Monday 19th October 2020: Waitrose is introducing a new interactive service with its exclusive ‘Cocktails at Home’ Experiences Boxes, in partnership with John Lewis and premium craft spirits brand, The House of Suntory.
The two limited edition boxes, which launch on the 21st October, include the key ingredients and kit to make either gin cocktails with a bottle of Roku gin, or whisky cocktails with Toki whisky.
The kit includes two John Lewis high ball glasses, cocktail spoon, jigger and a booklet containing two cocktail recipes and a range of garnishes. Inside each box is an invitation to an online masterclass with a Waitrose drinks specialist, where the recipient can find out more about their chosen spirit and learn to mix House of Suntory cocktails like a pro.
The House of Suntory in Osaka, Japan, has a long history in crafting exceptional quality premium spirits, carefully crafted by Japanese artisans with skilful precision and meticulous attention to detail in creating the perfect balance of flavours in harmony with nature.
The boxes are part of the extensive programme of virtual events hosted by John Lewis and Waitrose experts, including online wine tastings, cookery school classes, personal shopping and home styling. They have proved incredibly popular during lockdown; our experts have hosted over 583 virtual experiences and customers have bought over 23,000 tickets to online events.
Andrew Riding, Waitrose Drinks Experience Manager says: ‘Gin and whisky are the two biggest spirit categories at Waitrose – gin is still our customers’ number one spirit and imported whisky is in strong growth, with sales up 50% year on year. We love sharing our knowledge and experience with customers, and cocktails are the perfect online masterclass as everyone can deepen their understanding of their favourite spirit from the comfort of their own home.’
Shelley Maddock, Brand Manager for The House of Suntory, says: ‘We’re thrilled to be bringing this unique at-home mixology experience to Waitrose customers with our range of premium Japanese craft spirits. Both Roku gin and Toki whisky have perfectly balanced and refined flavours which make them an ideal choice for enjoying in cocktails. We also look forward to seeing customers perfect their cocktail-making craft in the series of online masterclasses, and enjoying a taste of Japan in the process’.
The Experience Box: Gin Cocktails at Home (£69)
The Suntory Roku gin is made with six Japanese botanicals, each one harvested at the peak of its season to capture the best flavour. The result is a gin with the essence of Japan: floral and sweet on the nose, smooth and silky to taste, with citrusy top n es and a spicy finish.
Ingredients included: Waitrose Cooks’ Ingredients Pink Peppercorns, Yuzu Juice and Dried Rose Petals, San Leo Prosecco, FeverTree Tonic Water, Boudoir Cherry Brandy and Bonne Maman Honey.
Cocktail recipes: Roku Spritz – an elegantly effervescent gin serve with a subtler and more floral bitterness than traditional spritzes
Roku 75 – a delightfully refreshing yet sweet serve, complete with a teaspoon of honey and a touch of cherry brandy, topped with Prosecco
The Experience Box: Whisky Cocktails at Home (£69)
Made by Japan’s renowned Suntory distillery, Toki whisky brings together old and new – traditionally crafted, but with grain whisky lifted from its usual supporting role to create perfect balance and harmony. The result is silky-smooth and exquisitely refined, with a subtle sweet and spicy finish. Cocktail recipes:
Toki Highball – the most popular drink in Japan, outselling beer, this serve brings the bright orchard flavours of Toki to the forefront
Toki Old Fashioned – a classic whisky serve with the addition of yuzu juice and honey, finished off with a dark chocolate garnish for added indulgence
Ingredients included: Waitrose Cooks’ Ingredients Yuzu Juice and Dried Lime Leaves, Waitrose No1. Single Origin Spiced Orange Dark Chocolate, FeverTree Ginger Ale, Angostura Bitters, Bonne Maman Honey
Whether it’s relaxing in the garden or enjoying an aperitif with friends, why not taste a twist on a classic and try a whisky based cocktail this summer? Bringing together the finest ingredients and flavours, here is a selection of delicious summer tipples featuring stand-out single malts from Auchentoshan, Laphroaig and Bowmore.
Auchentoshan and Laphroaig 3 Way Cobbler
A different take on a familiar cocktail, this Cobbler is sweetened with peach puree rather than sugar. A delicious summer treat with smooth Auchentoshan Three Wood and Laphroaig Select Cask
Shake all ingredients and strain over crushed ice, then garnish.
Auchentoshan A Different Thyme
You can quickly make this cocktail to enjoy with friends as it only needs a few ingredients, yet it has a refreshing and smooth whisky taste.
Auchentoshan® American Oak available for £24.90 at Master of Malt.
Laphroaig Garden Grove
A surprising fusion of new flavours in the Laphroaig Garden Grove will make it a firm favourite for the summer. Not for the faint hearted, this drink is for the cocktail aficionados.
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a double old-fashioned. Mist the glass with Laphroaig 10 Year Old and garnish with fig & rosemary.
Laphroaig 10 Year Old available for £44.90 at Laphroaig.
Bowmore 12YO Sour
A sweet and sophisticated sip, get ready to impress your guests at your summer garden party with this cocktail featuring the Bowmore 12-Year-Old Whisky
Add ingredients into a shaker and dry shake. Then, add ice and shake. Double strain into a Coupe and garnish with a cherry skewer.
Bowmore 12-Year-Old available for £35.95 at The Whisky Exchange.
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