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Beatles-themed cocktails

Heather Smith tries fab four beverages at the Hard Day's Night

Written by . Published on January 9th 2012.

Beatles-themed cocktails

LET'S be honest, North John Street is a whole lot easier on the eye for all the shiny pillar and flagpole pomp of the Hard Day’s Night Hotel. I’m glad it exists. 

The posh Beatles theme is inevitably tourism gold and, well, gold is just bloody expensive these days, innit? 

Still, what rich-skinned scrote could ever justify paying £920.00 for a bottle of Crystal Rose? Alas, it’s on the menu. Such is the modern, unjust world. 

Anyway, while us norms might not be able to visit the HDN frequently, or for any slurp-heavy duration at least, we can find the love to enjoy a winter cocktail or two, surely. 

Bar Four came up with a limited edition line-up of Winter Warmers (£8.25 each) to ensure everyone got merry with them for Christmas. 

And while the party may be over for most of us, not there. Even if you are the sort who does a dry January, the four drinks are going to be available until the end of February, too. As the Beatles might have sung: They’ll get you in the end. 

From the supremely tart tasting Two of Us to the lighter-than-skimmed-milk, modern-twist-on-an-old-classic Snowball effort, there’s plenty for the taste buds to be keen on. 

Meanwhile, the from-nowhere-fad of edible glitter adds a pleasing aesthetic to the glide-easy Very Merry Berries number. Hendricks gin and cucumber, mmmm. 

Should you not be able to make it out, we’ve got the recipes here for you to have a shake at, at home.

Your kitchen, after all, is the best bar going. And you’ve already paid the bill. Brilliant. 

Fab four cocktails

Hari Krishmas

25ml rich Madeira
25ml Harvey’s Bristol Cream
1 egg
25ml double cream
Freshly grated nutmeg

Shake all ingredients over ice. Strain into a brandy glass and garnish with grated nutmeg.



Very Merry Berries

20ml Hendricks gin
15ml blackcurrant chase
1 teaspoon strawberry liqueur
1 teaspoon raspberry liqueur
Dash of raspberry puree
Dash of strawberry puree
I slice chopped cucumber (for garnish)
Loose berries (for garnish)
Apple and Cranberry juice (to top)
Edible glitter (optional)

Shake all ingredients over ice. Strain into a glass and top with more ice. Garnish with berries, a slice of cucumber and a sprinkle of edible glitter.


Two of Us
30ml Lamb’s spiced rum
20ml Makers Mark bourbon
25ml lime juice
10ml sugar syrup
½ scoop crushed ice
Vanilla sugar and cola bottle sweets for garnish

Rim a martini glass with lime juice and dip in vanilla sugar. Shake all ingredients, including the crushed ice and strain into the glass. Add two cola bottles to a toothpick to garnish.


Long long long… Snowball
25ml Advocaat
20ml Raspberry Sky vodka
1 teaspoon vanilla schnapps
Lemonade (to top)

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a glass and garnish with squirty cream and a maraschino cherry.


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