Tuesday, 8 June 2010

BLOOM Gin Cocktails by Simon Thompson @ Hilton, Green Park.

Tiger Green is currently the name of the bar at Hilton, Green Park. It's a friendly place, recently done up with good work still in progress. The Hotel is tucked away in Half Moon Street, Mayfair so it's pretty easy for me to pop over from our new Vanquish office, also in Mayfair.... The bar will have a Gin slant so BLOOM Gin is a natural contender. Simon has come up with a real couple of gems!

BLOOMing Capello

25ml BLOOM Gin
25ml Pimms No. 1
25ml Martini Rosso
Dash Orange Bitters

Add all ingredients together and stir for dilution over ice. pour into an Old Fashioned glass, orange zest and twist.

Simon's perfect serve is with a giant round ice cube which has orange rind frozen into it - it sits perfectly in the old fashioned glass, which is rounded. Sadly I'd got there so promptly it wasn't quite frozen yet so we just made do with loose ice - I'll be back....

A BLOOMing Capello is a twist on a Negroni but the Pimms adds real fruitiness that just doesn't normally come through. The Orangey notes also really compliments the Pomelo in the BLOOM and the floral notes still shine through - smooth and delicious.

Basil 'n BLOOM Martini

70ml BLOOM
Fresh Basil
2 x Lucques Olives
Noilly Prat - Dry

Muddle the olives and basil. stir the Noilly over ice and pour out then add all the ingredients and stir. Double strain into a frozen Martini glass and garnish with a basil leaf.

This Martini is very dry and herbal, the basil works really well with the floral notes of BLOOM and the olives add a real salty note. With 70ml of BLOOM in it, it's not for the faint hearted.... although as I said to Simon and Mohseen "sadly, I can't just sip here all afternoon!"

Simon and Mohseen with the Basil 'n BLOOM Martini, Tiger Green (for now) at The Hilton, Green Park.

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