Leading bartenders create cocktails to sell online to help tackle domestic violence

Anna Sebastian Artesian Seven Tails

Six of the UK’s leading bartenders have teamed up with Seven Tails Distillers to create a line-up of bottled cocktails to raise money for charity.

The six 70cl drinks have gone sale online today through independent London retailer Top Cuvée with a reserve price of £600 for the full set. They can easily be enjoyed at home by pouring over ice.

All of the profits will go to Refuge Against Domestic Violence to raise money and awareness for those at risk during Covid-19 isolation.

The bartenders were asked to create a twist on a classic Sazerac using ingredients found in their homes.

Joe Schofield, formerly of Tippling Club in Singapore and about to open Schofields Bar in Manchester with his brother Daniel, used Earl Grey tea and passion fruit.

Anna Sebastian (pictured top), bar manager of Artesian at The Langham in London, played with Sauternes sweet wine and pear while Erik Lorincz, owner of Kwãnt in London, used fresh fennel instead of absinthe in the classic recipe.

Max Venning, co-founder of Three Sheets in London, has used raspberries for his twisted Sazerac (pictured bottom) while Jo Last of the Beaufort Bar at The Savoy in London has been working with banana and champagne.

For his Sazerac twist, Chris Moore – formerly of Coupette in London and the Beaufort Bar – focused on using ground coffee.

Seven Tails Distillers’ co-founder and chief operating officer, Joel Fraser, chose to benefit Refuge as 1.6 million women experienced domestic abuse last year, and self-isolation has the potential to aggravate pre-existing abusive behaviours by perpetrators.

Refuge’s chief executive, Sandra Horley, explained: “While in lockdown or self-isolation, women and children are likely to be spending concentrated periods of time with perpetrators, potentially escalating the threat of domestic abuse and further restricting their freedom.

“In the current climate, it is certainly more challenging for women suffering abuse. Lines of communication could be severely limited if women are unable to leave the home.”

The #seventailswist sale has launched at topcuvee.com/shop. In addition, direct donations to Refuge can be made at refuge.org.uk/get-involved/.

Seven Tails was set up by British bartender and bar owner Joel Fraser with industry veteran Arnaud de Trabuc to fill a gap in the market for a super-premium French brandy that is approachably priced and positioned. They went on to launch Seven Tails XO which is a blend of cognacs, armagnacs and a brandy from the south-west of France, ranging in age from three to 30 years, rested in former port wine casks.

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