The Grosvenor Hotel's stylish Reunion bar has revealed an exclusive limited edition Old Fashioned Sweet Shoppe themed cocktail menu, which will be available throughout the month of April 2012.
Inspired by childhood memories of the local corner shop with its bright jingling entrance, huge brass scales, rustling paper bags torn from string and shelves of multi-coloured jars as high as a young eye could see, guests can enjoy delicious childhood favourites such as 'Pineapple Rock', made with pineapple flavoured ice cubes and a hint of Seriously Pinky liqueur. They can sip their old fashioned cocktail while relaxing in elegant surroundings of a historic London hotel. Other tipples expected to bring back the memories include 'Pontefract Cake', containing a delicious concoction of Dark Creme de Cacao and Absinthe, and 'Pear Drops', featuring a mix of Wyborowa Pear and Limoncello.
Visitors to the Reunion bar can also sample 'Rhubarb & Custard', an iconic, bicoloured sweetie cocktail with a bottom half containing a rich vanilla custard flavour and a top made with delicious rhubarb compote, Chase Rhubarb liqueur and a splash of Grenadine.
Some of Reunion’s other vintage candy themed cocktails include the 'Humbug' and 'Butterscotch'. The Humbug is made with White Crème de Menthe, caramel syrup and Teichenne Butterscotch liqueur. The 'Humbug' draws its inspiration from the early 19th century striped sweet. The 'Butterscotch' cocktail combines a delicious vatted malt whisky called Monkey Shoulder, along with butterscotch schnapps, reminiscent of the luxurious, gold wrapped sweet from childhood.
Reunion's Head Barman Paul Bradley said of the cocktail menu: "This is our latest monthly themed cocktail menu, designed to celebrate the rich history and heritage of Reunion and the hotel itself. Having been challenged to write a menu based on an old fashioned sweetshop, our usual high level of research and homework suddenly became much less of a chore, as we set about sourcing a wide variety of traditional treats which we could translate into liquid form. We had lots of fun creating each bespoke cocktail to reflect the carefree days of childhood."
Reunion bar, which was designed to reflect the Grosvenor hotel's colourful past with unique decor and art inspired by the golden age of railway travel, was formerly the VIP lounge for first class rail passengers at Victoria station. It was often frequented by famous actors including Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Platform one, which could be accessed directly from the lounge, was famous for luxurious trains The Orient Express and the Brighton Belle, the latter being depicted in paintings hanging at each end of the room.
About Guoman Hotels
Guoman Hotel Management Limited operates two hotel brands within the UK market; Guoman Hotels, an exclusive collection of luxury hotels located in central London and Thistle Hotels, a chain of quality full service hotels in several major UK cities.
Guoman Hotels in the UK consists of four landmark properties; Charing Cross, The Cumberland and The Royal Horseguards and luxury hotel, The Grosvenor. Whilst each hotel in the portfolio is different with its own unique identity and style, each provides the very highest levels of comfort and service to its guests.
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