On February 4th a group of us attended the Sipsmith Hot Gin Roof at the Ham Yard Hotel, London. Not knowing what to expect by hot gin we were very impressed with the overall event experience...
The Smoking Cardinal.
Reminiscent of Glühwein, this classic, deriving from the Smoking Bishop Hot Drink, is very delicate and refined drink, full of flavour. The garnish made all the difference here—dried and candied orange slice gave a wonderful fragrance as the heat from the cocktail escaped and you took your first sip.
The New Proof
The New Proof made with V.J.O.P (Sipsmith's Very Juniper Over Proof Gin) used a theatrical method for heating up the drink. Look at the above video to see this in action.
This was a very strong drink for sipping slowly. It had incredible flavours and who can resist a cocktail with Gin and Islay Whisky (even if it wasn't Laphroaig!)
Another phenomenal drink and a resounding success. Taking inspiration from the Espresso Martini this creamy, boozy delight is one for coffee lovers.
This idea would be perfect as an evolution to Cafe Courvoisier new on-trade platform pushing the VSOP Espresso Martini serve into more occasions and formats.
What a drink! I could almost go as far as saying this hot version of the classic Negroni is better than the original. (For my pallets anyway on a cold evening on a roof top)
The presentation of this was inspired and felt just right to be served in a tea cup. Very unusual but just worked!