblò Bar & Bistro, located on the harbour front in the coastal town of Eyemouth, specialises in everything from Italian coffee to creatively crafted cocktails. Anna Mendyk, Bar Manager at Oblò, has worked with her team to create ten bespoke cocktails for FIRKIN Gin.

Bar manager ObloThe cocktails, which reflect the Italian heritage of the bar, were produced using fresh ingredients, several spirits from the FIRKIN Family and with an incredible attention to detail. Recipes were created using a number of the cask-aged gins including Original, Sherry, Port, Islay and the festive Yuletide Old Tom. Various traditional cocktail recipes were also prepared using Try Me… Naked and Old Tom, which will be shared online, alongside Oblò’s new recipes.

Over the coming months, FIRKIN will be unveiling the cocktails across social media and website, sharing exclusive videos, photos and step by step guides; allowing followers to try them at home. The recipes vary in difficulty, so there’s something for all gin lovers.

For those who can’t wait to sample the latest cocktail creations, an exclusive FIRKIN Gin cocktail menu; which contains two recipes which won’t be shared on social media; is being served in Obló now!