Meet Alex Percival. He’s sharp, he’s pretty good looking, he’s funny, and the icing on the cake? He can make a bloody mean cocktail.
Alex has over 20 years of experience in the bar industry and currently lends his expert advice as the Director of Tin & Glass Consultants Ltd, a London-based, internationally operating training and events company.
This drink, a Cherry & Walnut Smoked Old-Fashioned, is only one of the many crafty cocktails this wizard has whipped up. Here’s how it goes:
In an old-fashioned glass, add 25ml Haig Club whisky and three ice cubes. Stir quickly but smoothly for around 15-20 seconds, allowing the ice to melt in to the whisky a touch. Then add a further 25ml Haig Club whisky, 3 drops of Cherry Bitters, 2 drops of Black Walnut bitter and a dash of Gomme. Add 3 more ice cubes and stir for a further 20-25 seconds. Strain the cocktail into a smoking vessel. Add the cherry wood chip smoke until vessel is full, the swill for around 15 seconds. Pour over a fresh, large, ice cube. Finally, top up with a couple more ice cubes, and garnish with a fresh black cherry.
Serve it up or drink it…responsibly.