Derry bar creates cocktails to celebrate Turner Prize

Everglades Hotel, Londonderry. Northern IrelandThe bar team at a Derry-Londonderry hotel have created cocktails inspired by the city hosting this year’s Turner Prize.

The Everglades Hotel on the outskirts of Derry has developed the new menu at its Library Bar (pictured) with influence from past winners of the prize and their work, from impressionist JMW Turner to Damien Hirst.

Derry-Londonderry will host the announcement of the prize on December 2 – the first time it has been held outside of England since its beginnings in 1984. It ties in with Derry-Londonderry being City of Culture 2013.

The hotel’s general manager Neil Devlin said: “It has been a fantastic year for Derry-Londonderry. Not only are we playing host to the Turner Prize 2013 – the first outside of the UK in its 30-year history – but being City of Culture has really elevated our cultural heritage to visitors outside Northern Ireland.

“A great year for celebration, we have not only seized the opportunity to honour the occasion with a host of new drinks, we have also challenged our mixologists to be as creative as the artists we are toasting.”

The JMW Turner G & Tea mixes Gordon’s Gin with tonic water and cooled Earl Grey tea, served over ice and garnished with orange peel. It combines some quintessential British ingredients in honour of the British painter who gives his name to the prize.

JMW Turner G & Tea

50ml Gordon’s Gin
100ml Tonic water
50ml Cooled strong Earl Grey tea
Garnish: orange peel

Add the gin and the tea to a glass, ensuring the tea is strong but not stewed. Add ice and top off with tonic water. Garnish with a shaving from an orange peel.

The Damien Hirst Shark Tooth cocktail combines Bacardi Superior rum, freshly squeezed lemon juice and pomegranate grenadine syrup, shaken together and served over “shark fin” ice cubes and topped with soda water.

It is inspired by one of Hirst’s works, “The physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living”, which features a tiger shark preserved in a glass display case containing formaldehyde. In 1991 he was heard to remark he wanted to create a piece of work “big enough to eat you”. This cocktail is a variation of the traditional Shark Tooth Wray & Nephew cocktail.

Richard Wright’s Winter Warmer is named after the artist who won the 2009 Turner Prize for his fresco painted in gold leaf on the walls of Tate Britain’s second room. The golden-coloured cocktail has flakes of gold from the Goldshläger cinnamon schnapps, serving as a festive cinnamon-based drink.

Richard Wright’s Winter Warmer

50ml Goldshläger cinnamon schnapps
25ml Grand Marnier
75ml Ginger ale
Garnish: Cinnamon sticks

Add the Goldshläger and Grand Marnier to a glass with ice and top with ginger ale. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.

The cocktails all cost £6.

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