Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
4:00 AM 2nd October 2021

Embrace The Season With A Raisthorpe Cocktail

With the unmistakeable nip of Autumn in the air and the hedgerows bursting with seasonal plenty, Yorkshire Wolds based Raisthorpe Distillery is busy harvesting hedgerow fruits from damsons and sloes to plums and blackberries to use in its gin liqueurs.

To celebrate, Raisthorpe shares some autumnal cocktail recipes which embrace the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’.

Raisthorpe produces award-winning gins and spirits on its Thixendale farm using foraged botanicals, blended with water from the underwater streams of the Gypsey Spring that runs under the farm

Damson Fizz
Damson Fizz
The Raisthorpe team partnered with luxury country hotel Grantley Hall and The Star in the City, York to showcase the versatility of its award-winning fruit gin liqueurs which make the most of the seasonal harvest.

All the gins are ideal with champagne or sparkling white wine, served straight up or as part of a delicious cocktail.

Damson Fizz

50ml Raisthorpe Damson Gin
25ml Fresh lemon juice
20ml sugar syrup
Dash of orange bitter

Top with soda water and serve in a high ball glass
Add a slice of lemon and some thyme

Recipe courtesy of Grantley Hall

Fig & Damson Collins
Fig & Damson Collins
Fig & Damson Collins

25ml Damson Gin
12.5ml Sloe Port
12.5ml Fig Liqueur
20ml Lemon Juice
12.5ml Sugar Syrup
Top Soda

Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake well.
Serve in a Collins glass (tall tumbler)
Add a blackberry and a lemon slice

Recipe courtesy of The Star in the City

Raisthorpe is a family business launched more than 10 years ago by Julia Medforth at the family farm.

Raisthorpe Distillery’s artisan spirits and Yorkshire Tonics have won 16 Great Taste Awards, the benchmark of quality for artisan food and drink producers. The drinks are made using locally sourced ingredients and are widely stocked in farm shops, delis, independent retailers, as well as the hospitality sector. They are also available from Raisthorpe’s shop at the York Designer Outlet shopping centre and online at