|Consumers are beginning to realise what us bartenders have known for a long time – vintage cocktails are back! For a number of years now, there has been a growing trend for bartenders to revisit the past – think speakeasy bars, elaborate facial hair, waistcoats/braces, Champagne saucers, vermouth and aromatic bitters.The vintage era was defined by the music, fashion and drinks. Albeit, you could arguably say that cocktails first came about as a method of making poor ingredients more palatable, but with the range of high-quality spirits/liqueurs/vermouths we have today, vintage cocktails have literally never tasted so good!
At 10 Dollar Shake, we like to keep our ear on the ground for forthcoming trends, so we’re never fully-immersed in any one theme or offering, but for the time-being, vintage is very much here to stay. Noticeably, there are a few other industries benefitting from this trend – fashion retail, vintage crockery hire and spirits, the main ones. Hendricks Gin has created a fantastic brand identity around the Victoria-era – apothecary-styled bottles for one. This year being a Jubilee year has also whetted the romantic appetite for days gone by, resulting in sales of bunting and tea-sets rocketing.
Another old idea making its way back to the mainstream is farm-to-fork. In olden days, consumers had no choice but to eat local – meat, fruit and vegetables. Distance and transport were difficult so local produce was the way forward.
Nowadays, neither transport nor distance is much of an issue, but the growing farm-to-fork movement is gathering pace, resulting in an increase in quality and awareness of regional delights. In constructing our drinks, we look not just to the spirits and liqueurs, but the source of our complementary ingredients.
Are the berries local? How far did the mint travel? Questions only answered by getting out into the field and finding out for ourselves. We went up to Barra Berries to PYO (pick your own), before stopping by at Glen Moray and Glenfiddich distilleries to sample and nose some cask-strength whiskies, selecting the most suitable for our drinks.
Vintage Bars to Visit
The Tippling House
The newest project by the 10 Dollar Shake team, The Tippling House is a subterranean late-night tavern serving boutique spirits, hand-crafted cocktails, fine Scottish ales & inspired casual dining.
The Finnieston Bar & Restaurant
This seafood and gin tavern is a new addition to the west end drinking scene in Glasgow. With vintage-styled bartenders, a fine selection of gin and other spirits, plus a great cocktail and wine list, this could be your new local, even if you’re not from Glasgow.