Ali Reynolds: Bartender of the Year shakes up exclusive romantic cocktails for Waterford



“You can tell a lot about a person from their first drink order.”

Ali Reynolds has a sixth sense when it comes to cocktail creation. Crowned GB World Class Bartender of the Year 2015, the bar manager of steakhouse Hawksmoor Spitalfields knows how to set the mood with intriguing mixology.

With this in mind, we asked Ali to create cocktails to inspire your romantic occasions and create beautiful talking points. The result? A charmingly old-fashioned, first-date approach to his and hers drinks.


Gentleman’s Water

A mix of beer, bitter and scotch, this old-fashioned style cocktail comes to life when shaken, poured over ice and topped with aromatic grapefruit zest.


  • 40ml Johnnie Walker Blue Label
  • 10ml IPA syrup
  • 10ml Kamm & Sons Islay Cask
  • 5ml Fernet Branca
  • Garnish: Grapefruit zest

Lady’s Choice

This subtle but effervescent cocktail delightfully mixes cherry brandy, bergamot syrup and the lady’s choice of spirit. Shaken, poured into a crystal glass and topped with champagne and burnt lavender.

  • 25ml Lady’s choice of spirit
  • 15ml Bergamot syrup
  • 5ml Cherry Heering
  • 2 dashes Fernet Branca
  • Topped with champagne
  • Garnish: burnt lavender sprig


Hawksmoor Spitalfields is at 157A Commercial Street, London, E1 6BJ. Telephone: 020 7426 4850. Hawksmoor is open for lunch 12.00 – 2.30pm and for dinner 5pm – 10.30pm Monday to Saturday and from 12.00 – 8.00pm on Sunday.

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