Gin Festival London starts in London today (19 February) but continues throughout the UK right into August.

If you're not one of the thousands of gin fiends heading to Tobacco Docks in London for the festival this weekend but still want to enjoy your favourite juniper-based tipple at home, fear not. IBTimes UK caught up with the quintessentially British, and London-based, Sipsmith gins to find out the best ways to drink gin in the capital from the comfort of your own home.

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Gin Festival London is on this weekend but it isn't the only place you can enjoy a great drop of JuniperGin Festival

Starting up in 2009 with a traditional copper distillery set up in Nasymth Street, the brand's founders, Fairfax, Jared and Sam went about creating a gin brand that revived the traditional history of Britain's favourite spirit as well as producing a near-perfect product.

Gin cocktails to try at home
A Sipsmith favourite, the Coffee G&T

If you're stuck for something to do that strays from your favourite G&T, try some of these delicious recipes that the Sipsmith boys came up with;

THE COFFEE GIN & TONIC

"When we visited the boys from Sandows Coffee in their brewery in Hackney, we'd long suspected the fusion of coffee and gin could yield something really rather spectacular. Fortunately for us, Sandows had been having similar thoughts, and had long been sipping on a rather special, and devilishly simple, gin and tonic..."

METHOD

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice (to the brim) and pour over the gin
  2. Top with Fever-Tree Tonic Water to about 2/3 full
  3. Top with Sandows Cold Brew Coffee, and stir

INGREDIENTS

  • 50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin
  • Fever-Tree Tonic Water
  • 25ml Sandows Cold Brew Coffee
  • Ice - and plenty of it
Gin cocktails to try at home
The Sipsmith range includes the classic London Dry as well as fab Sloe gin and over-proofed 'Very Junpiery' aged London Dry.

ROSEMARY GIN FIZZ

"This aromatic, rosemary-infused cocktail is the perfect start to any evening. Using rosemary from your own garden ensures a fresh, bright taste - and gives you an enormous sense of accomplishment."

METHOD

  1. Dry shake all the ingredients to best incorporate the egg.
  2. Add ice and shake a second time.
  3. Double strain into a chilled fizz glass and top up with a splash of soda water.
  4. Garnish with a slapped rosemary sprig.

INGREDIENTS

  • 60ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin
  • 20ml rosemary simple syrup
  • 15ml lemon
  • 20ml egg white
  • Soda Water

THE BREAKFAST MARTINI

"Start your day the right way with this most unusual of martinis courtsey of our Master Distiller Jared Brown. Rather than an evening tipple or a post-prandial treat, this Martini is one you can use to kick-start your day (though a weekend day might be the better choice)."

METHOD

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add all ingredients, and shake.
  2. Strain into a chilled coupe glass; serve with a orange twist

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tsp seville orange marmalade
  • 50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin
  • 15ml Triple sec or Cointreau
  • 15ml Fresh lemon juice

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