Quite literally one of the most decorated cocktails bars in London – largely because of its collection of star-studded caricatures featuring Daniel Craig and David Attenborough – the Rosewood’s Scarfes Bar is inspired by the life and work of Gerald Scarfe. One of the most famous English cartoonists, Scarfe made a name for himself in The Sunday Times and The New Yorker, and those after his works should expect the bill to start at £4,000. However, if your budget doesn’t stretch that far, but you’d like to catch a glimpse of Scarfe’s best work, we’d recommend a trip to the Rosewood’s flagship drinking hole – where you go for the art, but stay for the cocktails.
Ranked among the top 50 best bars in the world, the current cocktail menu at Scarfes Bar is named 10 in celebration of the bar’s 10th anniversary. Paying homage to all that made the bar what it is today – from iconic cocktail recipes to talented resident musicians that have performed there, and Scarfe’s most famous vibrant caricatures to loyal visitors who travelled from far and wide – the menu features 10 serves along with 10 innovative creations by director of bars Martin Siska and head of mixology Yann Bouvignies.
Just in time for Christmas, Scarfes Bar partnered with Scotch whisky brand Glenmorangie to create the perfect festive cocktail. “Glenmorangie Signet seemed like the perfect choice due to its golden syrupy and mocha notes, which are brought out with balsamic vermouth, and cedarwood and acorn bitters to create a luxurious but comforting cocktail best enjoyed next to the fireplace at Scarfes Bar or in the comfort of your own home,” explains Bouvignies. Here’s how to recreate the Night Beat.
- Glenmorangie Signet 50ml
- Balsamic vermouth 10ml
- Cedarwood and/or acorn bitters A dash
- Shake all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker.
- Serve over ice.
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