Molecular Mixology ‘Purl’ Cocktails
I discovered Purl on London Cocktail Week’s calendar (Oct 2010), a speakeasy bar running events during the week with a molecular mixology twist. The bar, a mish-mash of different era’s from room to room, from Victoriana to Art Noveau, reflecting their menu of drinks harking from times of by-gone era’s.
It’s a small world, as on my first visit, I discovered that two of the Bar’s owners (Tom & Tristan, were ex-colleagues of mine). I was somewhat blown away by their enthusiasm and expertise shared to the Cocktail Week event attendees, displaying all manner of mixology techniques. On showcase were gels (a great edible alcoholic toothpaste that gave Aquafresh a run for it’s £ – well in colour & form), fogs, mists, foams, caviars and powders (that’s not an illegal substance being cut and passed around!).
On following visits, I realised that the chaps change their menu’s seasonally, always trying to showcase a technique and display it with real theatre… displaying the ‘wow’ factor with liquid nitrogen.
Purl Signature Serves:
Mr Hyde’s Fixer Upper
Ron Zacapa 23 rum and homemade cola and orange bitters served in a smoke injected, wax sealed potion bottle with Lapsang fog
A Green Fairy Sazerac
Absinthe foam sweetened with Cognac and tweaked with lemon peel and Peychaud’s Bitters
I’ll have to hold my hand up and confess, that it was after a few visits that I took up a temporary post working with the chaps and their Co. – Fluid Movement, so I’ll end my post here. After my stint ended I did visit their new bar, Worship Street Whistling Shop (Shoreditch), which has more of a Victorian Gin-Palace feel to it and gives them the space to really entertain and combine an interesting food offering with Temple & Shian.
Address: Purl, 50/54 Blandford St, London, W1U 7HX
Reservations recommended via: http://www.purl-london.com/