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What's the deal? Aromatic martinis with
an art deco twist. The elegant Tanqueray
No 10 trolley (other spirits are available)
glides from table to table like a mobile
aromatherapist: from liquorice to lavender,
cardamom to coriander, extracts are added
to complement the martini and - more
importantly, says Perrone - to suit the
mood and taste of the customer. There
is no showy shaking here, just a quiet,
understated stir of aromatically enhanced
gin or vodka and vermouth.
What should I order? What do you need?
A few drops of lavender to unknot tired
mental muscles? Ginger for a perky pickme-up?
Or Perrone's new addition: ginseng
and mandarin's earthy/zesty yin and yang?
Cost: £19 upwards.
BYOC, COVENT GARDEN
28 Bedfordbury, WC2N 4RB
Who's in charge? Development manager
Nathaniel Shenton or head bartender Peter
Urch. There's no menu and no bar. No
alcohol either. Just a delightfully quirky trolley
equipped with syrups, ice, juices and so on.
Don't worry - all will become clear.
What's the deal? BYOC, an unsigned,
underground 'speakeasy' the size of a
living room beneath a Covent Garden juice
bar, takes the Prohibition shtick to a new
level by not having an alcohol licence. You
book a table, bring along a bottle of your
chosen hooch and let them make you
something tasty from the trolley, which is a
Heath Robinson aair integrating lacquered
goatskin into a design by a mysterious Italian
called (apparently) Arto Turo.
What should I order? Rather depends on
what you bring to the party. Shenton and
Urch are used to thinking on their feet -
they've seen everything from supermarket
own-label vodka to rhum agricole. Just make
sure you ask them to do something with
yellow pepper juice. Trust me.
Cost: A two-hour booking is £20 a head.
Bring a bottle of
hooch and let them
make you something
tasty from the trolley
A unique blending method...
...of aromatic herbs and spices
Noilly Prat® Original Dry is based on a
secret recipe of around 20 rare botanicals,
sourced from all over the world. They include
Gentian and Roman Chamomile from France,
Bitter Orange from Tunisia and Nutmeg
from Indonesia. These are gently hand
blended into the wine using the traditional
and time-honoured method of dodinage.
BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE
DRINK RESPONSIBLY _ NOILLY PRAT IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK
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