Pimms is for summer, mulled wine is for winter, but gin – gin is for all year round. It isn’t just for summer gin and tonics as Rosewood London are proving with their Sipsmith winter terrace.
When it was cold enough for the Thames to freeze over, Londoners still drank gin at the Frost Fairs that were held on the ice, in the ‘House of Geneva’ gin tents, so we definitely can now. The terrace which is in the courtyard of the hotel has been designed by garden designer Luciano Giubbilei and is inspired by a British garden. It’s draped in flowers, lit by hanging lanterns and twinkly lights and has snug blankets and heated benches to keep the winter chill at bay. When we headed down on a Thursday night they also had live music and after a cocktail or two there were people up and dancing.
Sipsmith have created a menu of historically-inspired hot toddies, mulled and spiced serves and warming cups. There’s a classic hot G & T and three exclusive Rosewood London creations. A sloe hot toddy; a fragrant hot winter julep which combines Sipsmith’s London Cup gin with peppermint tea and a rich chocolate crème de cacao. Our favourite was the hot mulled sloe gin, designed to be shared. The gin comes served in a mini milk bottle whilst warm cloudy apple juice garnished with cloves comes in a teapot.
To eat we recommend the truffle and Parmesan fries and the charcuterie board, but we also had our eyes on the beetroot and gin-cured salmon, rabbit and bacon en croute and the Monkshill Farm Scotch egg.
As we said gin isn’t just for summer, it’s for life.
The Rosewood London winter gin terrace is open until the 24th December.