More exciting cocktail news this week as Flemings Mayfair announces a new drinks list inspired by the forthcoming film release of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. These literary libations are now available at the hotel’s art deco Manetta’s Bar, which can be accessed via a new entrance on Clarges Street.
L’Oriental: A scarlet-red aperitif, L’Oriental combines Calvados, Dubonnet and Lillet Blanc for a sweet and spicy journey to the Far East with a side of Turkish Delight.)
Cote D’azur: A fragrant combination of Grey Goose L’Orange, fresh lemon juice, blue almond syrup and violet liqueur. The deep colour is inspired by artist René Lalique’s luxurious glass sculptures which adorn the 1st class carriages of the Orient Express.
3674: Named after the Orient Express’ original bar carriage, this drink mixes just the right amount of Balvenie 12 year-aged scotch, Averna, orange bitters and Applewood — offering overtones of smoke and a bitter orange finish.
Etoile du Nord: Remy Martin VSOP cognac, white chocolate liqueur, cream sherry, exactly three drops of chocolate bitters and a Himalayan goji berry foam to top it off, this delivers sweet and mellow notes with a touch of warmth.
Agatha Christie based her book, At Bertram’s Hotel, on Flemings Mayfair, and Manetta’s plans to return the favour with the creation of four new cocktails inspired and named after each of the carriages on the Orient Express. The boutique hotel reopened last year after a multi-million pound refurbishment with a new restaurant, Ormer Mayfair, by star Jersey chef Shaun Rankin.