This November 2018, Harry Nikolaou, head bartender at Rotunda will welcome three of the world’s best mixologists to join him at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square. Bartenders from Singapore’s famed Manhattan Bar, Paradiso in Barcelona and Rotterdam’s infamous Dr. Rotterdam will showcase their talents for five nights each, creating signature cocktails alongside the Rotunda Bar’s new menu. Each bartender will host a one-off masterclass, showcasing their two exclusive concoctions for their residency, drawing on the flavours of the east and the west, reviving Ten Trinity Square’s role as the heart of global trade.
On November 20, 2018, Cedric Mendoza of Manhattan in Singapore, currently ranked #3 in The World’s 50 Best Bars, will fly in to join Harry at the Rotunda Bar. His first cocktail, Fighting 69th, is Cedric’s take on a Gin and Tonic and his second, Swinging West, will capture his bar’s American influence with a classic New York Sour.
The following week, on November 27, 2018, Giacomo Gianniotti of Paradiso in Barcelona will bring his 30 years of mixology experience to Rotunda. Recognised as The Bar to Watch in 2017, it has repeatedly appeared on the World’s Best 50 Bars list and, tucked behind a fridge door on a back-street bar in Barcelona, Paradiso is a place for those in the know. Giacomo will fuse influences from east and west for his take on the classic Negroni with Negroni in Paradiso, laced with beetroot juice, passion fruit, balsamic vinegar and mango ice cream; and the Negroamoro Julep with bourbon, coffee, cynar, bitter orange marmalade, mint leaves, amaretto and truffle icing sugar.
Last to the stage, Chi-Ho Ta of Dr. Rotterdam will round the series off with his near-medicinal libations, including Shrubbaloony, which features Chi-Ho’s house-made Sopropo shrub, with holistic properties when shaken with Rutte Celery gin, Italicus and Chartreuse elixir; and Lost in Paradise, with its healing properties of Rutte Paradijswijn, mixed with Italicus, cherry liqueur, and crème de cacao. Hidden away in one of Rotterdam’s imposing townhouses, the building was a former hotbed of debauchery, and now offers a safe haven for distinctive drinkers, the spirit of which Chi-Ho plans to bring to Rotunda this December 2018.
Each bartender will launch their five night residency at Rotunda with a masterclass, before joining Harry from 4:00 pm til late each evening:
- Cedric Mendoza from Manhattan, Singapore from November 20 to 24, 2018; masterclass on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 3:00 pm
- Giacomo Gianniotti from Paradiso, Barcelona from November 27 to December 1, 2018; masterclass on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm
- Chi-Ho Ta from Dr. Rotterdam from December 5 to 9, 2018; masterclass: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 3:00 pm