Drinking heritage inspires new cordials for gin from Sipsmith

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Leading gin producer Sipsmith has released a range of cordials inspired by how the spirit was drunk back in the 19th century.

Like the gins, the Original Cordials for Gin by Sipsmith have been perfected over several years by master distiller and cocktail historian Jared Brown.

The three cordials have been produced using traditional methods, aiming to re-create how cordials would have tasted in the late 19th century, but with a modern twist.

The Original cordial unites candied ginger with a touch of orange bitters. It is a re-creation of an 18th-century recipe and the first documented British cocktail in William Terrington’s book, Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks, in 1869.

The Gimlet cordial opens with sweet florals, which give way to punchy lime peel and a dry finish.

The Bishop cordial is based on Charles Dickens’ favourite cocktail, the Good Bishop. It is also documented in Terrington’s 1869 book and was originally made with port or wine and served warm.

Jared said: “London is the home of gin – the place where it all began – and the city’s rich spirited history is a constant source of inspiration and ideas.

“At the heart of what we do has always been a restless enthusiasm for discovery and experimentation as well as an appreciation for what went before.

“The first recorded pairing of gin was with ginger, in 1731. The cocktail was likely a British invention and the first British drinks book with cocktails, published in 1869, began with a gin and ginger cocktail.

“So it’s with great excitement that we’re releasing three cordials that nod to London’s distinguished drinking history.

“Each of the first release cordials has two serving suggestions: a simple fizz to emphasise the subtle flavours of the cordial, and a shorter Martini-glass serve, similar to the original serves that inspired them.”

Jared is pictured with fellow directors Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall at the distillery in Chiswick, west London.

25ml Original, Gimlet or Bishop cordial
25ml Sipsmith London Dry gin
Topped with soda
Combine first two ingredients in a highball filled with ice and top with soda. Garnish with a wedge of squeezed or unsqueezed orange.

Terrington’s Original Gin Cocktail
20ml Original Cordial
50ml Sipsmith London Dry gin
Stir over ice and double-strain into a coupe and garnish with a twist. Use the Gimlet cordial to make a version of a Gimlet cocktail.

Short Bishop
20ml Bishop Cordial
50ml Sipsmith London Dry gin
10ml Port (optional).
Stir all ingredients over ice and double-strain into a coupe. No need for a garnish but, if you want the colour of an orange twist, do it just for aesthetics.

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