Fashion design inspires Dorchester hotel bars

dorchester cocktailsFashion designers have provided inspiration for a list of cocktails created at Dorchester Collection’s hotels, including The Dorchester in London.

They have been created by bartenders at each of the luxury hotel group’s bars in London, Paris, Milan, Geneva and Los Angeles.

They have been inspired by the four up-and-coming fashion designers shortlisted for the 2013 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize and will be available in all five hotels to tie in with fashion weeks throughout September.

Designer Emilia Wickstead teamed up with The Dorchester’s bar manager Giuliano Morandin to devise The Emilia, inspired by her two favourite cocktails: a Passion Fruit Martini and a Moscow Mule. This sophisticated gin-based cocktail was created with Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, passion fruit and fresh lemon juice, topped with champagne.

The drink is served in a coupe champagne glass, aiming to take guests back to the elegance and glamour of the 1930s – a key period for Dior couture which is a major source of inspiration for the designer.

At Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, bar manager Daniele Confalonieri created the Casasola Martini, inspired by designer Barbara Casasola and her favourite cocktail, the Dirty Martini. It is made with vodka infused with raspberry plus Chambord, pineapple juice, raspberry purée and a splash of champagne, creating a rich Bordeaux-coloured drink.

After seeing the exquisite designs of Huishan Zhang, bartender William Oliveri of Le Meurice in Paris conceived Berry Lace, a spin on a Mojito. It is composed of rosé champagne, strawberries, raspberries, brown sugar, lime juice and fresh mint leaves, evoking the feminine style of the designer’s work where bespoke lace is the signature fabric.

Design duo Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman joined forces with bar manager Robert Rouleau of Bar Nineteen12 at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles to create Marilyn, a champagne-based cocktail with peach purée and fraise syrup.

The baby pink cocktail has an added splash of colour with a swirl of lemon rind, reflecting the designers’ bright and dual nature designs. It is named after Marilyn Monroe, a source of inspiration for Fyodor and Golan.

The cocktail menu will be available at all five hotels from September 5, to coincide with New York Fashion Week, until October 2 when Paris Fashion Week ends. London Fashion Week runs from September 13 to 17.

Tha annual Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize was created to discover emerging fashion talent and build on Dorchester Collection’s fashion heritage. The winner will be announced on October 29, with a prize of a £25,000 endowment, mentoring from leading fashion designers and a two-night stay at a Dorchester Collection property.

Dorchester Collection also operates Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris, Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, Coworth Park in Berkshire and 45 Park Lane, next to The Dorchester.

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