The second Golden Age of cocktails: new cocktail list launches at Hawksmoor
Hawksmoor Edinburgh is launching a new cocktail list celebrating the second golden age of cocktails, 1995-2005, a period credited with the revival of cocktail culture around the world.
From modern takes on classic steakhouse cocktails, to sub-zero martinis, all the way through to digestifs and dessert-inspired night caps, this menu combines the comfort of recognisable drinks mixed with the tongue in cheek irreverence, artistry and skill of Hawksmoor.
Head of Bars, Liam Davy, has overseen a list which has been developed over three years.
Credited with creating the ‘Coldest Martini in the World’ (Punch), Hawksmoor’s Martini section is dedicated to honouring the king of the cocktail, each one chilled to a bracing -12c. The Pink Gibson is a tantalising mix of sweet and savoury, with Boatyard Vodka, Audemus Umami Gin, Aperitivo Co. Dry Vermouth and pink pickled onion whilst The Ultimate Gin Martini is a bright and punchy mix of Hepple gin, Aperitivo Co. Dry Vermouth and Filicudi lemon oil.
'Steakhouse Sharpeners' is a deep dive into the classic aperitifs of the American 'meatery', with drinks such as the Classic Champagne Cocktail: champagne, cognac, verjus, pineau de charente, all poured over a sugar cube saturated with bitters.
The Ranch Water pays homage to a popular US drink originating from West Texas; mineral and fresh with a gentle agave hum, it’s a carbonated mix of tequila, mezcal, pineapple soda, hopped kombucha, jalapeño salt and agave syrup.
Second Golden Age is a tribute to the era that resurrected cocktail craft, with much loved favourites tweaked after hundreds of tiny iterations across Hawksmoor’s bars. Tommy Verde, comprising tequila, mezcal, cucumber agave, olive brine, green tabasco, and green tomato juice, is complex and vegetal, with a hint of smoke.
The Sacred Six section of the menu, is where the MVPs of the Hawksmoor cocktail list sit. These timeless classics include Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew, the Reformed Pornstar, and the rich and buttery Fuller Fat Old Fashioned.
Nightcaps are the ultimate after-dinner drinks, a silly and serious mix of sweet pudding-style cocktails and sultry dark and bitter digestifs. For a sweeter treat, The Spiced Plum Sazerac is neat and subtle with a bright bitterness, with plum distillate, Calvados, plum syrup with star anise and Absinthe.
For those looking for drinks with all the flair and flavour but none of the alcohol, the Temperates section of the menu has a delicious range of 0% ABV drinks, from non-alcoholic cocktails to a selection of brewed and fermented delights. The menu includes L.A Brewery Kombucha and Saicho Sparkling Teas, and to harness the luxury of sparkling wines and champagnes, try Blurred Vines 0% Wine - effervescent and sharp with bright floral and fruity notes.
About Hawksmoor Edinburgh
A short walk from Waverley station, Princes Street and just off St. Andrew Square, Hawksmoor Edinburgh is located in the beautiful former National Bank of Scotland Banking Hall, a Grade A listed ‘building of national importance’. The restaurant has been sensitively refurbished to celebrate the building’s original features, and boasts two private dining rooms.
Hawksmoor Edinburgh - 23 West Register Street, EH2 2AA