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Shard’s Hutong names new bar manager

Award-winning Northern Chinese restaurant Hutong at London landmark The Shard has appointed a new bar manager for its Shanghai Bar.

Hutong in London’s The Shard has named a new bar manager for its Shanghai Bar

To celebrate his arrival, Francesco Turrini has created a new cocktail menu inspired by flavours found in the restaurant’s cuisine.

Turrini worked alongside head chef Bing Luo to design 15 cocktails, each of which includes at least one of five key spices found in the kitchen: coriander, aniseed, ginger, clove and pepper.

The menu is described as offering “unusual complexity” through its “layering of flavours”.

Cocktails include The Chilli Julep, made with Amaretto Disaronno, passion fruit, Kaoliang and chilli-infused honey to give a “sweet flavour and subtle warmth”, and the Shanhai Martini blended with Tanqueray Gin, Tio Pepe Sherry, lotus leaf bitters and dried Chinese preserved olives.

Other offerings featured on the new menu include the Old Peking Fashioned, made with Peking duck infused Hennessey Cognac, which is left for a week before being strained and frozen to separate any impurities. The Cognac is then mixed with roasted sesame syrup, chocolate and Angtostura Bitters, and served with sesame popping candy pancakes filled with chocolate.

Lighter styles of cocktails such as Summer Palace – made with cachaça, lime juice and watermelon syrup topped with watermelon and cucumber – are also available to order.

Cocktails are priced at around £12.50 to £16.

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