"At THe DUCHESS, The past and present do more than co-exist; they enrich one another."
While being historically accurate in its construct, the menu at The Duchess also has to engage a dynamic, modern and increasingly savvy audience. It is encompassing enough to offer a range of drinks for most occasions, while remaining concise enough to be able to flick through.
a woRd ON: Food Matching
With a Mediterranean feel to the food offering, we saw it as important to incorporate the beverage menu into the dining experience as much as possible.
There is a separate drink selection which is incorporated into the dessert menu to encourage dessert and cocktail matching.
At tea, we included a selection of drinks on the menu which work perfectly as part of your afternoon tea.
However, with an extensive wine list on offer, it became increasingly relevant not to over-serve our guests. Knowing also that the best combination discoveries come recommended, we intergrated the hors d'oeuves and cocktail pairing into the staff training program to encourage both staff and guests to explore all the exciting possibilities.
*Prices listed are opening prices and may not be reflective of current OffERING
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One of Sour, Two of Sweet, Three of Strong and Four of Weak - the story and purpose of ‘Punch’ is of “warm fellowship, conviviality and high- spirited gatherings afloat on oceans of witty talk”... or of “bloodshed and battery” depending largely on who you choose to believe and naturally, upon how much one consumes.
As was written in 1575 by French Humanist Louis Le Roy, Aqua Vitae (alcohol) was likened to Gunpowder in its ability to protect or destroy. So tread bravely.
Fine Claret, Lemon, Black Tea, Rose & Lavander Shrub and Cognac.
Lady Anne Maynard (to whom this drink is dedicated), had a servant named Hannah Woolley.
Widowed in 1661, Ms. Woolley then made her income as a publisher of household books, which cites the earliest recorded recipe for punch. This is our take on her recipe
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Sweet Apricot Brandy, Lemon Juice and Black Tea fortified with XO Cognac & Ron Bacardí
“The most famous of all the club and society bowls of the new world.
So delicious and in a bowl quite so big that would swim half a dozen young geese!”
This is the Philadelphia ‘Fish-House’s’ infamous punch
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Rin Quin Quin (Peach Wine), Lemon, Green Tea and Rosemary Water built on Peruvian Pisco.
The traditions of punch spread as far East as the Orient with the French Colonials who directed their activities from Shanghai. This is our more contemporary take on what one of these punches may have looked and tasted like at some of the more well-to-do events.
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‘Pastis’ (Absinthe’s less substantial sibling) is a local word in the South of France for a mix of things one might cobble together. We have taken a little more care in crafting the combinations listed below.
Akin to the G&T in its function, one finds it served at breakfast or lunch, instead of tea, before, during or after dinner, with cards, late into the night or perhaps at a show. La Fontaine d’Absinthe however, is a statement of commitment not just to the time it used to take to consume the bottle but also to your party’s determination to be having more fun than the next table.
Our Absinthes and Pastis are served (perhaps) more reasonably at increments of 35mls, 75mls, 150mls and 300mls with Evian spring water.
Pastis & Absinthe
Available in the following combinations
Cane Sugar & Evian Spring water with added minerals
Real Duchess Grenadine: Pomegranate, Rose Extract, Madagascan Vanilla
Croatian-style Almond Sugar Extract & Rose Essence
LA FEUILLE MORTE
Mint, Cypriot Eucalyptus & Duchess Pomegranate Syrup
Fragrant Kewra or Screwpine Water,
Cardamom & Watermelon
THE LITTLE GREEN BEAST
Cucumber Water, Lime and Cane Syrup
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Shrubs & Sherberts
A shrub (Sharab) is an ancient Arabic way of preserving fruits and juices. This was done by adding spices and large amounts of sugar or honey - now commonly called ‘Sherbert’. By the time the trend caught on in Western Europe (presumably after the crusades), alcohol in the form of vinegar (also a known preservative) was commonly added to further increase the shelf life; interestingly also making the drink a tad more refreshing. Served long over ice with or without alcohol.
À la Vinègre
Slow shrub of raspberries, rose water, lemon rind and white wine vinegar. Combines well with Bombay Sapphire
THE EMPIRE LINE
Rich pears in cider vinegar, Muscovado, lemon, cinnamon & turmeric. Combines well with American Rye Whiskies
Lychee pitted and pressed over rich Demerara sugar and Tokara Mirin served with Sauvignon Blanc and Pisco La Diablada
Sucrée aux Epices
(Sugared and spiced)
Rose, almond and lavander with Bay leaf lengthened with chilled lime water. Combines well with Bacardí Carta Blanca
Berry shrub with Dandelion root, softened and chilled over crushed ice with a gentle nudge of Bénédictine, Maraschino liqueur and Orange Curacao & a Pony of Claret
*May only be consumed with alcohol
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Tonics & Cordials
Originally created to prevent scurvy and alleviate the gastric symptoms of the age of exploration, these kinds of drinks rely on the advent of Citric Acid and the harnessing of Quinine bark.
They provide a remarkably thirst-quenching and delightfully moreish alternative to the Martini or Collins.
GIMLET DE MAISON
Kaffir Lime Cordial and Oxley Gin with a small splash of Wolfschmidt Kümel
Lemon & Bergamot Cordial immersed in Grey Goose La Poire and made refreshing with Soda. Thoroughly - Thoroughly - Drinkable
LES G&T DISTINGUÉS
Oxley Gin with Fever-tree Tonic, Mint & Lemon Zest
Star of Bombay with Fever-tree, Lemon Zest & Cassia Bark
Pour les Corps Morts
To revive the corpse
The Corpse-Reviver, the Anti-fogmatic, the Invigorator, we’ve seen ‘cure-alls’ served in snail shells, with beat broth and pickle brine all claiming to lift the haze and kick-start the drinker.
So it would seem that quirky drinks appear to be tonic enough in their own right: still we’ve done our best to make these as delicious as possible.
CORPSE REVIVER BLEU
Sharp Lemon, Kina Lillet, Blue Orange Curaçao, London Dry Gin & a subtle hint of Absinthe. Please note: "Three of these in quick succession will un-revive any corpse"
Rich, sharp and invigorating conserve d’Abricot, Lemon, Picon Bière (bitter apéritif), bitter orange and Bombay Sapphire Gin
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It’s never good practice to go into anything without the proper preparation. Consider perhaps a great, long distance athlete failing to complete a warm up prior to a race. Likewise before a hearty meal, one must break oneself in gently so to receive the maximum pleasure from the full length of the experience; it is absolutely vital to get the palate warmed up and thus finely tuned.
This is the precise and sole job of the ‘Apéritif’ in any form.
Campari, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and Clementine Soda. Our house aperitif: light, effervescent and completely delicious