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Artesian debuts duality-inspired cocktail menu

Acclaimed London-based bar Artesian has launched a new menu called Duality, featuring seven pairs of cocktails.

The Artesian team celebrating the launch of Duality

Led by head bartender Giulia Cuccurullo and bar manager Lorenza Pezzetta, the cocktail menu features 14 cocktails, each paired with another to represent ‘two sides of the same coin’.

Launching tomorrow (24 May), the drinks list was also inspired by the dual nature of Artesian, as a ‘luxury’ and ‘iconic’ bar that carries out a ‘progressive’ approach to mixology.

Cuccurullo commented: “I am very excited to introduce our first new menu with Lorenza since she joined the Artesian team last year. We were determined to craft a cocktail menu that reflected our innovative spirit yet honoured the incredible legacy of the bar as well.

“I could not be more proud of the end result, which has a true collaborative effort and testament to the fantastic group of individuals I have the chance to work with every day.”

The Hate cocktail of the pairing Love & Hate

The 14 cocktails each draw from a common element, such as an ingredient, style, or technique, expressed in two ways.

For example, the cocktail pairing Good & Evil focuses on the use of passionfruit. While the Good serve offers drinkers the traditionally edible parts of the fruit, featuring a mix of passionfruit, tomato water, white wine and gin, the Evil tipple includes the ‘evil’ part of the ingredient, a liqueur crafted from passionfruit husk poured over ice with oxidised wine and whiskey.

Another cocktail pairing is Right & Wrong, with the Right comprising the key ingredient mango, Ethiopian passion berry, Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey, Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal Cognac, Apricot eaux-de-vie and absinthe, while Wrong combines the mango with Martini Fiero and Ketel One Vodka.

The remaining pairs are: Amo & Odi (Love & Hate); Past & Future; Light & Darkness; Spirit & Matter; Moon & Sun. The cocktails Good, Darkness and Moon offer non-alcoholic variants, with prices ranging from £13 to £26 (US$16-US$33).

Last year, the bar launched Connections, a cocktail menu inspired by the shared experiences that brought people together in 2020.

The Spirits Business caught up with Pezzetta, who discussed her career history in the hospitality industry, for the January 2021 issue of the magazine.

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