Cocktails
The Herbal Southside
Cocktails Posted: 12/04/2017
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The Herbal Southside To keep things spiced up, we try to incorporate a little difference where we can, and we have certainly done that with our twist on the classic Southside cocktail. We took the Southside cocktail and shook things up a bit by using our Manuka infused Gin, hence re-naming it as ‘Herbal Southside’. We are the only Restaurant around to home brew Gin with Manuka, and these are the...

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A Second Place Cocktail - Grasshopper
Cocktails Posted: 22/03/2017
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A Second Place Cocktail - Grasshopper Chocolate and mint is a match made in heaven, there's no disputing that.  This classic cocktail is perfect for after dinner, with its sweet, minty and refreshing taste, you can’t really go wrong! The name derives from its green colour which is from the inclusion of crčme de menthe. In New Yo...

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El Diablo - A ginger spiced spring delight
Cocktails Posted: 17/03/2017
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El Diablo - A ginger spiced spring delight El Diablo – a ginger spiced spring delight The El Diablo (translated to English ‘The Devil’) was created in the early 1940’s, but the original recipe featured brandy. There have been many recipes since then with different combinations of alcohol.  The recipe that follows is from 2008. The iconic yet under-the-radar drink is named after a comic ...

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The French 75
Cocktails Posted: 27/02/2017
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The French 75 This famous cocktail dates back to World War I, and an early form was created in an American Bar named ‘Harry's New York Bar’ by barman Harry MacElhone. In 1926, Harry was supposedly inspired by a gun, 75mm in length that was used by the French and the Americans in WW1. The gun was known for its accuracy and speed, and the French 75 is said to have such a kick that it felt like being hit...

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Two Blushing Valentine's Day Cocktails
Cocktails Posted: 06/02/2017
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Two Blushing Valentine's Day Cocktails Scarlett O'Hara The Scarlett O’Hara cocktail is a sweet and tart cocktail, perfect for after dinner. Created in 1936 when the film 'Gone with the Wind' was released – full of passion and with a vibrant pink colour, this is a classic valentine’s day cocktail. The recipe is simple: ...

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Our answer to your 'Dry January' prayers
Cocktails Posted: 18/01/2017
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Our answer to your 'Dry January' prayers If you’re partaking in ‘Dry January,’ you’re more than half way through. So first things first, congratulations on staying off the alcohol! Now, it must start to get tiresome when you are out with friends who aren’t joining in the challenge, enjoying their mojitos, champagne or a cheeky G & T and you aren’t even aloud close enough for a sniff. So we come ...

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A Christmas tipple for Mr & Mrs Claus
Cocktails Posted: 24/11/2016
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A Christmas tipple for Mr & Mrs Claus A bit of the Festive Cocktail History at L'Ortolan During the run up to Christmas in 2005, the then L’Ortolan Head Chef Will Holland received a huge order of figs in order to prepare them for the December menu. The figs were to be poached and served with vanilla panacotta, so during November they were lightly cooked and placed...

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Orange Marmalade & Thyme Cosmopolitan
Cocktails Posted: 24/03/2015
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Orange Marmalade & Thyme Cosmopolitan When it comes to the wonderful world of cocktails, there are few concoctions as iconic as the Cosmopolitan.  Our cocktail of the week ‘Marmalade & Thyme Cosmopolitan’ has been one of our guest favourites. Bring out your creative edge and sip a touch of L’Ortolan by mixing your own Cosmopolitan, perfect for when you’re entertaining friends and family at home. Our ‘Marmalade & Thyme Cos...

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New Year's Champagne Cocktail
Cocktails Posted: 31/12/2014
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New Year's Champagne Cocktail Create a delicious New Year's Champagne cocktail for your guests – the perfect tipple for your midnight toast! Champagne 6ml of Cognac 5ml Cointreau 5ml Grand Marnier Angostura bitters 1 sugar cube   Soak the sugar cube with Angostura bitters. Add Cognac, Cointreau and Grand Marnier and mix gently. Top up with Champagne, garnish with fresh orange peel….an...

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Day of Excellence Virgin Mojito
Cocktails Posted: 21/05/2013
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Day of Excellence Virgin Mojito Last week L’Ortolan treated over 150 guests to an afternoon of food and wine tastings and stunning displays with the help of some of our most respected suppliers. Guests were welcomed with a refreshing non-alcoholic Mojito before being whisked off on a tour around the restaurant to sample the many delights on offer. Our guests were intrigued to know what made our Virgin Mojito so delicio...

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St. James’s Rose & Lychee Cocktail
Cocktails Posted: 02/05/2013
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St. James’s Rose & Lychee Cocktail Just a stroll away from Mayfair, Buckingham Palace and St. James’s Palace, St James’s Hotel and Club is one of London’s most desirable addresses. With its perfect location, long history, stylish and elegant interiors and a Michelin starred restaurant, St James’s Hotel has built its well deserved reputation with a formidable clientele of film stars, celebrities, authors and diplomats. With fab...

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L’Ortolan Festive Cocktail
Cocktails Posted: 07/12/2012
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L’Ortolan Festive Cocktail A couple of years ago we blogged about the history of the L’Ortolan festive cocktail; a sparkling favourite during the festive season. We thought we would share this great blog with you all again and give you an update on all the flavours that have gone into making the 2012 festive cocktail so scrumptious. To sample the 2012 festive cocktail book a place on the L’Ortolan Festive Lunch. ...

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‘Cocktail of the Month’ – The Ginger Rumster
Cocktails Posted: 23/06/2011
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‘Cocktail of the Month’ – The Ginger Rumster As the Three Course Summer Lunch Menu continues next week we welcome July’s ‘Cocktail of the Month’, The Ginger Rumster. This is a revitalising blend of Pampero white rum, bitters, lime wedges and a slice of fresh ginger, homemade ginger syrup and orange juice. L’Ortolan’s Sommelier, Jess, chose The Ginger Rumster for it’s refreshing, spiced and complex flavours. The marketing team photograph...

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L’Ortolan Festive Cocktail – A History
Cocktails Posted: 18/11/2010
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L’Ortolan Festive Cocktail – A History At the end of next week we will reinvigorating our lunch menu ready for the festive season. In this blog, Sommelier Stephen Nisbet explains how one of the key elements of the Festive Lunch was born: The L’Ortolan Festive Cocktail. During the run up to Christmas in 2005, the then L’Ortolan Head Chef Will Holland received a huge order of figs in order to prepare them for the December menu. The fi...

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