Cocktail lovers rejoice! There is a whole new cocktail menu at Madison that needs to take it's rightful place on your hitlist! You'll find Madison at the top of One New Change just off Cheapside. It's a really handy place to know about as it doesn't get overly busy with after work drinks, it has an amazing terrace and you can combine it with a bit of shopping so what's not to love?
Combining so many things I love - a great view of the city, alcoholic beverages and an ode to Manhattan, Madison and it's new cocktail menu kept us company last week along with some particularly good mini burgers whilst we waited for spring to kick in.
If you are a little strange like me you will love the fact that you can be outdoors with heaters here even though the weather's not quite what you would call 'balmy' yet. You get a great view of St Paul's and you can always duck inside for a bit if you are more sensitive to the cold!
An additional reason to pop along to Madison now though is their twelve new themed cocktails- you may have to plan a couple of trips to get through them all. Celebrating the dizzying heights of Manhattan, New York the new collection helps you sip your way through America’s colourful cocktail history from the Victorian ages right through the Prohibition era to the present day without the flight, Air B&B costs or needing to find a working time machine!
Half of the menu honours six world-famous classics from the cocktail Hall of Fame in their original form. Hailing from the golden ages of cocktail culture, these serves have travelled through generations to gain glory around the world.
The other half of the menu is formed of six contemporary twists guaranteed to delight any cocktail aficionado. Unexpected but delicious, these modern-day masterpieces champion ambitious experimentation on par with New York’s own world-class cocktail bar scene.
The menu has been devised by Madison Assistant General Manager Fred Tartas and his team. Having previously worked at German Gymnasium, Blue Bar at The Berkeley Hotel and The Ritz, Paris, Fred has years of experience under his belt when it comes to creating the very best in cocktails
Our favourites were the Maple & Almond Sour. A nutty twist on the much-loved whisky sour, featuring Armagnac Gaspard infused with roasted almond, dark chocolate and spices, lemon juice, maple syrup and egg white.
And The Mist. Which takes on the Southside cocktail with a mix of Death’s Door Gin, honey & spinach syrup and
lemon juice. This cocktail is as fresh and tasty as it gets.