Drink The Classics at & Co.
02.09.13 by Lucy Self
“Here's to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life.”
Fancy sipping on some Stevenson or quaffing a cup of Kerouac?
Alongside cocktail connoisseur Jimmy ‘The Hat’, we present ‘Drink The Classics’ at our Soho basement bar & Co. – a month celebrating four famous novels in the best possible way, by drinking them. Each week will see & Co. transformed into a different timeless tale, complete with themed cocktails and scene-setting props.
Fresh from running Gin Store at Street Feast, with stints at The Rushmore Group’s Rotary and Giant Robot, bartender Jimmy ‘The Hat’ has shaken and stirred for some of the coolest kids in London. Now he’s bringing his mixology magic to & Co. with a literary-inspired list of cocktails sure to inspire even the most resistant bookworms.
Kicking off on Wednesday 18th September, week one will delve into the dystopian world of George Orwell’s Animal Farm – depicted by pig’s heads, eerie lighting and a scattering of straw. Scotch and vodka-based cocktails such as the ‘Scotch Old Major’, Napoleon’s Gimlet and the Politician’s Penicillin nod playfully to the story’s central characters and themes.
Week two jumps back to the Jazz Age, with the Beautiful and The Damned – Scott Fitzgerald’s novel about 1920’s New York Café Society. Gin-themed cocktails will include ‘Zelda’s The Bees Knees’, ‘Patch Reviver No. 2’ and ‘The Gloriadora’. Vintage lamps, potted plants and, of course, a jazz soundtrack will create the mood of the roaring 20s.
Next up is On The Road by Jack Kerouac. Complete with old maps and road signs, plus a selection of rye and bourbon-based drinks such as the ‘Cadillac Sazerac’, ‘Marylou’s Manhattan’ and ‘Rye and Dry in San Francisco’, & Co. will take you on a the ultimate American road trip.
Coinciding with London Cocktail Week, Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling adventure Treasure Island will round up the month. The selection of rum cocktails fit for a buccaneer will include ‘The Silver Swizzle’, ‘Mai Tai Treasure’ and ‘Captain’s Corn N’ Oil’ – all served alongside old chests, dusty skulls and maybe even the odd pile of gold...
There's no need to book - just head down to & Co. on Great Marlborough Street every Wed-Fri from 18th September to 11th October.