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Sipsmith to open Swan on a Hot Gin Roof pop-up bar in Soho

Published:  08 January, 2016

London's award-winning Sipsmith gin distillery has partnered with Soho's Ham Yard Hotel for a winter pop-up bar on the hotel's exclusive fourth-floor roof terrace.

Visitors to the bar, named Swan on a Hot Gin Roof after Sipsmith's iconic swan logo, will be offered blankets to keep warm as they sample a range of historic hot gin serves.

Drinks on offer will include hot gin and ginger, which was first recorded in 1731; Smoking Bishop, which makes an appearance in Dickens' A Christmas Carol; and Soho Gin Broth, which uses Barthelmas beef taken from a recipe published in 1664.

Other serves will include Hot G&Ts and Steaming Juleps.

The event has been developed by Jared Brown, Sipsmith's master distiller, and Eoin Kelly, bar manager at the Ham Yard Hotel.

Brown said: "Sipsmith is a real celebration of where the old meets the new, with the spirit of London's gin heritage at its core, so just as I did for our original London Dry gin recipe, I've been delving into the history books for inspiration is where it all began.

"We can see these becoming classics of the future."

Kenny said: "It's been great working with Jared to explore all these flavour profiles and reimagine historical drinks recipes with the gin. We're really proud of the results."

Swan on a Hot Gin Roof will be open from January 26 until February 14, excluding Mondays, in timed sessions.

Sipsmith was founded in Hammersmith in 2009, at which point it was the first copper-pot distillery to open in London in nearly 200 years.

It subsequently moved to larger premises in Chiswick in April 2014, where it now operates three copper-pot stills named Prudence, Patience and Constance.

Sipsmith was voted Craft Distillery of the Year in 2015 and its London Dry Gin has won over 30 international awards.