The Bite Magazine - Autmn/Winter 2020 - Issue 28

bitedrinks the spirits to mix correctly and ‘open up’ the flavours of the ingredients. The brand’s pre-mixed cocktails include the limited-edition Salted Caramel Espresso Martini and Spicy Margarita. Created in 1983, Espresso Martini has since become a modern classic. The decadent salted caramel syrup of this flavoured Espresso Martini cocktail intensifies the richness and body of the drink without making it too sweet. It contains one part Premium Vodka, one part Kahlua and Salted Caramel Syrup, and one part Espresso Coffee. Spicy Margarita gets a piquant twist that gives a sense of place to the cocktail’s classically Mexican origins. It contains habanero, one of Mexico’s most essential hot chillies, chosen for its weighty spice and fruity/citrus flavour. With three parts premium 100% Agave Tequila infused habanero chilli, two parts Cointreau and one part Malic-Citric formula, the fiery heat of the chillies gives this Moore House cocktail a jammy, moreish body and mouthfeel. Expanding on the invention of Espresso Martini in the 1980s, it is said it was made for the first time when a regular customer asked Dick Bradsel, the barman at Soho Brassiere for a drink that would ‘wake her up’. The coffee machine was close by, and vodka was the prevalent spirit of that time. Made with one part Premium Vodka, one part Kahlua, and one part Espresso Coffee, the sweetness of the Kahlua means it doesn’t require added sugar syrup. The Manhattan cocktail is said to have originated at the Manhattan Club in New York City in the early 1870s. Dr Iain Marshall invented it for a banquet hosted by Jennie Jerome (Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston) in honour of presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden. Moore House’s version with two and a half parts Premium Bourbon, one part sweet Vermouth, a drop of Maraschino Cherry Juice, a few dashes of Angostura Classic & Orange Bitter is sweeter than the original. Old Fashioned has been around since the mid-19th century. It has the same ingredients as an earlier drink from the 1830s called Bittered Sling, which combines whisky, water, bitters, and sugar. About 60 years later, Bittered Sling had a revival and was asked for as a cocktail made ‘the old fashioned way’. Several places have claimed to have invented Old Fashioned including New York and Chicago but Louisville, Kentucky have declared it as their own and celebrate Old Fashioned Fortnight every year in June for two weeks. With Premium Bourbon, muddled cane sugar with Angostura and orange bitters, Moore House has created their best version with equal measures of the ingredients. Although it is deceptively simple to make, if the ingredients or combinations are wrong it can completely miss the mark. This Old Fashioned is on the sweet side thanks to the cane sugar as well as warming and comforting. As the brand says, “It evokes a certain nostalgia as a classic cocktail should.” The story goes that Negroni was first drunk 100 years ago in the Cafe Casoni in Florence, France by Count Camillo Negroni. He asked the barman to make his Americano stronger, so he removed the soda water and added gin and then changed the customary slice of lemon for orange to distinguish the two cocktails. Made of one part Premium Gin, one part Campari, and one part Cocchi Vermouth, this Negroni is a wonderfully sophisticated and surprisingly complex cocktail. Moore House Cocktail Company also has Margarita Cristal and Classic Martini. The limited-edition cocktails are available in a choice of 100 ml, and 200 ml bottles and the rest of the range is available in 100 ml, 200 ml, 350 ml and 500 ml as well as a collection of three 100 ml and 200 ml bottles as a gift set. Indulge your senses with their selection of candles - Firenze 1919, Soho Caffè, Mid Town, and Votive Candle Set - as well as a cocktail spoon, cocktail strainer, and cocktail mixing glass.