Golden age of jazz inspires cocktails

andy pearson glenn miller barLeading mixologist Andy Pearson is working with Thistle Hotels to develop a new cocktail menu that will turn one of its London hotel bars into a destination.

The Glenn Miller Bar at Thistle Marble Arch hotel has launched a 12-strong list of signature cocktails that reflect the venue’s namesake, the 1930s American jazz musician.

Working with bar manager Laurent Bertolini, Andy has trained the staff in making some of the great classic cocktails include The Clover Club, French 75 and Aviation. The bar has also extended its collection of premium spirits with an emphasis on gin.

Laurent has also created a pair of cocktails for couples: His is reposado tequila, lemon juice, sugar syrup, champagne and Stella Artois while Hers is Passoa, peach puree, strawberry puree and champagne.

With his consultancy Intoxicology, Andy has worked with many leading bars including The Hoxton Pony and Equus at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in London and international hotel groups Hilton and Shangri La.

Refurbished in 2011, the Glenn Miller Bar evokes the early days of jazz and swing with opulent velvets, low lamps and heavy carpets alongside period photographs and memorabilia.

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