London’s new Ziggy’s bar at Hotel Cafe Royal celebrates the life of late British pop icon David Bowie by serving up a modern twist on some of his favourite drinks plus classic and new creations.
Guests can enjoy a range of cocktails inspired both by Bowie’s life and his famous album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”, with each drink named after a lyric from the record.
Bars and beverages manager Fabio Spinetti, formerly of The Connaught, has worked collaboratively with the Ziggy’s bar team to create this unique menu. A believer in understated and classic cocktails, Spinetti’s varied menu caters to all tastes, and include carefully considered liqueurs and garnishes, all nodding to Bowie’s life and his eccentric character.
Highlights include Darkness and Disgrace that draws inspiration from several classic cocktails, namely the Rum Flip and Espresso Martini. The combination of dark rum, tawny port, coffee liqueur, sugar syrup and egg yolk creates a light and creamy drink, perfect for finishing off dinner or to start the night ahead.
Animal Grace is blended with leftover orange skins, orange juice and Chardonnay vinegar then mixed with tequila, Ancho Reyes (a spicy liqueur), apricot liqueur, agave syrup, lime juice and soda water. Finished with an orange and chilli crusted rim, this makes a spicy yet refreshing serve.
Inspired by the ’70s classic Pina Colada, Tiger on Vaseline is a mixture of Cachaca, Tanaka spiced rum, roasted pineapple juice and lime juice. The drink is then topped with a home-made coconut and white chocolate foam, finishing on a sweet and tropical note.
Femme Fatale has been created with Bowie’s love of martinis in mind. Linked with the restaurant’s extensive range of sushi, it uses Japanese liqueur sake and French aperitif Byrrh (a sweet vermouth), and is garnished with a delicate rose petal floating on top.
Find out more at http://laurentatcaferoyal.com/ziggys/.