The first ArchichefNight event in 2020 passed by, and we are proud for Jestico + Whiles team becoming finalists of this competition.
The theme of the night was ‘Cocktail’. Aurelien Thomas, Studio Associate, and Sam Buckley, Architectural Assistant, invented a Through the Looking Glass cocktail, inspired by our favourite ‘Alice in Wonderland’ book.
THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS
Ingredients for 10 jellies:
— 70 ml lapsong suchong tea, infused with ginger and lemon
— 30 ml gin
— 1g agar agar powder
Boil the tea with the agar agar powder in a saucepan for 2 minutes.
Wait 5 minutes for the tea to cool off and add the gin.
Place the tea in an ice cube tray and let it sit at room temperature until the jellies solidify.
— 150 g caster sugar
— 25 g of basil
— Soda water
— Butterfly pea flower extract
Rhubarb and basil soda
Dissolve the sugar in 150ml water over a low heat.
Leave to cool, add the rhubarb to infuse for 24 hours in the fridge.
Filter the syrup and store in a 1 litre bottle.
1 hour before serving, add the basil – tied up with cooking twine for easy removal from the bottle – and top-up the bottle with soda water.
Pour in a glass, in this order and without mixing the layers together: 1 tbsp of honey, 3 measures of gin and 5 measures of soda. Squeeze 1/2 tsp of lime juice and top up with some crushed ice mixed with butterfly pea flower extract.
Serve with a Lapsong Suchong tea jelly and a teaspoon of popping candy on the side.
Many thanks to Towent for organising the event.