Cocktails

Elegant and adventurous. The mysterious colours of our cocktails conceal surprising flavours…

Build, stir, shake or blendthe art of the perfect cocktail depends on very specific methods. Depending on the drinks and other ingredients used, a cocktail is gently poured or stirred, or firmly shaken or blended. Our bartenders have mastered all techniques.

When building a cocktail the ingredients are poured straight into the glass and mixing is not necessary. Ingredients that mix easily, are stirred. By shaking them in a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, the drinks are thoroughly mixed and rapidly cooled without being diluted too much. A blender mixes the contents evenly and crushes pieces of ice and fruit.

Cocktails: a short history

Born from Al Capone’s gin and rum and come of age in the illegal night clubs of the American Twenties – this is the life story of the cocktail.

In 1920, the new American electorate votes in favour of a general prohibition on alcohol production, transport and sale of alcohol, soon to be known simply as ‘The Prohibition’. Gangsters like Al Capone smuggle in cheap liquor from England and the Caribbean. Alcohol is only available in so-called ‘speakeasies’ – illegal, secret basement clubs.

Behind their heavy doors there was gambling and drinking. The bartender was regarded as a hero, transforming near-undrinkable imported gin and rum into tasty drinks in all the colours of a cock’s tail – hence the name cocktail. When American soldiers embarked for Europe during World War II, they took the phenomenon of the cocktail with them. And the rest – as they say – is history…

Cocktail menu

The tastiest top ten: our cocktail menu only lists our personal favourites. Discover your pleasure…

From classic cocktails with a unique twist to NY Basement originals – our bartender will be happy to fix you a delicious cocktail. The menu was developed in cooperation with Dyon Seedorf, finalist of the National Flair Bartending Championships, and features flavours to match any mood, from rich and complex to easy-going.

Of course it is also possible to order your personal favourite, available ingredients permitting, in case you can withstand our tempting top ten…

 

View our special cocktail menu here