On a chilly November evening there aren’t many things I would venture away from my cosy spot on the couch for but Aelder Elixir is one of them. The evening took place at Quay Commons at Commercial Quay, Leith and was an evening made up of delicious food from Buck & Birch and cocktails from Aelder Exlixir.

This evening was a really unique, inspiring and great tasting evening – if an evening can taste great?!

Both brands have an ethos of getting back to nature. Using the produce of the Scottish Countryside and turning this into delicious food and drink.

“Resurrected from the embers of the past, sparked with imagination and stoked with an obsession for Scotland’s natural wild larder, each bottle of Aelder is testament to nature’s brilliance.”

What is Aelder? I hear you ask, good question. Aelder is a liquer made from the fruit of the Elder along with spices which are blended with Scottish whisky giving you a rich and smooth potion that can be enjoyed in many ways. Not only delicious but also versatile. On Thursday evening we enjoyed a number of delicious cocktails along with well prepared and complimentary dishes.

The Aleder Royale greated us on arrival, a simple but unique flavour of 25ml Aelder that is then topped up with fizz. The perfect way to get your festive party kicked off in style! Canapes came from the centre piece, these were cured vension and a Dandelion bud caper. We then mixed up our first cocktail, Negroni. This was a strong, punchy cocktail that definitely got everyones taste buds standing to attention. To accompy this was trout with Crowdie and a seaweed oatcake – delicious.

Our main course from Buck & Birch was pulled venision with root vegetables, this was a hearty and warming dish that my plus one totally loved. She admitted it wouldn’t have been something she would have thought to try but she found it really delicious. We wet our whistles with a gin, Aelder and ginger beer cocktail which was sharp but comforting with the ginger infusion. Pudding was a dry ice extravganza! This was used to create a rosehip syrup sorbet that was topped with hazelnuts. Finally we were treated to an Aelder hot choclate which was beyond delicious, I don’t think I will ever drink hot chocoalte without a dash of Aelder again. This was served with shortbread and a choclate caramel.


What I loved about this event and these brands was the unique take on the liquer and the food, it was all fresh and full of flavour. The people behind the brand are inovative, inspiring and really passionate about their brand. Definitely a great Christmas present or addition to your bar cart.


Thank you to Represent for inviting me along to this event.


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