A new cocktail menu has been unveiled at the American Bar at The Savoy in London, inspired by London’s heritage and culture.
Available since Monday (January 18), it features drinks inspired by the six boroughs that surround The Savoy, using a combination of theatre and storytelling.
One of the new serves is the Pickering Place (pictured top), a sharing cocktail experience featuring two drinks and inspired by its namesake in St James’s, the last-known London site for a duel.
The two contrasting cocktails – choose your side with one of each or two of the same – are The Elegant, combining Bombay Sapphire Gin, Cocchi Rosa, Campari, lemon juice, egg white, saffron syrup and champagne, and The Bold, made with Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Whiskey, Fernet Branca Menta, Byrrh, sugar syrup and coffee.
The story of Pickering Place has been turned into a short silent film starring members of the bar’s team, which guests will be able to view when ordering the two drinks which cost £50. Click here to view the film.
Led by American Bar manager Declan McGurk, the new menu has been crafted and perfected over many months by head bartender Erik Lorincz and his team.
Joe Wilson, the artist behind the spectacular pop-up menu at The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar, has created beautifully hand-drawn illustrations for each of the 24 cocktails. He has expressed them figuratively in delicate detail, using both traditional and contemporary styles and techniques and working with ink, pencil and digital colour.
From Westminster, the City and Hackney to Tower Hamlets, Islington and Camden, each of the six boroughs is represented by four cocktails as an “interactive London guide through the ages”. They are mostly priced between £16 and £20.
They include Erik’s take on the American Bar’s longest surviving cocktail – the Green Park (pictured above), mixing Jensen’s Old Tom Gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, celery bitters, egg white and basil.
A coat hook on the wall in Great Newport Street in Covent Garden, dating back to the 1930s and used by police officers directing traffic, has inspired the Policeman’s Hook cocktail (pictured below), made with Haig Club grain whisky, amontillado sherry, roasted fortified kombu kelp, roasted barley syrup and Angostura bitters.
The Secret Agent is named after a classic 1936 Alfred Hitchcock movie which was filmed at London’s Gainsborough Studios – a plaque now marks the spot where its Hackney studios were located. The cocktail contains Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Laphroaig whisky, Cocchi Amaro, absinthe, lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg white.
Other new creations are the Abbey Road, inspired by the recording studio famous in the 1960s, which is made with Star of Bombay Gin, Martini Rubino, lemon juice, yuzu juice, champagne syrup and citrus dust.
The Punk Rock (pictured above), which is inspired by the 1980s and music venue, the Hope & Anchor in Islington, combines Bacardi Superior rum, Ancho Reyes chilli liqueur, grapefruit juice, sugar syrup, Peychaud’s Bitters and hickory.
Coming up to date, the Olympia is based around the Olympic Park of 2012, bringing together Beluga Noble Vodka, Roots Mastika, lemon juice, pink grapefruit juice, greek syrup and egg white.
The Bronze Guardian (pictured below) takes inspiration from The Savoy itself, named after the gilded statue of Count Peter of Savoy above the entrance – on this site, he built the Savoy Palace which was destroyed in the Peasant’s Revolt in 1381. The bronze-coloured drink is made with Grey Goose Vodka, apple, pine, camomile, lemon verbena, lemon juice and sugar syrup.