GLAYVA is all set to warm up the Capital this winter thanks to a new pop-up bar slap band in the centre of the city’s festive celebrations.
Edinburgh’s Christmas is in full swing and the hot new name in town for 2017 is Glayva, except, truth be told it’s not such a new name.
Founded in Leith’s dockyards in 1947 by a local whisky merchant, Glayva was born when he decided to create his own whisky liqueur to provide his customers with a warming drink to brighten their spirits.
To a base of blended Scotch whisky, he added smooth honey, zesty tangerines, sweet almonds and aromatic spices, including cinnamon, until he discovered the perfect harmony of ingredients.
As with any true alchemy, the exact recipe remains a closely guarded secret.
He must have known he’d struck liquid gold when, handing the nectar to a warehouse men to try, he replied with a hearty “Gle math”, or “very good” in Gaelic.
Garnering acclaim from around the world, the liqueur has chased away many a dreich day over the last 70 years.
Join in the 70th anniversary celebration by heading to George Street where, at the Castle Street junction, you’ll be met with the unforgettable sight of a huge dome of sparkling Christmas lights.
Step inside and you’ll discover the Glayva pop-up bar, serving up the distinctive flavour until 24 December.
You will have the opportunity to try two tasty tipples. Both drinks are served hot so are perfect for warming you up on a cold day exploring the city.
Choose from Glayva & Coffee and Glayva & Hot Apple.
And if the Glayva & Coffee takes your fancy, look out for gift cartons in your local supermarket featuring a free pack of Edinburgh-based Brodies ground Colombian filter coffee, ideal for making your own.
Glayva Pop Up Bar, George Street, until 24 December