Bars swap recipes in international cocktail exchange

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A London bar is swapping cocktail recipes with bars across the world in an initiative run by socially responsible spirits brand Fair.

The Walrus Room (pictured) in Battersea is creating a drink each month to be served at a different partner bar overseas, which in turn is providing a recipe to put on the menu back in London.

After launching the partnership with Bar Trench in Tokyo in Japan and Liberty or Death in Helsinki in Finland, it is partnering White Bar in Seoul in South Korea throughout June.

Future cocktail exchanges will include swapping recipes with The Cufflink Club in Singapore, Bottle Brothers in Geneva in Switzerland, and Apotheke in New York City.

The Cocktail Exchange Project features spirits and liqueurs from across the Fair range including its quinoa vodka, gin, acai liqueur and kumquat liqueur.

For May, Liberty or Death served the Fair Cola which uses a base of Fair Rum mixed with Amaro Montenegro, lime juice and soda water. In exchange, the Finnish bar sent The Walrus Room a recipe created by head bartender Mika Koivula, The Life of Ramses, made with Fair Rum, Pedro Ximénez sherry, Fair Café liqueur, a dash of absinthe and bitters.

Paul Bungener, global brand ambassador for Fair, said: “From London to New York, Tokyo or Melbourne each bartender has his own way to create innovative cocktails. Using local ingredients, trends and always taking in consideration consumers’ expectations, The Cocktail Exchange Project is the perfect way for us to bring all that knowledge and expertise to London using the incredible skills and hospitality of the team at The Walrus Room.”

Alfonso Califano of The Walrus Room added: “This project wants to be a hub for bartenders to exchange thoughts and ideas. The only way to progress is through sharing different points of view, and this is also true in the cocktail craft.

“This was only the first year: it’s been a great success and we are working on something even bigger for the next one.”

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