For a long time now we’ve wanted to grow the humble cocktail list at Ben’s Canteen. Having just won Best Local Restaurant (in the Time & Leisure Food and Drinks Awards) we decided that this was the time.
We’ve put together a mix of classics and given them a little twist – the Bacon Bourbon Old Fashioned (we got the recipe from our friend, Adam Layton, who runs a food blog called Noshable) is a great example of this. We infuse the bourbon with bacon and then add honey and orange – oh and bacon salt. It’s a ripper and rumour has it that it will be featured in GQ later in the year.
At the moment we’re quite inspired by Spain, so we’ve put our take on a Rebujito on the menu – it’s Sherry (Fino), Elderflower, Mint & Soda – and it’s a little reminder of summer. The London Ruin (Hoxton Gin, Cointreau & Homemade Lemonade) is proving very popular and the staff are big fans of the Vanilla & Chilli Caprioska (Vodka, Vanilla, Sugar, Lime & Chilli).
So, next time you’re up on the hill, do drop into the Canteen and let us know what you think of the new list. Oh, and by the way, we can still make the classic cocktails for you on request and do remember that on Tuesdays we do 2-4-1 cocktails.