At The Merchant Hotel, we take great pride in the many accolades we have received over the years. We continue to strive for new and innovative awards to partake in. These are great opportunities to hone the skills of our professional bar team and refine and improve upon the products and services we offer to our guests. Ryan Adair, one of our resident mixologists, reached the final of Absolut’s recent competition to find their ‘13th Classic’ cocktail with “Pastiche”, his own creation, which has now taken pride of place as our Cocktail of the Season.
Derived from both definitions of its namesake, Pastiche is not only a work of art combining materials from various sources, but also an “imitation" of a classic cocktail. Paying tribute to the heritage of Absolut Vodka, its ingredients each hail from Sweden, particularly the Swedish punsch and lingonberry jam, which complement Absolut exquisitely.
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but in this case it was born of Absolute’s specifications, which sought a cocktail with the potential to become a worldwide classic. Pastiche is based on the late nineteenth-century ‘sling’ style cocktails. It was chosen by Ryan due to the popularity of these cocktails in The Cocktail Bar; from the Sloe Gin Ginger Sling to the Cincinnati Kid.
Pastiche is currently on sale in The Cocktail Bar, but should you wish to try your hand at creating it for yourself, try Ryan’s original recipe:
· 35ml Absolut Vodka
· 15ml Flaggspunsch Arrack Liqueur (Swedish Punsch)
· 1tsp lingonberry jam
· 25ml pressed apple juice
· 25ml lemon juice
· 35ml soda water
1. Prepare a highball glass by filling with cracked ice.
2. Add all ingredients – except the soda water – to a shaker and shake hard with ice.
3. Pour the soda water into the glass and strain the contents over the ice.
4. Garnish with a mint sprig, seasonal berries and a dusting of icing sugar.