Meet Giovanni Castorina
From serving VIPs to the go-to trends in mixology at the moment – Our Bar Manager, Giovanni Castorina tells us all about his craft.
17th July 2018
Our cocktail of choice for the summer is the Athenaeum Margarita and at the heart of our favourite margarita is Ocho Blanco tequila. This very special tequila is the brainchild of globally-renowned tequila producer Carlos Camarena and Tomas Estes, the man credited with bringing the very first bottle of tequila to Europe. This pairing of tequila connoisseurs has resulted in a tequila like no other. ‘Ocho’ in the name has many meanings. It takes eight years for the brand’s agaves to ripen before being harvested and it takes eight kilograms of agave to make one litre of Ocho tequila. Impressively, the Camarena family are also in their eighth decade of producing tequila.
Ocho Blanco tequila is especially known for its intense, sweet and slightly citrus flavour – which couldn’t be more perfect for the summer. Paired with the rich almond flavour of amaretto, with the perfectly summery fruit juices of lime and pineapple added in for good measure, the Athenaeum Margarita has to be one of the best cocktails to enjoy in London during the warmer weather.
For those looking for all the punchiness of summer without the alcohol, our Tropicano mocktail couldn’t fit the bill more appropriately. A combination of passionfruit, pomegranate, peach and apple, each one of these fruit juices has a summertime story to tell.
Passionfruit is known for its sweet-sour characteristics and exquisite aroma. Packed full of Vitamin A and Vitamin C too, it’s also known for helping the skin maintain a summertime glow. Pomegranate is a much-loved summer ingredient, with its bright red appearance and sweet but tangy flavour. A known antioxidant, the fruit has some interesting back-stories too. Literally translated, it means ‘apple with many seeds’, and pomegranate trees can live for longer than 200 years. We’re sure some of that vitality carries through to our Tropicano mocktail.
Peaches are also full of amazing vitamins, while symbolically they represent good luck, protection and longevity. Apples – the final fruit juice in our Tropicano mocktail – are the quintessential summertime fruit of England. Apples have grown in the wild in England since the Neolithic period and reigning monarchs ever since kept apple orchards, so highly-esteemed is this perfectly English fruit. A vision and taste of summer, the sweet and sour taste of apples couldn’t be a more perfect addition to our summer mocktail.
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