Is Gin and Tonic the all time quintessential cocktail? Introduced by the Army of The British East India Company in the 1700’s. It is recognised and drunk globally, being popular in many countries. Our recommended signature G&T is served long in a Collins glass with plenty of ice, a double gin and 200ml of tonic water or Mediterranean tonic water.
A great alternative is a gin jam sour made with gin, egg white, blackcurrant jam and lemon juice.
A truly classic vodka, lime and soda lower in calories than most other vodka cocktails.
If you are feeling more adventurous a French Martini is vodka, pineapple juice and Chambord liqueur. French Martinis were invented in New York in the 1980’s. It is the Chambord, made in France since 1685, that makes it French.
The Moscow Mule’s history is rooted in 1940’s New York with some opposing stories on how it started. Traditionally served in a copper mug, it is important the mug is lined and not pure copper! Our own twist on the Moscow mule uses a double shot of rum, ginger ale, lime juice and topped off with mint and lime wedges.
The Green Fairy – Absinthe has an anise flavour and is made with grand wormwood, usually a green colour but it can also be clear. It’s complex history dates back to its origination in Switzerland in the late 18th century. The spirit became very popular in Paris in the late 19th and early 20th century. By 1915 it was banned in USA and most of Europe albeit not the UK. It had been portrayed as dangerously addictive psychoactive drug and hallucinogen.
Ernest Hemingway famously created an Absinthe cocktail ‘Death in the Afternoon’ sharing it’s name with his book. Pour one jigger absinthe into a Champagne glass. Add iced Champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness.