Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
8:10 AM 10th September 2019

Harrogate Spirit To Welcome Global Visitors

L-R: Richard Spencer, Simon Cotton, Marcus Black with barman Dario Luis
L-R: Richard Spencer, Simon Cotton, Marcus Black with barman Dario Luis
A new cocktail has been mixed to offer a bespoke Harrogate ‘welcome to the world’ for the UCI Road World Championships.

The Marmalade on Toast Cocktail takes inspiration from Paddington Bear, a foreign visitor to British soils, with a penchant for marmalade sandwiches.

The cocktail has been specially concocted by mixologists at The Fat Badger, part of the White Hart Hotel and Scran, part of the Yorkshire Hotel, with ingredients including Slingsby Marmalade Gin.

Simon Cotton, MD at the HRH Hotel Group which includes the Yorkshire and White Hart Hotels, said:
“There’s something quintessentially British about marmalade, and with competitors and visitors descending on Harrogate from across the globe, we felt it was a nice touch to welcome all with this warming cocktail. We challenged our Bar Manager Dario Luis to come up with the cocktail and who better to do this after he was awarded Harrogate's Bar person of the Year Award at the recent Harrogate Hospitality & Tourism Awards. We gave Dario a brief based on the Marmalade on toast idea and I think he's done an amazing job coming up with a really unique and above all, fantastic tasting cocktail that I think will be a real hit with visitors and locals alike!"

Yorkshire 2019, the official organisers of the UCI, put global viewing figures for the cycling races at 250M.

Richard Spencer, Director of Visit Harrogate, said:
“Harrogate as a destination represents not just the best of Yorkshire but the best of British. Marmalade on toast is associated with traditional English breakfasts, and of course Harrogate is home to the finest tearooms. It’s fantastic businesses have come together to create a bespoke Harrogate tipple.”

Slingsby Marmalade Gin is crafted using locally sourced botanicals, synonymous with the restorative Spa qualities of Harrogate. These botanicals are complemented with zesty Yorkshire marmalade and water from the world famous Harrogate aquifer.

Marcus Black, co-founder of Spirit of Harrogate, said:
“Our Slingsby range was created to ‘restore the spirit’ and we believe our Marmalade Gin does just that! Marmalade adds flavour and sweetness but also richness and depth, perfect for September as we head towards autumn. We’re embracing the opportunity to show off the best of Harrogate brands on this global platform.”

The Marmalade on Toast Cocktail will be served at the Fat Badger at the White Hart Hotel and Scran at the Yorkshire Hotel throughout the nine-day event, which starts on 21 September.

Marmalade on Toast Cocktail Recipe

Specified Ingredients

50ml Slingsby marmalade
15ml Grand Marnier
15ml Disaronno Amaretto
35ml Pineapple juice (sunpride)
2 fresh blackberries
Orange foam
Orange Zest

Orange foam Ingredients (6 serves)

300ml egg white
25ml natural orange flavour
9 dash Angostura bitters
100ml caster sugar syrup

Marmalade Ingredients (homemade) 30 serves

800g caster sugar
800ml water
Rind of 3 oranges (micro plane)
Dark rum to taste

Marble cake (toasted bread) 3 cakes/ 15 serves (2pieces p/ cocktail)

250g butter
250g caster sugar
250g flour
6 eggs
50g dark chocolat
50g milk chocolate

Cook for 30 minutes at 140°C

Cocktail Preparation

Put the 2 blackberries together with the pineapple juice and muddle these two together.

Add all the other ingredients into the shaker and fill with ice.

Double strain into hurricane glass, over the crushed ice

With the whipped cream dispenser, add the foam floating, just covering the edges of the glass

With the blow torch burn the top of the foam until golden. Garnish with the orange zest.

Serve the cocktail on a display plate together with the two slices of marble cake and the marmalade in a ramekin.

Served – Crushed ice, double strained
Standard garnish – orange Zest
Standard Drinkware – Hurricane glass (Height 20cm x width 6cm)