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February 4, 2010updated Feb 07, 2013

The Connaught Hotel’s Bars Introduce Trolley Service

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

London, England – The Connaught Bar has long held a reputation amongst aficionados and purists as one of London’s top destinations for the perfect martini. To celebrate its signature cocktail, The Connaught Bar is introducing an exquisitely conceived trolley, which will honor the ceremony involved in the creation of this iconic drink.

Guests can enjoy watching the Connaught’s white-gloved expert mixologists craft their favorite drink right in front of their vigilant eyes. The black lacquer trolley boasts sleek art deco looks with its clean lines and black leather table top tamped down with metal studs. Beautifully designed in association with Tanqueray 10, a discreet number 10 forms the door handles, making a sophisticated allusion to the celebrated gin brand.

Connaught Martinis are only quietly stirred, never shaken, and the trolley features an engraved Japanese crystal mixing jar which has been cleverly engineered to conserve freezing temperatures. Double frozen ice cubes from purified water ensure the martini is chilled to perfection. The stirring utensils are made of silver, while the martinis themselves are served in elegant engraved crystal glasses especially designed for the Connaught Bar by leading French designer Jean Jacques.

The Connaught Bar nods to the past by introducing a range of home-made bitters that add a subtle and delicious twist on an old classic. With seven different flavors, the bitters offer extracts of lavender, coriander, cardamom, ginger, grapefruit, licorice or vanilla, to create a truly memorable martini to suit the martini connoisseur’s every mood. Only the purest martinis are made in order to savor the superiority of the ingredients, with premium gin and vodka brands including Tanqueray 10, Beefeater 24, Ketel One and Snow Queen, while the vermouth is the crisp Gancia Dry from Italy, only available at the Connaught Bar.

Meanwhile, in The Coburg Bar, a Bordeaux Trolley will be introduced. Featuring six red Bordeaux wines, which will boast extraordinary vintages from lesser-known houses as well as bottles from great houses in lesser-known years, and six white wines from Burgundy, this trolley will offer oenophiles an exciting experience.

The wines will be displayed in a beautiful hand-carved trolley and served from a Riedel decanter and wine glasses, affording consumers a truly three-dimensional experience in their appreciation of these magnificent wines.

Built on the principles of Bacchanology—the study, preparation and history of drinking—The Coburg Bar Trolley provides a rich sense of history and narrative. Both the Champagne and Bordeaux initiatives are on-going projects. In many cases only one bottle of a specific Champagne or wine might be available, and the selection will evolve as The Coburg Bar introduces new treasures when existing ones are consumed.

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