Published on January 16, 2019Updated on June 19, 2023
Nicolas Zverev and Mikhail Fokine... two hallowed names, two Russian ballet masters, and two men inextricably linked to the early days of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo back in the mid-1930s. This story is reflected in the Bolshoi: a delicate combination of strength, sweetness, power and poise that honours the deep, unwavering friendship between the people of Monaco and Russia.
4cl Bombay Sapphire gin
2cl Southern Comfort
One bottle of Fever-Tree ginger beer
In a mixing glass:
Muddle the Bombay Sapphire, Southern Comfort and Amaretto.
Pour into a glass and add a sprig of fresh mint.
Slowly add the ginger beer to finish.
The brief for this cocktail?
This cocktail was invented to celebrate the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, which worked with greats such as Nicolas Zverev and Mikhail Fokine in their early days. These two were notably involved in productions of several of the pieces in Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes repertoire.
Our favourite ingredient?
The subtle harmony between the gin, the whisky liqueur and the sweetness of the Amaretto, enhanced by the vibrant heat of the ginger beer.
The perfect place to enjoy it?
Tucked up by the fire.