LIGHTER AFTERNOON DRINKING
As the prudish moral code, stiff etiquette and formal attire of the Victorian era gave way to the sociability, wealth and fashions of the Edwardians, well-to-do young men and women often found themselves at a loss after lunch. With no need for the horrors of gainful employment or the pre-dinner primping required only a few years earlier, they had to find a way to entertain themselves of an afternoon. And so the concept of Bridging Drinks began.
Parisian Daily - 10.50
Prosecco, Ginger, Lemon, Apricot Brandy, Suze Long, light, refreshing. Made with one of Picasso's favourite tipples that he celebrated in La Bouteille de Suze, a collage cut from the Parisian daily, Le Journal
Tropical Cobbler - 10.75
Mango Cocchi, Pineapple, Orange, Maraschino, Lemon In 1840 the long-neglected Cobbler, ‘a light vinous punch, exceedingly well iced, and grateful to the delicate oesophagus’, was declared ‘the greatest ‘liquorary’ invention of the day’. For this version we took it to the sun-drenched tropics; Tiki with style.
Champagne Charlie - 12.75
Beefeater, Lemon, Seasonal Fruit Syrup, Champagne Victorian Music Hall star George Leybourne was paid a stipend by Moet to extol its virtues on stage - and to drink nothing but champagne in public. In his 1867 song Champagne Charlie, always performed with a bottle in hand, he sings joyfully about days spent ‘swimming in Champagne’.
Lucky Spirtz - 10.75
Absolut Elyx, Aperol, Majoram, Lime, Soda Crisp, clean vodka livened up with a little Aperol and marjoram, an aromatic herb that, for the goddess of love, Aphrodite, had the scent of impending good luck.