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Vespucci Punch Spiced Whisky Smash Red Rum Pont Des Arts White Orchid The Bartenders Japanese Cocktail Sidecar The Tombstone Old Fashioned West Indies Punch Trader Vic Mai Tai Anejo Highball Bramble Jasmine Tommy s Margarita Margarita Marmalade Cocktail The Cities Mint Julep Bloody Mary Alexander John Collins Hemingway Daiquiri Daiquiri Caipirinha Caipirissima Mojito Aviation Mim Martini
Mim Recommends Every restaurant & bar should have their own selection of signature cocktails that sets them apart from the rest, and in the following eight, Mim has an offering to be proud of. From Mim s original signature cocktail, the Mim Fusion right up to the Auld Alliance , submitted to me by drinks historian Robert Hess. Mim Fusion - Gin An adaptation of a winning drink I created for a drinks competition in 2008, and which I m now proud to call Mim s signature cocktail. Saffron gin, Grand Marnier, orange bitters, fresh lemon juice, vanilla sugar syrup and ginger beer. Mediterranean Fizz - Vodka Influenced by flavours of the Mediterranean, this is an intriguing combination of flavours served on a base of grape vodka. Also available as a non-alcoholic option. Ciroc vodka, fresh white grapes, basil leaves, vanilla sugar syrup, fresh lemon juice and sparkling water. Vanilla & Coconut Lassi Rum or Vodka Lassi is a traditional Indian beverage, made by mixing yoghurt, water, spices, fruit juice and either sugar or salt. Our adaptation is of the sweetened variety, served on a base of rum or vodka. Also available as a non-alcoholic option. Pampero Especial rum or Smirnoff Black Label vodka, Greek yoghurt, coconut milk, fresh lime juice, vanilla sugar syrup, saffron and cardamom. Auld Alliance Gin This drink was submitted to me by American drinks historian, Robert Hess, and is an ideal fit with the offerings of Mim. Its name comes from the Auld Alliance of Scotland and France, which you will find in the drink. Tanqueray gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh lime juice and orgeat almond syrup. Vespucci Punch - Rum This drink is named after Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci who, upon discovering Venezuela, remarked that the village they'd encountered reminded him of Venice and so named it "Venezuola" (which translates to "Little Venice"). Pampero Especial rum, fresh white grapefruit juice, orange marmalade, orgeat almond syrup and Angostura bitters. Spiced Whisky Smash Whisky or Bourbon Around 2005, I came across a fantastic drink in London called a Fuego Manzana (rum, fresh apple, chilli syrup and lime juice). This inspired me to create a similar drink recognising my background, with Scottish and middle-eastern influences. Fresh orange wedges, honey, red chilli, and Glenmorangie Original malt whisky or Bulleit bourbon. Red Rum - Rum Created by Australian bartender Jason Scott, co-owner of Bramble in Edinburgh, the drink is named after the only horse to win three Grand Nationals. Not because it s red and contains rum Redcurrants, Appleton V/X rum, sloe gin, fresh lemon juice and sugar syrup.
Pont Des Arts Sparkling wine & Cognac This is my variation on the classic Champagne Cocktail, which consists of brandy, sugar, Angostura bitters and sparkling wine. Staying true to the original, I ve adapted the recipe to offer a more aromatic, complex drink. Sugar cube, Angostura orange bitters, Hennessy Fine de Cognac, St. Germain elderflower liqueur and sparkling wine. White Orchid - Vodka The White Orchid is a drink adapted from a recipe I discovered a few years back, and one that s proven to be very popular throughout the years Belvedere Cytrus vodka, Cointreau, white cacao, fresh lemon juice and vanilla sugar syrup.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Bartenders Behind every great drink, there s a great bartender. The next eight drinks were created by some of the most influential bartenders to ever walk the Earth. From Professor Jerry Thomas, who wrote the first bar manual, How to Mix Drinks (A Bartenders Guide), in 1862, right up to living legend Dale De Groff, aka King Cocktail and author of The Craft of the Cocktail, Japanese Cocktail Cognac Considered as the father of the cocktail, Professor Jerry Thomas is the author of the oldest bar manual known to man, How to Mix Drinks (A Bartenders Guide) , first published in 1862. The Japanese Cocktail can be found in Thomas second book, published in 1887. Hennessy Fine de Cognac, fresh lemon juice, almond and sugar syrups. Or try a Sidecar with Hennessy Fine de Cognac, Cointreau and fresh lemon juice. The Tombstone Whisky The name for this drink is to commemorate the first time it was served, the day a group of New York bartenders and writers found Jerry Thomas grave. The group were led by Dave Wondrich, widely recognised in the drinks industry as the world s foremost authority on the history of cocktails. Baillie Nicol Jarvie blended whisky, Demerara sugar syrup, Angostura and orange bitters. Or try a Classic Old Fashioned with Havana Club 7 Year Old rum or Buffalo Trace Bourbon, bitters and sugar syrup. West Indies Punch Rum & Cognac Opened in 1933 by Ernest Beaumont-Gantt, Don the Beachcomber was the original tiki bar, starting a craze which continues to this day with Mahiki and Trailer Happiness in London, and Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh. Appleton V/X rum, Hennessy Fine de Cognac, fresh lime juice, sugar syrup and Angostura bitters. Trader Vic Mai Tai Rum Undoubtedly one the best tasting drinks ever created, the Trader Vic Mai Tai was created by the other forefather of Tiki culture, Victor Bergeron, in 1944 at his Trader Vic s restaurant in Oakland, USA. Appleton V/X rum, Grand Marnier, fresh lime juice, almond and sugar syrups.
