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ESSENTIAL EDINBURGH - Life & Style Event - WIN & 2for1 tickets

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After a sell-out debut in 2017, Life & Style returns to the Capital this Spring, 5-6 May, where visitors can enjoy a stylish weekend, with the best that Edinburgh has to offer.

Life & Style brings together the shops, bars, brands and businesses in the central Business Improvement District, offering a packed programme to delight in across the weekend, including a fashion show, trend talks, express beauty treatments and workshops, as well as gaining access to exclusive discounts and one-off masterclasses, sharing expert advice on fashion, health and beauty, interior design, food and drink and much more.  Plus:

  • Fashion show and trend talk, hosted by Scottish fashion designer Lynne McCrossan,
  • Cocktail masterclasses from Badger & Co and Element
  • The Lifestyle Stage, playing host to a roster of masterclasses with leading industry experts, compered by STV favourite and style blogger, Susie Bruce
  • Celebrity hairdresser Jason Collier, who tends to the tresses of Victoria Beckham and Eva Longoria, will demonstrate easy-to-achieve hairstyles
  • Pop-ups from brands across the BID, including Oliver Bonas & Anthropologie 

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Organised by Essential Edinburgh, a not-for-profit organisation, set up to run the Central Business Improvement District (BID) in Edinburgh)

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6:00 PM18:00

Taisteal & Daffy's Gin Global Cuisine Evening

Welcome Drink 

D&T (Daffy's Gin, Fever Tree Tonic served with Fresh Lime & a Sprig of Mint) 

Preview of Exclusive Collection of Scottish Prints / Gin Tasting


Gin Cured Salmon, Octopus, Avocado, Feta and Compressed Watermelon

Main with Paired Daffy's Cocktail

Venison, Parisan Gnocchi, Wild Mushroom, Pumpkin 

'Crimson Spritz' (Daffy’s Gin, Creme de Cassis, Red Wine Reduction, Lemon Juice and topped with Soda, finished with a crack of pepper)

Dessert with Paired Daffy's Cocktail

Fennel Shortbread, Clove & White Chocolate Crumb, Cinnamon Honeycomb, Szechwan Meringue and Star anise Ice Cream 

'Mint Highball' (Daffy’s Gin, Apple Juice, Lime Juice, Chamomile Tea or Earl Grey Tea Syrup, topped with tonic water and finished with clapped mint) 


See bottom for how to make the above Daffy's Cocktails! 

Pictures from the night

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Preview of Exclusive Collection of Scottish Prints

Click here to see full collection for sale. 


MINT HIGHBALL (Wonderful palate refresher, goes especially well with vanilla ice-cream!)

  • 37.5ml Daffy’s Gin
  • 12.5ml St Germain Elderflower liqueur 
  • 25ml Lemon or Lime Juice
  • 50ml Clear Apple Juice
  • Handful fresh mint
  • 12.5ml Chamomile Tea Syrup (same rule as the sugar syrup, but before you mix, steep a few teabags in the boiling water.  Remove and strain teabags, add the sugar {2:1} and stir until dissolved /.. this method can work with any flavour tea!)
  • Tonic Water

Put all ingredients into a highball glass, save the tonic.  Make sure the mint is clapped before going in the drink.  Add ice and stir for approx 30 seconds.  Top with tonic water (Fever Tree Elderflower or Mediterranean Tonic for an extra zing!)

CRIMSON SPRITZ(Pairs great with a red meat dish)

  • 37.5ml Daffy’s Gin
  • 25ml Red Wine (Cab Sauv or Merlot preferable)
  • 12.5ml Chambord/Creme de Cassis (available from most wine stores/off licenses)
  • 12.5ml Sugar Syrup (2 measures sugar – 1 measure boiling water, stir until dissolved: lasts forever!)
  • 12.5ml Lemon Juice (available from Sainsbury’s)
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Soda

Throw all ingredients into a large wine glass except the soda.  Add ice, and stir around the glass for app. 30 seconds.  Top with soda, garnish with some halved black grapes and an orange wedge.

If you are having trouble finding where to pick up some Daffy’s, the gin goddess, it's stocked at Vino Stockbridge

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