You’ll have heard of the Connaught’s Martini trolley – and now the Lobby Bar at One Aldwych has launched the ‘world’s first’ Old Fashioned trolley, dedicated to the 130-year-old cocktail.
Here’s how it works: each Old Fashioned is prepared at the guests’ table from the trolley, matched to their own personal tastes. Three spirits are on offer, the classic being Woodford Reserve bourbon or Bacardi Ocho and Patrôn Silver tequila.
After establishing if guests prefer their Old Fashioneds sweet, balanced or dry, special house-made syrups and aromatic bitters are added – all matched to each spirit.
The bourbon Old Fashioned comes decked out with a macerated morello cherry and spice syrup with Angostura bitters; the tequila variant with kaffir lime leaf, mixed botanicals syrup and vanilla bitters; and the rum Old Fashioned with spice-infused rum, citrus peel syrup and yuzu fruit bitters.
Finally, there’s a large hand-cut ice cube and garnish of bourbon-infused cherry, orange or lime.
The Old Fashioned trolley, hand-crafted by a Brighton-based furniture maker in polished dark lacquer wood with silver detailing, was designed by Lobby Bar manager Pedro Paulo.
‘The Old Fashioned is my favourite cocktail, it’s strong yet mellow,’ says Paulo. ‘I love how the complex notes of bourbon develop when sweet syrup and bitters are added. So I wanted to bring this to life for guests by taking the cocktail tableside where I create a drink exactly to their taste.’
We’re wondering what trolley will be next…