The Dorchester is launching a new cocktail in honour of its 80th anniversary on 20 April 2011.
Bar manager Giuliano Morandin sought out the cocktail from a recipe book first published in 1951, stored in the Dorchester's private archives.
The long-forgotten rum-based "Dorchester of London" cocktail is made of Barcardi Rum, Forbidden Fruit, Dry Gin and lemon.
It was first created in the 1930s by world-renowned bartender Harry Craddock and is made with Forbidden Fruit liqueur, which was unavailable in the UK for over 60 years.
The new interpretation of Forbidden Fruit contains Cognac, pomelo fruit, honey and citrus, and was created in collaboration with Bob's Bitters, suppliers of a bespoke range of bitters. It will be available exclusively at the Dorchester for a year.
Morandin also located an original bottle of Forbidden Fruit in a private clearance sale over in the USA, which will be opened on the day of the cocktail launch and sampled in order to compare it with the new version of the liqueur.
Proceeds from the cocktail will go towards the Dorchester's "Future Great Trees" project which will see 80 trees planted across London in collaboration with international charity Trees for Cities.
By Gemma Rowbotham
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