Sip Or Mix Events Calender

Saturday 28th June 2014, 2-6pm - Hedonism Wines, Mayfair. Customer Absinthe sampling of La Maison Fontaine and Jade Liqueurs - with Master Distiller, Ted Breaux from Jade Liqueurs present.

Tuesday 1st July 2014, 10.30 – 17.30 - Imbibe Live 2014 - Olympia Grand, Stand E120 (Trade Only)

Wednesday 2nd July 2014, 10.30 – 17.30 -Imbibe Live 2014 - Olympia Grand, Stand E120 (Trade Only)

We will have the full Sip Or Mix portfolio available for tasting. With Brand Owners; Martin Price SW4 London Dry Gin, Mark Stringer La Maison Fontaine Absinthe, Franck Choisne Combier and Ted Breaux Jade Absinthes and Jade Perique Tobacco Liqueur all on hand.

Saturday 5th July 2014, 1pm onwards - Tomoka, St Albans. Customer Absinthe sampling with Ted Breaux from Jade Liqueurs.

Monday 7th July – Bartender Absinthe Masterclass with T.A. Breaux at Skylon - invite only.

Tuesday 8th July – Bartender Masterclass with T.A. Breaux at The Zetter Townhouse - invite only.

Wednesday 9th July – 3-5pm – Bartender Masterclass with T.A. Breaux at .The Goat, Fulham.

Wednesday 9th July – 8pm – History and Mystery of Absinthe with T.A. Breaux at The Goat, Fulham. Open to the general public. 

Saturday 2nd August – London visit with Dale DeGroff - more details to follow.

Thursday 7th August - Sunday 10th August – Absinthe Weekender at Public House - more details to follow

Saturday 11th October, 12.00 – 18.00 – Sunday 12th October   12.00 – 18.00, ILEC, Earls Court.


We will be showcasing St Nicholas Abbey estate produced 5 Year Old Rum which goes into production in 2015. The 5 Year Old is produced with our own plantation grown and crushed cane juice, which is fermented and then double distilled in ‘Annabelle’.





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Jenny’s Smoking Silver Bullet Cocktail by Andreas Tsanos @ Century Club

Century Club is a private members club hidden behind an unassuming door on Shaftsbury Avenue in London’s west end.

It was with great pride that I discovered Andreas Tsanos, the Bar Manager at Century,  had created a smoking version of one of my favourite cocktails, a Silver Bullet.


Here’s Andreas smoking the Combier Kummel before mixing with the SW4 London Dry Gin and lemon juice.


Here’s the final result – a deliciously smoky, high herbal and citrussy cocktail served in a silver flask that looks like a giant “Silver Bullet” – pure genius!

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Sip Or Mix Tasting Diary

Tasting Diary:
Throughout the following tastings we will also have Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic Bitters available to taste and purchase.
Wednesday 27th November 2013:

The Whisky Exchange – Vinopolis, London Bridge, SE1
1pm onwards – We will be tasting SW4 London Dry Gin 40% and also the Batch 47%.
We might even have some Combier Kummel with us to make some of our favourite cocktail the ‘Silver Bullet’. 

Thursday 28th November 2013:

Amathus Soho – Wardour Street, Soho, W1
5pm onwards – We will be tasting both La Maison Fontaine  Absinthes and Chocolat & Jade Liqueurs Absinthes. We will be offering a special deal on La Maison Fontaine – buy any 2 x 70cl and get a La Maison Fontaine Blanche 20cl FREE of charge.

Friday 29th November 2013:

Gerry’s – Old Compton Street, Soho, W1
1pm - 5.45pm - we will be tasting tasting both La Maison Fontaine Absinthes and Chocolat & Jade Liqueurs Absinthes.

Friday 29th November 2013:

City Beverage Company – Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1
6.45pm – 8.30pm - We will be tasting Jade Liqueurs Perique Tobacco Liqueur, Combier Kummel and Combier l’Original Triple Sec.

Wednesday 4th December 2013:

The Whisky Exchange – Vinopolis, London Bridge, SE1
1pm onwards – We will be tasting Jade Liqueurs Perique Tobacco Liqueur, Combier Kummel and Combier l’Original Triple Sec, Elixir, Royal & La Maison Fontaine Chocolat.

