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’.
Champagne Charlie - 12.75
Beefeater, Lemon, Seasonal Fruit Syrup, Champagne Victorian Music Hall star George Leybourne was paid a stipend by Moët 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 Spritz - 10.75
Absolut Elyx, Aperol, Marjoram, 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.