Sipsmith gin

It's a ginseng thing!

Lots of new alcohol products launch in the UK every year, in fact sometimes it feels like I can hardly keep up with them all, but it’s rare that the person behind a new brand is an ex bartender, ex brand ambassador and an all round drinks guru. Now when someone like that launches a spirit you just have to sit up and pay attention. When the product he launches doesn’t fall into any existing category because it’s something so unique that no one has ever considered it before… well frankly that just never happens! Until now that is…
 
 
You see our good friend Alex Kammerling has just launched Kammerling’s Ginseng Spirit. You might well ask at this point, ‘what’s a Ginseng Spirit?’ well frankly there’s nothing else on the market to compare it to. It’s unique. One of a kind. An original. We all know that just because it’s unique doesn’t necessarily make something good, but given Alex’s credentials I couldn’t help but be excited to have a taste of this golden liquid. I was lucky enough to sample it a few weeks back at a pre-launch event, but now that it’s finally available in the UK it seems like the right time to talk about it.
 

feeling Comfortably Nimb...

Things just keep getting more and more hectic here at B&T HQ but fortunately we've had a few drinks and received a few bottles recently that have helped us to take the edge off the silly season. The chaps at Sipsmith were kind enough to give us a bottle of each of their products in anticipation of an update we will be doing in the new year about artesianal producers. I mentioned this to Victor from LAB and he set about whipping me up a new drink featuring Sipsmith gin, which on paper sounded confusing, but was actually a real treat to the taste buds.
 
THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT PRUDENCE
 
50 ml Sipsmith Gin
20 ml lime juice
10 ml Galliano L'authentico
5 ml Maraschino
1 barspoon Fernet Branca
1/2 barspoon caster sugar
4 seeds from a cardamom pod
 
Put all the ingredients into a shaker with cubed or cracked ice and shake hard. Strain into Champagne flute with a sugar rim and garnish with a long orange peel.
 

Day of the dead? more like month of the living-dead!

My God it's been a couple of busy weeks for us here at Bitters & Twisted HQ. We have been working closely with our web designers and they have done us proud so we are getting closer and closer to the launch of our full site. We have been to check out the Sipsmith distillery in London, then we went drinking tequila in Leeds, followed by Gin in London, not to mention making pineapple bitters as well as homemade syrups and we have been catching up with friends old and new. I am getting tired just thinking about how rushed off my feet I have been.

 

On the subject of Sipsmith I am not going to say too much as I am going to be including them in an upcoming blog about artesianal producers and small batch spirits. I will say this however, if you get a chance to try their gin, I can highly recommend it. Somehow it makes me think that this is how old fashioned gins might have been. Not overly rounded or soft, Sipsmith gin is full of character and flavour and is a lively gin that grabs you by the taste buds and takes you for a ride. Right, that's enough of that, before I get carried away and don't leave myself anything else to write about!

 

I was lucky enough to be asked to judge the 'Cazadores hunt' in Leeds last week, which for those of you who don't know is an ever evolving tequila event that Cazadores are starting to roll out. The idea is simple, get 20 - 30 top bartenders together in a city centre at lunchtime. Refresh them with loads of tequila and then set them a series of tasks to compete at in several bars. End it all with a cocktail comp (after 6 hours of drinking tequila this was the most rowdy comp I have ever seen!) and crown the winning team as winners of the Cazadores hunt... The experience actually got me looking at both tequila and brand run competitions in a whole new light, so much so that I am going to be dedicating a blog update to the subject very soon. Keep your eyes peeled or subscribe to our blog to be notified when it gets updated...