Global cultures inspire St James’ cocktail menu
St James Bar at London hotel Sofitel St James is preparing to launch its Passport menu, which features drinks inspired by flavours and cultures from around the world.
Launching on 1 November, the bar’s latest menu is designed to look like a passport, with each cocktail displayed with a stamp from the country it is inspired by.
Cocktails on the menu are influenced by countries including Japan, Iceland, Greece and the US. Drinks include the La Bandera, inspired by Mexico and made with Calle 23 Tequila, Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, avocado liqueur and ginger beer reduction.
The list also features the Apothecary, inspired by France and made with Miclo EDV Pear, Bonal, grape leaf cordial, pine, honey and lime.
Alongside each drink’s description, the menu will feature QR codes that, when scanned, will direct guests to a short video showing how the cocktail was created.
As well as the bar’s internationally-inspired cocktails, St James will also offer a menu of non-alcoholic cocktails, global whiskies, Champagnes and wines. A menu of bar snacks created in partnership with Anthony Demetre of Wild Honey St James will also be available.
Click through our gallery to find out more about the drinks on the menu at St James
Inspired by the blossom season of Japan, Shodu is made with Roku Gin, lemon and egg white and a syrup made with Japanese tea flavours of black cherry, green tea and apricot.
This US-inspired cocktail celebrates man’s legendary first steps on the moon. It has flavours of grapefruit, strawberry and orange, and is made with curaçao, Maker’s Mark Bourbon and black pepper and a puff of edible dark spray.
Heaven Howler is a tribute to Iceland’s Prohibition period and blends local Icelandic Himbrimi Old Tom Gin with a pale ale, rhubarb and thyme.
5 to 7
5 to 7 is a nod to Italy’s concept of aperitivo and mixes coffee-infused Campari, Amaro Montenegro, pink grapefruit and soda.