London distiller Sipsmith has joined forces with Le Méridien Piccadilly hotel in London’s West End to create the outdoor Sipsmith Sipping Garden.
The transformation of the hotel’s Terrace Grill & Bar terrace offers a refreshing range of specially-created Sipsmith cocktails plus picnic-inspired light dishes from chef de cuisine Michael Dutnall.
Designed with traditional British summer garden parties in mind, the Sipsmith Sipping Garden features wrought-iron chairs and tables, hand-crafted wooden benches and terracotta planters bursting with flowers.
It opened yesterday (June 21) until September and is open seven days a week from midday to 10.30pm. Details at www.lemeridienpiccadilly.co.uk/en/terrace.
The cocktails, featuring Sipsmith’s gins and vodkas, include The Sipsmith Dainty Damsel, made with Sipsmith Damson Vodka, Chapel Down English sparkling wine and lemon juice with a prune twist.
The British Bellini is a mix of Sipsmith Sloe gin, English berries, grenadine, lemon juice, and Chapel Down English sparkling wine, while the 3 Ways Negroni twists the classic by combining Sipsmith London Dry Gin and Campari with Sipsmith Sloe Gin, overproof Sipsmith VJOP, an orange wheel and fresh raspberries.
The menu also features the Sipsmith Summer Cup, made with Sipsmith Summer Cup plus Fever-Tree Lemonade, fresh lemon verbena and dried lavender. Cocktails are priced around £13 to £14 each.
The menu of picnic-inspired light bites, priced at £7 each, includes: salmon gravlax open éclair with Sichuan pepper and dill crème fraiche; Devon crab cakes with cucumber, coriander, and lobster hollandaise; smoked duck antipasti with crispy pork skin, chicory, and beetroot balsamic; and juniper and chilli sausage rolls with grain mustard dip.
There will also be a gin and tonic ice cream through Sipsmith’s broader partnership with artisanal ice cream makers Jude’s (pictured below). It is a subtle blend of Sipsmith London Dry botanicals, tonic water and lemon mixed with Jude’s traditional crème anglaise base.