By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food
First commissioned in 1773 by Elizabeth, Countess of Home, with plans for George III’s architect James Wyatt to build a sophisticated ‘Pavilion’ designed purely for enjoyment and entertainment, at 20 Portman Square, Home House was then completed by his competitor Robert Adams, after Wyatt was sacked, and is to this day regarded as Adam’s finest surviving London town house. And since being taken over by a Quintillion UK Limited in 2004, Home House has become one of the city’s most exclusive private members clubs.
Located just behind central London’s busy Oxford Street, Home House fuses 18th century splendor with 21st century style, and offers a great range of facilities for members. Among these facilities are a number of restaurants and bars, and to tie in with Christmas House 21 bartender Adam Smith has created a selection of specially crafted festive cocktails. One of which is ‘Santa’s Night Cab’, featuring cognac, Crème de Figue, and whiskey barrel bitters. Here’s the recipe to recreate the drink at home this weekend, in the lead up to the holidays.
50ml Hennessy VS
25ml Crème de Figue
Dash of whiskey barrel bitters
Flamed orange zest and cinnamon stick
Flambé Cognac with raisins and carefully transfer it into a mixing glass.
Add other ingredients and stir with cubed ice. Serve in a rocks glass.
Home House can be found at 20 Portman Square, London, W1H 6LW. Full annual membership is priced at £1,275 for under 35 year-olds, or £1,840 for over 35 year-olds.