Next week, Jason Atherton’s Soho cocktail bar The Blind Pig will be launching the next chapter of its storybook menu, inspired by classic children’s literature.
The menu will provide guests with a nostalgia-laden trip through the bookshelves of their youth with a series of playful cocktails that take inspiration from fairy tales, nursery rhymes and picture books, with the works of Roald Dahl, C.S. Lewis and Julia Donaldson represented. The leather-bound menu has a page devoted to each drink, with watercolour illustrations from Eleni Sofroniou that draw on the source material behind each of the dozen offerings.
Atherton said: “I’m very excited to bring back the next chapter of The Blind Pig’s Long & Short British Tails series. Inspired by my favourite childhood stories, The Blind Pig team has concocted a selection of 12 creative cocktails that bring these to life and give customers the chance to explore new ingredients and techniques but with a sense of childlike wonder that The Blind Pig so cleverly conjures with these menus”.
Among the cocktails is The Fizz Lift, a blend of Cazcabel Reposado with dill, cranberry sherbert, Fair kumquat and lemon liqueur, topped with Moet Chandon, as a chocolate-free ode to Willy Wonka. Cracking The Egg takes inspiration from Humpty Dumpty with a giant chocolate egg as garnish, and a sweet mixture of pumpkin and sage purée, red chilli maple syrup and muscovado sugar within.
For those who fancy something a tad stronger, Poisoned Apple thankfully doesn’t live up to its name, mixing Blend Rittenhouse Tawny Port, Vermouth Royal Blended cherry and apple essence smoke, and an absinthe-soaked cherry apple set on fire at the bar.
The full list is as follows:
The Gruffalo Tea (Inspired by The Gruffalo)
Fizzy Lift (Inspired by Charlie and The Chocolate Factory)
Poisoned Apple (Inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
The Lost Glass Slipper (Inspired by Cinderella)
Straw / Wood / Brick (Inspired by The Three Little Pigs)
Where’s Spot? (Inspired by Where’s Spot by Eric Hill)
Gingerbread Crush (Inspired by Hansel and Gretel)
Cracking The Egg (Inspired by Humpty Dumpty)
Grandma’s Surprise (Inspired by Little Red Riding Hood)
Two Peas in a Pod (Inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk)
Glass Eyed Beer (Inspired by The Twits)
Beyond The Wardrobe (Inspired by The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe)