El Dorado rums bring flavour of Guyana to London Cocktail Week

El Dorado 25 rum

The rainforests of Guyana are coming to the UK as part of a series of activities for El Dorado rum for London Cocktail Week.

From October 6, the pop-up bar in the basement of 71 Monmouth Street in Seven Dials, Covent Garden, will invite people to “discover the legendary Lost City of Gold”.

It will take them on a journey through the rainforests of Guyana, the home of El Dorado rum, where they will see and hear the sights and sounds of the lush, tropical surroundings typical of the South American country.

It promises to take in the expanse of Kaieteur Falls, the highest single drop waterfall in the world, as they delve deeper into the greenery to find the luscious, liquid gold of El Dorado rums.

Run with bar events specialist Twist London, the bar will offer cocktails made with El Dorado’s range of rums along with the opportunity to sample tasting flights of the El Dorado range.

A series of sessions will be hosted by Stefanie Holt, the international brand ambassador for El Dorado Rums, over the week. Tickets are available from the London Cocktail Week website at www.londoncocktailweek.com.

El Dorado has also teamed up with Trailer Happiness bar in Notting Hill, west London, for London Cocktail Week, which runs from October 6 to 12.

Trailer Happiness will offer three cocktails made with El Dorado, available for £4 to people wearing a London Cocktail Week wristband. They will also host a Rum Club Food Pairing with El Dorado rum, hosted by Stef, on Monday October 6 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Tickets at £5 are available via the London Cocktail Week website at http://londoncocktailweek.ticketsource.co.uk/.

Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Bar will be offering a cocktail made with El Dorado 5 Year Old to those with a London Cocktail Week wristband for only £4, or £5.50 without a wristband. The Golden Draque, created by Harvey Nichols’ bar manager Ivan Romano, takes inspiration from the classic El Draque, named after Sir Francis Drake and thought to be the 16th-century version of the Mojito.

See below for the Golden Draque recipe, named for the golden rum it contains.

At the pop-up bar in Seven Dials, a chocolate pairing with El Dorado rums will be held on Tuesday October 7 from 7pm to 8.30pm. Guests will have the opportunity to sample three of El Dorado’s aged rums paired with a range of luxury chocolates. Tickets cost £10 and the price includes a welcome cocktail upon arrival.

Savoury, spicy and salty pairings with El Dorado will be featured at a session at the pop-up bar on Wednesday October 8 from 7pm to 8.30pm. Four of El Dorado’s sipping rums will be paired with cured meats and cheeses. Tickets, including a welcome cocktail upon arrival, cost £15.

There will be a rare chance to sample El Dorado 25 Year Old, a limited-edition vintage rum, at the pop-up on Thursday October 9 from 7pm to 8.30pm. Distilled in 1986 and blended by the late master distiller at the Diamond Distillery in Guyana, only 4,000 bottles were made. Stef will build up your taste buds with samples of El Dorado 12 Year Old, 15 Year Old and 21 Year Old rums beforehand. Tickets cost £25.

There will be a tasting of El Dorado Single Barrel Tasting on Friday October 10 from 7pm to 8.30pm alongside an in-depth talk on all the different stills that are housed at the Diamond Distillery in Guyana, home to the world’s only wooden stills. You will get the chance to sample the rums that are made in the stills and learn more about the rum-making process. Tickets cost £10 and include a welcome cocktail upon arrival.

The last session at the pop-up will be a blind-tasting competition, Guess the Rum, on Saturday October 11 from 2pm to 3.30pm. Taste three rums from the El Dorado range against the clock – a bottle of El Dorado 15 Year Old will be awarded to the person who guesses correctly in the quickest time.

El Dorado rums will also be at RumFest which is at the ILEC conference centre at Earl’s Court on October 11 and 12, including tastings of the whole range. Click here for more details: http://rumfest.co.uk/show-timetable-2014/

The Golden Draque (pictured below)

50ml El Dorado 5 Year Old
25ml Roasted pineapple and coffee bean puree
25ml Freshly squeezed lime juice
8 mint leaves
15ml Gomme syrup
20ml Soda water

To make the roasted pineapple and coffee bean puree, cut one pineapple into cubes, add 50g of coffee beans and cook into an oven on low heat for 12 hours. Remove and discard the coffee bean sand blend the pineapple cubes for three minutes until you get a creamy puree. To make the cocktail, gently muddle the mint with the sugar and lime juice. Add the puree and El Dorado and crushed ice. Stir together and top up with soda water. Garnish with mint dusted in gold and coffee beans.

El Dorado Golden Draque - HN

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