Sunday, April 24, 2016

Drink in Shakespeare's Honor

On April 23, worldwide fans came together to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Regarded as one of the greatest writers to have ever lived, Shakespeare covered almost every genre in the form of comedies, tragedies and romance and his work continues to inspire to this very day.
 
Lots of celebrations everywhere – especially in Britain, as the country becomes awash with events and experiences in honor of its most celebrated writer.
 
And indeed, a celebration is incomplete unless it includes food and beverage.
 
A sample of 'watering holes' that have added a Shakespearean touch to their offerings.
 
Romeo and Juliet is a flight of three classy cocktails that mixologists have put together @ The Distillery Bar at Hilton London Bankside.

Available all through April 2016, this is an imaginative selection of Shakespeare-inspired cocktails (with seldom used alcohols like absinth and sherry) – going as far as presenting them on their own stage!


 
 










You get three different types of cocktails in a modern setting at just £15 for three different types of cocktails – and this surely represents excellent value as far as London standards go.
 
And @ the TwoRuba bar at Hilton London Tower Bridge – they have boozy Bard cocktails available from April 01 – 30 that include specials such as the Mint Julep Caesar (priced at £11).

This bourbon-based tipple is getting a makeover, with a much welcome addition of freshly muddled blackberries and a dash of crème de cassis, cutting through the toasty wood and coffee flavors and complementing the sweet spicy notes of Kentucky’s favorite brown liquid.
 
The Tempest is a dreamy cocktail concoction that is available from April 23 to May 22 @ The Refinery Bar in Southwark Street in Bankside as well as The Fable Bar & Restaurant in Holborn Viaduct both are part of the Drake & Morgan collection of London bars and restaurants.
 
Inspired by the fairytale gardens referenced in Shakespeare’s plays including “The Tempest”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Much Ado About Nothing”, the tempting tipple combines fresh figs and plum with port, maple syrup and Courvoisier – the perfect sip whether you’re a budding Romeo looking to woo your lady, a damsel in distress or just enjoying a drink with friends.














The Hamptons Bar at St James’ Court Hotel in Buckingham Gate, London have twelve different cocktails – again Shakespearean-inspired – during this month of April.








 







The Macbramble Рinspired by MacBeth Рblends Bombay gin, Cr̬me de Mure, lemon juice and sugar syrup over crushed ice.
 
Other cocktails. Such as the Taming of the Sea Breeze
















 
 
And the Friar’s Potion










 







On Thursday, I was at KL’s Petronas Twin Towers to attend the Pesona Toastmasters meeting. I was an Evaluator for an Advanced speaker – the speech unfortunately didn’t quite turn out as expected.
 










 

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