The Blind Pig’s famous literary-themed cocktails get a revamp
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Oct 08, 2018
10 January 2019
It all started when the bar set the internet on fire with its first cocktail menu themed on drinks inspired by legendary children’s tales – it probably helped that one of them was Butterbeer, which got Potter fanatics going crazy over the chance to try the renowned wizardly brew for real. So, after this smash hit success, Blind Pig didn’t hesitate to roll out a second literary-themed menu a year later, capturing some more of our most memorable childhood tales in liquid form. Here is a selection of our favourites from this new chapter.
Very Hungry Caterpillar
First up has to be the very hungry caterpillar’s 5-A-Day (inspired by the famous, illustrated bug-themed book). The most striking on the list, this drink is made up of coloured cubed ice, made from the five fruits in the story. If you remember from the famous hole-punched pages, the greedy chappy munches his way through one apple, two pears, three plums, four strawberries and five oranges. The drink is also spiked with a cheeky twist of Patron tequila, lime cordial and Sekforde Tequila mixer, which weren’t included in the original book. It’s all served in a highball glass and garnished with a gummy Caterpillar sweet. We could definitely work our way through, one, two, three, four, five of these tasty things!
Augustus’s Chocolate River Punch is inspired by our favourite Roald Dahl book, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. In homage to its greedy namesake, this drink is truly indulgent, made with Bulleit bourbon, rich chocolate liqueur, agricole rhum, fudge and chocolate milk, served in a glass milk carton along with a much-coveted, edible golden ticket (the 12-year-old you would be totally psyched).
Jemima Puddle Duck
But if you’re not into the sweet stuff, you might prefer the savoury Fowl Play cocktail, inspired by Beatrix Potter’s Jemima Puddle-Duck. This one’s not suitable for vegetarians though – made with duck fat-washed Aylesbury Duck vodka and mixed with ingredients commonly associated with duck dishes, such as honey, orange and a sprig of thyme for garnish. As you can imagine, this is quite a controversial option.
Of course the legendary Hobbit gets a look-in on this book-themed menu, with J.R.R Tolkien’s famous novel represented by the Shire Brew, a cider-based drink spiked with Johnnie Walker Gold Label Whiskey, berry and meadowsweet. A striking bright orange colour and served in a mini tankard, it’s a great option if you want a less fussy cocktail.
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And let’s not forget the ABC Fizz, one of the most eye-catching in the selection. This is a nod to Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit, using mainly earthy vegetables that are high in natural sugars and sweetness, such as carrot, golden beetroot juice and celery sugar. This is all teamed up with fennel vermouth, apple soda, egg white and citrus and finished off with a dash of Remy Martin’s 1738 cognac. Definitely one of the more virtuous drinks on the menu.
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The Tiger Who Came to Tea
If there’s a crowd of you, we say go all out with the Tiger’s Tea Party, inspired by the book The Tiger Who Came to Tea. This extravagant cocktail is like tea for 2 cranked up a notch. You get a bright yellow liquid served in a see-through glass teapot with a mini bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne and a selection of cakes on the side. The cocktail itself is made with BIRDS Riesling distillate, Nikki tigers milk, cilantro falernum, pineapple and jalapeno liqueur. We’re sure tea parties never used to be this much fun.
And – very exciting – the famed Harry Potter offering is back, previously served straight out of a beer tap, (which we must admit, we rather miss), but this time the drink comes in the form of a pre-batch bottle of Best Bottle Butter Bitter, made with Monkey Shoulder whisky, beer, Kamm & Sons, thyme, butterscotch, citrus and bitters. Served with a packet of butterscotch beans – a detail that definitely won us over.
We also can’t forget to mention the menu itself, designed as if it were an actual book of fairy tales with bespoke illustrations by artist Masha Karpushina. She has beautifully portrayed the essence of each of the featured stories, and the cocktail names are written in delicate calligraphic lettering. Put this magical creation together with these creative boozy cocktails and you’ve got the ultimate retreat from the straight-laced grown-up world. Our attention span nowadays may not be great, but this is definitely one book we could curl up with all night.
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