Sipsmith delves into London’s drinking past for pop-up


Sipsmith Swan on a Hot Gin Roof drinks

London’s drinking past, from the 16th century through to the 1920s, has inspired a new pop-up from gin producer Sipsmith in London.

The distiller has teamed up with the stylish Ham Yard Hotel in Soho to serve historically based gin-laced winter warmers on the hotel’s hidden roof terrace from January 26 until mid-February.

Sipsmith master distiller Jared Brown and Ham Yard Hotel bar manager Eoin Kenny have delved into the capital’s history to come up with cocktails for the pop-up, dubbed Swan on a Hot Gin Roof because of the swan image in the gin’s branding and the swan’s neck of its stills.

Warm serves will include The Smoking Bishop, a hot gin punch that was a favourite of Charles Dickens, and The Original, which is a pairing of gin with gingerbread, dating back to the Frost Fairs when the Thames froze over in the 17th and 18th centuries. Another will be the Soho Gin Broth, which uses Barthelmas beef taken from a recipe from 1664.

Jared said: “Sipsmith is a real celebration of where the old meets the new, with the spirit of London’s gin heritage at its core, so just as I did for our original London dry gin recipe, I’ve been delving into the history books for inspiration which is where it all began.

“We can see these becoming classics of the future, and where better to showcase them than at the iconic Ham Yard Hotel.”

Eoin added: “Sipsmith London Dry Gin is a popular serve at the bar already, so it’s been great working with Jared to explore all these flavour profiles and reimagine historical drinks recipes with the gin – we’re really proud of the results.”

The pop-up will run from Tuesday January 26 until Sunday February 20*, excluding Mondays, in timed sessions. Tickets cost £14 per person, which includes a free welcome drink and an introduction by one of the Sipsmith team, available at http://www.designmynight.com/.

Swan on a Hot Gin Roof - Ham Yard Hotel Roof Terrace

*Updated January 30, 2016 with dates extended from February 14 to 20.

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