Chef and restaurateur Adam Handling has appointed renowned mixologist Sam Orrock as bar manager of his Covent Garden bar, Eve.
Orrock’s arrival has brought a new set of drinks menus at Eve, showcasing his preference for fresh, interesting flavour pairings and for creating drinks that ‘push the boundaries of cocktails’.
“I see Eve as a bar that bridges the gap between the classics and a more experimental future,” he says. “The menu is divided between the drinks we know and love with an occasional twist, and the more avant-garde such as disarmed chilli distillate and the recycling of ‘waste’ produce from the kitchen. Atmosphere is everything to me, so I strive to create a bar where you’ll see a regular cocktail enthusiast sat next to a seasoned industry professional.”
The revamped menu contains a selection of unexpected takes on cocktail favourites, like the ‘Debbie Does Dallas’ – Eve’s take on the Pornstar Martini using vodka, distilled thyme, passion fruit butter syrup, vanilla and lime. Then there’s the ‘Peat’D Colada’ – a carbonated, translucent drink with classic Pina Colada flavours from rum, coconut, pineapple, elderflower and Islay whisky (pictured).
Orrock has also overseen the installation of a state-of-the-art drinks lab at Eve, giving the bar team the unique opportunity to distil, carbonate and clarify their own signature creations.
“It’s a dream to have Sam on board,” adds Handling. “When it comes to drinks, he’s an incredible visionary. His talent and creativity are exactly what Eve is all about – he’s as committed to sustainability and reducing waste as I am, and he’s the best person to be working with on Eve’s new chapter.”