Hannah Lanfear

Hannah Lanfear

The first gin cocktail I ever drank?

A sturdy little Gordons and Schweppes at around 13 years old, I’d been given a glassful by a friend of my mum’s. There’s something about Gordons and Schweppes that will always have a place in the nation’s heart I think. It’s an iconic pairing like salt and vinegar, or eggs and bacon!

First gin cocktail you ever made?

I’ve been in the industry 18 years now, ain’t no way I can remember that far back! Probably it would have been back when I worked at Oxo Tower at 20 years old that I’d moved past plain gin and tonics. I can remember an Earl Grey martini type thing on the menu. Other than that it’s all a blur, but by the time I reached my next job at Milk & Honey, I became completely obsessed with delicious Gin Martinis. My favourite is known as the Roosevelt and is 2 parts gin, 1 part vermouth with a bar spoon of brine and a dash of orange bitters – a very wet martini with a subtle hint of savoury. Wet martinis were definitely not the norm back then and I relished introducing people to such an accessible rendition of a typically austere cocktail.

Favourite gin cocktail at 7pm?

A Gin Fix. Gin, lemon and sugar swizzled on crushed ice. Simple and delicious.

Favourite gin cocktail at 10pm?

A Gin & It. A large measure of gin and a large measure of good vermouth. What could go wrong?

Favourite bar in the world?

My fave bar in the world is King Bee in Austin, Texas. Prince on the Jukebox, amazing cocktails, and live music. The dream!