REFRESHING EYE-OPENERS FOR ANY TIME OF DAY
In 1821 a kindly doctor explained the importance of these popular early-morning drinks: ‘Gum-Ticklers warm the gums after sleeping - to be taken immediately on awakening, or at farthest, on getting out of bed’, while ‘Phlegm-Cutters remove hoarseness from the voice (to be taken between dressing and breakfast)’. He helpfully adds, ‘Should there be no fog, take as preventatives lest there should be fog in the course of the day’. Other categories included Gloom- Lifters, Eye-Openers, Pick-Me-Ups, Morning Jolts and, for when all else failed, Corpse-Revivers.
Marmalade Cocktail - 10.50
Beefeater, Campari, lemon, marmalade Harry Craddock, who ran the Savoy’s American Bar in its 1920s heyday, thought it ‘a great necessity of the age’ to develop effective Anti-Fogmatics and recommended that they be drunk ‘before 11am, or whenever steam and energy are needed’.
Camarillo - 11.25
Rittenhouse Rye, Suze, Grapefruit, Lemon, Hawksmoor Session IPA Grown up lilt. Instead of exotic fruits, this one's totally tropical taste comes from the bright Amarillo and Citra hops used by our friends Magic Rock in the delicious Hawksmoor Session IPA. Long, refreshing.
French House #2 - 10.50
Blackberry Beefeater, Plymouth Slow Gin, Lemon Thyme, Lime A seasonal take on an old favourite, named after the Soho institution that was a favourite haunt of Francis Bacon, Dylan Thomas, Charles de Gaulle and many more. We've raided the hedgerows for sloes and blackberries, with a little lime and aromatic lemon thyme.
Grapefruit Picador - 10.50
Olmeca Altos, Falernum, Lime, Grapefruit First served across the road at the Café Royal back in the 1930s, the Picador didn’t achieve fame and notoriety for another 20 years or so when it appeared under a new name - Margarita.
Shaky Pete's Ginger Brew - 10.50
Beefeater, Ginger, Lemon, London Pride Created at Hawksmoor Spitalfields by ‘Shaky’ Pete Jeary, this turbo-shandy for the discerning drinker now crops up on the lists across the land (the sincerest form of flattery?). Somewhere between homemade ginger beer and shandy, with an added gin kick. An incredibly refreshing pick-me-up. 50p from each one served goes to Football Gambia, a charity that our very own Kenny Boyle helps to run which promotes education and development through the beautiful game. For more information check out footballgambia.org or follow them on Twitter @FootballGambia.
Pam American Slipper - 10.50
Somerset Apple Brandy, Melon, Grenadine, Lemon, Absinthe An unlikely lovechild. The Pan-American Clipper, a pilots' favourite from the 1930's coupled with the very '80's Japanese Slipper. Short and satisfyingly complex.
Tom & Jerez - 10.50
Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, Sherry, Pear, Lemon, Almond Starting life as a geek bartender’s attempt to create a 4-part drink as good as the Corpse Reviver #2, this slightly nutty ‘Spain in a glass’ has become a firm Hawksmoor favourite. Try an off-menu CR#2 to see which you prefer.
The Lost Souls - 12.25
Havana SDM, Lot 40 Rye, Falernum, Grapefruit, Lime, Cinnamon, Bitters Inspired by the Undead Gentleman, a refined take on the iconic (and lethal) Zombie, by San Francisco's Smuggler's Cove. Short and bright with a little cinnamon warmth.