The Blind Pig, Jason Atherton’s flagship bar, will be launching the next chapter in the series of cocktails inspired by children’s literature for the World Book Day on the 1st of March. Eight new cocktails have been added to the menu and four classics now include a food element. Guests have the chance to reminisce over their childhood memories with the help of clever flavours and unique presentations.
The menu was designed by The Social Company’s Group Bar Manager Jay Doy, along with the team, and it is based on the smart storylines of Britain’s cherished children’s novels. New additions include the ABC Fizz, priced at £11, a visually striking drink inspired by Peter Rabbit and Chef Jason Atherton’s ‘Social Sweets’ cookbook. The cocktail uses ingredients associated with savoury dishes, but which are high in natural sugars and sweetness, including carrot and golden beetroot juice, celery sugar, fennel vermouth, apple soda, egg white and citrus with Remy Martin’s 1738 cognac.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar inspired 5-a-Day (£11) cocktail made from the five fruits from the story (apple, strawberry, pear, orange and plum), with Patron tequila, lime cordial and Sekfords newest ‘Tequila mixer’, served in a highball glass and garnished with a gummy Caterpillar sweet. Augustus’s Chocolate River Punch (£12) is made with Bulleit bourbon, chocolate liqueur, Agricolrhum, fudge, Choco bitters and chocolate milk, served in a glass milk carton with the customer’s own edible golden ticket.
The savoury Fowl Play (£10.50) has been inspired by Beatrix Potter’ s Jemima Puddle-Duck and is made with Duck fat washed Aylsbury Duck vodka, along with ingredients more commonly associated with cooking duck dishes such as honey, orange and thyme. Dedicated to J.R.R Tolkien’s the Hobbit, the Shire Brew (£11) is a ‘spiked’ cider with Johnnie walker gold label, berry and meadowsweet, while the Harry Potter offering is a pre-batch bottle of Best Bottle Butter-Bitter (£12) served with butterscotch beans.
The most expensive cocktail on the list is The Tiger’s Tea Party (£28.50), which is an extravagant cocktail take on tea- for-2, in a glass teapot with a mini bottle of Moet champagne and a cake selection on the side. The cocktail is made with Bird’s ‘Pisco’, Nikki tigers milk, cilantro Falernum, pineapple and jalapeno liqueur.
The ‘Long and Short Great British Tails’ menu will be accompanied by artwork that will capture the essence of every story. Overall, the menu is a nostalgic celebration of iconic British literature, set to reconfirm the bar’s position as a front-runner in London’s cocktail bar scene.