Don’t despair at summer’s departure – embrace the new season of cocktail crafting instead, with five superb autumn gin cocktails.

As long balmy summer days give way to crisp frosty mornings and cosy fireside get-togethers, our mixologists have been stirring (and shaking) up a seasonal storm at the Sipsmith Distillery. The change in temperature doesn’t have to mean an end to your cocktail capers, however – why not plan a cosy gathering and kick off Bonfire weekend with a bang? Or, if a quiet night in with a blanket, a book and a G&T is more your style then be sure to read on for our ultimate Classic G&T recipe.

1. Martinez Falls

This classic Manhattan/Martini crossover blend has been given an autumnal overhaul, with seasonal blackberry notes. 

50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

5ml dry vermouth

10ml sweet vermouth

Dash of absinthe

Bar spoon of crème de mûre

Blackberry (to garnish)

Combine the ingredients in an ice filled mixing glass before stirring. Strain into a chilled martini glass before garnishing with a blackberry.

2. Smoked Highball

The Highball has come a long way from its prohibition-era heyday, and this sophisticated iteration is the result of decades of cocktail experimentation.

25ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

15ml brandy

10ml lemon juice

10ml peaty Islay whisky

Lemon wedge (to garnish)

Fill a highball with ice; pour in the gin, brandy and lemon, top with soda and stir. Serve with a lemon wedge.

3. The Negroni

A gin-lovers’ favourite, and the perfect seasonal colour-match with is glowing vermillion hue, the Negroni is a historic power player for a reason.

25ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

25ml sweet vermouth

25ml Campari

Orange twist (to garnish)

Fill a mixing glass with ice, add the ingredients together and stir 20-25 times before straining into a low ball with ice and garnishing with an orange twist.

4. The London Dry Gin Sour

This relatively new addition to the sour cocktail family is the perfect blend of sweet and sharp, with a touch of apricot.

30ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

10ml sweet vermouth

10ml apricot liqueur

20ml lemon juice

Egg white

Lemon twist (to garnish)

Dry and wet shake (shake without ice and then with), strain and serve with a lemon twist.

5. The Classic Gin and Tonic

This simple yet satisfying classic G&T is the perfect way to showcase our uncompromisingly handcrafted London Dry Gin.

50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

Fever-Tree Indian Tonic

Wedge of lime (to garnish)

Pour the gin into an ice filled highball and top with premium tonic. Finish with a fresh wedge of lime garnish.

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