In light of recent political events – and events to come (supposedly) by the 29th March – we’ve lovingly dubbed our guest cocktail this month ‘Theresa’s Kick’.
Also keeping one eye on St Patrick’s Day, we’ve starred a good measure of Slane Irish Whiskey at its base, and built upon that with some Almond Syrup, Oloroso Sherry, Lemon Juice, Absinthe, and a dash of Orange Bitters.
It’s available all month for £6 as per tradition. Let’s raise a glass to St Paddy and give ol’ Theresa a kick for good measure.
Theresa’s Kick – Slane Irish Whiskey, Almond Syrup, Oloroso Sherry, Lemon Juice, Absinthe & Orange Bitters.
The festive December edition of our Guest Cocktail line-up was this guy, who we dubbed ‘Nutcracker’.
It was chock-full of Christmass-y flavours to get patrons in the mood for the yuletide, with walnut, sage, orange, and chestnut starring. And it was pretty special for another reason, too – since it was our first showcase of Glenfiddich’s brand-new experimental IPA cask-finished scotch.
The Glenfiddich IPA Experiment is the first single malt Scotch whisky finished in IPA craft beer casks, but not just any craft beer.. they had a go at making their own.
It represents the first in a groundbreaking series, and with it Malt Master Brian Kinsman has proven that traditional whisky casks can still be seasoned in a pioneering way.
And so we felt it only right to feature it heavily in our serve for December.
Take a peek below:
Nutcracker – Glenfiddich IPA Cask | Sage & Chestnut Syrup | Walnut Aperitif | Orange | Abbot’s Bitters.
The 4th October sees us host a very special Buffalo Trace Antiques Collection Masterclass in the afternoon, which will involve an in-depth, 2-hour long tasting and talk with Drew Mayville – Buffalo Trace’s Master Blender.
He’ll be making the journey all the way across the pond to Spitalfields to join us. Whilst here, he will be using his expertise to give our guests an unparalleled insight into the art of whiskey blending, spilling some serious insider knowledge on the finer points of the liquids along the way.
Kicking off just after lunch time at 1:30pm, giving guests a chance to line their stomachs beforehand, they will sip on five of the finest bourbons from Buffalo Trace’s Kentucky-based distillery, all aged between 6 and 18 years for your enjoyment.
You’ll also learn a bit about the history of the stuff, what makes bourbon distinct from other whiskey categories, and the varying processes of each, as you go.
Tickets are £20 and available here.
July’s guest cocktail was a cracker even though we say so ourselves. We dubbed it Highlander, with one eye trained on International Tequila Day which took place on the 24th.
In light of this, we thought we’d pay our respects to the versatile agave spirit and collaborated with Tapatio Blanco Tequila for the occasion.
The serve featured a hearty base of Tapatio Tequila Blanco, before we added Aperitivo, Pineapple, Lime, and Gusto Syrup, before topping it off with a dash of Tiki bitters to balance it out nicely.
The Camarena family, who distill Tapatio to this day, can trace their tequila heritage all the way back to the early 1800s and they opened their very own distillery, La Atleña, back in 1937.
Barely filtered to preserve mouth feel, texture and viscosity of the estate grown Blue Agave, the Blanco is the most traditional as well as the popular of Tapatio’s growing range of agave spirits – and with good reason.
It stands alone with its pure classic flavor profile of 100% Blue Agave Tequila from the highlands.
We’ve featured it heavily in our guest serve, so if you missed out why not ask your bartender if he can rustle up something similar?
Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for the 5th May, marks the date when the Mexican army defeated the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
It’s become a big annual celebration across the Atlantic in Mexico and the US, and this year it came to Discount Suit Company for the second year running.
The night itself kicked off at 6pm, and the importation of Mexican party vibes proved to be a great fit once more.
The Latin themes ran strongly throughout our liquid refreshments for the night, which included our guest serve for the month, Señor Juan.. as well as plenty of Mezcal shots.
Featuring Quiquiriqui Mezcal firmly at its base, Juan played on his Mexican heritage with hibiscus & lime also starring. A herbaceous edge was supplied, with a little sage to round him off.
Meanwhile, spirits were kept high all night with a healthy playlist of Latin Boogaloo bangers, which were flying off our decks courtesy of resident DJ, Danny Roberts.
There was also a feast of Mexican bites as nourishment for our fiesta, including Nachos and even a homemade salsa.
Thanks to everyone who came down to this year’s fiesta for a dance and a drink-up, it was great to have you. All the more so since there wasn’t a Trump in sight.
You can also still get your hands on our guest cocktail for May, Señor Juan, if you wanted to keep the Latin spirit alive.
For the whole month of November we’re featuring Smooth Ambler Old Scout American whiskey in our guest cocktail, as well as one half of that famous double-act – a beer ‘n’ a bump.
Scouted Old Fashioned
Old Scout American Whiskey, Cane Sugar, Bitters & Orange Zest
Beer ‘n’ a Bump
A shot of Old Scout American Whiskey with a choice of Umbrella Brewing Ginger Beer, Kingdom Pils, or Tiny Rebel Beat Box Pale Ale.
Drink Up London’s, London Cocktail Week 2017 DSC saw a belter of a drink down at the bar.
Benandonner – Elements of Islay Whisky PEAT, Ruby Port, Millionaire Syrup & Lemon
The cocktail was somewhat inspired by the ‘Giant’s Causeway’, with Element’s Of Islay PEAT whisky taking centre stage. The drink was named after a Scottish giant named Benandonner, who was scared off babies…
He was a fearsome beast of a giant with flaming red hair and an extremely burly beard. As you might imagine, he was not known for his placid nature. One day Benandonner challenged Irish giant Finn-Maccool to a fight by yelling terrible insults across the sea.
“Yar boo and sucks,” retorted Finn-Maccool. “You think you’re so tough. Well, come here and say that!”. To prove he meant business, he single handedly constructed a bridge across the sea stretching all the way from Ireland to Scotland.
Benandonner eagerly stumbled across the Giant’s Causeway for the wrestling match of the century. When he stepped on to Irish soil there was no sign of his rival. Instead he noticed a giant baby almost as big as he.
“Och, if that’s the wee baby bairn, what must the daddy be like?” he thought. Benandonner was large, but not that large. In a panic, he decided he’d been there and done that and fled back to Scotland, tearing the Causeway apart as he went.
The giant baby laughed. It was Finn-Maccool wrapped in a huge sheet. Another triumph for Ireland’s sneakiest giant.
For our October guest stint, we thought we’d tie in with London Cocktail Week seeing as we’re a stones throw from LCW Cocktail Village in Spitalfields. Our good friends at Bán Poitín and Umbrella Brewing were up for collaborating on creating something deadly.
Natural Bán Killer
Bán Poitin, Orgeat, Apple, Lemon, Topped with Umbrella Brewing Ginger Beer.