Jensen’s gin distillery has paired up with LASSCO bar and restaurant at Maltby Street Market in Bermondsey to serve up some inventive summer cocktails inspired by London’s very own seasonal veg…
Words: Madeleine Howell
It’s a well-kept secret that Bermondsey was once known as ‘London’s larder’. Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the crowds of Borough Market, nowadays the Ropewalk area is quietly reinventing itself as a haven for foodies avoiding the tourists (but shh, don’t tell anyone).
Every weekend, the mysterious, unadvertised Maltby Street Market sets up under the railway arches, transforming a functioning lumberyard specialising in reclaimed timber into a buzzing artisan marketplace serving up unique food and drink.
It’s an unusual location just south of Tower Bridge where you can also book lunch, dinner and parties through the Disappearing Dining Club, an elusive pop-up for those in the know. The depot is also home to Jensen’s gin distillery, and the treasure trove of antiques and rustic furnishings that is LASSCO bar and restaurant, which opened back in February.
Now, it’s time to sample a series of cocktails which reinvent the flavours of the city, thanks to a cunning cocktail menu created by the Ropewalk’s genius mixologist Jerome Slesinski, who has taken inspiration from London’s very own fresh, urban produce.
Grown in everything from window boxes to roof terraces and allotments, he incorporates surprising spring onions, herbaceous rosemary, sweet Bermondsey honey and tart rhubarb into his recipes. Mind how you go with the Pickled Spring Onion Gibson though – it’s really rather strong…
Maltby Street Market trades on Saturdays from 9am-4pm and Sundays from 11am-4pm.
Bermondsey Bees Knees
Find a good garnish to match your local honey. Blossom honeys go well with lavender or flowers. Pine honeys and other more esoteric varieties stand up to a more herbal garnish such as thyme.
- 50ml Jensen’s Old Tom
- 40ml Fresh Lemon Juice
- 20ml Local Honey
- Sprig of dried lavender or similar
Chill a martini glass with ice. Place the gin and honey in a shaker. Use a spoon to mix and dissolve the honey. Add lemon juice and ice. Shake well for 5 seconds and strain into martini glass and garnish appropriately.
Rosemary Gin Sling
The rosemary gin sling is refreshing and highly drinkable, and a pretty sprig of rosemary is the perfect companion to the botanicals in the gin itself.
- 25ml Rosemary Cordial
- 35ml Fresh Lemon Juice
- 40ml Jensen’s Old Tom Gin
Fill a highball glass to the top with ice. In a shaker place all ingredients and fill with ice. Shake for 5 seconds, and strain into glass. Top with soda water and a rosemary sprig.