It’s all abuzz here in London as London Cocktail Week kicks off and I thought what better way to celebrate the fun than with a cocktail inspired competition?

Now, you may be thinking: ‘Whisky? Cocktails? Do the two come together?’

In my mind, they certainly do. As I’ve written about on the site lately (from this piece on some of my favourite cocktail bars, to this interview with Tom Walker at The American Bar at the Savoy and this feature and video with Zoran Peric on Japanese whisky cocktails) I am a firm believer that whisky does not just have to stay neatly poured in a Glencairn glass but can be used to create fantastic long drinks as well.


And earlier this year, I was also inspired by another idea that works whisky into cocktails, albeit in a slightly different manner.

Smith & Sinclair hit the cocktail world with a bang a few months back, having launched their brand of cocktail flavoured sweeties to much fanfare and admiration. Being a big fan of both sweets (never leave a packet of Haribo near me) and cocktails, I was curious to find out more.


And, I was very pleasantly surprised. The duo of 20-somethings that run Smith & Sinclair (Melanie Goldsmith and Emile Bernard) have come up with a Willy Wonka inspired bit of confectionary that is not only bloody delicious but contains a rather high 7% alcohol too. They’re chewy and fizzy, but with the full-on flavour of a proper cocktail infused in their jelly goodness.

While the company has only been going for a year, the products are already being listed in high-end retailers like Harvey Nichols making it a truly inspiring wee business from a couple of feisty young entrepreneurs.

Smith&Sinclair4So, to celebrate London Cocktail Week (and Smith & Sinclair’s one-year anniversary) the company will be giving away three boxes of whisky sour cocktail pastilles.

Want to be in with a chance of winning one?

It’s easy-peasy. Simply email with the subject line: Smith & Sinclair London Cocktail Week stating what your favourite whisky cocktail is and why by the 12 October, 2014*. Please include your name, the address where you would like the pastilles to be sent in the event you win, your Twitter handle if you have one and a number you can be reached on.

And, most importantly – happy London Cocktail Week. Even if you’re not in this fine city, it’s a great excuse to enjoy a great whisky cocktail and raise a cheers to friends!


*As these are boozy sweeties, the competition is only open to entrants over 18 years of age and you agree to have your name published over social media. Winners will be chosen at random and informed over email on the 13 October.