Boozy Friday: Soyer au Champagne cocktail

This week we thought we’d go for a drink that’s steeped in history – with a royal provenance no less. Allow us to introduce the Soyer au Champagne cocktail, a favourite of Queen Victoria’s which she enjoyed supping whenever she hosted banquet at the Midland Grand Hotel (now the St. Pancras Renaissance) during its heyday at the end of the 19th century.
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This week we thought we’d go for a drink that’s steeped in history – with a royal provenance no less. Allow us to introduce the Soyer au Champagne cocktail, a favourite of Queen Victoria’s which she enjoyed supping whenever she hosted banquet at the Midland Grand Hotel (now the St. Pancras Renaissance) during its heyday at the end of the 19th century.

It was created in her honour by Alexis Benoit Soyer who was a chef at the Reform Club in London using her favourite ingredients. Essentially, in highly technical terms it’s a boozy ice cream soda and consists of cider brandy, maraschino, orange curacao, vanilla ice cream and champagne, in other words, YUM.

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The Soyeur au Champagne cocktail served in a beautiful etched Edwardian glass

During the 20th century the grand old building found itself on the brink of collapse, but luckily for us, it was sensitively restored to its former glory and is now the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, complete with the fabulously atmospheric Booking Office Bar. I actually remember my mum buying train tickets when I was a child in this room when it really was a booking office and it’s strange to see the same old stone walls and gothic arches in this new context, but it really is one of the most unusual and impressive places to have a drink in London.

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The gothic splendour of the Booking Office Bar, where we used to buy train tickets when I was little

So here’s the lovely Will from the Booking Office Bar showing us how to make the Soyer au Champagne cocktail, and once again I’m SORRY that I filmed it in this weird portrait way – I promise I’ve learned my lesson and won’t do it again!