Smithies Gin was launched in August 2018 by Patti, Beth & Jill Smith. Patti owns the iconic deli called Smithies Deli in Arbroath which opened in 2000. Patti added the gin emporium back in 2012 and has an extensive knowledge on gins throughout the years.
Along with the gin emporium (as well as enjoying drinking gin!) the Smith Family wanted to incorporate some of their family history into their gin. Inspiration came from Patti’s late father Donald who loved gardening. Especially his roses, dahlias & a greenhouse full of tomatoes! The family live in his house today so still enjoy the garden.
The botanicals redcurrants & gooseberries which still grow in the garden today are two of the main botanicals in Smithies Gin!
The Smith Girls wanted to create a gin that didn’t dictate pairings or accompaniments, but that was refreshing to drink with a simple tonic while also able to handle a more robust flavouring if desired. The tagline for Smithies is challenge that fruit bowl!
Once the Girls had perfected the recipe for the gin it was time to pair the gin & really test its versatility. Being such a sociable family they invited over close family & friends to test out different garnishes & mixers from peaches, tomatoes, mint – you name it!
One of the most surprising pairings was in fact one from Beth’s husband Jim who doesn’t drink gin but loves pizza. He suggested a margherita pizza serving which was cherry tomato, basil & cracked black pepper. They then paired it with Fevertree Mediterranean Tonic & still a year on this is our most popular garnish for Smithies Gin!
The flavours featured within the gin include angelica root, orange peel, lemongrass, orris root, lime peel, grains of paradise, bay leaves, red currants, gooseberries and lemon peel.
The Smith Family also also passionate about supporting local small businesses with having their own. All of the marketing props & bottle labels are made by Arbroath independent companies as well as the gin being made less than a mile from the family home.
About our wee shop…
Patti opened Smithies Deli in October 2000 after many years in the hospitality industry running a hotel in Arbroath. We are family run deli, coffee shop & gin emporium.
The shop was originally a Thomas Lipton grocery shop and former butchers before we refurbished the shop as the deli. We renovated and kept the original Lipton tiles (the very few left in the UK!) along with the meat hooks from the butchers, which gives Smithies a unique, yet traditional appeal.
Smithies Deli is a coffee shop, delicatessen, cheese-monger & drinks emporium. We stock rum, vodka, port, whiskey, liqueurs & most famously – gin! Patti started sourcing gins in 2012, just when the gin industry really started to take off. We now take great pride in sourcing & stocking the very best gins on the market, so much so that in 2017, we changed the name of the shop to include ‘gin emporium’. As well as stocking over 100 Scottish gins and over 100 international gins, Smithies also have a great selection of tonics & mixers.
Smithies Deli also holds themed evenings called “Smithies After Dark” which range from gin & cocktail nights to evening meals like Spanish, French, Italian and so on. To keep up to date with upcoming events please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list!
Having the passion for gin, experience from the gin emporium (& of course drinking it!) we decided to make our own gin which ties in with Smithies Deli. We were able to use the shops logo & colour theme to create our branding.