Another cocktail from across the pond can fall into the category of “includes everything but the kitchen sink.” The British Allotment Cocktail, at The Churchill Bar & Terrace at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, has got your fruit, veggies, carbs and even some protein all mixed into one beverage. It was created by the hotel to commemorate the allotments (community gardens) that increased rapidly during the First World War due to food shortages (there’s a little history to go along with your cocktail). This bevvie has some of the ingredients you’d grow in your allotment.
British Allotment Cocktail
1.5 oz Chase potato vodka
1 oz Chase rhubarb vodka
3/4 oz lemon juice
1 tsp Monin gomme syrup
1 tsp pear liqueur
1 light squeeze of rhubarb puree
1 light squeeze of pear puree
1 oz of carrot juice
2 drops of plum bitters
1 egg white
Combine all ingredients and shake.
Add ice and shake again.
Use 2 tsp pear eau de vie to rinse the glass. Strain cocktail into glass.
Garnish with a baby caramelized carrot and 3 drops of house-made pea puree.
Cost to imbibe at the hotel: £16 ($27) with £1 for every drink donated to the Star and Garter Charity
Cost to stay at the hotel because you've imbibed too much: Starts at £212 ($354)
The Canadians are equal to the Brits when it comes to serious cocktail-making cred with this drink found at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler: the Sinapis Alba. This flavorful cocktail has a mustard twist (using mustard seeds grown on the hotel’s rooftop) and house made Lillet that’s been barrel-aged (a trend we’ll be talking about in our upcoming Trend Roundups) made with Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cointreau, bitters and orange peel and aged in oak for 3-4 weeks.
1-1/2 oz Church and State Chardonnay
1 oz house made Lillet
1/2 oz honey syrup
3/4 egg whites
Dash of yellow mustard
Cocktail glass rimmed with crusted mustard seed
Place all ingredients (except mustard) in a cocktail shaker with ice; shake until frothy.
Add mustard, stir.
Pour into prepared cocktail glass and garnish with sausage.
Cost to imbibe at the hotel: $18 CAD ($16)
Cost to stay at the hotel because you've imbibed too much: Starts at $202 CAD ($185)
[Photos: Shangri-La, At the Shard; Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill; and The Fairmont Chateau Whistler]