GŌNG is hosting star bartender Jeorg Meyer of Le Lion in Hamburg

The exquisite signature style of Le Lion • Bar de Paris in Hamburg is in London from 11 to 14 May 2016. Peter Morrell reports

Mixologist extrodinaire Jeorg Meyer who created Le Lion • Bar de Paris in Hamburg is guest bartending at GŌNG in London for four days only. Known to many simply as Le Lion, it is one of only five bars in the history of the World’s 50 Best Bars poll to have achieved a listing in seven consecutive years. Renowned as the cradle of the Gin Basil Smash, Le Lion sprung from a spare room taken within a restaurant, to its own site across the way, in the style of a small, lavish cocktail lounge. It is now the desired destination of discerning cocktail drinkers from round the world. Jeorg as brought five original cocktails to enjoy 52 floors above London, at the top of the five-star Shangri-La Hotel, in The Shard, alongside Christian Maspes, head bartender and the bar team at GŌNG.

I was there on opening night and while my wife was intrigued by the fresh, uplifting signature cocktail, the Gin Basil Smash I savoured Cameron’s Kick which featured a whisky duo, the Scotch Jura 10 year old malt and the Irish Writer’s Tears. These cocktails were an auspicious start.

We then moved on, my wife choosing the Not Too Dry Martini Cocktail made with Gin Sul and Noilly Prat (of course) and I sipped on the Santa Marta made with Bacardi Superior and Eau de Vie de Kirsch. Again both cocktails were superb

To match the quality of the cocktails was the very comfortable and elegant decor of GŌNG and the backdrop of the City of London seen from Level 52 of The Shard. It was a glittering event that you can try for yourself. Jeorg’s guest slot finishes on 14th May but you can still enjoy the extensive Circle of Life cocktail menu and the attentive service of resident Head Bartender Christian Maspes and his team.

Featured Cocktails
  • Gin Basil Smash – Celery gin, basil, lemon. This contemporary classic was invented at Le Lion, and bursts with herby flavours and an exhilarating green freshness.
  • Santa Marta – Rum, lime, sugar, eau de vie de kirsch. It has gained a rare 5 star+ rating by Diffords Guides.
  • Cameron’s Kick – Whisky, whiskey, orgeat, lemon.
  • Love On Sale – Rye spirit, vermouth, elderflower, maraschino, lemon.
  • No Too Dry Martini Cocktail – Dry gin, dry vermouth, riesling, quince bitters.

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