Two of the world’s most famous cities are set to collide at Madison, London this month as twelve new cocktails are being launched to celebrate the dizzying heights of Manhattan, New York. The cocktails are not only inspired by place, but also time as they take into consideration America’s colourful cocktail history from the Victorian ages right through the Prohibition era to the present day! So not only can guests savour the taste of great cocktails, but also the taste of history and geography all in one glass…
In homage to the past, the delightful menu boasts of six world-famous classics from the cocktail Hall of Fame in their original form. The other half of the menu in however, is composed of six contemporary and unexpected twists as a tribute to the ambitious experimentation which occurs on New York’s world-class cocktail bar scene.
The founders of the cocktail menu are none other than Madison Assistant General Manager ‘Fred Tartas’ and his team, who were also responsible for the MadLab molecular cocktail classes I have previously written about. Therefore, without having tasted the cocktails, I can already predict that they will not disappoint. But do not just take my word for it, Fred’s previous work experience at world class establishments such as Blue Bar at The Berkeley Hotel and The Ritz, is proof of his competency to create and deliver nothing but the best.
So without further ado, it is up to the cocktails to speak for themselves, below is a list of both the contemporary and classic cocktails Madison has to offer this month:
Maple & Almond Sour
A nutty twist on the much-loved whisky sour, featuring Armagnac Gaspard infused with roasted almond, dark chocolate and spices, lemon juice, maple syrup and egg white.
A fruity and spring-like refreshing version of the classic Smash, shaking up gin with Calvados, fresh strawberries, mint, lemon, syrup and orange bitters.
Takes on the Southside cocktail with a mix of Death’s Door Gin, honey & spinach syrup and lemon juice. This cocktail is as fresh and tasty as it gets.
A contemporary twist on the French 75, the cocktail of choice for any discerning drinker in the 1920s. London No.1 gin is carbonated with elderflower cordial, apple juice and a hint of white wine, well-balanced with sugar and lemon.
A super sophisticated take on the Aviation, which dates back to the early twentieth century. Combines Copperhead gin with maraschino liqueur and lemon juice, topped with Madison’s unique multi flowers foam.
La Grande Illusion
A Latin American twist on the Last Word, a Prohibition-era cocktail that was born in the Detroit Athletic Club’s bar in the early 1920s. Formed of Peruvian Macchu Pisco, homemade falernum, mandarin liqueur and lime juice.
The classic serve that first appeared in print in 1803 as a “dram of spirituous liquor that has mint in it, taken by Virginians in the morning.” A simple but classic build of Bourbon or Cognac, fresh mint and sugar.
A vintage special that was born at the Please Don’t Tell bar in New York. Barbados 5yo rum is butter washed and popcorn infused for a sweet and decadent flavour, then mixed with Fever Tree Madagascan Cola and lime juice.
Purportedly the preferred beverage of Al Capone and his gang. A refreshing mix of Old Tom Gin, fresh mint, lemon juice and sugar syrup.
Created by Antoine Peychaud in the early 1800s in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Cognac or Rye whiskey stirred with Peychaud’s Bitters and sugar, and served in a goblet soaked with
Absinthe with a lemon twist.
First concocted in 1934 by three friends, it was originally sold in a copper mug stamped with a kicking mule to warn of its kick. Death’s Door vodka, lime juice and ginger over ice are served in a traditional copper mug.
A cocktail with a rich and exotic history since its conception in the 1930s. A famous mix of Patron Tequila, lime juice and Cointreau, shaken and served with a salt rim.
- P.s. also launching up London this month is ‘Soho After Dark’ – a new weekly Friday night party at 100 Wardour St with DJs, dancers, musicians and live bands to help you kick start your weekend in style! The picture above gives you a bit of an idea what to expect but for more information, visit: http://www.100wardourst.com/whats-on-soho/event/soho-after-dark/