New menus: Oriole’s top trumps-style cocktail menu

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From hefty, themed tomes to lightweight lists, innovative games and whimsical concepts – here are the latest menu releases from the UK’s best bars

Oriole’s interactive top trumps-style menu


Following in the footsteps of sister bar Nightjar, Oriole has looked to the world of playing cards for its latest menu. This time it’s not a classic deck of cards, however. Instead each drink is presented on a top trumps-style card with exquisite vintage designs.

Keeping its exotic theme and inspiration from the adventurous spirit of a bygone era, the new drinks list has been designed by the bar team, headed up by Luca Cinalli and Gabriele Manfredi.

The cards aren’t just for looking at, though – guests can play the vintage game using the cocktails’ ratings, from refreshment, booziness, complexity and fruitiness.

Stand-out drinks include Acadia, a clarified drink using Woodford Reserve bourbon, Roots Tentura liqueur, maple syrup, peanut butter, rowan berries and grapefruit juice and the Olinda Collins, made with Capucana cachaça, cipo cravo infusion, mango wine, lemon juice, burnt bark syrup and fermented sugarcane soda.

12.06.2018 – Jane Ryan


Women of India-inspired menu launches at Gymkhana

Albemarle Street’s Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Gymkhana has released a new cocktail menu taking as its theme four famous Indian women.

A long gin fizz has been created to celebrate Shanta Rangaswamy, the captain of the women’s Indian cricket team. Captain Prem Mathur, the country’s first female pilot, has a champagne-charged whiskey cocktail in her honour while Devika Rani, titled the first lady of Indian cinema, also has a sparkling drink, this time with a raspberry and hibiscus liqueur at its base. Finally Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest, has inspired a rift on a Gimlet replacing the lime for a Himalayan cordial consisting of pine, angelica root and rose water.

12.06.2018 – Jane Ryan

D&D London’s German Gymnasium celebrates fashion and art icons in new cocktail menu

Launching on 18 June, the new cocktail menu from German Gymnasium’s Meister Bar will present a 12-strong list of drinks named for celebrated icons of the catwalk and art exhibitions.

Artist Jackson Pollock is celebrated with a chocolate gateau washed Woodford Reserve in a chocolate splattered glass, while Coco Chanel lends her name to a tropical drink charged with Perrier-Jouët champagne. Looking at the world of perfume, Black Opium has been inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s love of café gourmand by combining coffee, sherry and sweet vermouth.

12.06.2018 – Jane Ryan


Imbibe Live 2018 While you’re here…


Have you registered for the on-trade’s favourite drinks show yet? Imbibe Live is taking place on 2 and 3 July at Olympia London.
If you don’t already know, Imbibe Live is the innovative and interactive annual exhibition for anyone who sources, buys or serves drinks in the licensed on-trade. From sommeliers to buyers and from managers to publicans and bartenders, this essential date in the drinks calendar will see the industry’s finest come together.
Register today:
We can’t wait to see you there!

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