I recently returned to work for one of my clients The Wellesley Hotel, in Knightsbridge to shoot one of my favourite subjects – cocktails – for the launch of their brand new cocktail menu, which marks its five year anniversary, with one cocktail to represent each year.
Medio Tiempo: Dedicated to the hotel’s illustrious cigar collection
The Medio Tempo is made with Havana Club Rum infused at the hotel with Behike 52 cigar leaf. Mixed with vermouth, chocolate liqueur and chocolate bitter, it is finished with wood smoke for a smoky aroma.
The Wellesley Martini: A nod to 1920s icon and cigar aficionado Winston Churchill
The Wellesley Martini is a staple in the Crystal Bar’s history having been served since day one, made using Belvedere vodka and homemade vermouth with a pomelo twist. It was known to be a favourite of Winston Churchill, whose portrait hangs in the Cigar Lounge painted directly onto tobacco leaves.
Bossa Nova Bass: An ode to the hotel’s elegant Jazz Lounge
The fruity Bossa Nova Bass is inspired by the Brazilian jazz genre, and is made with gin, apricot brandy, lemon juice, Galliano liqueur and pineapple juice.
Silver Lady: In honour of the hotel’s Rolls-Royce
The Silver Lady is a take on the 1920s sidecar cocktail and named after the bonnet ornament of the hotel’s Rolls-Royce, which offers a complimentary drop-off service to all guests. It consists of Calvados, Grand Marnier and lemon juice.
Ella Fitzgerald: In celebration of The Wellesley’s Art Deco design
The Ella Fitzgerald is dedicated to the 1920s icon and ‘Queen of Jazz’ as a nod to the hotel’s 1920s Art Deco interior design. It is made using Chivas Regal 12, vanilla syrup, hibiscus citron tea and Mandarine Napoleon.
If you want to sample one of these cocktails yourself, you can simply head over there, perhaps during one of their special events. For more information head to their website www.thewellesley.co.uk. Or, go crazy and order one of each………