DIY Gin + A Cocktail Recipe!

As the air starts to cool and the leaves start to crisp, we’re getting ready to settle in with cockle-warming fall libations. No, not the pumpkin spice latte – something a little more grown up, with enough smokiness and heart to help us embrace the changing weather.

Enter: W&P, purveyors of creative drinking accoutrements. Their homemade gin and barrel-aged spirit kits are DIY gems, letting you infuse vodka or grain alcohol with high-quality ingredients to give your base spirits a personal touch.

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Josh Williams and Eric Prum (the ‘W’ and ‘P’ behind W&P) met as college roomies at UVA, where the idea for their signature Mason Shaker emerged from a lack of supplies, resulting in a mason jar standing in for a cocktail shaker. Now, several years later, their evolved invention can be found on the chicest shelves, ready to shake and strain your cocktails just as you like them.

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To welcome the new season, they’ve even thrown a favorite recipe our way. The Campfire Sour is three parts whisky, 1 ½ parts lemon juice, and entirely delicious.

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The Campfire Sour

Makes two cocktails

  • • 3 shots rye whiskey
  • • 1 & 1/2 shots fresh lemon juice
  • • 3/4 shot maple syrup
  • • 1 sprig rosemary (plus 2 for garnish)
  • 1) Add rye whiskey, lemon juice and maple syrup to the Mason Shaker.
  • 2) Light sprig of rosemary on fire and add to the shaker. Cap and seal shaker and let stand for 30 seconds so mixture can infuse with smoke.
  • 3) Add ice and shake for 15 seconds.
  • 5) Strain over large cubes of ice. Garnish with remaining rosemary.
  • 6) Enjoy!
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