Cocktail Hour: Edinburgh Gin Valentine’s First Kiss

edinburgh gin valentine's cocktail

I don’t really do Valentine’s Day in a big way, but if it involves cocktails… I am totally there. Whether you’re looking to whip up something to impress your date, need a recipe for a Galentine’s Day get together, or just fancy making yourself a Valentine’s Day treat, this is the cocktail for you.

The First Kiss is so easy to make, and just has a couple of ingredients. It looks so pretty, no one will know it only took you a few minutes to make!

I’ve been a big fan of Edinburgh Gin for years, particularly their Raspberry Liqueur – which is one of the ingredients in this cocktail, along with the limited edition Valentine’s Gin*.

The Valentine’s Gin has a lovely natural pale pink colour and floral notes, thanks to the botanicals of hibiscus, rose and chamomile. It also comes in a beautiful art deco-style bottle so it would make the perfect Valentine’s gift… just sayin’!

edinburgh gin valentine's cocktail

If you fancy making The First Kiss cocktail, all you’ll need is a couple of ingredients and two minutes to shake it all up – couldn’t be simpler! It’s kind of like a gin twist on a French martini, and I can confirm it is very delicious.

edinburgh gin valentine's cocktail

How to make The First Kiss cocktail

Ingredients (makes one):

  • 35ml Edinburgh Valentine’s Gin
  • 15ml Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Liqueur
  • 60ml pineapple juice
  • 1 fresh raspberry


  1. Add the Valentine’s Gin, Raspberry Liqueur and pineapple juice to a cocktail shaker, along with a handful of ice cubes.
  2. Shake well until a foam begins to form. Strain into a coupe or martini glass.
  3. Garnish with a fresh raspberry, and enjoy!

edinburgh gin valentine's cocktail

Edinburgh Gin Valentine’s Gin

The small-batch Valentine’s Gin is limited edition (only 3,000 bottles were made this year!) and won’t be around for long, so head over to the Edinburgh Gin shop to snap it up quickly. It’s available online, as well as in their West End distillery shop.

edinburgh gin valentine's cocktail

In addition to the rose and hibiscus which gives the gin its rosy glow, there are also botanicals like lemongrass, Kaffir lime and lemon balm to give it a fresh citrus finish.

If you don’t fancy whipping up a cocktail, the Valentine’s Gin works equally well in a G&T or with a rose lemonade mixer.

Will you be giving The First Kiss a try this Valentine’s Day?



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