Inspired by Atul Kochhar’s innovative cooking at Michelin-starred Benares, Bar Manager Stefano Marchetto’s cocktail list is something special.
Alongside the restaurant’s modern Indian cuisine with a distinctive British twist, the bar’s drinks menu features a melange of classic cocktails, each embellished with unusual spices, homemade chutneys or syrups. Celebrating this approach to mixology, Benares has launched a series of intimate Saturday afternoon cocktail masterclasses for groups of six. Here, Stefano will take guests through a one-hour masterclass, focussing on two classic cocktails.
Guests will learn to concoct cocktails from a variety of original drinks served at Benares. These may include the ‘Green Spice Martini’, featuring ginger and coriander; ‘Coconut & Pineapple Lassi’ – Benares’ take on a Piña Colada; or the ‘Passion Fruit Chutney Martini’. A sweet, subtly spiced drink, the latter is simple to make at home, including vodka, passion fruit juice and chutney.
15ml Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
15ml Monin Gomme or Sugar Syrup
10ml Passion Fruit Juice
30g Passion Fruit Chutney
½ Small Passion Fruit
Edible Silver Balls
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and shake hard. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
To decorate, sprinkle a few silver balls on the passion fruit half & add to the cocktail. It won’t sink as the liquid is quite thick and the passion fruit is quite light.
Tickets for Benares’ cocktail masterclasses are priced at £50 per person and include the masterclass itself, two cocktails and a recipe card to take home. Guests who wish to stay can enjoy a light dinner in the lounge area and choose from the brand new Street Food menus both priced at £30 for 5 dishes to share. Availability is dependent on requests on Saturdays from 16:30 to 17:30 in groups of 6. To find out more information about future bookings email: [email protected].