Will you be ‘sipping Gin and Juice’ with Katy Perry at Radio 1’s Big Weekend this summer?

This morning, BBC Radio 1 announced that Katy Perry is going to be headlining their ‘Big Weekend’ which will be in Hull this year.

The announcement, along with the sun finally making in appearance in London, got us thinking about the looming Festival season this year.

If Radio 1’s Big Weekend is a bit too far for you Londoners to trek for a bit of festival fun, or perhaps if Reading or Glastonbury are more your bag, theres one thing think all festivals goers have in common, they like to have a drink.

When you think of most festivals you imagine the beer tents and cider bars, but why not give Gin a go as your festival tipple?

When the sun is shining theres nothing better than a cold Gin and Tonic, and most festivals are now serving chilled tins of G&T ready to go, or if you’re going to Glastonbury this year, keep your eyes peeled for Cocktail and Gin pop up bars around the site, for a freshly made G&T or cocktail.

So ditch that beer belly this summer and give the Gin ago this festival season, see you there… Cheers!

 

Alicia Edwards for Cheers!

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Welcome to Sipsmith

We went on a weeknight distillery tour at this hipster hotspot.

Welcome to Sipsmith! Whether you consider yourself a gin lover or partial to the odd g&t, this tour is for everyone! Needless to say we were handed a gin cocktail on arrival it was already a good start to the evening.

When you arrive at the tiny Distillery nestled on a back street in West London, you don’t think much of the junkyard exterior. But just like a tardis, we were let into Sipsmith’s hidden world of exclusive gin tasting.

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Who are Sipsmith?

The team on hand were less like tour guides but all ginthusiasts themselves. After being told the story of gin from mothers ruin to a favourite spirit we got to understand a bit more about the company. So what is Sipsmith all about? Their mission seems simple. The revival of the London Dry Gin, but with, as Fairfax and Sam (their founders) put it ‘truly uncompromising quality and character’.

Find your bottle!

Our The production method is by no means simple, or efficient but in essence produces delicious gin in individually hand-crafted bottles. To the extent where if you have a bottle of it at home you can search your batch number on their website to see what was happening at the distillery the day your gin was born…Truly unique.

Meet the stills

We then got to see the beautiful stills in all their glory. Prudence was the first copper pot still to launch in London for nearly 200 years. We were told that Prudence was ironically named during the recession when Sipsmith’s owners were being financially prudent to fund the drink we know and love today.

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Patience came along four years later, and after patiently waiting the team moved the Chiswick distillery where both stills could reach their full potential. The final copper lady is Constance. The largest still of the three works solely on producing Sipsmith’s most popular London Dry Gin- and we could hear constant hum of her stilling throughout our tour.

Thank you..and cheers!

A fantastic evening all round! It was an opportunity to learn about a craft Distillery gem- hidden away on our doorstep. Here at CheersLondon, we thoroughly enjoyed sipping our way what Sipsmith had to offer!

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Thank you Sipsmith!

By Anna Johnston 

Gin and Tonic with a caffeine twist

Espresso martini, reinvented!

There’s a new gin cocktail on the hipster block and it’s been dubbed as the ‘Turbo G&T’.
This take on the traditional gin and tonic is spiked with cold-brew coffee, giving it the name Cold Brew Gin and Tonic or CBGT.
Gin and Coffee, a Brit’s two vices.. what’s not to love?

What makes this hedonistic mix of alcohol and caffeine so great?

When you’re used to only mixing caffeine with vodka sometimes it’s hard to stray from the norm. But, believe me it’s worth straying and you may never look back.
If you’re not a coffee connoisseur you may be thinking, ‘what even is a cold brew?’ Well, it’s essentially coffee soaked in cold water overnight.

According to Sandows, who make and bottle cold brew coffee in London,
“It’s fresh coffee and filtered water, brewed slowly and without heat to extract minimal acidity. The result is a much smoother flavour without that bitterness you usually get in black coffee.”
They describe it as ‘bloomin’ refreshing’ – making it perfect for summer.

The hints of juniper in the gin and bitterness of the tonic really stand up to the cold brew to create a unique melange of flavours.

Sandows likes to call their version the ‘London Morning Tonic’ – because we all need an energy boast even after a nights sleep, right?

Where to try a Cold Brew Gin and Tonic Cocktail

You can order one at the Mondrian Hotel, London or at The White Lyon, Hoxton.
They are also becoming more popular at espresso café come cocktail bars across London.

How To Make your own Turbo G&T

At CheersLondon we know the struggle of deciding between drinking at fancy bars or buying groceries, so we have this supercharged cocktail recipe for you. Now you can sip on a decedent caffeine tonic whilst eating your Tesco’s ready meal! Oh, we do spoil you!

Ingredients:

35ml Gin (we recommend Sipsmith)
10ml Sandows Cold Brew Coffee
Tonic water
Lemon or orange peel to garnish

Method:

– Take a long Collins glass and add ice and then the gin
– Next add the cold brew coffee
– Top up the mixture with tonic water and garnish with a lemon or orange peel

For a stronger coffee flavour pour the cold brew coffee in last so that it floats on top of the drink.

We’ve got more cocktail recipes here.

Cheers!

By Dominique Starbuck

Gin: Its safe for mothers!

Happy Mother’s Day!

In the recent years, Gin has become the trendy drink favoured by hipsters and city workers alike. So long to the Vodka, lime and lemonade and Cheers to the Gin and Tonic.

Some may know that Gin is also known as “Mothers Ruin” due to its links to depression and unpredictable behaviour from the consumer. Why is this?

Back in the day (18th Century to be precise) Gin was introduced as a cheap spirit, accessible to the masses as a remedy to pretty much get battered! The tax on beer was far too expensive whereas gin only had a price of 2 pence a gallon and in London alone 10 million gallons of gin was being distilled annually.

So what did this do to the great pissed public? Well, more popular among women, the drinking of Gin meant children were neglected and even sold into prostitution to feed the habit and some babies were drunk on the spirit to keep them quiet. Men were left impotent and some were driven to madness!

When the government realised there was a Gin related crisis they upped the tax on the beverage driving sales underground and onto the black market. People sold their homes to get their hands on it, using the effects of the alcohol to keep them warm in the winter and sloshed in the summer.

This continued until the Duke of Wellington passed a bill that got rid of the beer tax. The insatiable thirst for gin soon disappeared.

Gin: No longer a ruin for mothers!

Fast-forward a couple of hundred years and gin is back in fashion. It could be argued that the increased interest in cocktails has played a part and if you chuck the word “Craft” at the front of anything you will have people queuing up round the block to say they had it first.

Whatever the reason for Gin making the biggest comeback since Take That, I’ll definitely be taking it. Mine’s a Gin and Tonic, straight up with a slice of lemon.

By Elle Vickery 

Gin Festival London 2017

What: Gin Festival London 2017

When: Friday 17th-Sunday 19th February

Where: Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, London E1W 2DA

Why: Magazine Time Out had endorsed it as one of the top 10 things to do in 2016, so expect more gin styled magic this time round

Info: https://www.ginfestival.com/events/gin-festival-london-2017

Gin is a staple of any millennial’s diet – two of the most ordered drinks in any part of the country are the Gin Martini and the Negroni, whilst a simple but effective G & T fuels many a good night out.

Fancy investigating the drink further though? Well make sure you get down to the Docklands on from the 17th-19th February, as anyone who knows anything about gin come together for one massive occasion.

Tickets are hard to come by, but check out the website to see if you can get your hands on passes to the in-demand event!