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MARCH 2022 - What's In The Box?


Peach and Hibiscus Spritz

  • 50ml rose wine

  • 10ml Campari

  • 10ml Aperol

  • 20ml peach and hibiscus syrup

Pour over ice and top with soda.

Garnish: Orange slice

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  • Light Box
  • Mixed Box

Our Peach and Hibiscus fizz is an ode to the first flushes of love…

In Hawaii the Hibiscus flower is used to signify beauty and when placed behind the ear, the flower can also symbolise the wearer’s availability for a romantic relationship.

This delicate fizz bursts with life and sweetness, with the hibiscus taking the front foot in the relationship and the slightly more coy peach adding it’s soft and silky notes to create a partnership that will surely stand the test of time.


Casablanca

  • 40ml White Rum

  • 25ml Lime juice

  • 15ml Cointreau

  • 15ml Maraschino

  • 1 dash foamer

Shake with ice and strain into a coupe glass.

Garnish: Freeze dried cherry powder

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  • Light Box
  • Mixed Box

Named after possibly the best “cocktail” movie of all time, Michael Curtiz’s 1942 classic ‘Casablanca’, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. This rum based take on the White Lady is the perfect tipple to transport you back to Bogie’s famous gin joint in the beguiling Moroccan port town.

This boozy take on the White Lady replaces the gin with white rum and adds a splash of Maraschino cherry liqueur to the original recipe of lime juice and triple sec.

Whether you desire adventure, romance or just a great drink, it’s the perfect cocktail to fly away with…


Fort Lauderdale

  • 40ml Gin

  • 15ml Campari

  • 15ml Apricot Liqueur

  • 20ml Lemon

  • 15ml Orgeat (contains nuts)

Shake and pour into a coupe glass

Garnish: Orange wheel

Can be found in this month's:

  • Light Box

The city of Fort Lauderdale is to be found in the tropical South of Florida - almost as far south as south goes in the United States. The city’s reputation was marred by the the hordes of “spring breakers” visiting every summer during the 1980s for cheap drinks and sandy beaches...

However, if you take few steps away from the crowded beaches and gaudy premium cruise ships that have recently made the port a temporary home, you’ll find the defiantly interesting and diverse town that the locals refer to as Fort Laudy Daudy, a small city of independent shops, coffee roasters and great places to eat.

The cocktail’s blend of gin, campari, apricot liqueur, fresh lemon juice and the rich almond syrup, orgeat creates something that lands between a tiki classic and a Bitter Mai Tai.

A perfect glass of sunshine with just a splash of bitterness - it’s the perfect drink to transport you to this beach town of contrasts


Lychee & Lemongrass Rickey

  • 35ml Hepple Gin infused with Mint

  • 10ml Lychee liqueur

  • 25ml lime

  • 15ml lemongrass syrup

Pour over ice and top with soda

Garnish: Lime wheel 

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  • Light Box
  • Mixed Box

The Rickey is a variation of the Highball family of cocktails, which were originally created for the Democratic Lobbyist Colonel Joe Rickey, whilst he was enjoying a drink at his regular haunt, Shoomaker’s bar in Washington DC at the end of the 1800’s. Originally made with rye whiskey at their core, Rickey’s are now mostly made with gin and we’re proud to use Northumberland’s world class Hepple Gin as the base for our Lychee and Lemongrass Rickey.

Colonel Joe Rickey was rumoured to be annoyed he might be remembered for his namesake drink rather than his diplomatic legacy. It turns out he was probably right to be worried…


Ward Eight Cocktail

  • 40ml Bourbon

  • 25ml orange juice

  • 10ml lemon juice

  • 15ml grenadine

Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass

Garnish: orange slice

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  • Dark Box

Boston, Massachusetts is split into eight electoral wards and back in the late 1800s the Democratic political czar Martin M. Lomasney hoped to win one of the seats in the state's legislature, after decades of profound influence in the area’s politics.

It’s rumoured that Lomasney may have bought his seat by issuing ballots pre-marked with his name to the areas residents. The bar staff at Boston’s famous gilded-age bar the Locke-Ober were so sure of Lomasney’s forthcoming success that they were said to have created the recipe for this cocktail to celebrate his win before the ballot had even opened.  

Fortunately for Lomasney, he did indeed win the seat. Fortunately for us, this take on a whiskey sour with the addition of orange juice and grenadine in place of the sugar syrup was the enduring legacy of his supposedly ill-gotten win…


Lion's Tail

  • 45ml Bourbon

  • 25ml Lime

  • 15ml Pimento Dram

  • 10ml Sugar Syrup

Shake and serve in a chilled coupe glass

Garnish: Lime Wheel

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  • Dark Box

In the interwar period, despite the growing “special relationship” between the US and the UK, there was a peculiar form of anglophobia amongst the American public. We can’t imagine why our friends across the pond would want to tease us but they did indeed and the term “twisting the lion’s tale” became a commonly used phrase for chastising the British.

Perhaps the Yankees were upset that we weren’t under the restrictive rules of prohibition that were enforced in the states at the time and indeed, many American bartenders took the hop, skip and a jump over the Atlantic to pick up their shakers on British soil and get back into business.

This bourbon and pimento (all spice) heavy cocktail was most likely invented by one of these visiting bartenders sometime in the 1930s and was then codified in the Cafe Royal Cocktail Book in 1937.


Bedtime old fashioned

  • 50ml Chamomile infused Bourbon

  • 10ml honey syrup

  • 3 dash orange bitters

Simply pour into an ice filled rocks glass

Garnish: Lemon wheel

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  • Dark Box
  • Mixed Box

Chamomile has been used for its relaxing properties and delicious light, herbal, apple tinged flavour for many thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians used it to “cure” fever, the Spanish utilised it in the production of sherry and it was one of the main ingredients in English beer during the Middle ages, until hops took over as the favoured bittering agent.

It was even utilised by Peter Rabbit’s dear old Mum after he returned shaken, from a visit to Mr McGregor’s vegetable garden.

Our Kocktail Curator Neil Donachie has utilised it’s delicate flavour and calming properties in this Bedtime Old Fashioned made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon… We think it’s the perfect nightcap!


Rum Sundae

  • 40ml Aged Rum

  • 25ml lime

  • 15ml cacao liqueur

  • 15ml banane liqueur

Shake and serve in a chilled martini glass

Garnish: Maraschino cherry

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  • Dark Box

Our own, original Rum Sundae cocktail is a grown up and rather more boozy take on the classic Ice Cream Sundae.

The Ice Cream Sundae’s history has been lost in the passing of time, not unlike that chunk of banana at the bottom of your sundae bowl - however it seems fairly likely that the confection was created at one of three soda shops in America. One version of the story contends that the Sundae was first created due to by-laws that stopped soda-shop owners from selling soda on Sundays, as their product was too “frilly” for the day of rest!

Another possible history suggests that a shop owner used the same soda syrup to top his ice cream but only offered the dish as a special on Sundays. When the dish soared in popularity he kept the name Sunday, with a small twist in spelling to Sundae, so he could sell the ice cream treat every day of the week.

Our Rum Sundae contains no ice cream and can be enjoyed on any day of the week but is just as much a joy as those early ice cream parlour treats!