• Shelley Boettcher

Hot gin cocktails with Sipsmith

Although my parents used to be big fans of Irish coffee after dinner, the thought of a hot cocktail had never occurred to me. At least, not as an adult.

But then the folks at Sipsmith reached out with some recipes. Would I be interested in trying them?

Sipsmith, if you're not familiar with the story, was the first traditional copper distillery to be built in London, England, since 1820.

It was started in 2009, by two childhood friends, Fairfax and Sam, and it's still hand-crafted in small batches.

As for me, I love gin. I love Sipsmith.

And I live in a place that's snowy and cold, oh, six months, sometimes eight months of the year. I didn't say no to the opportunity to do some taste testing.

Now I have a slew of new cocktail favourites for Christmas and beyond. These are my three favourites. They're easy to make, festive and fun.

Hot Negroni

1 oz Sipsmith London Dry Gin

1 oz Campari

1 oz sweet vermouth

Red berry tea

Dehydrated orange

Pour Sipsmith, Campari and sweet vermouth into a mug and stir.

Top with hot red berry tea and garnish with a dehydrated orange or a fresh orange slice. Serves one.

Hot G&T

1.5 oz Sipsmith London Dry Gin

0.5 oz Jack Rudy Tonic Syrup

1/3 oz Sugar Syrup

Boiling water

Orange twist

Combine Sipsmith gin, tonic syrup and sugar syrup in a mug or heatproof stem glass.

Stir well and top with boiling water. Garnish with an orange twist.

Hot Clementine

1.5 oz Sipsmith London Dry Gin

1/3 oz gomme syrup

1/4 oz freshly squeezed

clementine juice

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Sage leaf, to garnish

Warm clementine juice gently in a pan until hot but not boiling. Remove from the heat. Add the other ingredients and stir well before serving. Serves one.

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