So while I was on holiday in Herefordshire over the Summer I got a text message from the associate director at the Leicester Curve Theatre, and good chum, Suba Das (check me out with my glamorous friends!) asking me to come up with a bespoke cocktail for his next production; The Revenger’s Tragedy.
Of course I said YES!!! I really need very little excuse to get out the cocktail shaker 😉
He put me in touch with his production team and designers and that’s when the brief started to take some serious (and rather restrictive) shape. They wanted:
- A new cocktail recipe
- Must be Edwardian in style
- Needs an element of “theatre” or “process” to it (but not too much as it might not be served by professional mixologists)
- Quick to prepare at the interval as all the customers could arrive at once
- There’s no freezer on site so ice is a no, no
I went away, got slightly obsessed by trying to add grapefruit juice to many things, none of which worked.
Then, on a whim I turned my attention to the ingredients list from a bottle of fentiman’s rose lemonade. The packaging looks fairly Edwardian…ish and I checked in some of my more ancient cookery books that rose would have been used as a flavouring a century ago and it all seemed rather plausible. Rose lemonade is delicious and it inspired me to add ginger to the mix – as the ginger cuts through any soapiness you might get from the rose but equally the rose takes a little of the harshness from the ginger. I just hoped that I could make something similar (and obviously boozier!)
I was still keen on using the grapefruit juice simply because it was pink as I figured anything rose flavoured should be pink…except it really didn’t taste brilliant and I was still struggling to find anything theatrical apart from using a cocktail shaker, and that was out as it would have been too complicated. Aaagh!
CHAMBORD!!! of course. How could I forget this?! I’d been offered some in a glass of prosecco one Christmas and not only is it delicious but who could resist the perfume like bottle with gold band and sparkly cap – not me! Chambord (a black raspberry liqueur from France) luckily sinks nicely to the bottom of the glass to give a beautiful pink gradient – much better than the grapefruit juice and it worked really well with the rose! Success at last – it only took a month!
It’s called The Gloriana after the murdered wife of the main character, the revenger, Vindice.
1 measure of Gin
1 tsp of Rosewater
4 measures of Ginger Beer
1/2 measure of Chambord (or other raspberry liqueur)
Make sure all the ingredients are chilled before making this or slide in a couple of ice cubes a the end.
1) Pour the Gin into the glass
2) Stir in the Rosewater
3) Add the Ginger Beer
4) Slowly add the Chambord – don’t stir, let it sink, Serve!
My cocktail is now on sale at the interval in a purpose built Edwardian style bar, complete with an Edwardian barmaid! You can purchase a Gloriana during performances of The Revenger’s Tragedy at Hoxton Hall (10th of October – 10th of November).
This play is pretty gruesome so it’s perfect for Halloween – grab a ticket here. Or if you can’t get to London you’ll just have to dig out those cocktail glasses and stir up a couple of Gloriana’s at home.