One cold and sunny December day, we made the trip to quaint and quiet Chiswick to pay a visit to our partner in crime Sipsmith*. The traditional copper distillery, opened in 2009, aims to bring back gin making (and fun having) to London. Once completely ubiquitous in the city, gin started being restricted by law - only stills over a certain capacity were allowed to make gin - and fell out of fashion.
Prudence, their first copper still, with her delicate curved swan neck, is the reason Sipsmith bears a swan on every bottle. She is so busy now that the Sipsmiths had to give her little sisters: Constance, Prudence and Cygnet. Should we introduce them to our own Unmade knitting machines, Herman, Helga, Hansel and Gretel? We have a feeling they would get along.
The Unmade cocktail
A twist on the classic Negroni, the Unmade cocktail stays true to our ethos: a curated starting point, and the rest is up to you!
You will need:
Option 1: Campari + Vermouth + Sipsmith London dry gin + Sipsmith sloe gin
Option 2: Campari + Vermouth + Sipsmith sloe gin
Option 3: Campari + Vermouth + Sipsmith V.J.O.P. + Sipsmith sloe gin
Option 4: Campari + Vermouth + Sipsmith V.J.O.P.
We went for the option 2, as it wasn't exactly gin o’clock yet (the Sipsmiths would disagree) and it seemed like the sweetest option. The initial bitterness of the Campari was quickly offset by the delicious sloe gin. We recommend options 1 and 3 for an extra kick, while #4 is for gin aficionados only.
How to unmake your cocktail:
Pour all the ingredients in equal parts over ice. Stir for a few seconds and pour on the rocks in an old fashioned glass. Garnish with an orange peel. Sip slowly and enjoy!
One last tip from the Sipsmiths: always pour the least expensive drinks in your cocktail first - that way if you get it wrong you can throw it away and start again.
*Not literal crime. We just mean that we have a criminally good time when they provide us with drinks.