Anejo Highball Rum New York based Dale De Groff, aka King Cocktail, is the world s most famous living bartender, the author of The Craft of the Cocktail , and is regarded by many as the man responsible for the success of the Cosmopolitan. Pampero Especial rum, Grand Marnier, fresh lime juice, Angostura bitters and ginger beer. Bramble Gin If the United Kingdom were looking for their Dale DeGroff , then look no further than Dick Bradsell. Responsible for training some of the finest bartenders this country has to offer, Bradsell almost single-handedly revived cocktail culture in London during the 80s and 90s. Tanqueray gin, fresh lemon juice, sugar syrup and blackberry liqueur. Jasmine Gin A former bartender turned architect, Paul Harrington is the author of The Drinks Bible for the 21st Century . Regarded as one of America s greatest bartenders, one of a select band that kick-started cocktail culture on the west-coast of the US. Tanqueray gin, Campari, Cointreau, fresh lemon juice and sugar syrup. Tommy s Margarita Tequila You re not a true tequila aficionado if you haven t heard of Julio Bermejo, the tequila ambassador for the United States, and once described in the Wall Street Journal as the epicentre of the tequila revolution. This is the signature drink from his restaurant, Tommy s in San Francisco. Jose Cuervo Tradicional tequila, fresh lime juice and agave nectar. Or try a Classic Margarita (f) with Jose Cuervo Tradicional, fresh lime juice and Cointreau. Marmalade Cocktail Originally created by London bartender Harry Craddock in the 1920s, this drink saw something of a revival when Salvatore Calabrese of Salvatore s at Fifty adapted the drink for the Library Bar, London and re-named it Breakfast Martini . Orange marmalade, Plymouth gin, Cointreau, lemon juice and sugar syrup. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Cities Paris, New York, London, Havana, Rio De Janiero and Kentucky Six cities synonymous with some of the finest cocktails ever created. We ve selected eight of the most recognisable libations originating from these cities for your delectation. Mint Julep Bourbon or Cognac (f) The world famous drink of the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep is the quintessential Deep South cocktail. Its name derives from the Arabic word julab , meaning rosewater, and is regarded by many as the pre-cursor to the Cuban Mojito. Bulleit bourbon or Hennessy Fine de Cognac, fresh mint and sugar syrup. Bloody Mary Vodka This is our lighter version of the drink created in 1920 by Fernand Petoit at Harry s New York Bar in Paris. Belvedere Cytrus vodka, fresh cherry tomatoes, basil, lemon juice, red chill, sugar, salt and pepper.
Alexander Gin or Cognac Pre-prohibition classic which first appeared in print in 1915 in Hugo Ensslin s Recipes for Mixed Drinks , although it s a fair guess that it was being enjoyed in America long before then. Hennessy Fine de Cognac or Tanqueray gin, dark cacao, milk and cream. John Collins Gin (f) Considered by many to be an English invention, this refreshing drink was created by John Collins, a waiter at Limmer s Hotel in London. Also available as a non-alcoholic option. Tanqueray gin, fresh lemon juice, sugar syrup and soda. Hemingway Daiquiri Rum This was created for famed novelist Ernest Hemingway by legendary Cuban bartender Constantino Ribalagua, a bartender at one of Hemingway s favourite bars in Havana, El Floridita. 10 Cane rum, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, sugar syrup, fresh lime and white grapefruit juices. Or try a Classic Daiquiri (f) with 10 Cane rum, fresh lime juice and sugar syrup. Caipirinha Cachaca (f) Pronounced KYE-PI-REEN-YA, which translates to Little Peasant , this is a traditional Brazilian cocktail that utilises the national spirit, Cachaca, a derivative of rum distilled from sugar cane juice. Cachaca, fresh lime and sugar syrup. Or try a Caipirissima (f) with Havana Club 3 Year Old, fresh lime and sugar syrup. Mojito Rum (f) Arguably the most famous drink in the world today and undoubtedly one of the most refreshing. The Mojito was likely invented sometime in the 1800 s after Americans introduced the Mint Julep to Cuban locals. Also available as a non-alcoholic option. Havana Club 3 year old rum, fresh lime juice, mint, sugar syrup and soda. Aviation Gin A stunning take on the original recipe, first printed in 1916 in Hugo Ensslin s Recipe for Mixed Drinks . The original is widely accredited to Ensslin, a bartender at the Wallick Hotel on Times Square. Plymouth gin, Luxardo maraschino Liqueur, lemon juice and sugar syrup. Mim Martini Gin or Vodka The origins of the Martini are debated the world over, although it is largely agreed that it was likely to have been created in New York at some time during the turn of the last century. Tanqueray 10 gin or Belvedere Pure vodka, dry vermouth and orange bitters.
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