Jason Allen 05/09/23
Eve | Zero-waste cocktails from Adam Handling
What is a palindrome?
No, it isn’t.
But Eve is.
It’s a subterranean cocktail bar from wünderchef Adam (no coincidence) Handling, slung beneath his Michelin-starred flagship restaurant – Frog by Adam Handling – in Covent Garden.
The bar space takes a markedly different tone to the restaurant upstairs, with patinated mirrors, religious iconography, graffiti, and moodily low lighting. Behind the wood, stone, and brass bar, the team put together an array of theatrically creative cocktails. Speaking of which…
Following the installation of a ‘drinks lab’ behind the bar, you’ll find all sorts of bizarre and unusual ingredients making their way into Eve’s cocktails. Recently, they’ve dropped a new menu, Evolve, based on mixology techniques like carbonation, clarification, distillation, fermentation and freezing. It’s all part of their sustainable philosophy, finding a new use for ingredients from the restaurant above that would otherwise go to waste.
You’ll see this in new signatures like the Coffee Slayer– which pours leftover coffee & cacao husk bitters alongside a 12yo whisky and sustainable vermouth; and the suitably-named Firecracker, which mingles both mezcal and tequila with Eve’s housemade kimchi, smoked salt and pink pepper. Then there’s The Social Butterfly, which distills surplus chocolate (apparently there is such a thing) from one of the restaurant’s desserts, and muddles it with vodka, orange vermouth, Champagne, and ‘hyper melon’, another Eve signature ingredient that condenses every part of a melon into one delicious drop.
Of course, if you’re looking for a little ballast to go with that booze, you can score snacks from the critically acclaimed kitchen upstairs, from duck egg custard with parmesan rind to black truffle hash browns. It’s so convenient…
…you won’t Adam and Eve it.
NOTE: Eve is open Mon-Sat from 4pm-late. There are no bookings, just turn up – you can find out more right HERE.
Eve | 35 Southampton Street, WC2E 7HE
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35 Southampton Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7HE
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0207 199 8375
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