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Last week L’Ortolan treated over 150 guests to an afternoon of food and wine tastings and stunning displays with the help of some of our most respected suppliers. Guests were welcomed with a refreshing non-alcoholic Mojito before being whisked off on a tour around the restaurant to sample the many delights on offer. Our guests were intrigued to know what made our Virgin Mojito so delicious, so we created a very simple recipe for you to follow at home.


IngredientsNon-Alcoholic Mojito


Apple Juice    125ml

Ginger Ale     100ml

Lime Cordial    10ml

Lime Wedges    4

Mint leaves    6


Start by pouring the lime cordial into a tall tumbler glass

Next put in your lime wedges and muddle (crush) them into the cordial

Take your mint leaves and smack them between your palms to help release the oils, then put these into the glass and muddle into the limes

Add 3 ice cubes (for enhanced presentation you can use crushed ice)

Pour in half your apple juice and ginger ale, then stir to mix the ingredients through

Add the rest of your apple juice and ginger ale

Stir again to mix through then present the drink with a straw



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St James Hotel and Club

Just a stroll away from Mayfair, Buckingham Palace and St. James’s Palace, St James’s Hotel and Club is one of London’s most desirable addresses. With its perfect location, long history, stylish and elegant interiors and a Michelin starred restaurant, St James’s Hotel has built its well deserved reputation with a formidable clientele of film stars, celebrities, authors and diplomats.

With fabulous suites and some of the best guest room terraces in London, the hotel boasts stylish, contemporary, yet elegant interiors finished with handmade silk wallpaper, black lacquered furniture, handcrafted Murano glass chandeliers and polished natural stone bathrooms.

St James’s Hotel and Club is also home to Seven Park Place, the deliciously small, but perfectly formed Michelin-starred restaurant by well known English Chef William Drabble who also oversees William’s Bar & Bistro. A comfortable, unhurried and sophisticated atmosphere, the Bistro is perfect for light lunches, pre and post theatre dinners or for supper, while the chic bar offers an extensive selection of cocktails and an impressive choice of wine and spirits.

St. James's Hotel 7 Park Place

Renowned for their exciting range of contemporary and classic cocktails, St James’s Hotel has created a special cocktail menu to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show. Made with edible flowers this year’s floral concoctions include ‘Jasmine Buttercup’, ‘Elderflower & Basil Spray’, ‘Flower of Scotland’ and ‘Rose & Lychee Martini’.

We spoke to St James’s Hotel to find out exactly what goes into their floral cocktails – Why not have a go at creating the Rose & Lychee Martini yourself..?


Rose & Lychee Martini

50 ml Vodka

25 ml  Lychee Juice

10 ml  Monin Rose Syrup

1 Dash of Peychaud’s Bitter

1 Rose Petal to garnish


The Rose & Lychee Martini will available for guests to taste a week before the Chelsea Flower Show at our Day of Excellence on Friday 17th May 2013.

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