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July 18, 2012updated Feb 11, 2013

Olympic London: Theo Randall at The InterContinental Classic Cocktail & Aperitivi

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Theo RandallLondon, UK – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Theo Randall restaurant at The InterContinental London Park Lane has launched a new aperitivi and cocktail menu, to honor the Italian ritual of a pre-dinner drink. In keeping with the restaurant style, the new menu uses seasonal and carefully sourced ingredients to celebrate classic Italian recipes.

Split into sections, the concoctions feature traditional Classicos (all named after Theo’s favorite Italian figures) such as the Torino Milano, a blend of Carpano Antica Formula, the oldest vermouth in Italy, Campari, and soda water. For the Moderno side of the list, Theo joined forces with Fabio Immovilli of the Arch Bar at InterContinental London Park Lane. The experiment includes classic Italian ingredients with updated influences including the Basil & Lemon Martini, which combines Hendrick’s Gin, Limoncello Capri Natura, lemon juice, Italian basil, and sugar.

“Just like our food, these are great Italian recipes made with the best ingredients,” said Theo. “Italians do the pre-dinner drink tradition really well and I wanted to add an element of that relaxed experience here on Park Lane. There are no rules and it is very versatile, join us for a cocktail and antipasti, stay on at the bar for a bowl of pasta, or enjoy a full dinner.”

Select ingredients will change to match the seasons—in summer fresh tangerines will feature with Prosecco in the Puccini and change to Tiziano (made from Cabernet grapes) in the fall. In keeping with Italian traditions, guests can enjoy a selection of antipasti including fritto misto, salumi misti, mozzarella di bufala and formaggi.

The new drinks menu also features Theresianer, rare artisan beers sourced from one of the oldest breweries in Northern Italy. The bottom fermented light-bodied Premium Pilsner is best as an aperitivi, while the Pale Ale uses top fermentation with wine yeast, making a traditional pairing with a main course or bowl of pasta. The new additions join the wine list that features 80% Italian varietals, including a selection of Grappas.

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