Thursday 5th December 2013:

Gerry’s – Old Compton Street, Soho, W1
1pm onwards – SW4 London Dry Gin 40% Batch 47% and Combier Kummel  to make some of our favourite cocktal the ‘Silver Bullet’. We will have some other Sip Or Mix Liqueurs with us too…

Friday 6th December 2013:

The Whisky Exchange – Vinopolis, London Bridge, SE1
1pm onwards – We will be tasting tasting both La Maison Fontaine Absinthes & Jade Liqueurs Absinthes. 

Tuesday 10th December 2013:

Hedonism Wines – Davies Street, Mayfair, W1
4pm – 8pm – We will be tasting St Nicholas Abbey Unaged,  White Rum and St Nicholas Abbey 10 Year Old Rum.

Wednesday 11th December 2013:

Hedonism Wines – Davies Street, Mayfair, W1
4pm – 8pm – We will be tasting both La Maison Fontaine Absinthes & Jade Liqueurs Absinthes.

Friday 13th December 2013:

City Beverage Company – Old Street, Shoreditch, EC16.45pm onwards – We will be tasting tasting both La Maison Fontaine Blanche Absinthe & Jade Liqueurs Esprit Edouard Absinthe.

Monday 16th December 2013:

The Whisky Exchange – Vinopolis, London Bridge, SE1
1pm onwards – We will be tasting St Nicholas Abbey Unaged, White Rum and St Nicholas Abbey 10 Year Old Rum. We will also have some of the extremely rare St Nicholas Abbey 15 year Old Rum to both sample and purchase.

Friday 20th December 2013:

Gerry’s – Old Compton Street, Soho, W1
1pm onwards – We will be tasting both La Maison Fontaine Absinthes & Jade Liqueurs Absinthes.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!



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Here is the full portfolio we’ll be exhibiting: (the hyperlinks are to reviews)
SW4 London Dry Gin  & SW4 Batch 47 London Dry Gin

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La Maison Fontaine adds to their Award Winning Blanche a Chocolat and Verte

La Maison Fontaine and Sip Or Mix are excited to announce the introduction of two new Finest French Absinthe products.
Following the success of the unique multiple award-winning Fontaine Blanche Absinthe, La Maison Fontaine is continuing to forge a path into the realms of originality with the introduction of the unique:

La Maison Fontaine Chocolat (25% ABV, 70cl)

A chocolate absinthe liqueur. Inspired by a handwritten 1920′sCrème de Cacao recipe found in the recipe books of La Maison Fontaine’s Pontarlier distillery, the Fontaine Chocolat has a sweet richness combined with apparent notes of absinthe and chocolate, which creates a unique soft liqueur.

The range is completed with the addition of a more traditionally recognisable green absinthe:

La Maison Fontaine Verte (55% ABV, 70cl)

 Provides a classic complex floral Verte with rich herbal and peppery notes. A close relative to the World’s most awarded blanche absinthe – Fontaine Blanche – characterised by the world famous Pontarlier–grown Grande Absinthe and the natural herbal coloration.

Mark Stringer a Founding Partner commented:

“Our aim has always been to drive a greater understanding of this exceptionally exciting, alluring yet often misunderstood category, but also to create products that offered a volume opportunity for the industry. La Maison Fontaine has established itself a class leader and launching a verte felt like a natural extension but we wanted to go further than that, and push the boundaries with a totally unique offering and opportunity for the industry”.

Allan Gage, La Maison Fontaine’s tastemaker and owner of Sweet & Chilli bar and Cocktail Consultancy said:
outside of gin, absinthe is probably the most exciting category in the industry, and after playing around with these products it’s unbelievable the versatility that both the Chocolat and Verte offer.  Tom Sodden and I have created signature cocktails and pours we expect to see adopted across the world, but Chocolat in particular has enabled us to develop drinks which are some of the most exciting drinks we have created in the last 5 years”.


