Here at Access HQ we love to travel – it’s our thing – and like many of you we’re yearning to explore the world once more. We’re busy talking, emailing and ‘zooming’ with suppliers and clients alike to discuss the safest ways to get us back into that exciting, vast and wonderful world.
During this lockdown, and whilst we begin to stir, we wanted to discover how to bring a little bit of the world into our homes. Eureka! What’s more fun than stimulating the senses, tickling the taste buds, and inspiring your mind to soar? So, over the coming days we’ll share our favourite tipples from around the globe….
An absolute classic. Singapore Slings are synonymous with Raffles and Singapore itself; widely regarded as the national drink of the country. The original cocktail was first created by Raffles bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. Picture yourself, surrounded by luxury and shrouded in tradition. Take a peek at the iconic Raffles Singapore, then whip up your own bit of history.
15ml Cherry Brandy
7.5ml Benedictine DOM
120ml Pineapple Juice
15ml Lime Juice
A dash of Angostura Bitters
Well shaken, with Ice
Paris, a city full of romance, drama and haute couture. The Maison Souquet embodies the hedonistic, lavish and slightly dashing side of Parisian culture. An intimate, striking and boutique bolt-hole to explore this city of intrigue and pleasure. So, dress up, dip the lights low and celebrate all things chic like a true Parisian.
60 ml Dry Vermouth
45 ml Gin
15 ml Crème de Cassis
Garnish with Blackberries
Add the vermouth, gin and crème de cassis to your mixing glass with ice and stir.
Boston Rum Punch
Boston is a perfect blend of the old and the new, bathed in that famous New England autumnal glow. Home to the “cradle of liberty”, the Freedom Trail and the USS Constitution as well as educational powerhouses Harvard and MIT. The Boston Harbor Hotel is the original dame, the grand and striking venue that’s “classically current”. As an honorary Bostonian, don that Red Sox jersey, enjoy a ‘Fenway Frank’ and shout cheers to this vibrant, eclectic city.
60 ml Traditional Jamaican Rum
Lemonade (home made)
Peels of 6 Lemons
150g of Demerara Sugar
178 ml Lemon Juice
710 ml Water
Garnish Nutmeg or half a strawberry and an orange slice
Add the Rum into a shaker with finely cracked ice and fill with lemonade, then shake briefly.
The party capital of Japan; this urban, playful playground comes alive at night. Neon lights, skyscrapers and hectic bars fill this sprawling city. The Conrad Osaka your ‘address in the sky’ combines the spectacular skyline with ultra-modern luxury. Osaka is not without its history; the 16th century shogunate Osaka Castle stands imposing and proud amongst the humming nightlife and contemporary architecture. Raise a glass to this personality packed city and say “kanpai!” the literal meaning is “dry cup”! Says it all really.
90 ml Vodka
30 ml Sake
Garnish with a picked plum
Shake with cracked ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Our fair capital, a fitting end to our whistle–stop tour; and no trip around the world would be complete without a “Fogg” or two. A cosmopolitan city that’s bursting with heritage, intrigue and a love of the arts, it’s home to the political and royal households, as well as theatres, museums and galleries aplenty. Dukes, housed in historic St James’s Mayfair and still flying its Union Jack above the courtyard entrance, exudes quintessential British charm in elegant surroundings. Whatever the weather, tip your hat, raise a toast and get just a little ‘Scotch Mist’. (Then test your friends on their Cockney rhyming slang.)
40 ml Gin
7.5 ml Pernod Abinsthe
Add gin and Pernod to a glass filled with ice and stir.
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