City bar redefines an old favourite

Multiple operator Kained Holdings joins forces to shake up the gin and tonic

The brief behind the collaboration on Green Goblin soda was to create a modern, seasonal take on the G&T using local ingredients

GLASGOW-based bar and restaurant group Kained Holdings has shaken up the classic gin and tonic with a native twist to create a new serve – featuring soda.

Working with spirits brand Bombay Sapphire, the group sought to create a modern interpretation of a gin and tonic for its Finnieston venue – and approached Gregor Leckie, founder of Glasgow-based soft drinks firm Rapscallion and Raw Soda to create a bespoke soda to pair with the gin.

James Kemp of Kained Holdings worked alongside Leckie, as well as Aaron James from Bombay Sapphire, to develop the soda, which has been named Green Goblin.

Described as “bright and zesty on the nose but spicy and dry on the finish”, it features wood avens root, sweet cecily seed, sorrel leaf, granny smith apple and lime zest, which have been combined to deliver a balance of sweet, sour, spice and bitter to complement the botanicals in the gin.

We are passionate about using Scotland’s larder to showcase the fantastic produce on our doorstep.

Leckie said that he “jumped at the chance” to create a 21st century mixer with Kained that “is truly guilt-free, locally-sourced and made using raw organic sugar and no preservatives”.

The gin and soda is currently being served at Kained bar and restaurant The Finnieston.

Kemp said the Kained team is “passionate about using Scotland’s larder and showcasing the fantastic produce we have right on our doorstep”.

“Working alongside the team at Bombay, we were keen to bring something different to the perfect serve – and knew Gregor was just the person to help us achieve this, with his impressive knowledge and passion for sharing our ethos of local, quality produce,” said Kemp.

The group said it hopes to create a perfect serve for each season, matching its commitment to seasonal  Scottish produce across its menus.