One of the things I love about my job is that I get to do diverse things and meet quite a lot of people. Today I met Jared Howe from our Lobby Bar, and he wanted to show me the two brand new additions to our cocktail menu. My immediate thought was "Great, a chance to nip out of the office for a while, take some pictures in our bar and have a chat." Of course, I would also get to taste the new cocktails, which was also interesting...
The new cocktails, Jared tells me, are loosely based on the Royal Wedding, an event that brings joy to most Britons and calls for a celebration. However, he didn't want to keep it at that, and decided to name one of the cocktails "Hime", which means "princess" in Japanese.
He wants to be able to talk to people about the huge disaster that hit Japan last March and make sure that we all do our bit to cooperate. After the Japan disaster, all the proceeds from Asahi beers sold, which were around £230.00, went to the Japanese Embassy in London, which has set up a fund to support relief efforts.
The second cocktail is a non-alcoholic creation to commemorate the Royal Wedding and is called "Love Potion". It's a refreshing and sophisticated long drink, if only a tad more frivolous.
The Love Potion is especially welcome in a warm summer day, like those we are having lately in London.
The ingredients, for those brave enough to make these at home are the following, if you need explanation on the preparation, let me know (I would!).
Hime by Jared Howe
- Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
- 4 or 5 fresh raspberries (and 3 more for garnish)
- Raspberry purée
- 3 leaves of basil (and a few more for garnish)
- 2 thin slices of lemon
- Crushed ice to taste
Love Potion by Jared Howe.
- Green Tea
- Caster sugar
- Pineapple juice
- Orange juice
- Passion fruit pulp
You can try to make them at home, if so, let me know if you wish to have the quantities of each ingredient, and if you are not too handy with the Boston shaker, you can always drop by our Lobby Bar, on 81 Jermyn Street, and enjoy our prestigious location in Central London.