Cool, Contemporary Cocktails at Juniper – with a prime city view
“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine”.
Eating and drinking out in Edinburgh has just got oh so more sophisticated with the opening of the fabulous Twenty Princes Street Grill & Smokehouse (exquisite cuisine), and next door the cool and classy Cocktail Bar, Juniper.
With window views over Princes Street Gardens up to the Castle, the décor is all about glamour. Relax on a funky purple sofa or comfy wing armchair and indulge your taste buds with some seriously wicked alcoholic concoctions.
Given its name, Juniper, this is a Gin Joint but there’s more than a classic G and T on the drinks list.
As the Festive season stars fizzing, the inventive Bar tenders here have been cooking up some tempting new colourful and culinary tipples. Being a lady with a daring streak, I selected the Russian Roulette, a deliciously refreshing blend of two Stolichnaya Vodkas, raspberry and vanilla, the spirit softened with St. Germain elderflower liqueur and lemon. It hit the spot in an instant and I loved the vodka soaked raspberry on top.
My drinking buddy was also daring and asked the waiter to surprise him with something different. He was presented with a Wibble!. Plymouth Gin with Sloe Gin sharpened with lemon and pink grapefruit juice. Sipped slowly, this was voted first class.
The Drinks List is divided into Edinburgh themes: The Old Town (Classics with a twist), such as the ingenious Full Scottish Breakfast – single malt whisky, with orange marmalade, flavoured with smoky bacon foam and dark toast. Perhaps not to be sampled first thing in the morning!
Under New Town (modern classics), are the Russian Roulette and Wibble, as well as Wobble, a long drink of gin, vermouth, prosecco, and the Zombie, a hearty Caribbean Rum punch with tropical fruits. The section, West End, offers classy cocktails such as a modern take on the Sidecar, with Cognac, Cointreau, shaken not stirred with sweet plums and vanilla.
To learn more about Cocktails you can book a Masterclass tasting session to watch a bartender create a few special tipples.
If you prefer Bubbles, there’s a full page of Champagnes from Moet & Chandon by the glass to a Vintage bottle of Dom Perignon. (treat yourself!). And of course, a full range of spirits, beers and wines.
Juniper also serves a selection of Street Food including Oysters, Chicken Wings, Lobster Sub –all rather posh to match the gorgeous surroundings. From January, Fondue Fridays will start the weekend off in style.
Check out the Juniper website for all the Festive events over the Christmas and New Year party season.
Juniper has been a hidden gem of a gin joint for a couple of months but now this is the place to be seen for the fashionable crowd around town. (But Sshh don’t tell everyone!).
I can’t wait to return to try an Inkie Blinkie (tequila, lime, squid ink!), and perhaps a Falldown, (gin, lemon, Moet).
20 Princes Street,
0131 556 4901