Pine needle tea, tobacco liqueur and chocolate bitters: The exotic ingredients tickling the A-lists’ tastebuds over BAFTA weekend revealed…
When A-listers gather to rub celebrity shoulders and toast their award season nominations, only the finest cocktails will do.
Now YOU.co.uk has been given a look into the drinks menus at the most exclusive BAFTA bashes this weekend – and plain vodka tonics are definitely off the menu.
Mixologists from London’s most prestigious bars – Sexy Fish, Café Monico, The Savoy, London Edition and Nightjar – have shared their creations, which include ingredients ranging from tobacco liqueur to Szechuan-infused vodka.
At the Weinstein official after-party at The Royal Albert Hall on Sunday February 12, stars including Leading Actress winner Emma Stone and Leading Actor winner Casey Affleck were sipping on Matcha-infused Grey Goose City of Stars.
But these aren’t just for the A-list. Film fans can try the BAFTA drinks menus at The Grey Goose Fifth Floor Bar at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, or at the following bars featured, before the end of February.
Scroll down to find out how to make these drinks at home. Bottoms up!
GREY GOOSE BLINDFOLD
Xavier Landais, Sexy Fish
Inspiration for cocktail: ‘Search for Justice’
A rich and silky cocktail infused with warm, smoky notes, providing a perfectly balanced evening cocktail choice
35ml Irish Stout (Guinness)
20ml Perique Tobacco Liqueur
3 Dash Chocolate bitters
2.5ml Vanilla syrup
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir. Squeeze orange zest to release the aromas over the top of the drink (then discard). Finish with a white rose petal to garnish
GREY GOOSE BEAR NECESSITIES
Andy Shannon, London Edition Hotel
Inspiration for cocktail: ‘Against All Odds’
Refreshingly sweet with spicy notes, this fragrant light serve would make an elegant guest at any soiree
20ml Pine Needle Tea
20ml Ginger syrup
10ml Yellow Chartreuse
25ml Lime juice
Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker and double strain. Serve in a rocks glass with a sprig of pine needles and lime wheel to garnish
GREY GOOSE CITY OF STARS
Erik Lorincz, American Bar at The Savoy Hotel
Inspiration for cocktail: ‘Life’s Journey’
A smooth, creamy and sour cocktail, with a smokey finish – dusted with a touch of matcha tea, designed to take your senses on an exotic journey
15ml Roots Mastiha
30ml Lemon juice
15ml Roasted sunflower honey
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a martini cocktail glass. Dust with matcha tea
GREY GOOSE MEZZO E MEZZO #2
Tom Kerr, Café Monico, Soho House Group
Inspiration for cocktail: ‘A Question of Heroism’
The perfect alternative to a classic aperitivo, a long, dry, refreshing serve, with hints of grapefruit and a bitter finish
35ml Mezzo E Mezzo
15ml Simple syrup
Top with sparkling water
Add all ingredients (except sparkling water) with 1 ice cube into a cocktail shaker and shake. Serve in a highball glass over ice before topping with sparkling water.
Pinch grapefruit zest to release the aromas over the top of the drink, then discard. Garnish with a grapefruit slice
GREY GOOSE A DREAM HAS A PRICE
Tony Pescatori, Nightjar
Inspiration for cocktail: ‘Enterprenurial Spirit’
Wonderfully fruity and aromatic, created with a unique blend of infusions and flavours, including green szechuan-infused GREY GOOSE, this cocktail is perfect for those with an adventurous palate
45ml Vodka, Green szechuan infusion (add 2g of green szechuan per bottle and allow to infuse for three days)
45ml aronia berry juice
45ml Solerno liquer
1/2 mandarin, freshly squeezed
Splash of tonic water
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Roll between shaker tins before serving in a highball over ice. Top with tonic and garnish with lemon balm, golden redcurrants and dry wheat, flamed for aroma