Sunday, 25 March 2012

The Monkey Shoulder Indoor Chocolate Trail With Niko B

Monkey Shoulder Whisky indulge in a subversive take on the traditional Easter egg hunt. Think fewer bunnies, more booze; all in an overgrown, indoor wilderness in the heart of Soho.

This Easter, adults can run riot with their youthful spirit at the Monkey Shoulder Chocolate Trail. Easter eggs are hidden amongst the foliage, which can then be swapped for a bespoke whisky cocktail paired with a handmade chocolate.

Monkey Shoulder is teaming up with London Cocktail Club and chocolatier Niko B to create a range of delicious whisky cocktails accompanied by specially flavoured chocolates. They will also be cracking open barrel-aged cocktails they've had stashed away since the beginning of the year.

Explorers on the Chocolate Trail can wonder the space freely or let the Monkey Shoulder Ambassador Dean Callan guide them through the undergrowth, pointing out the best flavours and garnishes to complement whisky cocktails. Reach inside the hidden spaces to discover something nice...or something nasty... this Easter bunny has a cheeky sense of humour!

Artists and designers like Bobby Peterson, Anna Garforth and a seemingly rebellious Easter bunny have let their imaginations loose on the space with specially grown moss and grass sculptures to give the effect of the outdoors, indoors. After all, why should the kids have all the fun?

The bespoke cocktail recipes and chocolate pairings:
Banana & Sherry Fix with Coffee & Cardamom truffle
50ml Monkey Shoulder
15ml Pedro Ximénez Sherry
15ml Banana Liqueur
25ml Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
25ml Pineapple Juice
25ml Freshly squeezed orange juice
Dash of Angostura bitters

Mix in a shaker, fill with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
This will be paired with - Coffee & Cardamom truffle (a blend of dark and milk chocolate ganache truffle with cardamom infused cream, coffee and vanilla).

Rhubarb & Rose Julep with Lemon , Ginger and Cayenne Pepper truffle
50ml Monkey Shoulder
15ml Sugar syrup
15ml Rose Liqueur
Dash of Rhubarb bitters
Pinch of Mint

Build in a julep tin with crushed ice.
This will be paired with - Lemon , Ginger and Cayenne Pepper truffle ( a dark chocolate ganache truffle with fresh ginger infused cream, lemons and cayenne pepper)

Monkey Jam Sour with Masala Chai truffle
Heaped tea spoon of apricot jam
50ml Monkey Shoulder
25ml Freshly squeezed Lemon juice
15ml Drambuie
15ml Sugar syrup
1 egg white
Dash of Angostura bitters

Mix in a shaker, fill with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass, add twist of orange zest for added aroma.
This will be paired with - Masala Chai truffle (a milk chocolate ganache truffle with star anise infused cream, black tea and chai spices)

Ambassador, Dean Callan says of The Monkey Shoulder Chocolate Trail "The rich and smooth taste of Monkey Shoulder makes it perfect for mixing cocktails, and by pairing drinks with chocolates we can really play around with all the great flavours in the whisky - what better way to treat yourself this Easter?"

Dates: Open to the public from Friday 6th to and including Monday 9th April; 12.00 -7.00pm

The Monkey Shoulder Chocolate Trail is free to attend and discover, drinks are also available to buy.

The pairings will be available at all three London Cocktail Club bars from 30th March -15th April, and at the Monkey Shoulder Chocolate Trail itself at 63 Broadwick St, from 6th -9th April.

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