“Carefully handcrafted in the Scottish Highlands, Caorunn expertly infuses five locally foraged gin botanicals. Artisanal and small batch, beautifully mixing the rugged charm of Speyside with the urban sophistication of modern Scotland.” So sayeth the Caorunn Gin web site, and I’m not going to argue with them. This gin rocks. Seriously.

And yes, Caorunn is a sponsor of Cocktails in the Country, but as anyone who has ever taken my workshop will attest, I don’t take no shabby spirits, so let’s just say that Caorunn has my official seal of approval. But what happened to the bottle of this Scottish nectar that was missing in action recently? We may never know, but the tale runs thusly . . .

Before the Cocktails in the Country season begins we stock up on all of our sponsors products, and although I say it myself, we’re pretty good at judging how much of each product we’ll need, but I screwed up big-time this year when it came to the Caorunn gin, and I didn’t even realize it until the penultimate class at the beginning of July when I saw that we were down to the last bottle.

“How can we have gone through all of that gin?” I asked Kathy, my friend and helper at CitC.

“You’ve been making finger-stirred Negronis for everyone in the class this year,” she reminded me.

“Oh, er, right, I guess that could have something to do with it . . .”

We had just one more workshop to go, and I had a secret weapon: a case of Caorunn miniatures that we could use if push came to shove. We would never dream of topping up the bottle with the minis, of course, but, well, perhaps I could say that we left our options open . . .

When the final CitC 2018 came around, then, I threw the minis into my car and set off to the Gallery Bar at Painters where CitC takes place. Guess what? The last bottle of Caorunn had left the building. Where did it go? We have no idea, but obviously some gin aficionado had stopped by and availed him- or herself of this great spirit.

Result? Here’s how we worked with Caorunn during that last workshop

Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

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