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Botanicals and freshness on offer at Old Aldwych Hotel

This January, Gin Mare and Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar at One Aldwych Hotel are partnering to transform the bar into an oasis of botanicals and freshness. The Mediterranean gin brand is giving Londoners the chance to escape January without having to leave the city. With the long nights and cold, wet weather set to stay, Gin Mare is encouraging guests to switch to a ‘Med-mindset’ where moderation takes precedence over Dry January.

A week ago, Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar re-opened its doors for 2020 to incorporate a Garnish Garden and brand-new, single unit serve cocktail and pintxos menu. One Aldwych beverage manager, Pedro Paulo has curated three Gin Mare cocktails, containing just one unit of alcohol, each paired with a mini pintxo dish hand-crafted by head chef, Jose Jara.

Each pintxo offers a true taste of the Basque country and contains ingredients inspired by the Gin Mare botanicals, Arbequina olives, thyme, rosemary and basil.

Drinks will be served ungarnished, allowing customers to visit the bar-side ‘Garnish Garden’, an area created to engulf guests in the scents of rosemary, thyme and basil, all flourishing from one of four newly installed botanical pillars. Customers will then be able to pick their chosen garnish from the garden and personalise their cocktail.

The entire menu can be enjoyed as a casual dining experience or can be relished alongside a Winter Citrus Experience in the One Aldwych Health Club. Created to revitalise and energise the skin, guests can enjoy a 45-minute Radiance Booster facial and 30-minute energy-boosting body scrub. Both treatments will provide a much-needed Vitamin C boost thanks to the Natura Bissé C+C range, with any signs of fatigue replaced with a hydrated, glowing complexion.

The single unit serve Gin Mare menu

Fresa Thyme Smash Single unit shot of Gin Mare, non-alcoholic Garden spirit, Strawberry Puree, sugar, lemon juice and lemonadePairs withBeef Tartare Beef tartare, topped with an anchovy emulsion, pickled mushrooms and rosemary ash
Med Sour Single unit shot of Gin Mare, non-alcoholic aperitif, peach, lemon juice, basil syrup and miracle foamerPairs withTraditional Mini Talo Crispy corn talo, heritage tomatoes, basil emulsion and black olive powder (v)
Maretini Single unit shot of Gin Mare, non-alcoholic Spice spirit, Mediterranean tonic reduction and olive brinePairs withMini Bay of Biscay Hand-dived scallop, chives and a thyme butter foam

Single unit serve cocktail and mini pintxo pairings are priced at £15.00, with the Maretini & Mini Bay of Biscay pairing priced at £18.00.

The Winter Citrus Experience is £140.00 per person and includes a choice of single unit serve cocktail and pintxo pairing. This can be bought as a gift voucher online.

The promotion lasts until April.

Eneko opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 17.00-23.00

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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