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Spring/Summer 16 sees our annual Battle of the Bars competition and the creation of two bespoke limited edition cocktails on our menu for you to enjoy. Last year Tigerlily’s cocktail proved to be so popular our bar team averaged making 48 of them a day!
These cocktails are thought about weeks in advance by our passionate bar team and usually have an interesting inspiration behind them. To share the story of this years we spoke to Jack Driver, Tigerlily’s Bar Manager about this year’s contender the Hollywood Jack….
“The Hollywood Jack is a real nostalgia hitter for me. Its inspiration is taken from a combination of memories from a visit to the Jack Daniel’s distillery in Tennessee and an epic road-trip across America I did 2 years ago.
Having been to the Jack Daniels distillery last year I appreciate the Jack Daniel’s spirit even more. I mean, obviously we share the same first name, but after visiting the distillery I felt we shared much more than that ;)
I picked out their premium brand Gentleman Jack as my base as it's a smoother and sweeter whiskey which allows it to appeal to everyone. I wanted to widen the appeal of the old-fashioned style drink, which in its traditional format tends to appeal mainly to men and cocktail buffs.”
So that explains the ‘Jack’ part of the drink. Why Hollywood?
“Hollywood was an obvious choice for me as I feel such a strong connection to the place, I'm a big fan of film, (I studied cinema alongside my politics degree). My six week road trip around America was shaped by travelling between cities via planes, trains and automobiles - pun intended :). While I was there I saw many famous sets from films; the Empire State building, the Dolby Theatre, the Warner Brothers studio, I even ran up the iconic steps in Philadelphia on a Rocky pilgrimage.
I incorporated the Hollywood theme into my cocktail using popcorn. I love the Teapigs brand and knew that they make popcorn tea, I used that to make a beautiful popcorn and Maple syrup. The combination of the Gentleman Jack woody notes with the syrup and finished with the intriguing flavour and aroma of Popcorn needs to be tasted. Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters by Fee Brothers and Skewered toffee-popcorn were the obvious choice to finish.
It’s available in the bar for our customers to try from now through Spring until we compete to win with it at the Battle of the Bars this year.”