Shake Some Classic Darnley’s View Cocktails this Valentine’s Day

French 75 Darnley's View

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Darnley’s View Gin have taken inspiration from the cocktail masters of the past with a choice of three classic cocktails with a twist. Share some love and shake up a French 75, Raspberry Fizz or Strawberry Ramos Gin Fizz using Darnley’s View Elderflower & Citrus London Dry Gin.

William Wemyss, Managing Director commented: “We looked to New Orleans, New York and master bartenders like Jerry Thomas when creating our Valentine’s Cocktails using Darnley’s View Elderflower and Citrus Gin. These drinks have stood the test of time and we’ve added a few twists as a nod to this romantic date in the calendar.”

French 75

45 ml Darnley’s View Elderflower & Citrus Gin
15ml Lemon juice
7.5ml Sugar syrup
Top up with Champagne

Method: Shake the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup with cubed ice. Strain into a chilled champagne flute and top with Champagne.

Raspberry Gin Fizz Darnley's View
Raspberry Gin Fizz

Raspberry Gin Fizz

45 ml Darnley’s View Elderflower & Citrus Gin
handful of raspberries
10ml Lime juice
20ml Sugar syrup
Soda water

Method: In a cocktail shaker, add the raspberries and muddle with the back of a wooden spoon, or similar. Add ice, then pour in the gin, sugar syrup and lime juice. Shake. Strain into a glass with ice, and top with soda water.

Strawberry Ramos Gin Fizz

45 ml Darnley’s View Elderflower & Citrus Gin
15ml Lemon juice
15ml Lime juice
handful of strawberries
25ml double cream
1 egg white
soda water

Method: Combine all ingredients except the ice and soda in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 1 minute. Then add ice to shaker and shake a further minute. Strain into a tall chilled glass and top up with soda.

New Look For Darnley’s View Gin

Darnleys View Range

Award-winning boutique craft gin Darnley’s View now has an elegant new label to match its Spiced Gin stable-mate.

Darnley’s View gin is from Edinburgh based Wemyss Malts. It first came on the scene in 2010 and can now be found in over 20 countries across the gin drinking world. The main botanicals in this gin are juniper, elderflower and citrus.

Two years ago, Darnley’s’ View Spiced Gin was added to the range with warming spice botanicals such as cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. The two gins are now both presented with a two-part label printed on craft paper featuring the Wemyss family crest.

Owned by the Wemyss family from Fife in Scotland, the name “Darnley’s View” celebrates the meeting of Mary Queen of Scots and her husband Lord Darnley at Wemyss Castle in 1565. The elderflower which grows at the Castle inspired the choice of botanicals for this fresh, floral gin.

William Wemyss, Managing Director of brand owner Wemyss Malts, commented: “We are delighted to present Darnley’s View with its new two-part label. Designed to accentuate the craft feel of our range and now cementing the family look with Darnley’s View Spiced Gin. Already a firm favourite on many gin menus, we are sure that our customers will appreciate the new style label.”

Darnley’s View and Darnley’s Spiced Gin Tasting Notes

Darnley's View

Darnley’s View gin has a close history with the company Wemyss Malts. A gin close with whisky? Apparently in 1565, Mary Queen of Scots first spies her future husband, Lord Darnley through the courtyard window of Wemyss Castle, the historic family seat of renowned vintners and spirits merchants, the Wemyss family. So to celebrate this occasion, Darnley’s View gin was created.

Darnley's View SpicedA small batched gin with only 6 botanicals – elderflower, juniper, lemon peel, coriander seed, angelica root and orris root, it’s traditionally distilled within a pot still of a neutral grain spirit that has been distilled four times. Classed as a London Dry Gin, purified water reduces the gin to a strength of 40%.

So how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes on the two expressions available –

Darnley’s View – 40%

A great mix of the 6 botanicals on the nose, with the lemon peel and coriander being at the front while the others swirl at the back. On the palate, a fresh juniper hit mellows rather quickly into a lemon zest hit and then slowly involves a smooth finish of orris root. The use of angelica root leaves a dryness on the tongue.

Darnley’s View Spiced – 42.7%

A soft mix of cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose, with the ginger and cloves making an appearance soon after. Very smooth on the palate with a growing spice of coriander and nutmeg followed by the cumin leaving a dry finish. Lingers well.

Both Darnley’s View expressions are great on their own, but the use in cocktails maybe?

The Lord Darnley

The Lord Darnley

Glass –

Champagne Saucer


50 ml Darnley’s View
dash Elderflower Cordial
dash Fevertree Tonic Water
dash Limoncello
dash Angostura Bitters


In a mixing glass filled with cubed ice, add the Elderflower, Tonic, Limoncello and Bitters coating the ice. Stir and drain off any excess liquid. Add the Gin and stir until well chilled and suitably diluted. Double strain into glass straight up. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry

Darnley’s View is no stranger to awards either, winning the gold medal in the premium gin category in the Spirit Business Magazine’s Gin Masters 2011 as well as winning the Master Award at the Travel Masters 2010 series.

You can purchase a bottle of either of the Darnley’s View gin’s here.

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