Key moments in people’s lives are evoked in the new cocktail menu at Artesian bar at London’s Langham hotel. The team under bar manager Anna Sebastian and head bartender Rémy Savage asked members of the public and the bartending community to share the flavours and feelings that they associated with a selection of pivotal moments in their lives through a dedicated questionnaire.
With over 500 responses received and analysed about experiences such as riding a bike, falling in love and travelling, the team translated them into the 17-strong Artesian Moments menu. Under the banner of #ThatMomentWhen, each drink evokes a memory such as “…you went to big school”, which is made with Blanche de Normandie cider eau de vie, almond lemonade, apple and meadowsweet. The new smells and sensations of that moment when “…you took your first steps” are represented by a mix of Bacardí Heritage 1909 Rum, milk, banana and strawberry.
Another drink recalls when “…you went travelling” (pictured below), evoking memories of the strange exotic alcoholic drinks you were given on your first trek overseas. It combines Santa Teresa 1796 rum with a punchy mix of papaya, south-east Asian fruit noni, cardamom and the aromatic monoi oil.
Other memories include when “…your heart was broken”, made with Craigellachie 13 Year Old whisky, cacao, sake, raicilla and verjus, and when “…your kids left home”, represented by Star of Bombay gin, olive, malt, nuts and tears – a syrup created by the Artesian team that mimics the salinity of human tears.
The menu is illustrated with a series of specially-commissioned artworks to reflect each moment, created with Paris-based artist Tatiana Blinova.
Rémy, who was inspired by his passion for philosophy, said: “Our wish with Artesian Moments is to create a deeply personal menu for our guests – one that can be enjoyed collectively, but still inspire an individual memory. It was our customers’ experiences and memories that helped create these drinks. You could say they were there all along – we just had to ask.”
Rémy and Anna are pictured below with the rest of the team.
Artesian, The Langham, 1C Portland Place, Regent Street, London W1B 1JA
Tel: 020 7636 1000