Summer serves refresh London bar

Sloe Gin SpritzNew summer cocktails at The Churchill Bar at Hyatt Regency’s Churchill Hotel in London, are proving a hit, led by a summer cup and a Sloe Gin Spritz (pictured).

The bar, which was relaunched this year after a major refurbishment, revamped its cocktail list last month with the addition of some summery drinks.

The outside terrace, created as part of the new look, also features a crustacean bar through the summer from midday to 3pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It serves dishes such as Scottish lobster cocktail, Loch Fyne rock oysters with shallots and red wine vinegar, and dressed Devon crab.

The best-selling cocktails this summer are proving to be the sharing Portman Summer Cup – named after the hotel’s Portman Square address – and the Sloe Gin Spritz.

The Sloe Gin Spritz is a twist on a Venetian classic, using Sipsmith’s Sloe Gin blended with Lillet Blanc and bitters before being topped up with sparkling wine.

The Sloe Gin Spritz

35ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin
25ml Lillet Blanc
20ml Lemon juice
15ml Sugar syrup
3 drops Plum bitters
3 drops Orange bitters
Sparkling wine

Pour all the ingredients except the wine into a large wine glass with plenty of ice and top up with sparkling wine. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

The Portman Summer Cup (pictured below) has a Hendrick’s Gin base and is flavoured with The Churchill’s secret blend of herbs, spices and fruit, topped with cloudy lemonade. It is dispensed from a vintage soda siphon and is available by the glass or by the siphon, to share with friends.

To recreate the drink, the bar has offered this tweaked version of the recipe:

The Portman Summer Cup

150ml Hendricks Gin
200ml Antica Formula
20 dashes Angostura Bitters
30 dashes Orange Bitters
360ml Water
150ml Fresh lemon juice
210ml Sugar syrup
Cloudy lemonade

Combine all the ingredients except the cloudy lemonade and pour into a soda syphon to carbonate. Chill the syphon before serving, pour into glasses and top with cloudy lemonade. Add fruits and spices as desired.
Portman Summer Cup -The Churchill Bar

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