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How to Drink Cardrona Spirits with Sarah Elsom
Episode 21431st May 2022 • Lush Life • Susan L. Schwartz
00:00:00 00:38:57

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Our guest today fell into distilling after years of being a self-proclaimed Pinot chaser. What is it exactly that drew her over to the spirit world? 

Sarah Elsom, Master Distiller of the Cardrona Distillery on the South Island of New Zealand, knew she wanted to work in wine from the age of 16.  That passion took her all over the world and back again.

When she returned home, she was lucky enough to walk into the fledgling Cardrona Distillery, and she has never left. Cardrona has grown over the years to produce not only award-winning whisky but also vodka, gin, and liqueurs. 

Thanks to the miracles of modern science, I was able to chat with Sarah, who guides us through Cardrona’s approach to spirit making while she was in New Zealand and I was home in London!

Here’s the Cardona Raspberry Cooler, perfect for the summer!


  • 40ml The Source Gin
  • 20ml Lemon 
  • 10ml Sugar 
  • 4 Raspberries 
  • Garnish: more raspberries and mint sprig


  • Grab your highball glass
  • Drop your raspberries and sugar into the glass and muddle them together until crushed
  • Add the gin and lemon
  • Stir well
  • Add crushed ice
  • Garnish with raspberries and a mint sprig


You’ll find this recipe, more summery cocktails, and all the cocktails of the week at, where you’ll also find all the ingredients in our shop.

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