DECEMBER - What's In The Box?

Rhubarb Cosmopolitan - Light & Mixed Boxes

The Cosmo’s cranberry, cointreau and citron vodka base is sure to bring some Christmas cheer to your evening and with the addition of a tart rhubarb essence - this drink is definitely lives up to it’s reputation as “a party in a glass”.

You may know the drink as Carrie Bradshaw’s favourite but the cocktail was popularised years before it hit TV screens, at the Odeon Restaurant which Vanity Fare described as “a clubhouse where the young men and women who would determine the direction of the culture—high and low—for at least the next 10 years came to network, flirt, and occasionally fight”.

The Odeon’s famous patrons included Warhol, John Belushi and Robert DeNiro but the real enduring star of the show was the elegant Cosmopolitan cocktail…

  • 45ml citron vodka
  • 15ml Cointreau
  • 15ml rhubarb liqueur
  • 15ml lime
  • 25ml cranberry juice
  • 2 dash Rhubarb bitters

Garnish with lime wheel

The Toreador - Light Box

The Toreador predates it’s more famous cousin, the Margarita by over 15 years and despite it’s wonderful apricot overtones the drink hasn’t spent quite as much time in the limelight.

Peculiarly, British bartenders took towriting recipes with Tequila en-masse well before their American counterparts, despite not really knowing what the spirit really was.

Tequila was slightly incorrectly described in the 1937 Cafe Royal Cocktail Book as a “a pale yellow spirit distilled from the Mexican cactus… It is used with success in cocktails.”

They may have incorrectly called the Agave plant a cactus, which it is not, but they definitely were correct in saying “it is used with success in cocktails” and rarely more notably than in the Toreador you hold in your hand!

  • 50ml Blanco Tequila
  • 25ml Lime
  • 20ml Apricot Brandy

Garnish with rose buds.

Gingerbread Fizz - Light and Mixed Boxes

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

Our Kocktail Curator Neil Donachie has really pushed the sleigh out to bring you a delightfully effervescent Christmas cracker of a drink.

With it’s notes of wintery sloe berries and of course the eponymous gingerbread, this is a drink that is fit for old St Nick himself.

Top with ginger ale or if you’re feeling particularly festive, you could even plump for a splash of champagne!

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

  • 50m sloe gin
  • 25ml lemon
  • 15ml gingerbread syrup

Garnish with candied ginger

Cinnamon Knees - Light and Mixed Boxes

The Cinnamon Knees is our merry take on the classic Bees Knees cocktail. The original drink features the soothing marriage of honey and lemon over a fragrant gin base. Our addition of just the right amount of cinnamon provides a wonderful yuletide feeling of warmth.

The drink is said to have been invented by the wonderfully monikered “Unsinkable Molly Brown”, an American millionaires socialite who was partying in Paris during the 1920s.

Mrs Brown gained her nickname due to surviving the sinking of the Titanic. She pressured the crew on the lifeboat she found herself upon to head back to the shipwreck to rescue more passengers and famously threatened to throw the crewmen overboard if they didn’t assist her.

  • 50ml gin
  • 20ml lemon
  • 20ml cinnamon honey

Garnish with a star anise

Winter Spiced Negroni - Dark Box

If we were to recommend one drink to sip whilst adding the finishing touches to your Christmas tree, we think our Winter Spice Negroni might just be the one.

We haven’t messed around with the equal measures of gin, campari and sweet vermouth, as we know a classic when we see one but we couldn’t help adding some festive cheer with just a dash of warm and rich spiced winter flavours.

This drink is boozy enough to turn even Santa’s nose red. So switch the tree lights on, light a few candles, sit back and dream of a white Christmas.

  • 25ml gin
  • 25ml Campari
  • 25ml sweet vermouth
  • 15ml winter spiced syrup
  • 3 dash chocolate bitters

Garnish with an orange wheel

Rusty Nail - Dark and Mixed Boxes

The Rusty Nail is a real classic. A deceptively simple mix of Scotch and Drambuie that is perfect for warming your soul and creating a festive mood on a dark winter’s night.

The drink was a favourite of the Rat Pack’s members back in the 1960s. Sinatra in particular is often credited for spreading the cocktail’s reputation around the world. If it’s good enough for the Chairman of the Board, then it’s definitely good enough for us!

  • 60ml scotch
  • 15ml Drambuie
  • Orange bitters

Garnish with a lemon wheel

Brooklyn - Dark Box

Brooklyn may often play second fiddle to the skyscrapers and iconic sights of Manhattan but the borough’s beauty is not to be underestimated. The same goes for the Brooklyn cocktail. It’s a riff on the more famous Manhattan but this time with dry vermouth in place of the traditional sweet vermouth and Maraschino Liqueur coming in to add a rich cherry sweetness.

The Brooklyn also features Amer Picon, a wonderful but hard to find french aperitif made with orange peels, cinchona and gentian root. 1000 points to anyone who noted the Andean cinchona in their tasting notes!

  • 40ml bourbon
  • 10ml dry vermouth
  • 15ml amer picon
  • 5ml maraschino

Garnish with maraschino cherry

Dramble - Dark Box

The Dramble is a marvellous scotch based take on the world-famous Bramble cocktail invented by Dick Bradsell (the man, myth and legend behind drinks such as the Espresso Martini and the Wibble).

Jacob Briars’ Dramble swaps the gin out for Scotch, which dramatically changes the drinks seasonal profile - turning it into something more fitting for the festive season.

  • 50ml scotch
  • 20ml lemon
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • 10ml crème de mure

Garnish with fresh sage leaves.