Drinks to door Scots consumers have been able to select from an ever-widening selection of food and drink online to be delivered to their doors since the country moved into lockdown, and there would appear to be no sign of the trend running out of steam.

Among the latest arrivals are a range of pre-bottled cocktails, the fruits of a partnership between The Botanist gin – distilled at Bruichladdich on Islay – and Buck & Birch, the Scottish wilderness-inspired food and drink company. The three cocktails – The Ramble, The Amagroni and The Plants and Quincidence – are each a blend of The Botanist with exclusive liqueurs and ingredients harvested in East Lothian. “With every serve guaranteed to whisk taste buds away on a wild alchemy adventure, the collaborative set includes a range of delectable cocktail twists,” the creators say.

A day to rebel Elsewhere in Scottish drinks, distiller Ian Macleod this week debuted the latest product extension under its Smokehead blended malt brand. Launching in time for International Rum Day on August 16, Smokehead Rum Rebel is billed as a “rich, smoky, salty Islay whisky” finished in “spicy, sweet Caribbean rum casks creating culture colliding carnage and a melding of mouth-watering tastes”.

The alliteration machine certainly seems to be in good working order at this distiller.

Lockdown landmark On to more wholesome pursuits, we hear the gauntlet has been thrown down to staff at Halliday Fraser Munro, the architectural, urban design and master planner, to mark 150 days of working from home and raise money for charity at the same time. Each employee has been asked to take part in the 150 Challenge in support of SAMH, Scotland’s mental health charity, by setting themselves a challenge to undertake 150 activities or achievements, whether it be cycling 150km, baking 150 cup cakes or eating 150 baked beans in 150 seconds with a cocktail stick. Staff based in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, will be taking part in the challenge this weekend.