Cocktails with… Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin

Lemon Gin was a regular fixture of the early 19th Century, with Gordon’s and Plymouth both making varieties. These gins were often made via infusion, but fast-forward to the 21st Century and Sipsmith have resurrected the idea with their distilled Lemon Drizzle Gin.

Originally released as a part of their pilot Quarterly Sipping Service (recently more formally launched as the Sipping Society), such was the popularity of the gin, especially with employees of Marks & Spencer, that production was increased and M&S given the product as an exclusive. Here are my thoughts!


On its own

Nose: Zesty citrus oil and a creamy, citrus blossom, plus a little coriander and leafiness.

Taste: A thick texture and slight sweetness, followed by a fine array of citrus notes; a combination of the fruit, leaf, and flower of citrus that combines to give a lemony flavour in 6:1 surround. Like many signature botanical gins, the juniper is paired back, but that, along with angelica and coriander, is evident towards the finish.

Gin Tonic

Bright, clean, crisp citrus notes sing through, making a very refreshing, really delicious drink – a textbook Gin & Tonic.


Delightful citrus notes, creamy, and delicate; reminiscent of a lemon syllabub, or – indeed – a lemon drizzle cake, with a crisp, dry finish.


A cocktail with a strong and balanced flavour with an extra liveliness from the lemon, which is well-integrated and wonderfully smooth.

In Conclusion

Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle is a fun, modern interpretation of the lemon gins of old. The fact that the flavour is 100% distilled is a great improvement in quality compared with those of the 1930s-1940s. If you are near a Marks & Spencer, it is well worth seeking this out. My favourite cocktail was the Gin Tonic.

Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin is available for around £24 for 500ml Exclusively from Marks and Spencer.

Raiders of the Lost Cocktail Cabinet VI – Gordon’s Lemon Gin

A few weeks back, we looked at my attempt to recreate Gordon’s Orange Gin. Well, for a long time this was partnered by a lemon gin and here is my recipe. Like its orange-flavoured counterpart, Gordon’s Lemon Gin was introduced in 1931 and was produced for 57 years until finally being discontinued in 1988.

Recently, I was lucky enough to try some of the original Lemon Gin; here are my notes:

A very strong pang of lemon, sweeter then expected and still quite smooth. I am surprised at how similar it is to the Orange Gin, as well as the fact that it is more intense then I expected. There is a slight muskiness from age.
So how did my re-creation fair?
#1) Own:
Very tart and sharp; the lemon comes through very strongly. Pretty good though.

#2) Windsor Jubilee
[20ml Lemon Gin, 10ml Lemon Juice, 10ml Cointreau – SHAKE]
Superb, but very tart; the sort of drink that makes you go, “Ooh!”. Very fresh, with the tartness neatly balanced by the sweetness of the Cointreau. Certainly worth trying.

#3) Gloucester Glory
[Equal Parts: Apricot Brandy:Dry Vermouth:Lemon Gin:Lemon Juice:Orange Juice – SHAKE]
Complex and citrus-like; a high-quality tropical fruit drink. This was one of the fruitiest short drinks I have ever had and, although it was a bit of a faff to make, it was very good.

#4) Thin Lady
[20ml Lemon Gin, 10ml Triple Sec, 5ml Egg white – SHAKE]
This is a variation of the White Lady. I found that the combined sweetness of the lemon gin and the triple sec makes this drink rather too sickly for my taste.

#5) Lemon Gin Martini
[20ml Lemon Gin, 5ml Dry Vermouth – SHAKE]
Sharp and crisp, similar to a Gimlet, but less sweet; I’d be intrigued to make a lime gin to try in this recipe. Very enjoyable to drink.

#6) Betty Dighton’s Mint
[25ml Lemon Gin, 10ml Orange Gin, 5ml Campari – SHAKE]
A complex, bitter drink; very heavy on the citrus, with a grapefruit-like bitterness. If you like sharp and bitter cocktails, this is worth a try.

#7) with Tonic
Lovely and tart. The lemon flavour is a natural fit for a Gin & Tonic and this is great.

#8) with Ginger Ale
Very similar to a Gin Buck; sharp as glass, but still very good.

#9) with Boiling Water
Pleasant enough; might be good before bed with a pinch of cinnamon.

#10) with Milk
An odd combination. Very similar in taste to the same drink using my recreation of orange gin, but not very good.

In Conclusion
Overall, I preferred the Lemon Gin to the Orange variety and I thought it was a recreation worth making. It’s easy to make too and the recipe can be found here.
The best cocktails were, without a doubt, the Windsor Jubilee and the Gloucester Glory.