Have These Geniuses Created a Cocktail That’s Actually Good for You?

The U.K.'s cult gin, Sipsmith, has finally landed here—with some alchemy up its sleeve.

April 26, 2018

By Neal McLennan

Nine years may not seem that long, but it’s eons in terms of a craft distillery industry that’s expanding like whatever the opposite of a black hole is. I was in London in 2009 and all anyone could talk about was this new small-production gin—Sipsmith—that would be the first in the city since 1820. And these upstarts were eating the lunch of the then no-longer-small Martin Miller as well as the big boys—Bombay, Tanqueray et al. I couldn’t wait for it to arrive in Canada. So I waited and waited…and waited.

In the interim, craft gin became a major thing and our fair city became a hotspot for the infused-obsessed. But the thing with gin drinkers is that they’re a curious sort—they want to compare and contrast, and if they care about history, they’ll want to dip their toe in this import. It makes a lovely, floral forward martini (for me there is no more primal test for gin), but if you’ve done a bit too much testing they’re offering this elixir to nurse you back to strength.

Green-Eyed Passion

1.25 oz Sipsmith London Dry Gin
3 cucumber slices
4–5 mint leaves
3–4 kale leaves
A handful of spinach leaves
1 stem of coriander
1.25 oz lime juice
3.5 oz matcha green tea
1 barspoon Spirulina
1.75 oz passionfruit-flavoured coconut water
1 barspoon Manuka honey

Shake all ingredients with ice, then double-strain into a chilled Coupette. Garnish with a cucumber ribbon

(Note: for the next few days Sipsmith is at the at low price of $40 at the BCLBD, a full 20-percent lower than the LCBO!)


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