Cocktails warm up bar’s new winter terrace

Speyside SnoodWarming winter cocktails have been added to the menu at The Churchill Bar in London’s Portman Square along with the transformation of its outside area into The Winter Terrace.

The bar’s team promises that from the moment that guests step out onto the terrace, “they will be transported from central London to a sophisticated mountain-top retreat”. It has been filled with soft furs, rugs, vintage sleighs and classic wooden skis plus heaters overhead.

The new menu of limited-edition winter warmers continues the bar’s strong British identity by using seasonal ingredients and premium spirits.

The Speyside Snood (pictured) is a mix of 16-year-old Mortlach whisky with clouded yellow wheat beer and sweet Frangelico and vanilla. It is served warm, with a crunchy shortbread on the side.

The Churchillian Chestnut combines English Chase vodka stirred with Grand Marnier and chestnut liqueur – a traditional British winter flavour. It is served in a crystal cut glass that has been bathed in smoky Lagavulin whisky and garnished with a snowball of ice.

Also celebrating Churchill, Winston’s Nightcap is a twist on a traditional Hot Buttered Rum, combining the rich flavours of Ron Zacapa 23 with house-made spiced syrup, boiling water and butter. The drink is topped with vanilla foam and garnished with a pinstriped gingerbread man.

The Cherry Flip is a twist on another traditional classic, with the warming flavours of armagnac and Cherry Heering liqueur combined with sugar, bitters and a whole egg to make a light and smooth blend.

To accompany the cocktails, a selection of small dishes will include scotch eggs and mini steak tartare, as well as an indulgent non-alcoholic treat called Hot Chocolate Three Ways with Marshmallow Snowballs.

Guests can still enjoy a cigar on The Winter Terrace from the bar’s bespoke stained-oak humidor. The selection of 28 cigars includes Havanas – the Behike 52 or Behike 56 – and the limited-edition Petit Belicosos by Bolivar and Cohiba 1966.

The terrace, which was created as part of a refurbishment of the bar at the Hyatt Regency London The Churchill hotel a year ago, retains the life-size bronze of Sir Winston Churchill who sports a sprig of holly in his lapel to celebrate the coming of winter.

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