Let’s face it, growing up sucks. You have to pay taxes, you’re forced to go into the office whatever the weather (there are no ‘snow days’ after secondary school) and you no longer make it home in time to catch an episode of The Simpsons. One thing adults do have as an advantage over children though, is that they can drink.
This World Book Day, Soho cocktail bar The Blind Pig will be serving up drinks inspired by some of your favourite childhood stories. The bar, which is the brainchild of Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton, will serve its ‘Long and short: Great British Tails’ collection to literary-loving imbibers.
There are 12 cocktails to choose from, with the inspiration behind them ranging from The Big Friendly Giant, to Winnie The Pooh. We've highlighted a few of the most tempting below...
5-a-Day (inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar)
This colourful tipple features ice made from the five fruits from the story (apple, strawberry, pear, orange and plum) along with Tequila, lime cordial and Sekfords newest ‘Tequila mixer’. It arrives served in a highball glass and comes garnished with a gummy caterpillar sweet.
ABC Fizz (inspired by Peter Rabbit)
This Instagram-friendly sip pays homage to everyone’s favourite fictional rabbit, and blends Remy Martin 1738 with fennel seed vermouth, apple soda, beetroot, carrot, citrus, egg white and celery sugar. We’re big fans of its bright orange hue, and the foamy topping looks great too.
Dream Jar (inspired by The Big Friendly Giant)
It might have been a while since you sat down to watch the BFG, but who can forget the charming story of how a seemingly scary giant gifts the world with dreams to enjoy at night (so that’s where those come from). The Blind Pig’s tribute to the novel blends Hendricks Orbium, Midori, vanilla, citrus, cucumber and watermelon soda, before finishing off with a 'snozzcumber' meringue foam.
Tiger’s Tea for Two (inspired by The Tiger Who Came To Tea)
If you want something a bit more substantial than a cocktail, why not enjoy this grown-up tea? You and your drinking buddy will enjoy a teapot’s worth of Birds botanical Reisling distillate, completed by Nikki Tiger milk, coriander falernum, jalapeño, pineapple and Moët Champagne. Your tea will be served alongside a selection of miniature cakes and other treats, to satisfy any sugar cravings.
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