Hayman’s partners top London hotel to create gin palace

Yuzu & Cedarwood langham haymans gin palaceHayman Distillers is collaborating with The Langham in London’s West End to launch a Gin Palace within the hotel’s opulent Palm Court.

Running from now until the end of November, the Gin Palace offers a new menu of cocktails made with Hayman’s gins, created by Alex Kratena, head mixologist at the hotel’s award-winning Artesian Bar.

The interior has been decorated with collectibles from the Hayman family archive to evoke the glamour of the mid 19th century when gin palaces were at their most prolific in London.

It is open each Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7pm until midnight and features a live jazz trio.

The Family of Gin menu showcases the diverse range of gins produced by Hayman’s, from London Dry Gin to Old Tom, with seven cocktails that challenge the traditional perceptions of the spirit.

Highlights include Yuzu & Cedarwood, a cocktail mixed with sherry, bitters and Hayman’s 1850 Reserve – a gin distilled to replicate those of the 19th-century era of gin palaces when gins were stored in wooden barrels. The south Asian yuzu fruit is mixed with cedarwood syrup, a nod to the wooden casks in which Hayman’s 1850 Reserve is rested for several weeks before bottling.

Rhubarb & Rose (pictured) is an elegant cocktail with a combination of rhubarb, rose and grapefruit delicately partnered with the botanically intense Hayman’s Old Tom and Alex’s own homemade distilled rhubarb essence. Beautifully presented with fresh jasmine flowers, the drink contains a single large monogrammed ice ball.

Additional gins featured within the cocktail menu are Hayman’s Sloe Gin, Hayman’s London Dry and Hayman’s 1820 Gin Liqueur.

The gin cocktails are complemented by a selection of tasting dishes to reflect the grander gin palaces, such as Hayman’s Gin and Tonic gravadlax with Nashi pear.

The Langham in Portland Place, close to Oxford Street, opened in 1865 – just two years after the Haymans’ ancestor James Burroughs first made gin at a distillery in Chelsea.

Miranda Hayman, marketing director for Hayman Distillers, said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with The Langham, London, to launch Hayman’s Gin Palace. With a shared history dating back to the gin palace era, it seemed a natural partnership.”

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