SUMMERHALL DRINKS LAB

Specialists in drinks events for the public and private groups, in our dedicated tasting room in Edinburgh, Scotland, or externally. Organisers of Juniper Festival since 2019, and bespoke training events for the Scottish hospitality trade.


Jamie Shields, Owner

Here's the part where I have to talk about myself since I don't have anyone else to do it for me! I started the Drinks Lab in 2018 after working in bars, events, and bartender training in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and do everything from hosting gin cruises to building bars.

Regardless of where you find me, I'll likely want to chat about tasty booze, from history and science, to trying great new things. You can find me professionally on LinkedIn, or if you want to see photos of my dog or van, on my Instagram!

Our Services



Interactive Tasting Events
We design, create, and host fun, interactive, and small scale tasting experiences with a focus on Scottish products, to educate and entertain our guests. Our background and expertise is talking about tasty drinks, and wish to share that love with anyone who passes through the door.
Our tasting events usually take place in the Drinks Lab, our dedicated tasting room, however we also run events on the Union Canal, or externally at other venues.
Juniper Festival 2020
Juniper Festival is Scotland's original gin festival, created in 2014. Juniper Festival is the highlight of the gin calendar, connecting thousands of guests over the years with hundreds of different gins, through sampling and a carefully curated program of gin education. In 2018, Juniper Festival were the first to move away from single use plastics, and we'll continue our push towards sustainability.
Hospitality Collaboration
We have created a unique learning experience in the Drinks Lab - an opportunity to learn from each other and grow confidence, skills and knowledge, independent from any brands. We offer drop in sessions, structured training, and a program of events to help improve the standard of Scotland's bartenders.
Hospitality Training
Interactive, bartender-focused training. We have five years of experience and qualifications training hospitality staff on various aspects of the licensed trade, from compliance to cocktails, and create unique, bespoke training events for our clients.
Drinks Consultancy
We can assist in developing your brand, serves or cocktail menu, working with you to acheive your goals. Summerhall Drinks Lab is ideally suited to host focus groups, create or refine drinks, hold an engagement event, or photograph

Whatever your needs, we're looking forward to hearing from you