This World Book Day (1st March), Jason Atherton’s flagship bar, The Blind Pig, will launch the next chapter in the series of cocktails inspired by children’s literature. Following the success of the speakeasy’s first playful menu, eight new cocktails have been added and four classics have been reworked to include a food element, giving patrons the chance to travel through the pages of their favourite childhood stories with clever flavours and unique presentations.
Designed by The Social Company’s Group Bar Manager Jay Doy, along with the team, the menu continues to draw upon the smart storylines of Britain’s cherished children’s novels. New additions include the ABC Fizz, 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 cocktail features ice 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. Meanwhile Augustus’s Chocolate River Punch is made with Bulleit bourbon, chocolate liqueur, Agricol rhum, fudge, Choco bitters and chocolate milk, served in a glass milk carton with the customer’s own edible golden ticket. The savoury Fowl Play 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 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 served with butterscotch beans. The Tiger’s Tea Party 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.
To accompany each of the ‘Long and Short Great British Tails’, The Blind Pig have commissioned illustrator Masha Karpushina to design bespoke artwork that captures the essence of the story inspiring each creation. These detailed drawings will sit alongside the cocktails within a menu that is designed to read like a story book.
Launching on 1st March, The Blind Pig’s innovative ‘Long and Short Great British Tails’ 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.