Are you feeling dreamy, charismatic or mischievous? At the Bloomsbury Club Bar you can explore these and up to 14 states of mind with a cocktail corresponding to each mood.
For those that are unsure, help is at hand with the interactive Cocktail Diviner – a curio in the form of a mystical turbaned head inside an old wooden framed glass cabinet on wheels, revealed from under a red velvet cloth. The Diviner raises it’s chin and it’s green eyes light up when your hand is placed on an entrancing eye symbol, ready and poised to foretell your emotion. Suddenly, a tarot card is lit and selection has been made for you. We would show you this magical entity but photos are not encouraged as the Diviner is a little camera shy!
Scott Gavin, the manager at The Bloomsbury Bar Club is the inspiration behind the charming Diviner as well as the new enticing cocktail menu that is based on beautifully illustrated tarot cards, which were designed in 1910 by Pamela Colman Smith, the bohemian occultist. The bohemian theme extends throughout the elegant decor with walls in the main bar area adorned with artwork and books synonymous with the 1920s Bloomsbury Set with a subtle English colonial influence.
So according to the Diviner, I was clearly in a charismatic mood and the Siren Call was what was needed to increase one’s charisma and ‘attract favourable attention’. Glad the Diviner knew I wasn’t on a first date! Served in a classic champagne saucer, the ingredients included Makers Mark bourbon and raw cocoa which was used in Mayan rituals to induce a euphoric state of mind as the chemicals released provide an instant mood-enhancer. The raw cocoa combined with the red plum extract provided further potency.
Should you be in a seductive mood, then what better way than to sip a Forbidden Fruit, a gin based drink with the essence of sweet and sour apples. The idea of the cocktail is to take one’s idle desires into Aphrodite’s sacred orchard where the subtle notes of Crab, Bramley and Braeburn Apples will turn your lust into enduring love.
If you are suffering cocktail envy from the table next to you, then the Flaming Venom is the drink to banish these feelings. The drink consists of smooth as silk Absolute Elyx vodka, wild berries, young artichoke leaves and Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut champagne. The effect of the artichoke leaf is supposed to take away toxic resentments and jealousies.
The lighter state of the Flaming Verom can be contrasted with the mischievous Mad Monkey. This is made with Avion Plata tequila, peach, egg white, chilli tincture and wasabi and passion fruit dust. The chilli provides a punchy note that pairs well with the wasabi and the sweetness of the passion fruit.
The evening was accompanied with live jazz music by Madeline Rose and her band which complimented the exciting cocktails. With so many moods to explore and their corresponding cocktails yet to experience, we shall be making another visit to meet with the mystical Cocktail Diviner very soon.
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By Umesh Patel