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NEW MUSICAL COCKTAIL MENU AT THE SAVOY'S AMERICAN BAR

The eagerly awaited cocktail menu from the world-renowned American Bar at The Savoy launched this week, providing a musical soundtrack to its innovative drinks. The menu pays homage to the legendary musicians and songwriters that have entertained guests in the bar for decades, ‘The Savoy Songbook’ is a collection of twenty cocktails that have been created with the bar’s most iconic songs in mind.

It may be pure coincidence that the shape of the American Bar matches that of a grand piano, but since the bar’s inception nearly 130 years ago, music and atmosphere have gone hand in hand with the award-winning drinks. Seven evenings a week, the American Bar’s piano player takes up residence in the middle of the bar to entertain guests with jazz standards and modern classics, transforming every cocktail experience into a unique and memorable one.

The American Bar’s new menu has been created as a collaborative effort by the American Bar team. Having spent months developing this music-led cocktail concept, the team has worked with the bar’s in-house musicians and delved into The Savoy’s history of musical moments to find the twenty songs that really define the atmosphere of the American Bar and that form the creative heart of the cocktail list. And in an industry first, the menu will also be launched with an accompanying live album, recorded by the American Bar’s resident piano player, Jon Nickoll and available to download on Spotify.

The structure of the new menu mirrors the track listings of an album, with each cocktail’s title playfully referring to a memorable line in the song that provides its inspiration. The songs themselves, their lyrics, melodies and soulfulness are reflected in the ingredients, styles and spirits used in the drinks. 

Examples from the new cocktail menu include...

LONELY STREET - 'Elvis' Heartbreak Hotel’
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Craigellachie 17yr old whisky, Discarded Cascara vermouth, white port, baklava, mezcal, coffee oil, smoke

#NOMAKEUP - ‘I say a Little Prayer’
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Grey Goose vodka, coconut wine, martini bitter, supasawa, spiced pineapple syrup, Champagne.


CRYSTAL STAR - ‘The American Bar Song by resident pianist Jon Nickoll’
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Star of Bombay gin, Chartreuse & geranium cordial, Muyu Chinotto Nero liqueur, white port

SUN SUN SUN - 'Here Comes the Sun’
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Bombay Sapphire gin, white crème de menthe, orange blossom, yuzu wine, lime, egg white.

PLAYING IN THE STARS - 'Fly Me To The Moon'
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Grey Goose vodka, Martini Ambrato vermouth, violet liqueur, yuzu wine, pistachio orgeat, lemon, Champagne.