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Put some spice in your stocking: make it a very good Christmas with Glayva
- Jo Laidlaw
- 28 November 2017
Warm up your tastebuds with a visit to the Glayva pop-up bar at Edinburgh's Christmas
It is, inevitably and unavoidably, nearly Christmas. But this year, why not forget about the mistletoe and wine and make it all about the Glayva. Delicious anytime, Glayva (the name means 'very good' in Gaelic) really comes into its own during the festive season, thanks to its honey notes, warming spices and tangerine fragrance – it's essentially Christmas in a bottle.
Originally created in Leith in 1947, Glayva was blended by one Ronald Morrison, who made good use of the then exotic ingredients passing through the port in the post-war years, blending cinnamon, tangerines, honey and other spices with blended Scotch whisky to create the liqueur. 70 years later and the recipe remains unchanged – and you can't say that about many things these days.
Even though the recipe remains unchanged, there are lots of different ways to enjoy a wee Glayva. With its soft spice and long, smooth aftertaste it's perhaps best known as an after-dinner liqueur, but it's actually surprisingly versatile. Try serving it long over ice, topped up with apple juice and finished with a mint leaf; or sip slowly on a cold evening to really warm those cockles. It's a handy ingredient too – slosh a generous nip over a couple of scoops of good ice-cream and top with grated dark chocolate for an easy dessert that looks like you've made a real effort (when really you've been sitting with your feet up sipping a glass on the couch).
There's yet another way to enjoy Glayva in Edinburgh this Christmas, with the launch of a dedicated Glayva and Coffee pop-up bar in George Street until 24 December. As part of Edinburgh's Christmas, the bar celebrates a match made in heaven – the perfect harmony of honey, spices, tangerines and blended Scotch whisky with warm, full-bodied filter coffee. So forget about the gluhwein – cosy up with the perfect serve of Glayva and Coffee, whether you're gearing up for a whirl round the ice-rink in St Andrew Square, summoning up the Dutch courage for a birl on the big wheel, or just defrosting after a walk around the ice sculptures in Ice Adventure: A Journey Through Frozen Scotland.
Finally, if your Glayva and Coffee hits the spot, why not recreate the experience at home? Look out for special limited edition Glayva gift cartons in supermarkets in the run-up to Christmas. Containing a bottle of Glayva and a complimentary pack of Brodies ground Colombian filter coffee, it celebrates all that's good about Glayva and coffee - and fittingly, Brodies are based in Musselburgh, just along the road from Glayva's Leith birthplace). The gift cartons make the perfect gift – that is, if you can resist keeping them for yourself.
As the temperature drops and we all look forward to welcoming the man in red, whether you're gifting, having fun at Edinburgh's Christmas or simply enjoying a wee dram when you're tackling the wrapping, make it Glayva for a very good Christmas.
Visit the Glayva Bar at Edinburgh's Christmas, George Street, Edinburgh, until 24 Dec 2018.