Hamlet inspires cocktail with great Danish flavours at London restaurant

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A cocktail of most excellent fancy has been created at a London restaurant to celebrate the West End production of Hamlet, topped with an ice cube shaped like the skull of Yorick.

Aquavit London in St James’s Market, off Regent Street St James’s, is offering a drink called the Royal Blood – Alas Pour Yorick, inspired by one of the most famous lines from Shakespeare’s play about the prince of Denmark.

With the restaurant specialising in Nordic cuisine and drinks, the cocktail’s base is Aalborg Dild Akvavit, a Danish aquavit flavoured with dill. This is combined with Campari and Dolin Rouge vermouth and garnished with orange zest and dill, topped with the skull-shaped ice cube.

It was created by bar manager Romeo “Junior” Nartia, formerly at Zuma, Coya, The Arts Club and Roka in London. It ties in with the West End transfer of the Almeida Theatre’s production of Hamlet starring Andrew Scott which is running at the Harold Pinter Theatre until September 2.

Also running until September 2, the cocktail is priced at £10.50. It is available to order alongside the Nordic Afternoon Tea and the Midsummer Night’s pre-theatre menu, priced at £32, which includes a selection of herrings, traditional västerbotten tart and potatoes with dill, plus a strawberries and cream dessert.

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