The London Shortlist: Talking about the capital’s cocktail history

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The programme of events at the Speakeasy Bar at Selfridges

 

 

 

 

 

This evening we spent a very agreeable hour at Gordon’s Speakeasy, Selfridges, talking about London and its place as the cocktail capital of the world. And of course we also served up a few of our favourite drinks…

To find out more about the talk itself, check out the related article we wrote for the Telegraph Online yesterday. And if you want to mix up those five drinks…

Hannah Wooley’s Punch (courtesy of Hawksmoor)

Serves 4 – 6
1 bottle claret (red Bordeaux)
200ml good Cognac
125 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
50 ml sugar syrup
50 ml nutmeg-infused syrup
orange and lemon slices or long strips of their zest
whole nutmeg to grate on top

Method:
In a puch bowl pour all the ingredients, except the lemon and orange zest and nutmeg. Stir, add the citrus and grate over a little nutmeg. Just before serving add ice.

White Lady Cocktail (The Savoy Cocktail Book)

1/4 Lemon juice
1/4 Cointreau
1/2 Dry Gin

Method:
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

Vesper Martini (Dukes Bar)

75ml of good quality dry gin
25ml of vodka
½ a shot of dry vermouth

Method:
Shake all the ingredients and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Espresso Martini (Dick Bradsell)
50ml Ketel One vodka
15ml Kahlua
10ml sugar syrup
35ml hot espresso coffee
3 coffee beans to garnish

Method:
Shake ingredients together vigorously over ice. Pour into a Martini glass and garnish with the three coffee beans.

Pina Colada (courtesy of Hawksmoor)

8 x 2.5 cm cubes of fresh pinapple plus extra for garnish
3 scoops coconur sorbet (Haagen Dazs do a good one)
25 ml Elements 8 Spiced Rum
25 ml Gosling’s Black Seal rum
maraschino cherry to garnish
Paper Parasol (essential)

Method:
Whizz all the ingredients in a blender until smooth and pout into a hurricane glass. Garnish with pinapple, maraschino cherry and paper parasol. Serve with straw.

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