A summer cup with a story

Last week, the sun finally made an appearance, and in full force. It was great timing, then, that we’d been invited to Drake & Morgan’s The Refinery at City Point to get stuck into their summer menu, created with craft-mixer-makers The London Essence Co.

Summer isn’t summer without a healthy serving of gin, so first on the agenda was a gin masterclass with Tom, the master blender at Silent Pool. Silent Pool is an incredibly smooth, fragrant craft gin with a story – we’re woven a tale about unrequited love, a maiden drowning in an eerily crystal-clear pool, and a knight who declines to save her. But what’s really enchanting is the level of care and craftsmanship that goes into perfecting the delicate flavour profile of Silent Pool. Not only do the team tend to an actual fire all day at their distillery in Surrey to ensure a constant stream of steam to the still, but the botanicals are sorted and applied, and the flavours adjusted by hand (and palate, of course).


Such an extraordinary gin needs an extraordinary mixer to go with it. Enter: The London Essence Co, who have an incredible range of flavoured tonics designed especially to pair with craft and fine spirits. It was one of their botanical blends that formed the mixer for the drink we fell in love with from The Refinery’s summer menu.


It’s called the Lavender Vida Loca, and it’s made with Silent Pool gin and dash of pink berry bitters (one of Drake & Morgan’s own creations), topped up with The London Essence Co’s bitter orange and elderflower tonic water. Finally, a sprig of lavender and twist of orange peel completes this impossibly pretty drink.


Bottoms up, everyone.



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