These are some drinks we enjoyed recently at the Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell. Original recipes are devised by Tony Conigliaro.
Negroni for my friend. He called this pretty standard and had some better ones in the Negroni Bar at Polpo restaurant later on... and after that, some superb barrel-aged specimens with mixed vermouths at Shoreditch House. He knows what he likes to drink.
Flintlock for me. I was a little insulted when the waitress warned me that this was 'a strong drink' and asked whether I was sure I wanted it... Guess I looked either fragile or already drunk. Anyway, it's listed as containing:
Beefeater 24 gin, gunpowder tea tincture, sugar, dandelion & burdock bitters & Fernet Branca
The Fernet Branca was hard to detect; perhaps the waitress wished to spare me the shock. The drink tasted of sugar and absinthe.
You also get a small gun cotton blast to top off your drink.
El Presidente for my friend, which totally knocked him out and compelled him to drink another.
Richmond for me.
Chivas Regal 12yr, apple honey & Lillet blanc
It was simple and delicate. Nice for a rainy afternoon.
Later I ended up back there again for some Koln Martinis with Adam George, which we both could have enjoyed if I hadn't spilled most of mine into his man-bag. The waitress spritzes the citrus aromatics over your glass at the table.
This bar is really comfortable and a nice place to relax early in the evening. The decor is country house library-themed so it's not the place to go insane with your liquor. Music is innocuous blues.
That's not Michael Stipe in the background by the way, not matter what you think.
Edited by Plantes Vertes, 13 October 2013 - 11:58 AM.