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Client: Cumnor Hill House

Location: Oxfordshire

We were approached by the prestigious Cumnor Hill House residential home in Oxford to provide them with a range of services. The first request was to provide them with our full bar services for the opening party they were having and to shake up some drinks for both the residents and their families. During the build-up to this we were asked to design a signature drink for them to serve all year round, and then return following the party and do some basic cocktail training with their in house bar staff.

The first step was to establish the brief for the signature drink that they wanted us to produce for them and thankfully this was one of the easier ones we’ve dealt with. The specifications were for it to be pink, made with vodka or gin and delicious. We decided to make it interesting and have a little competition. Dom took the vodka option, and James took the gin drink and set about creating their recipes. When we took them to the tasting with the client it went down to a vote and the vodka drink won but only by the narrowest of margins. The client named the drink “The Smooth Operator” and it was first on the menu for the opening party. It consisted of passion fruit syrup, berry liqueurs, pear vodka, lemon apple and cranberry juices, all served long, garnished with a quarter passion fruit and finished with a cocktail stirrer with the Cumnor Hill House logo on it.

We had the Cumnor Hill House logo set in a ice block for the bar which created attention with the residents and guests.

It doesn’t matter how old you are, you’re never beyond the simple pleasures of a great cocktail!


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