The idea of a classic anything is that despite people’s best efforts to make it more exciting/more unusual/more modern the original is often very hard to beat. The perfectionists at The Savoy have had this lightbulb moment – why bother messing with the familiarity of everyone’s favourites when you could make them the very best they can be, without the fancy frills. Years of shaking, muddling and stirring culminated in the Fairmont Groups ‘Classics. Perfected’, no more mundane mojitos here.
With two of the World’s top 50 bars it’s no surprise that at The Savoy, nothing served is less than perfection. To create their classics, four of the finest bartenders and mixologists in the world put their brains together for three solid days in Seattle where they had access to every spirit, mixer and garnish you can imagine. Some whacky and some not so whacky drinks were created and the result? Six ‘perfected’ classics, all with signature flair.
The Savoy was the first in the global Fairmont Group of hotels and restaurants to offer these drinks to their guests, and with a glitzy launch party complete with sequinned flapper girls and white-jacketed waiters serving oysters and foie gras to guests it really was a very fitting evening. For someone who always turns straight to the classics page on a drinks menu I really was not disappointed. The Sparkling Collins was refreshing and zesty, the Boulevardier used whisky instead of gin, the Pomegranate Paloma was fruity yet punchy with fresh pomegranate and tequila but my favourite of all was The Right Word; elderflower liquer and Lillet blanc topped with a slice of lime. Dangerously drinkable. The finest classic cocktails in a five star classic hotel? Makes sense really.
The classics perfected cocktails are now available worldwide, and at The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EU