Today we are celebrating Bartender Appreciation Day!

Bartender Appreciation Day originated in America and is linked to the drinks brand, Sailor Jerry. They aim to spread recognition of the day around the world and recently organised a petition to give to the British government that asks them to make Bartender Appreciation Day a recognised holiday in the UK and a day off for all bartenders. Their main argument are that bartenders do much more than just mix drinks.

There are many different ways we could celebrate this day, but we have decided to create 4 delicious cocktails named after 4 key bar managers to show appreciation and gratitude for all their hard work and support over the last 12 months…

Named after Derren King of London’s Hotel Café Royal
50ml Rhubarb Gin, 50ml Grapefruit juice, 15ml Hibiscus Syrup, 75ml Prosecco Garnish with a Hibiscus Flower.
Build all ingredients in a large Wine Glass over plenty of ice.

Named after Robert Wood of Birmingham’s Smultronstalle
35ml Slingsby Navy Strength gin, 15 Calvados Pear Brandy, 25ml Lemon Juice, 15ml Gomme.
Shake all ingredients and double strain into a Coupe glass with a Lemon twist.

Named after Mazanga Andele of Harrogate’s Hotel Du Vin
35ml Slingsby Gin, 15ml St Germaine Elderflower Liqueur, 5ml Gomme, 20ml Fresh Lemon juice, 1 large egg white, 25ml Red wine.
Dry Shake all ingredients apart from the wine, add ice and shake again.
Strain into a Old Fashioned glass over crushed ice and float red wine on top.

Named after Hayden Fitchett of York’s Chapterhouse
40ml Slingsby gin, 25ml Sweet Red Vermouth, 15ml Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, 2 Dashes orange bitters.
Stir all ingredients for 15 seconds and double strain into a coupe glass, garnish with a pink grapefruit twist.