Anna Sebastian and Sam Ayling launch Skywalker cocktail initiative

Millie Milliken

Millie Milliken

23 June 2020

The duo have partnered with No.3 London Dry Gin and Seedlip to raise funds for ex-hospitality staff sleeping rough due to Covid-19

While furlough, Artesian bar manager Sebastian and Metropolitan Pub GM Ayling began volunteering with Under One Sky, a non-profit organisation which provides food to London's homeless. They encountered a number of ex-hospitality workers, so decided to put their skills to good use to help those in need.

'Over the last couple of months, we noticed more and more new faces on our walks each day,' explained Sebastian. 'Many of those we met were hospitality workers who had lost their jobs via redundancy, not been put onto furlough and subsequently unable to afford rent. With no real support network, many found themselves on the streets.

'We wanted to use our platform and experience in hospitality to help our homeless friends and shine a light on the under-reported current situation – showing that this is a close reality for us all.'

The name Skywalker is a nod to the volunteers at Under One Sky, whilst the cocktails themselves are named after two of its founding principles. ‘Love’ features No.3 Gin, Lustau Blanco Vermut, Monin Pineapple & Mint Syrup, Suze and citric acid, whilst the non-alcoholic version, ‘Compassion’, includes Seedlip Spice, Æcorn, Monin Pineapple & Mint Syrup and citric acid.

Both cocktails come in single-serve 110ml pouches and cost £10 each. 100% of proceeds go to Under One Sky.

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