Nightjar launches new art-inspired cocktail menu

6th July, 2018 by Melita Kiely

Award-winning London bar Nightjar has unveiled a new cocktail menu featuring drinks inspired by the arts and crafts philosophy between 1880 and 1920.


Nightjar’s new Arts & Crafts menu includes the Fandango cocktail, pictured above

The new menu, titled Arts & Crafts, looks at the connection between bartenders and artists while taking leads from the arts and crafts movement, which was popular in Europe and North America.

Created by Nightjar head bartender Antonio Pescatori and his team, each cocktail emulates the group’s “artistic vision and attention to detail” and is presented in glassware and vessels designed by the team.


The Olivette cocktail from Nightjar

Like all previous Nightjar menus, the cocktails are twists on classic recipes.

Cocktails include Olivette, made with Ketel One vodka, Rinomato Aperitivo, apricot beer, prosecco, buchu leaf liqueur and Kalamata olive brine. The cocktail is a twist on a recipe from Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails by Harry MacElhone, published in 1925.

Other libations include Honeymoon, made with Glenfiddich 12 Year Old whisky, house-made forbidden fruit liqueur (pomelo citrus, Sherry and dry vermouth), artichoke mead wine, Bulgarian rose infusion, Cynar, mead wine, fresh lemon and myrrh absinthe bitters. Honeymoon is a twist on a drink from Recipes for Mixed Drinks by Hugo Ensslin, 1916.

A third example is Fandango, which is a mix of Ysabel Regina, Avuá Amburana Cachaça, Port, Amontillado Sherry, Madeira and Amarguinha Liqueur, inspired by Cocktail de Paris by Georges Gabriel Thenon, 1929.

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