In the first edition of Star Serves by Imbibe, we shine a light on some of the fantastic bartending talent in the UK and the drinks being created. We asked a range of brands to work with a bartender to develop a bespoke seasonal serve, hoping that the drinks featured here will give you inspiration for your own cocktail list and help you to add a seasonal twist to your drinks offer.
Whether you recreate some of the drinks on these pages or devise a seasonal serve of your own, we’d love to know what recipes you’re working on. So share your ideas and pictures with us on Twitter @imbibeUK or on Facebook.com/imbibeuk. And check out the entire Star Serves booklet online.
Bartender: Fabio Zannini, The Duck and Rice
'As a base for a cocktail, Auchentoshan is a soft whisky, with chocolatey notes, and also some autumnal elements like spice and hazelnut, which it really brings to this cocktail,' says Fabio Zannini. 'I love beer cocktails, so I definitely wanted to make one with Auchentoshan.
'In early experiments I had originally gone with a sour beer, but I changed the beer to London Pride after settling on passion fruit for the juice, as it's very sour already. I wanted to make something fresh, but not a long drink – something that was served up in a Martini glass.' The result is an autumnal sipper, rather than a wintry concoction. As Zannini declares, 'ultimately, it’s a London cocktail, in a London pub, with London Pride!'
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Photography: Steve Ryan
Method: Shake and double strain.
30ml Auchentoshan Three Wood
30ml passion fruit juice
20ml London Pride
15ml lemon juice
15ml sugar syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes orange bitters