Arbikie’s Award-Winning Spirit By Camilla Hellman
Arbikie may not yet be available in the USA but in Britain, the Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery is quickly establishing their range of gins and vodkas on the shelves of retailers nationwide – and winning accolades from throughout the industry in the process.
Launched in October 2014, Arbikie has roared onto the market, having been awarded Best UK Varietal Vodka and Best UK Traditional Gin at the World Drink Awards run by The Drinks Report. Arbikie products are stocked in some of the best bars and restaurants in the UK, such as The Ivy, The Ritz and Harrods. They have also been selected by Schweppes as their gin of choice for their new premium tonic water. The brand’s reputation is assuredly growing!
Arbikie’s blends are innovative. Like a Bloody Mary with a spicy kick? Arbikie’s Chilli Vodka, the latest introduction to the Arbikie Vodka range, will ensure just that! The origin of this “hair of the dog” drink is highly ambiguous, with many conflicting claims (the earliest claim dates back to 1921). The name “Bloody Mary” is associated with a number of historical figures — particularly Queen Mary I of England — but again, there is debate around this too. There is no ambiguity about Arbikie’s vodka, though. The Smoky and Smooth Chilli Vodka is a combination of potato vodka and chillies from Scotland’s first chilli farm, Chillilicious.
The distillery land has been in the Stirling family for four generations, and from the potatoes and crops planted and harvested, to the water from the lagoon and the bottling of the spirits, Arbikie’s production all takes place on the Arbikie Highland Estate. This is the first single-estate distillery to distil all their spirits using the same process used in the production of Scotch whisky. And yes, whisky is also on the horizon from Arbikie – the first 300 barrels are under way. The final step of bottling, labelling and sealing is also done on the estate.
Arbikie’s Bloody Mary Recipe
4.5 cl (3 parts) Vodka
9 cl (6 parts) Tomato Juice
1.5 cl (1 part) Lemon Juice
Salt and Pepper
Celery Stalk (to serve)
Lemon Wedge (to serve)
Add dashes of the Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper into a tall glass.
Add ice cubes.
Pour the vodka, tomato juice and lemon juice into the glass.
To serve, garnish with the celery stalk and the lemon wedge.
For more information, go to www.arbikie.com.