Wednesday, 25 August 2010
The exact date is shrouded in secrecy to ensure a fair chance of tasting the most recent fleeting incarnation; a careful eye will have to be cast on the bar with no name.
Early reports suggest an even longer finish, enormous body, a gentle hue akin to a vintage tawny port and an aroma that could be nosed for hours...
Sharing's caring- just to give everyone a sporting chance, one per person please
To celebrate its first birthday (it's always best to celebrate on the day itself), we have available from today the one year old Manhattans (keep watching for the 6yo!). Beautiful colour, and simply quite stunning. A real treat for those of you that had tried the 6months.
Whilst stocks last!
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
On Monday lunch, a group of bartenders and industry notables visited the bar with no name for a collaborative lunch between Leblon Cachaça and 69 Colebrooke Row.
The bar was gutted and the red and black seating replaced with white linen drapery, and the lab invaded by an oven and kitchen set up.
The menu consisted of a welcome drink of a Fig and Liquorice Caipiriñha, then a four course meal, with each course matched by a Leblon cockatil designed by Tony (see menu, with the alteration of the Foam utilising a rose hydrosol to compliment the more prominent note of mint in the canapé)
Each drink was introduced by Tony with the rationale behind each cocktail, its pairing and the techniques involved diverged to the guests. As to be expected, a convivial atmosphere ensued with many discussions regarding the techniques, and several anecdotes regarding Brazil and Leblon flowing.
Friday, 20 August 2010
Our head bartender Stu- who many of you will be familiar with- hails from the mysterious land of the weej. Having been with us almost from the beginning, he knows all the in's and out's of the happenings at 69 Colebrooke Row. We love Stu
Our resident Spaniard hails from "just outside of Madrid". He joined us from a Michelin Starred restaurant where he was head waiter, but came to us lured by the wondrous drinks of the bar with no name which fitted much more with his sunny 'Spanish' persona. Born in a coffee machine. He is a hero
The newest addition to the team hails from across the pond where she was running some joints in the big apple. A Brooklynite native, she seems very much at home in London and life at the bar with no name.
Joining us from Edinburgh, Ryan is our in house lab and experimental guinea pig. Having won UK's best bartender for World Class the previous year, he can hopefully also mix up some tasty libations. Not quite as great as the girls
A Kitchen Aid Mixer and Blender have aided in the production of our dry ice ice creams and also to ensure our Elegante (and frozen Hemingways...) are blended to perfection (amongst other things)
A Vorwerk Thermomix is assisting in quite a few new projects in the lab- again, watch this space!
To help the sunshine celebrations of Ferragosto, we had some homemade ice creams on offer on Sunday 15th. Chilled down super quickly using Dry Ice (at below -78 C), it avoids any large ice crystals, resulting in a clean, silky smooth texture. And of course, to ensure they were extra special, we made them in an array of favourite cocktail varieties: Manhattan Ice Cream, Sbagliato (Campari, Martini Rosso and Prosecco) sorbet and Kammerling (Ginseng and Grapefruit Bitter Liqueur) and Fresh Orange sorbet.
Needless to say, they fitted the atmosphere and weather perfectly, and disappeared pretty quickly!
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
So Sunday saw us celebrate the festival of Ferragosto in appropriate fashion, with music, food, home-made ice creams (videos and more details to follow!) and of course some carefully selected cocktails. All fitting of the celebration and the weather, with the party spilling into the street with an amazing spread of food, and a cordoned off area sitting beneath the projections of black and white films. The whole night was lively and joyous, with live music taking us right through til the small hours.
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
For those who missed the experience at Bar10, for one night only on the 3rd August, the super cold daiquiri descended on 69 Colebrooke Row
Showcasing Kigo with homemade Almond and Rice milk, and Sandalwood
Served with a flutter of rice paper cherry blossom