Slow Drinks at Imbibe!

Slow Grown Fruit Cup


Again, sorry for the absence but the summer was real busy for me, back to it and hopefully i can get back to it. News is that i am sstill working with training at Shaker, writing a few menus, working on some exciting concepts for new bars with shaker too. The most exciting being Nightjar, soon to open in Shoreditch with the awesome Marian Beke at the helm!


Though for now, i just found this and thought i’d share it, it relates to the slow drinks movement at Imbibe over the summer.

The key to the drink is that the freshness of the garnishes are what give it its true character


And here is the recipe which i failed to provide!

Slow Grown Fruit Cup

25ml Gin (i used Brockmans though really, any Gin will obviously give this drink a different dimension. Beefeater works well, as does Blackwoods, Bloom etc

5ml Cointreau

25ml Beetroot-infused vermouth
(to make the vermouth, take 3 homegrown beetroots, peeled!!, boil whole in 1 pint water for 20 -30mins then add 50 to 70g caster sugar to taste and reduce mixture. Blitz all together in a food processer and fine strain. Add to 2/3 bottle Martini Rosso) nb. it is normally better to boil beets with skins on but this works better for this application.

I added the following garnishes to the glass, just brushing them loosely to release their aroma, along with some sliced lemons. Though really, fruit cups should be garnished with whatever is in season and the most aromatic at the time of year. You can also switch to brown spirits with more spices for winter.

2 Lime leaves ripped
2 -3 slices lemon
1 Lavender sprig
1 Rosemary sprig

I then topped it with Rose lemonade from Fentimans, though ginger ale, gingeer beer, sicilian lemonade all work well.

The key to the drink is that the freshness of the garnishes are what give it its true character. the beetroot gives colour but provides an eearthiness whihc is needed when working with floral/green aromas.




2 Responses to “Slow Drinks at Imbibe!”

  1. 1 Becki Ploegaerts
    October 26, 2010 at 9:24 am

    This sounds wonderful! Ok we’re going to come to London before xmas and I want one please!

  2. 2 Viv
    February 26, 2011 at 6:57 pm


    I have been enjoying your blog for some time now and thought I would ask a favour about a bar design. I am unable to send you an attachment which might help in explaining my predicament.

    Would you mind sending me an email address so that I can send this to you?

    Thanks a lot


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