About Us

Summer Fruit Cup is a non-commercial drinks website written by a husband and wife team living in an old brewery on the South-coast of England.

We write about topics of drink and drinking, tasting & reviews (particularly Gin & Whisk(e)y), cocktail history and features, vintage barware and vintage cocktail book reviews. Basically anything that is of interest and we’ll enjoy writing about.

Although Summer Fruit Cup is non-commercial website; we have contributed to a number of other media/publications including Imbibe Magazine, The Drinks Business, Channel 4 television, BBC Radio, GinTime as well as  other guest articles on websites and contributions to books.

As of 2016 David T. Smith has chaired the gin judging American Distilling Institute, Worlds Best Drinks and Gin  Masters competitions. He also judges for IWSC as their gin specialist.

He has published his first book with co-author Aaron Knoll entitled The Craft of Gin and has subsequently published How to Make Gin and Forgotten Spirits and Long-lost Liqueurs.

We are members of  American Distillers Institute, The International Gin Association (IGA) and The Drinks Writer’s Guild.

If you have a product, event or topic you would like us to write about please contact us at:

Sample policy: In order to properly test products, tasting it on it’s own and in mixed drinks, the minimum sample size is 500ml. Smaller samples will be tasted but may not feature in a full article.




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Please note that the content of these articles and the pictures remain the property of David Smith. Please do not reproduce without giving due credit to the author.

©David Smith 2010-2016

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10 thoughts on “About Us

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  2. David:
    Thank You for your review of Pinckney Bend American Gin. It is as if you sat in our flavor profile meetings. We are thrilled that you enjoyed our American Gin.
    Tom Anderson
    Pinckney Bend Distillery

  3. Great site – stumbled on via Wikipedia (looking up “Pimms No.1”. (No response required – this page opened when invited to “Like” you on Facebook. will try and do this the standard way !)

  4. David, good to meet you last night at the Gin Guild dinner. Can I get you to review Diplome Gin please, happy to drive a sample down to you, so let me know a good day to so it,

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