Seven of the UK’s best bartenders are creating a #seventailstwist on the Sazerac to raise money and awareness for the domestic violence charity amid covid-19 isolation
Co-founder and COO of the French brandy brand, Joel Fraser, has employed the skills of Joe Schofield (Schofield’s Bar), Anna Sebastian (Artesian at The Langham), Max Venning (Three Sheets), Maxim Schulte (American Bar at The Savoy), Jo Last (The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy), Erik Lorincz (Kwant) and Chris Moore (formerly of Coupette) for its #seventailstwist initiative.
The challenge tasked each of the bartenders with creating a twist on a classic Sazerac using ingredients that they have in their homes. The final 700ml drinks will be sold through Top Cuvée, with 100% of the profits going to Refuge, a charity which works to help women experiencing domestic violence, especially during lockdown.
1.6m women experienced domestic abuse last year, and self-isolation has the potential to aggravate pre-existing abusive behaviours by perpetrators.
‘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,’ explained Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge. ‘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 resulting cocktails feature the likes of banana & Champagne (Last), Sauternes & pear (Sebastian), early grey & passion fruit (Schofield) and ground coffee (Moore). All of the creations can be enjoyed at home, simply poured over ice.
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