Here’s another one of my best finds from Kitchen Table Project’s Artisan Springboard pop-up; SWEETS WITH BOOZE IN!
My best friend is a gin fiend and her birthday was coming up, so these were a bit of a no-brainer. While Smith & Sinclair are pretty well established in high-end stores like Selfridges and Harvey Nics, it was the first I’d heard of them…
Each luxury, adult ‘penny sweet’ is made by hand using high quality alcohol, fresh fruit and rich spices. Completely free from preservatives, dairy and gluten, they sit somewhere between the consistency of an American hard gum and a French pate de fruit. In short, they’re amazing.
Smith & Sinclair’s Pastille Collections are the only confectionery product on the market with such a high alcohol volume (6-8% abv, the boxes of 6 range from 2.3 – 2.8 units), but have been designed to not taste overwhelmingly alcoholic.
To ensure that each pastille is infused with the deep complexity of flavours to be found in a cocktail, their unique cooking process ensures only minimal alcohol is burnt off.
Each collection is made up of six sweets in two flavours for £9.99. The gin one features Spring Clean (gin, elderflower & thyme) and Gin & Tonic (violet-infused gin in a Lemon Sherbet coating).
The rum box includes Mixed Berry Daiquiri (summer berries, dark rum & a pink peppercorn infused coating) and Spiced Rum (dark rum & warming spices), while the whisky one has Cake Icing (whisky & amaretto) and Whisky Sour (a classic with a grapefruit twist). Check out the Hennessy Pastille ‘in its birthday suit’ from Smith & Sinclair’s awesome Instagram feed below…
Smith & Sinclair founders, Melanie and Emile, have always been dedicated to creating something that will shock and awe. While running a series of dating nights focused on the concept of ‘adult play’, they created a luxe, sensual sweet with a high alcohol content to get people talking and cause a stir. The sweets were so popular that they became the focal point of every evening; everyone loved them.
According to their website, the excitement for the Pastilles was impossible to ignore and a year on they’re retailing in Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and many more. Plus, they’ve now created signature edible cocktails for over 32 alcohol brands including Langley’s Gin & Beluga Vodka, and have worked on several international marketing campaigns, including Imbibe Live and Schuh. Fancy.
Buy these fabulous pastilles at the Smith & Sinclair website here