If you were to judge us based on our words and actions and, dammit, even the photographic evidence on our blog lately, you might think we're on the Boozy World Tour 2009. And, so as not to disappoint, I found another really unique and interesting alcohol-y place to visit today. A while ago I saw the website for an Edinburgh store called Demijohn, and so yesterday when Brenna said, "Hey let's go to Edinburgh tomorrow" I said, "Yeah sure, I hear there's a nice little area called the Grassmarket with some good vintage stores." In case you don't know Brenna, the words vintage and store, when put together, are enough to send her into a swoon.
Now we're walking along the Grassmarket. We've just spent what seemed like several hours in a couple of grandma's-moldy-basement-stinky vintage stores. I almost just had to leave one, but I stayed my course. I had my eye on the prize. We "happen" onto Demijohn and I say,"Wow! This looks like a really unique and interesting little place. Let's check it out!"
Demijohn calls themselves a liquid deli. The idea is modeled after Italian cantinas where people bring in their own bottles to be filled with wine. In Italy, most any kind of bottles will do; old wine bottles, plastic water bottles, Drano bottles in a pinch. Here you have to buy the cute little glass containers they provide, and they have everything: vodka, whisky, rum, vinegar.
Most of their liqueurs are crafted by individual artisans from all around the UK. They are insidious marketers at Demijohn -- they encourage you to sample. We left with Nelsons Spiced Rum Liqueur and a Butterscotch Cream Liqueur. I told Ella it's like a candy store for Mommy's and Daddy's. After a cold and foggy day in Edinburgh, and a chilly train ride home, a little dram of Spiced Rum was perfect. We'll no doubt return with our empties for refills. Maybe the cucumber vodka or some old school single malt.