Vegan Cocktails at Edinburgh Cocktail Week

Have you heard about Edinburgh Cocktail Week? This celebration of all things cocktail is returning to Edinburgh bigger and better than ever. From 14-20 October, 70+ of the city’s best bars will offer signature cocktails for only £4 to everyone with an ECW wristband (get yours here!).

There will also be exclusive ECW spaces, masterclasses and tastings, plus fabulous perks across the city, including a bigger-than-ever Cocktail Village with a Cocktail Forest (!) and beautiful Cocktail Domes on the rooftop of The Glasshouse Hotel.

Events like this are great, but with ingredients like milk, cream, egg white and honey often lurking in the ingredients list, a cocktail menu can sometimes be a bit of a minefield for us vegans.

But never fear! There are always lots of delicious cocktail concoctions that ARE suitable for vegans, so I have gone through the list of the brilliant beverages available during Edinburgh Cocktail Week and hand-picked the ones with ingredients that should be cruelty-free.

I’ve made every effort to check all the ingredients on this list (Barnivore – you’re my real MVP!), but as always if you have any doubt at all please ask your bartender before ordering.

Anyway, without further ado, here are the cocktails…!

Pornstar Margarita

Patrón Citrónage Tequila, Orange Juice, Lime Juice, Lemon Juice, Blood Orange Sugar Syrup and a Sugar & Pink Peppercorn Dusted Rim

4042: 40-42 Grindlay Street, EH3 9AP

Tropical Garden Gimlet

South Loch Citrus & Lime Flower Gin, Tropical Garden Cordial and Tropical Bitters

Vegan cocktail at 56 North, Edinburgh

56 North: 2 West Crosscauseway, EH8 9JP

Just Dill With It

Absolut Vodka, Aquavit, Elderflower Cordial, Lemon Juice and Rhubarb Bitters

Vegan cocktail at Akva, Edinburgh

Akva: 129 Fountainbridge EH3 9QG

Gin and the Giant Peach

Gordon’s Pink Gin, Chase Rhubarb Vodka, Strawberry Purée, Peach Bitters and Lemon Juice, topped with Rose Lemonade

Vegan cocktail at Angels Share, Edinburgh

Angels Share: 7-11 Hope Street, EH2 4EL

Lady Marmalade Martini

Eden Mill Oak Gin, Lemon Juice, Orange Juice and Marmalade

Vegan cocktail at Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh

Apex Grassmarket Hotel: 31-35 Grassmarket, EH1 2HS

Earl’s Martini

The 1819 Gin, Lemon Juice, St Germain Liqueur and Sugar Syrup

Vegan cocktail at Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, Edinburgh

Apex Waterloo Place Hotel: 23-27 Waterloo Place, EH1 3BG

New Town Gin Garden

Edinburgh Gin, Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Liqueur, Lime Juice, Pineapple Juice and Homemade Lavender Syrup

Vegan cocktail at Badger & Co, Edinburgh

Badger & Co: 32 Castle Street, EH2 3HT

The Aurora Borealis

Tanqueray Rangpur Gin, Kraken Rum, Lime Juice and Cinnamon Syrup

Vegan cocktail at The Barologist, Edinburgh

The Barologist: 23 Commercial Street, EH6 6JA

Cisco Kid

Jalapeño-Infused El Jimador Tequila, Fresh Lemon Juice, Raspberry-Infused Agave Syrup, topped with Corona, served frozen

Vegan cocktail at The Basement, Edinburgh

The Basement: 10A – 12A Broughton Street, EH1 3RH

Black Ivy Kiss

Beefeater Blood Orange Gin, Angostura 5 Year Age Rum, Orange Falernum, Lemon Juice and Sugar Syrup

Vegan cocktail at Black Ivy, Edinburgh

Black Ivy: 4 Alvanley Terrace, EH9 1DU

Elder Wolf Southside

Lone Wolf Gin, Elderflower Cordial and Lime Juice, topped with Soda

Vegan cocktail at BrewDog, Edinburgh

Brewdog: 50 Lothian Road, EH3 9By

Sweet Brewbarb

Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger, Almond Milk, Coconut Cream, Rhubarb Bitters and Vanilla Sugar Syrup

