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How to Read The Distiller of London with Anistatia Miller & Jared Brown

194. Anistatia miller & Jared Brown

We’re back with the Lush Life podcast, and I am thrilled to be here to tell you that the original London Dry Gin, way back when, was pink!  I didn’t believe it either until our guests presented me with a taste.

Sponsored by Sipsmith, I welcomed Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown to join me at the launch of the first Lush Life Book Club at Oriole Bar in London to discuss their new book, The Distiller of London. 

Jared Brown is the co-founder and master distiller of Sipsmith, as well as a multi-award-winning drink historian. Anistatia Miller is a multi-award-winning drink historian with 35 years in the publishing industry.  

Written in code in 1638, The Distiller of London protected the distilling craft’s ‘mysteries’ practiced by the Worshipful Company of Distillers. Anistatia and Jared have deciphered these recipes and offer the modern-day reader a glimpse of distilling’s evolution as it transformed from medicine to social beverage. 

Hope you enjoy our in-real-life chat of the origins of gin, original gin, and so much more.

Our cocktail of the week is Archive Highball:


  • 40ml Original Gin (or Sipsmith London Dry Gin)
  • 15ml Triple Sec
  • 15ml Ginger Syrup
  • 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 75-100ml soda water or sparkling water
  • Lemon Twist


  • Combine all your ingredients in an ice-filled highball glass.
  • With a barspoon, left the ice rather than stirring to preserve the bubbles in your mix 
  • Garnish with a lemon twist

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