We’ve spent 2017 scouring the globe to find enough vintage spirits to create a limited collection of carefully selected cocktails. Indulge in timeless classics spanning four decades - the Martini featuring 1950s Gordon’s London Dry gin, the Vesper featuring both Gordon’s London Dry gin and Smirnoff vodka from the 1960s, the Negroni featuring both Campari and Plymouth gin from the 1970s, and the Bobby Burns featuring both Aberlour 12 yr old Scotch whisky and DOM Benedictine from the 1980s. Taste your way through cocktail history this Christmas and with each sip, allow yourself to be transported to another time and place.
This one of a kind antique collection is a limited edition range of only two hundred sets, exclusively bottled by The Everleigh Bottling Co. for Christmas 2017. Each gift set is bound in textured black leather and bottles feature bespoke black labels with gold foiling. Sets are numbered and dated and include a certificate of authenticity.
The ‘three-Martini lunch’, coined and celebrated by the office executives of the 1950s was described by US President Gerald Ford as “the epitome of American efficiency”. Gin was decidedly still the spirit of choice and discerning drinkers were divided by their garnish preference of a green olive, pickled onion or twist of lemon peel. What better way to showcase an excellent antique edition of Gordon’s London Dry style than in this timeless classic?
Indulge in the iconic Bond Martini exactly as Ian Fleming did at his regular haunt, the Dukes Hotel, London. The 1960s saw vodka first introduced to many back bars, and to this day, the Vesper is one of the only stirred sippers to showcase both vodka and gin side by side. This antique aperitif combines 1960s editions of both Gordon’s London Dry gin and Smirnoff vodka, just how James would have liked it.
The Negroni first made a stir in Italy back in 1919 and is now internationally recognised as the ultimate pre-dinner cocktail. This 1970s edition of Campari follows the original recipe featuring carmine dye that has since been replaced in favour of artificial colouring. Thanks to the increased ABV of 46% in this vintage Plymouth gin, our antique aperitif is bold both in colour and flavour.
1980s Bobby Burns
Dubbed by the legendary Harry Craddock of the Savoy Hotel as ‘one of the very best whisky cocktails’ the Bobby Burns is a rich and decadent variation on the classic Scotch Manhattan, the Rob Roy. Featuring Aberlour, a smooth 12-year-old single malt Speyside whisky from the 1980s coupled with antique DOM Benedictine, this cocktail is bold and complex yet rounded and every bit refined.