Vegan cocktail at Brewhemia, Edinburgh

Brewhemia: 1A Market Street EH1 1DE

Tropical Botanical

Sweetdram Escubac, Fennel Syrup and Coconut Milk, topped with FeverTree Tonic Water

Vegan cocktail at Camera, Edinburgh

Camera: 74 Clerk Street, EH8 9PT

Hubba Bubba Coola

Bombay Sapphire Gin and Hubba Bubba Cordial, topped with Watermelon & Cucumber Soda

Vegan cocktail at Candy Bar, Edinburgh

Candy Bar: 113 – 115 George Street, EH2 4JN

Skull & Rose

Cazabel Reposado Tequila, Rhubarb Liqueur, Elderflower Cordial, Lime Juice and Muddled Cucumber

Vegan cocktail at Cask Smugglers, Edinburgh

Cask Smugglers: Waverley Mall, 3 Princes Street, EH2 2PQ

Raspberry, Hibiscus & Basil Stunner

Crystal Head Vodka, Hibiscus & Basil Syrup and Lemon Juice, topped with Raspberry Berliner Weiss Beer

Vegan cocktail at Cold Town House

Cold Town House: 4 Grassmarket, EH1 2JU

Pineapple & Rhubarb Punch

Lindores Abbey Aqua Vitae, Pineapple Juice abd Rhubarb Bitters, topped with Lemon Tonic Water

Vegan cocktail at Dragonfly, Edinburgh

Dragonfly: 52 West Port, EH1 2LD

La Vie En Rose

Hendrick’s Gin, Lanique Rose Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Sugar Syrup, Cucumber Bitters and Pink Peppercorns

Vegan cocktail at The Empress of Broughton Street, Edinburgh

Empress of Broughton Street: 25 Broughton Street EH1 3JU

No Stone Unturned

Dark Matter Spiced Rum, Homemade Roasted Avocado Stone Orgeat and Bitters

Vegan cocktail at Finn & Bear, Edinburgh

Finn & Bear: 58 The Shore, EH6 6RB

Gaucho Sunrise

Pink Gin, Amaretto, Lemon Juice and Homemade Strawberry Syrup

Vegan cocktail at Gaucho, Edinburgh

Gaucho: 4A St Andrew Square, EH2 2BD

North Storm

Johnnie Walker Double Black Label Whisky, Apricot Liqueur, Pineapple Juice, Lemon Juice, Bitters and Homemade Fennel Syrup

Vegan cocktail at The Glasshouse Hotel, Edinburgh

The Glasshouse Hotel: 2 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA

Summer Thyme

Tanqueray Gin, Luxardo Maraschino Cherry Liqueur, Rhubarb Cordial, Lemon Purée and Sugar Syrup

Vegan cocktail at Grand Café, Edinburgh

The Grand Café: 20 North Bridge, EH1 1TR

Little Changes

Bombay Dry Gin, Martini Bianco, Lejay Crème de Fraise and Strawberry Bitters, topped with Light Tonic Water

Vegan cocktail at Heads & Tales, Edinburgh

Heads & Tales: 1A Rutland Place, EH1 2AD

Winter Cherry

Absolut Vodka, Lejay Cherry Brandy, Plum Bitters, Grenadine and Lemon Juice

Vegan cocktail at The Huxley, Edinburgh

Huxley: 1-3 Rutland Street, EH1 2AE

Basic Peach

Ketel One Vodka, Peach Purée, Raspberry Purée, Lime Juice and Sugar Syrup

Vegan cocktail at Indigo Yard, Edinburgh

Indigo Yard: 7 Charlotte Lane, EH2 4QZ

Rasp-beery Rose

Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Liqueur, Cocchi Rosa, Cocchi Americano, Lemon Juice and Sugar Syrup, topped with Innis & Gunn IPA

