Peter Dorelli creates 80s-inspired cocktail for London City Airport

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Bartending legend Peter Dorelli has been enlisted to create a signature cocktail for London City Airport to mark its 30th birthday.

Peter, who was head bartender at The American Bar at The Savoy hotel in London from 1984 to 2003, has devised a “retro” creation called The East End Flyer, inspired by aviation, London and 1980s drinks trends.

The cocktail combines Beefeater Gin with the popular 1980s flavours of peach schnapps and Southern Comfort plus pink grapefruit Juice, cranberry juice and grenadine to provide “a little extra East End sweetness” with sourness and complexity. It is shaken over ice and served in a double Martini glass.

Click here for a video of Peter demonstrating the drink.

It is part of a cocktail menu that marks the anniversary of the first commercial flights that began on October 26, 1987, and the airport’s official opening by the Queen on November 5, 1987.

Peter said: “I have really tried to capture the spirit of the time to mark the airport’s birthday and create a tempting celebratory cocktail. Many of my guests would fly to and from London City after it opened, because it’s only a 30-minute journey door to door from central London.

“Thirty years on, this brief was a great chance to play with some nostalgic flavours and create a sweet, stylish and decadent drink.”

A London City Airport spokesperson added: “Those who grew up in the 80s look back with fondness at the big hairstyles, shoulder pads and leg warmers, cult TV shows, and pop music defined by the classics penned by Stock Aitken Waterman.

“The airport is a proud 80s child, a product of a decade which saw rapid and considerable change, from politics to popular culture. What better way to celebrate than with an indulgent cocktail reminiscent of the time.”

The East End Flyer will be sold exclusively at the airport’s City Bar for £13.95, appearing on a special 30th birthday cocktail menu that includes other 80s-inspired drinks including Purple Rain and Air Mail.

The East End Flyer
35ml Beefeater gin
15ml Peach schnapps
10ml Southern Comfort
15ml Pink grapefruit juice
20ml Cranberry juice
5ml Grenadine
Shake with ice and serve in a double Martini glass.

The Mindful Flyer (non-alcoholic version)
20ml Cranberry juice
20ml Orange juice
20ml Pink grapefruit juice
10ml Grenadine
20ml Orange juice
40ml Peach juice

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