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Avenue Launches New Cocktails Inspired by the Myths and Legends of Latin America and Asia

Well, colour SEEN pagan for the new cocktail menu from St James’s Avenue.

Half of the menu celebrates five mystical animals from Asian tradition, representing the cardinal points: the Black Turtle (North, the Vermilion Bird (South), the Blue Dragon (East), the White Tiger (West) and the Yellow Dragon (Centre). And central to these delicious concoctions are the Japanese whisky Yamazaki, umeshu and Asian gin plus other exotic ingredients: sake, matcha, yuzu juice and Lu Lu Tong. SEEN can’t wait to sample them.

The other half of the menu is influenced by the classical elements of fire, air, land, water and the aether, all of which feature in the mythologies of the indigenous Inca, Maya and Aztec civilizations. The flavour of Latin America runs through these serves with mescal, pisco and dark rum plus lime, jalapeños, pineapple juice and fresh avocado.

The menu has been devised by head mixologist Ronny Barbazza, who brings his extensive experience at Skylon, Novikov and Browns to bear.

As ever with Avenue, a certain theatricality is keenly anticipated: The Sun cocktail, inspired by the Aztec sun god Tonatiuh who provided warmth and fertility to the people. This has mezcal, dark rum, lime juice, jalapeño syrup and pineapple juice, garnished with dry pineapple and set on fire… SEEN will be trying The Aether influenced by Citlalicue, the goddess who created the stars, the Milky Way, Earth, and also death and darkness, with tequila, Fernet Branca, lime juice and Angostura bitters. Bring it on! Or maybe a Blue Dragon, one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations, representing the East and the spring season. This is composed of Asian gin, Italicus, cranberry bitters and yuzu juice, decorated with (wow!) blue candy floss.

It’s a fabulous concept and SEEN will report back in due course…

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