Vegan cocktail at Innis & Gunn, Edinburgh

Innis & Gunn Brewery Taproom: 81-83 Lothian Road, EH3 9AW

Royal Violet

Bacardi Rum, Crème de Violette, Lime Juice, Sugar Syrup and Blackberry Purée

Vegan cocktail at Le Monde, Edinburgh

Le Monde: 16 George Street, EH2 2PF

Leith Libre

Leith Rum, Banana Liqueur, Pineapple Juice, Lime Juice and Demerara Syrup, topped with Coke

Vegan cocktail at Malmaison, Edinburgh

Malmaison: 1 Tower Place, EH6 7BZ

Air Bath

Tanqueray Gin, Bergamot Syrup and Lemon Juice, topped with Soda

Vegan cocktail at Monboddo, Edinburgh

Monboddo: 34 Bread Street, EH3 9AF

Tropics Supersonic

Porte’s Tropical Old Tom Gin, Pickering’s Pink Grapefruit & Lemongrass Liqueur, Pineapple Juice and Peach Pureé

Vegan cocktail at One Canonmills, Edinburgh

One Canonmills: 1 Canonmills, EH3 5HA

The Passionate Goose

Grey Goose Vodka, Passoã Passion Fruit Liqueur, Lemon Juice and Sugar Syrup, topped with Soda

Vegan cocktail at The Place, Edinburgh

The Place: 34-38 York Place, EH1 3HU

Fortune and Glory, Kid

Don Q Golden Rum, Gifford Banane de Brésil, Lime Juice and Grapefruit and Mango Juice

Vegan cocktail at The Pop Up Geeks, Edinburgh

Pop Up Geeks: Arch 14 27 East Market Street, EH8 8FS

Think Pink

Hendrick’s Gin, Gifford Watermelon Liqueur, Pineapple Juice, Orange Bitters and Cucumber & Yuzu Syrup

Vegan cocktail at The Queens Arms, Edinburgh

The Queens Arms: 49 Frederick Street, EH2 1EP

Suntory Sunrise

Roku Gin, The King’s Ginger Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Sugar, Bitters and Pomegranate Juice

Vegan cocktail at Rabble, Edinburgh

Rabble: 55A Frederick Street, EH2 1LH

Selkie Summer Spritz

Selkie Gin, Lemon Juice, Vanilla Syrup and Peach Purée, topped with Jasmine Soda

Vegan cocktail at The Refinery, Edinburgh

The Refinery: 5 St Andrew Square, EH2 2BD

Silver Jet

Ketel One Vodka, Vanilla Syrup and Lime Juice, topped with Ginger Beer

Vegan cocktail at Skybar, Edinburgh

Skybar: 34 Bread Street, EH3 9AF (open Friday 6pm – 1am & Saturday 12pm – 1am)

S&M Blood Orange Mojito

Don Q Cristal Rum, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Lime Juice and Mint, topped with Soda

Vegan cocktail at Smoke & Mirrors, Edinburgh

Smoke & Mirrors: 159 Constitution Street, EH6 7AD

Swedish Home, Scottish Heart

Absolut Vodka, Absolut Mango Vodka, Lemon Juice, Irn-Bru Reduction, Rubicon Mango Juice and Peach Bitters, topped with Soda Water

Vegan cocktail at Sofi's Southside, Edinburgh

Sofi’s Southside: 42-44 Buccleuch Street, EH8 9LP

The Arbroath Smokey

Arbikie Chilli Vodka, Maple Syrup, Lime Juice and Mint

Vegan cocktail at The Villager, Edinburgh

The Villager: 49 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EJ

Queen of the South

McQueen Sweet Citrus Gin, Lemon Juice, Lejay Crème de Mûre Blackberry Syrup

Vegan cocktail at The Wild Yarrow, Edinburgh

Wild Yarrow: 66 South Bridge, EH1 1LS

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