21 June 2013
Cocktails on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Walter Nisi, Head Barman, introduces the train's classic cocktails.
"The Bar Car of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is where guests get together to mingle and make new friends as our pianist plays the baby grand. It has a fantastic ambience, harking back to the train's 1920s Golden Age."
"Our Bar Menu also reflects the train's heyday. It was during the US Prohibition era (1920-33) that European barmen began to really develop international cocktails. Thirsty US visitors flocked to havens such as the American Bar at London's Savoy. Hemingway and his crowd headed to Paris. And a select few boarded the Orient Express to travel through Europe. Many classic cocktails date from this period and are recreated on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express."
"On our Cocktail Menu, you will find details of the origins of each drink, including the name of the creator, the place and the year. Such facts are important to us, revealing that not only the barman, but also the customer, may have contributed to what we today call "international mixology".
Seven of the best
Classic cocktails to savour in the VSOE Bar Car.
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