Recently, I was at O22 Bar Lounge, at Trident BKC to check their promotional Speak Easy cocktails!
A speakeasy, is an establishment that illegally sells alcoholic beverages. Such establishments came into prominence in the United States during the Prohibition era (1920–1933, longer in some states). During that time, the sale, manufacture, and transportation (bootlegging) of alcoholic beverages was illegal throughout the United States.
According to an 1889 newspaper, “Unlicensed saloons in Pennsylvania are known as ‘speak-easies’.” They were so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbours. Source
Trident BKC has sought to introduce the concept of Speak Easy cocktails in India. Since the sale and consumption of alcohol was so secretive, the cocktails made during the prohibition (1920-1933) had its own charm! Each cocktail is individually wrapped in news print, a method used by bootleggers to transport the illegal liquor during the prohibition. The newspaper headlines have hidden references to the cocktails that are inside and the ingredients used to make them, acting as a label for the product but also a disguise.
I was told that this is the first time that speak easies are being introduced in the country!
What I like most about the promotion is that they have mostly tried to keep the cocktails’ original flavour and mixing with just few adjustments to one or two cocktails! The menu consists of eight cocktails. I tried four of them! Read on to know about my favourites. 🙂
Bees Knees was a slang phrase for ‘the best’ during the prohibition era! The cocktail consists of gin, lemon and honey. The orange peel adds to the flavour of the cocktails. Though it tastes mild, the drink is quite potent. Strongly recommend to try this drink.
The drink was created for and named after Mary Pinkford- the iconic silent era screen diva! What’s strikng is that the drink has these special berries at the bottom of the glass (not visible in the picture) and it tastes different every time you take a sip! Now, this is what I call a perfect women’s drink! One of my favourites here 😀
The cocktail gets its name from its principle ingredient- The Bombay Sapphire gin! It’s a simple cocktail Gin-based, mint-kissed with a touch of citrus. There’s quite a history, too. Some say it came out of the prohibition era, others claim it was created in New York city at the 21 Club.
The Mint Julep got famous during the prohibition era as it could mask the smell of bootlegged spirits. Here, Trident has replaced bourbon with rum. I felt it tasted like Bombay Southside. I may be wrong. After three potent cocktails, you can’t blame me if my taste buds go numb.
The Trident team was gracious enough when I said I craved for a cheese cake. The crust is baked to perfection and it’s one of the few cheesecakes that I now rate as 5/5!
Modern Mary Pinkford and Bees Knees were my favourite picks! The cocktails while consumption seems quite light, but beware two are enough to knock you down!
I would highly recommend you to try these cocktails at least once.
If you would like to try these amazing cocktails, comment below! 🙂