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.

Manhattan
Invented in The Manhattan Club, New York, for Lady Churchill, 1874. Crown Royal whisky, stirred with sweet vermouth and bitters.

Cosmopolitan Created by bartender Cheryl Cook in South Beach, Miami, 1958. Absolut vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, cranberry juice.

Any Time and Classics:

Singapore Sling
Invented by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon in the Writers' Bar, Raffles Hotel, Singapore, 1915. Gordon's gin, Cointreau and cherry brandy, fresh lemon and pineapple juice, grenadine, Angostura bitters, Bénédictine.

Prohibition Iced Tea
Arose in the USA during Prohibition, 1920-1933. Absolut vodka, Gordon's gin, Bacardi rum, Sauza tequila, Cointreau, lemon juice, cola.

Blood and Sand
Created for the Rudolf Valentino movie, 1922. Famous Grouse whisky, orange juice, cherry brandy, sweet vermouth.

After Dinner:

Brandy Alexander
Created for a royal wedding, London, 1922. Rémy Martin cognac, crème de cacao and cream.

Hanky Panky
Brainchild of bartender Ada Coleman, Savoy Hotel London, 1925. Gordon's gin, sweet vermouth, dashes of Fernet Branca.

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