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Sip Or Mix adds key Combier products

Sip Or Mix is an independent Importing, Distribution and Brand Management company based in central London. The company focus is on Small Batch, Hand-Crafted, Artisanal and Authentic Spirits and Liqueurs. The current portfolio consists of; St Nicholas Abbey Rum, SW4 London Dry Gin, La Maison Fontaine Absinthe and Jade Liqueurs.

Sip Or Mix is very pleased to announce they are now adding some key Combier products to their portfolio.

The Combier Distillery in 2012 – designed by Gustave Eiffel
COMBIER is the oldest distillery of the Loire Valley which is still active today and dates back to 1834. Jean Baptiste COMBIER and his wife were confectioners who wanted to add a little something ‘extra’ to their sweets in the way of a new flavoured liqueur. They consequently developed the worlds first Triple Sec which became so popular they gave up the confectionery side of the business to distill full-time.

“TRIPLE SEC” (an orange liqueur) nowadays named l’Original Combier

Dried bitter orange peels from Haiti and dried sweet orange
peels from Valencia are still used today just as they were back in the 1830′s. They are soaked in water overnight and are stripped by hand of the very bitter pith. These peels are then macerated in alcohol and run through the 130 year old alembic copper pot stills pictured above. Only the “heart” of the distillation is used which is then run through the alembics a second time. (Originally they would have produced the base spirit at the distillery as well, hence the name “Triple Sec” or “triple distilled”) Sugar crystals are added and the distillate is finally reduced to 40% when bottled. In these modern times it’s tempting to streamline production, buy cheaper ingredients and seek to cut costs through better technology. While we must admit that this is necessary for some producers in the 21st Century, it’s
always rewarding to come across a producer who retains an attention to detail and historical accuracy such as at Combier. The very first “Triple Sec” is consequently as close as possible to its’ original recipe today, as it was back in the 1830′s.

 “ELIXIR COMBIER” (a plants liqueur)
Another Combier product true to its historical roots is the newly re-released Élixir Combier dating from 1852.

 Jean Baptiste Combier’s acclaimed 19th century Élixir Combier is an exotic blend of herbs, plants and other botanicals from France’s Loire Valley, Africa, India and Southeast of Asia. It is unearthed anew from Combier’s 177 year old
distillery’s very own private archives after having been discontinued for
decades since its creation in 1852

It’s clear from the reproduced label that this indeed was
very popular back in its heyday, it’s festooned with medals; Angers 1852, Laval 1852 & 1857, Lemans 1857, Bordeaux 1859 & 1863 plus many more. Élixir Combier even seems to have played a role at the famous “Exhibition Philadelphie
 of 1876 – the United States first World’s Fair
celebrating 100 years of Independence.

Élixir Combier is labelled as a “Liqueur Hygienique De Dessert”

Liqueur and Dessert suggest sweetness and after dinner.  ‘Hygienic’ in this sense is simply a generic term for promoting and preserving health. Unlike some other 19th century ‘preparations’ wild health giving claims Élixir Combier was simply used as a pleasant tasting, after dinner digestif.  
The botanical mix is both exotic and eclectic with things like saffron, fennel and even myrrh – all of which were known for their respective healing properties in the 19th Century.
Royal Combier
Royal Combier was created in 1910 by James
Combier. Much appreciated by connoisseur drinkers in Europe it is blended from
Combier’s old Elixir Combier, a type of « cure-all » medicinal plant drink very
fashionable in the 19th century, and distilled sweet-orange spirits and Cognac.
Its primary elixir base is strictly prepared following Jean-Baptiste Combier’s
Elixir Combier recipe, a bitter tasting plant-based recipe typical of 19th
century elixirs. Following Jame’s Combier 1910 changes to his father’s original recipe, several spices including Angelica, Saffron, Nutmeg, Cinnamon and Cloves
are added to the elixir base. In keeping with James Combier’s 1910 indications,
a separate distillation of sweet-orange spirits is also combined to soften the
original plant-based infusion and create a sweeter, subtler liqueur where final
character is bestowed by a touch of Cognac.”
Doppelt Combier Kummel Extra

Kummel has been around since the late 1500′s and is interchanged with meaning either Caraway or Cumin. Combier first made Kummel back in the 1850′s and have again re-released an historically authentic product from their recipe archives of the 19th Century.

