The new menu features 12 of the 1970s' most iconic drinks, including the Harvey Wallbanger and Cosmopolitan, with an Artesian twist
Led by bar manager Anna Sebastian and head bartender Marco Corallo, the Artesian team has curated a list of cocktails that celebrate the popular liquids of the disco era (blue curaçao, grenadine and Galliano) while incorporating ingredients that reflect more modern tastes and paired-back presentation. A menu the reflects 'fun and joy, with a touch of glamour' that Sebastian and Corallo wanted to inspire in their guests.
Imbibe headed to The Langham, London, to give the new menu a (ahem) whirl. First up were the Long Island Iced Tea Milk Punch (tequila, vodka, gin, rum amaro, lime, sugar cane, chai tea and milk) and the Harvey Wallbanger (vodka, Galliano, orange cordial and rhubarb wine).
Served short and on the rocks, the former is a delicate and I-promise-I'm-not-drinking-five-spirits-in-one-drink take on the original, with the tannins in the tea and smoothness of the milk taking the edge off the booze hit. The latter is one of this drinker's favourites of the night. Served long and over ice, the sweeter ingredients are offset by the prominent flavour of the rhubarb wine, which also gave the drink a pleasant dryness.
Next up, the Blue Hawaii (blanco tequila, blue curaçao, melon, lime and pineapple) comes frozen and is, wait for it, bright blue in colour. Let's be honest: I ordered it for the Instagram cred (very clever marketing), but the cocktail still came through on the goods – not too sweet, fresh with melon and a bit of fun.
The soufflé-esque Amaretto Sour delivers on the classic flavours and textures with Disaronno and egg white, but the Cherry Heering liqueur adds an unexpected element, while the Cosmopolitan is turned on its head using rye whisky and Cynar, and served in a small ceramic cup, for a grown-up reimagining of Carrie Bradshaw and co's iconic pink drink.
But it was the Grasshopper that leaps above them all (and the team reports we aren't the only ones who picked it out from the crowd). Single malt whisky, creme de menthe, white chocolate and cream and balanced with a real lightness of touch, each flavour coming through one-by-one from the whisky through to the cream, and the addition of dashes of salt for balance.
The team will also be changing up the menu on a weekly basis – a more sustainable approach and a departure for the bar which is more used to running menus for months at the time – as well as keeping the majority of the spirits' brand names off the menu.
Artesian will be open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 5pm - 1am.