The next time you head down to the Tippling Club, don't be alarmed if you see someone drinking out of a perfume bottle. The bar has collaborated with English fragrance house Penhaligon's to roll out a cocktail based on one of their most intense fougère fragrances – Sartorial.
It's hard to imagine Sartorial as a cocktail. The fragrance, as its name suggests, distills the environs of a Savile Row tailor's workroom. Think tobacco tinted cabinetry and a lingering air of musk. Kamil Foltan, head bartender of Tippling Club, has somehow managed to jazz up the brief by playing with a whisky body for the cocktail. Aromatic angostura bitters are reminiscent of the perfume's key notes of beeswax and neroli while the honey-infused Monkey Shoulder whisky introduces an incredibly smooth and long finish to the drink. A theatrical flourish comes in a cloud of hay-scented smoke that touches the nose once you uncork the bottle.
It might be easy to dismiss Foltan's creation as a novelty drink, but his masterful approach in building this cocktail makes this a bolder alternative to the classic Old Fashioned or Manhattan. Enjoy with a cigar in hand.
Available at the Tippling Club