Doppelt Combier Kummel Extra is a blend of Caraway, Cumin and Fennel. ‘Doppelt’ translates as ‘double’ and simply means double the standard botanical bill is used which adds intensity and concentration of flavour. I would suggest that ‘extra’ simply means the sugar content and therefore the Kummel qualifies as a liqueur, even if it does weigh in at 38% abv. 

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Bastille Day Festival with La Maison Fontaine and Jade Liqueurs Absinthes.

We are very pleased to be present throughout the whole day during the Bastille Day Festival, at Borough Market on Saturday 14th July, sampling the Sip Or Mix Absinthe Portfolio.
We will first be in the French Street Market in Park Street between 12 noon and 5pm.  After the Park Street Fair we will move into Borough Market for the party where we will continue sampling from 6pm till 12 midnight.
Will will have our white fairy La Maison Fontaine on sampling and available to purchase.
We will also have our green fairy Jade Liqueurs  on sampling and available to purchase throughout the day.
An added treat is we will have Absinthe Historian and Master Distiller T.A. Breaux available to chat to and to sign his reverse engineered Jade Liqueurs Absinthes…
We look forward to seeing you on the day!
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Sip Or Mix is at Imbibe Live 2012 – Stand G112


Come visit us at Imbibe Live 2012 on Stand G112.
We will have all of the Sip Or Mix portfolio on tasting including the new additions!
St Nicholas Abbey’s New Unaged, White Rum.
Also New is Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Bitters, made by Ted Breaux of Jade Liqueurs who will also be present throughout the show!
New to us are some liqueurs from the Combier Distillery and we are lucky to have a small sample of Combier’s New Elixir from a recipe dating back to 1852.
We will of course have all our favourite Absinthes available; La Maison Fontaine and all four Jades as well as St Nicholas Abbey 10 year old, Ted Breaux’s Jade Perique Tobacco Liquer and SW4 London Dry Gin.
Cannot wait to see you there!


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Jade Liqueurs, Combier Distillery and Distil 22nd – 24th May

The London International Wine Fair and Distil
22nd – 24th May 2012, London Excel.


We are very pleased to be exhibiting Jade Liqueurs at ‘
Distil‘ the Spirits Section at The London International Wine Fair 2012.

Jade Liqueurs
 are made by Absinthe Historian and Master Distiller T.A. Breaux at Combier Distillery in Saumur France.
Combier Distilley in 1902
Combier Distillery dates back to 1834 and is world renowned for it’s Triple Sec and Royal Combier products as well as it’s vast range of hand crafted Liqueurs, Syrups and Eau de Vie.


Combier Distillery in 2012

Please come and visit us at Distil on Stand G30/4F where we will have a full selection from the Combier Distillery available for tasting.

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Another chance to attend a Masterclass with T.A. Breaux – Additional London Dates

After our very successful series of Sip Or Mix Masterclasses in March with Master Distiller Ted Breaux we are pleased to announce a few additional dates in April and May. Ted will take us through the History and Mystery of Absinthe while we taste all four Jade Absinthes and La Maison Fontaine. We will then taste the very unique Jade Perique Tobacco Liqueur also made by Ted Breaux. This will all be finished off with a tasting of the brand new pimento bitters made by Ted Breaux for Dale DeGroff. If you would like to attend any of the events below please email or contact the venue directly.

24th April – 3.30pm-5.30pm Bartender Masterclass, Paramount

25th April – 3.30p,-5.30pm Bartender Masterclass, Karpo

26th April – Afternoon – in-store tasting, The Whisky Exchange

30th April – 3-5pm – Bartender Masterclass, Nightjar
                     – 7pm onwards – Members Monday, this event is for discerning drinkers who are members of the public and are interested in learning more about their libations. If you would like to sign up for this event please email  

1st May – 3pm, Bartender Masterlcass, Wax Jambu

2nd May – Afternoon – Bartender Masterclass, Brighton
                  – Evening – Consumer Masterclass, Brighton
Both of these events are hosted by Mixology Group If you would like to attend please email
3rd May – Afternoon – in-store tasting – Gerry’s

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