Sam Orrock revamps Adam Handling’s Eve Bar

Sam Orrock revamps Adam Handling’s Eve Bar

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.”