‘Outlander’ Star Sam Heughan Says There’d Be 'Free Gin for Everyone' if He Became First Minister
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‘Outlander’ Star Sam Heughan Says There’d Be ‘Free Gin for Everyone’ if He Became First Minister

Sam Heughan jokingly puts his “hat in the ring” for First Minister of Scotland. (Photo: The Scotsman/Scran)

Following the recent announcement of his new gin, “Outlander” star Sam Heughan says that there would be “free gin for everyone” if he were to be the First Minister of Scotland.

This generous promise of complimentary booze was jokingly mentioned in an interview with the Scottish food and drinks scene podcast, Scran, after The Scotsman’s Food and Drink Editor Rosalind Erskine asked Heughan if he would run for First Minister.

“Sure! Why not,” the actor joked. “Yes, I’ll put my hat in the ring. Me and Andy Murray.”

When asked what he’d do as First Minister, Heughan said: “Certainly there’d be a four-day work week. There would be free gin for everyone.”

“And I don’t know if we’d get much done,” he laughed. “But it’d be a damn good time!”

Beyond proposing policies, Heughan shared with Erskine an official sampling of his new gin, set to be released this summer. The gin is made with botanicals sourced from Scotland and comes following the successful launch of Sassenach Spirits tequila and whiskey. According to Heughan, Sassenach Gin is unlike other gins due to its “innovative” distillation method involving a long botanical steep.

In addition to juniper, Heughan’s gin is made using crab apple, heather, toasted oats, blackberry leaves, rhubarb, Scots pine resin and blaeberry.

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Candie Getgen is the managing editor for Gin Raiders. Before immersing herself in the world of spirits journalism, Candie has been many things: a bartender, a literary journal editor, an English teacher — and even a poet. Now, Candie shares her passion for gin with the world and hopes to help others fall in love with it, too (if they haven't already!). When not writing, Candie enjoys sipping an extra-dry martini while painting or relaxing by the pool with a thrilling mystery novel.