Great Guns Social, London
Sitting beneath the offices of a critically acclaimed production company, Great Guns Social is the new kid on Borough’s block. We met Bar Manager Ash Lambert under the life-size portrait of Brigitte Bardot.
As well as cocktails, Great Guns has a rotating food menu. Budding chefs take up residencies, and pop up events are held regularly. In November, they’ll be hosting an evening for Cook For Syria (the charity project you’ve probably seen Clerkenwell Boy Instagramming about). They keep their gin collection small but strong – with just 12 on offer.
With over a decade in the industry, Ash’s passion for cocktails is clear, and his influences can be seen wherever you look. Drinks are named after his favourite films and songs – The Rum Diary is one of their most popular serves – and shots of icons of cinema and music hang on the walls. The bar has been open for just six weeks, but has already picked up its own clientele. The guy who asked about swingers parties hasn’t been back since though (this isn’t something they offer, sorry to get your hopes up).
Ash picks Brockmans for its unique flavour profile – he loves the berries and the almonds, and the versatility when using it in cocktails. One of his favourite ways to serve it is in a White Lady – Brockmans, Triple Sec, Lemon juice, sugar syrup, egg white.
His final drink would be a classic daiquiri – “the ultimate desert island drink – lime to hold off scurvy, sugar to sweeten it up and the rum to make life a little bit easier” – practical, if nothing else.
By Ash Lambert
- 50ml Brockmans
- 25ml Lemon juice
- 15ml Le Jay
- 15ml egg white
- 10ml Orgeat
- Angostura Bitters
Dry shake all the ingredients apart from the bitters. Add ice, and then hard shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and top with four shakes of bitters.