“Stranger,
here you will do well to linger; here our highest good is pleasure”
Epicurus

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October 4, 2020

You’ll do well to have a good head for heights when you visit the sumptuous bar at GŎNG.

This Far Eastern inspired cocktail spot is the highest hotel bar in Western Europe – located on the 52nd floor of the towering Shard in London – and its indubitably the loftiest place we know of where you can appreciate Broken Clock’s quintessentially English vodka.
IMG_1202_20-10-02_Broken_Clock_Lingering_Vodka_Gong_Bloody_Mary.jpg Broken Clock’s distinctive recipe comes from the Georgian era; a time when upper class Britons craved Eastern Asia’s exotic wares such as fine silk, exquisite ceramics and the highly fashionable new hot drink; tea.

This period in history was also a time of great scientific and medicinal advancements and one long-endured psychological ailment which was being studied was the irrational fear of heights and chronic dizziness.
IMG_1261_20-10-02_Broken_Clock_Lingering_Vodka_Gong_Bloody_Mary.jpg One clear headed Englishman who undertook important work on this subject matter was Erasmus Darwin, the great uncle of the famous naturalist Charles Darwin who himself suffered from motion sickness, despite spending years on seafaring expeditions.

In fact, Erasmus’ published works led to research into an infirmity we’ve occasionally suffered from ourselves, ‘positional alcohol vertigo’, otherwise known as a spinning head caused by imbibing one too many beverages.

Erasmus’ books and papers even led to one German writer, Wilhelm Busch coming up with a theory around the alleviating merits of the ‘morning after drink’ to clear the head.

And so a delectable Bloody Mary like this one prepared by GŎNG’s very own @lucarapetti86 could be the ideal tipple to steady your constitution and keep you grounded while you take in the breath-taking vista… just remember not to look down.

INGREDIENTS:

45ml Broken Clock vodka
20ml Gong Spice Mix
15ml Lime Juice
30ml Cloudy Apple Juice
60ml Tomato Juice

Garnish:
2 Nocellara Olives
1 Desiccated Tomato Crisp

METHOD:

Combine the ingredients in a Boston Tin with ice. Use a Hawthorne Strainer to ‘throw’ the cocktail from one tin into the other. Do this four times to aerate and chill the cocktail.

The serve in a highball glass with plenty of ice, garnish with on top.

Special thanks to Julien Casanova, Director of Bars at @shangrilalondon