You can’t beat the classics, but you can sometimes give them a little lift. This season’s cocktail menu is based on favourites that have been drunk at The Goring since 1910, enhanced with infusions of herbs grown in our own gardens. Fabulous locally created mixers, bitters, liqueurs and spirits from fellow Royal Warrant holders have also been incorporated, as well as locally grown fruits.
Rosehip Royale - £20
A regal adaption of the Pimm’s Royale.
Pimm’s No. 6 Cup, Sacred rosehip cup, a ‘summer sherbert’ of strawberries, cucumber, mint and rose, Champagne.
The Porto Gibson - £18
A Classic Gibson Martini given new life with the fruity and floral Graham’s No.5 white port from Tiago’s hometown.
No. 3 gin, Graham’s blend No.5 white port, Bramley & Gage dry vermouth, clarified citrus, Tiago’s home-pickled physalis.
Queen Victoria’s Fizz - £20
A Champagne cocktail extraordinaire fortified with a vodka produced in Victoria Park. East London Liqueur Company vodka, HK baiju, pineapple and sage bitters, Miracle foamer, sugar-free syrup and Champagne.
The Pink Thing - £18
A light, slightly creamy fizz, inspired by London post boxes.
Beefeater 24 gin, our own hibiscus and rose vermouth, lemon, cream, Fix8 strawberry and tulsi kombucha, a touch of absinthe.
Margareta - £18
Not a miss-spelling: A Margarita with a bit more “vim” and spice, just like Her Ladyship.
Curado Espadin tequila, lemon balm, verbena and London Urban Orchid cider reduction, hibiscus, organic cider vinegar, sage foam.
Garden Gimlet - £20
A floral and layered take on the Gimlet, with a float of Champagne.
Beefeater 24 gin, Italicus bergamot liqueur, Earl Grey and tonic cordial, green strawberry bitters, Champagne and rose sugar rim.
The Goring Cup - £18
An historic aperitif that once refreshed patrons of the neighbouring oyster and Champagne bars owned by Mr. James Pimm’s. Perfect for seafood or general meanders in The Goring Gardens.
Pimm’s No. 6 Cup, Merlet Strawberry liqueur, dry sherry, Aperol, Tarquin’s ‘Cornish pastis’, cucumber bitters, fruit and herbs from our garden. Topped with homemade Salty Lemonade.
The New Cuban - £20
The Mojito justifiably remains a stalwart of the cocktail scene and has seen many interpretations, including the venerable Old Cuban. We’ve added a touch of strawberry for our own new take.
Havana Club 3yr rum, Champagne and mint cordial, lime cordial, green strawberry bitters, fresh mint and Champagne.
Game, Set and Match! - £18
A complex and powerful rum concoction with the silky-smooth viscosity and fruity frivolity of a slathered scone.
East London Liquor Company Demerara rum, Smith & Cross Navy strength rum, Charteuse, Merlet forest strawberry liqueur, lemon and Cox’s apple juice filtered and refined with clotted cream and berry jam.
McMafia - £18
The unholy union of Black Russian and Whisky Mac, with booze infused coffee beans and a delicious ginger liqueur created by King Edward VII’s physician.
Coconut oil fat-washed Chivas 12yr, coffee-infused Kamm & Sons, King’s Ginger, a touch of honey and a salt, coffee and coconut rim.
The Madness of King George - £18
King George III’s favourite Whisky, turned into an apple Manhattan.
Johnnie Walker Black Label 12yr, Kingston Somerset Black apple aperitif, Dubonnet, Bramley & Gage elderflower liqueur, Bob’s lavender bitters.
Randy Alexander - £18
The Brandy Alexander is something of an overlooked digestive, whose venereous side effects are well known. We’ve added a banana twist: Look out!
Merlet VSOP cognac, Tempus Fugit banana liqueur, crème de cacao, cream, cinnamon dusting.
The Garden Negroni - £18
Grandpa Goring’s regular drink was a Negroni. It’s about time we freshened it up.
Tarquin’s Cornish gin, Absenteroux Provencal vermouth, Luxardo bitter bianco, Seedlip ‘Garden’, a touch of matcha tea, red amaranth.
Sea Spray - £18
Worthy of the hardiest of seafarers, sense-awakening, bright and ever so slightly salty.
A trio of seaweed-infused Plymouth gin, Tarquin’s ‘Cornish pastis’ and dry vermouth from Bristol’s Bramley & Gage distillery.
These taste better than our alcoholic concoctions. It’s just a shame they won’t make your conversation any more interesting.
Cup Zero - £10
A Pimm’s cup for abstainers.
Monin bitter syrup, Everleaf non-alcoholic aperitif, berries, cucumber, apple, orange, cinnamon, elderflower, lemon and soda.
Garden Dew - £10
A fruity “Champagne” fizz to evoke summer (on the inside, at least).
Seedlip Garden 108 non-alcoholic ‘spirit’, fresh raspberries, lime, Fix8 strawberry and tulsi kombucha, non-alcoholic ‘Champagne’
Eastern Cloud - £10
A tropical take on the Sour.
Everleaf non-alcoholic aperitif, coconut water, pineapple, lemon, lavender and citrus foam.