Saturday, 27 November 2010
Whilst a guest and close friend of the bar with no name, Peter is also deservedly well known as a Bartending Guru, so it was to him we turned for help on perfecting the White Lady cocktail. A simple combination of Gin, lemon and triple sec, bound together with egg white, it requires a delicate balance to ensure all the flavours are in harmony, and who better to demonstrate this than Mr Dorelli himself! Needless to say, it was a special experience, and Matteo was on hand to assist in a faultless and unforgettable lesson in the nuances of the drink. Our thanks!
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Following a sold-out masterclass (attended by a fantastic group including TimeOut ) where we explored all American cocktails, we bring the celebrations back to the day itself and have a great evening of drinks to dismiss the chilly weather. Our ever popular take on Dale DeGroff's Egg Nog recipe will be on offer as will be some special Pecan Pie from the lovely folk down at the Charles Lamb. Join us tonight, and of course, house pianist Maurice will be providing the perfect accompanyment from 8. See you soon!
Tuesday saw the regional heats for West London and Islington held at the bar with no name. Teams representing each bar presented two drinks, one simple and universal, the other as creative as desired. As to be expected, a variety of interesting drinks evolved, ranging from sweet to savoury, hot to cold and liquid to solid. In the end, the standard was so high, 5 went through- including Ryan and Marcis Dzelz8nis representing 69 Colebrooke Row. Details of the Grand Final are due to follow, but rumours suggest the focus will be on creativity so it is likely the lab equipment will be at the fore again...
In honour of the event and its promotion of whisky, and for the very important charitable efforts of Movember, Ryan and Stu travelled to Edinburgh with the KitchenAid and a crate of separated Talisker (split using the rotovap into a heavy wooded end, and the lighter, alcoholic distillate) for this year's Whisky Picnic to create an experience only the bar with no name can offer!
The KitchenAid battled with the masses throughout the evening making dry ice ice cream using the peated, wooded distillate which was coupled with a peated raspberry sauce. Needless to say, it was a popular offering. Meanwhile, the white dog was mixed into a 'turbo oldfashioned whisky n coke' with hard boiled candies. The Colebrooke experience went down a storm- notably finding a fan in Charlie Boorman. A hugely enjoyable evening with much promotion of the joys of whisky and also the awareness of men's health issues. More photos to follow!
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
As minor changes creep into the new menu, we now feature the Silver Mountain; as fresh and so clean as they come, it is perfect as an aperitif, but also as a palate refresher later on into the evening. Featuring KIGO and the much sought-after white silver tip tea and a hint of cassis. Simply stirred down and served straight up, the drink is subtle and clean- teetering between the savoury/sweet balance of KIGO and the melon/peach notes and gentle tannins from the tea, all rounded by a green tip from the cassis. Fresh as a mountain stream!
Friday, 5 November 2010
Tom Nichol came down to visit again during cocktail week for an evening showcasing gin and its capabilities to pair with food. Featuring a specially designed cocktail and a series of accompanying bites, each chosen to pair with the eight botanicals in Tanqueray No.Ten.
Tom has been distilling for many years and now as master distiller for Tanqueray he is responsible for creating one of the most recognised brands in the world and ensuring a consistent product that lives up to its reputation. Tom gave a personal account of his experiences and an insight into the world of distillation before explaining how his hand is demonstrated in the final product. His expertise allowed each of the guests to understand the botanicals employed and allow them to get the most from the food pairings. This was then rounded off with the cocktail - Rana's Salute- which highlighted the flavour profile of the gin, but also how it works well as a product to not only use in cocktails, but also to pair with food.
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Halloween jubilation reached the bar with no name in the form of our day of the dead festival. Face paint, shrines and skeleton jammies provided the perfect backdrop for the merriment accompanied by specially designed cocktails including pumpkin bellini and el diablo. The procession from the Charles Lamb arrived with pumpkins and coffin in tow, and the celebrations carried late into the night played out with live mariachi band
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
A very busy masterclass accompanied the build up to our day of the dead celebrations. Demonstrating a series of ghoulish cocktails befitting the event, the guests were taken through techniques and tips of how to create the drinks at home and the history and motivations behind each drink- incorporating a mix of classic and house cocktails. Each person then had a chance to come up and have a go at mixing themselves and earn themselves a coveted I LOVE COCKTAIL sticker- and a tasty libation from their own hand. Keep posted for forthcoming masterclasses or get in touch direct
As to be expected, the talk with Beefeater Master Distiller Desmond Payne and Global Brand Ambassador Dan Warner went down a storm. Introduced by Tony, Dan gave a brief history of the gin category documenting its roots in Dutch alchemy and Royalty before its unfortunate demise in 18th Century Britain. Desmond then brought us into the 21st Century and gin's return to grace enlightening us with the rationale behind his own creation- Beefeater 24. Of course, to coincide, a series of very special Beefeater 24 cocktails were on offer that all enjoyed. Keep watching for further events