Famous photographers inspire bar’s special cocktail menu

Athenaeum photographers cocktails

Cocktails inspired by world-famous photographers feature on a special menu this summer at The Athenaeum in London.

Michael Ball, head bartender at The Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments, has created a collection that aims to capture the lives of some of the biggest names in photography, from David Bailey to Brian Duffy.

They are available to enjoy from now until September in the hotel’s lounge bar. Each cocktail is priced £14.50.

The East End Singapore Sling honours David Bailey’s cockney heritage and his time serving in the Royal Air Force when he was posted to Singapore. It is a refreshing twist on the traditional Singapore Sling, made with Sipsmith Sloe Gin, zesty liqueur Cointreau and fruity liqueur Bénédictine, giving it a sweet and sour aftertaste, topped with refreshing lime juice and soda.

Snowdon 75 is named after Lord Snowdon, who was married to Princess Margaret. His royal links provide the inspiration for this tipple, based on the classic French 75. Lanson Black Label Champagne is combined with Bols Genever and a refreshing zing of lemon juice.

The Warhol Cosmo is named after American pop artist Andy Warhol and is made with Absolut Kurant – the blackcurrant flavour of the brand that Warhol designed the original artwork for in 1986. The cocktail also contains cranberry juice and a splash of Cointreau.

The Starman is inspired by Brian Duffy who photographed many well-known names of the 20th century from Twiggy to David Bowie. Named after a Bowie song, it is made with Smirnoff Vodka for which Duffy worked on a campaign in 1970. It is combined with ginger beer, orange juice and a spritz of lime.

The Honky Tonk takes its inspiration from Annie Leibovitz who was chief photographer at Rolling Stone magazine and photographed some of its most iconic covers. The Honky Tonk celebrates Annie’s time spent on the road, made with a mix of cognac and Grand Marnier topped off with a refreshing burst of lemon.

The Athenaeum has also opened a terrace out the front of the hotel in Piccadilly for the summer, open from 8am to 9pm daily. General manager Jeremy Hopkins said: “We have been looking at ways to enhance customer experience so we are delighted to be one of the only hotels in Mayfair to offer an outdoor terrace over the summer months.”

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