December 2017 Wednesday
The Monkey 47 Winter Lodge
This festive season, Rosewood London has partnered with artisanal German gin brand Monkey 47 to transform the hotel’s iconic courtyard into an enchanting winter forest inspired by the verdant trees and mystical charm of the famous Black Forest. Nestled within, visitors will find the Monkey 47 Winter Lodge, serving warming winter fare and providing respite from Christmas crowds and Jack Frost’s wintry grasp. Tucked away in the heart of central London, The Monkey 47 Winter Lodge takes inspiration from British Commander Montgomery "Monty" Collins, and his Schwarzwald dry gin brand, ‘Max the Monkey’ Gin, which he named after a monkey that he sponsored in the Berlin Zoo. Having moved to the Black Forest after World War II, Monty opened a country guesthouse and, in an effort to retain his British roots, started to produce his own gin. The forest boasted an abundance of juniper, bramble leaves, lingonberries and many other botanicals that led to the creation of his unique Black Forest gin recipe. Many years later, the discovery of this gin in turn led to the current owner, Alexander Stein, to create a similar product using 47 different botanicals, over a third of which comes from the Black Forest itself. In turn, Monkey 47 was born! Inside the lodge, Monkey 47 will provide drinks that are sure to evoke the feeling of Christmas spirit. The menu will comprise a selection of hot and cold gin cocktails inspired by German desserts and, in some cases, paired with British ones. Monty’s Strudel cocktail, available either hot or cold, will be paired with homemade apple pie.
December 2017 Monday
Bloody Mary Cafe
Party season is kicking off and for those enjoy a little hair of the dog will be pleased to hear that the UK’s first Bloody Mary Cafe is opening. Tabasco is swinging open the doors to the cafe in Boxpark, Shoreditch on the 14th-15th December 2017. As well as serving a collection of ‘Micro Mary’s’ designed by award-winning bartender Rich Wood, including a ‘Wasabi + Coriander Micro Mary’ you can expect a whole load of Bloody Mary inspired food. Expect a Bloody Margherita Pizza from Pizza Pilgrims, Bloody Mary Mince Pies from Juliet Sear, Scotch Eggs with a Bloody Mary dipping sauce from the Drapers Arms, and Spiced Vodka + Tomato Bloody Mary Marshmallows from The Marshmallowist. So if you’re in need of a post-night out pick me up you know where to go…