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Cocktail of the Week: Dead Rabbit Psycho Killer

Psycho Killer from The Dead Rabbit at Claridge’s

By Olivia Cuccaro

  • 2 dashes Pernod absinthe
  • 0.75 oz coconib Campari
  • 0.5 oz creme de cacao
  • 0.5 oz Giffard Banane du Brésil
  • 2 oz Redbreast 12 Year Old

To create this cocktail of the week, stir Pernod Absinthe, coconib Campari, creme de cacao, Giffard Banane du Brésil and Redbreast 12 Year Old. Serve in a Nick & Nora glass.

This week’s Psycho Killer cocktail is a New York native that’s “popping up” in London. Hailing from Manhattan’s own Dead Rabbit bar (named World’s Best Bar twice), the Psycho Killer is one of 12 signature cocktails taking the trip across the pond to Claridge’s hotel. Founded by Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, The Dead Rabbit is named after a notorious Irish street gang that roamed Lower Manhattan throughout the 1850s led by boxer John Morrissey, and this history is reflected in the bar’s graphic-comic-style cocktail menu. For one week, The Dead Rabbit will bring its Irish drinking tavern flair to the luxury hotel, recreating the award-winning bar with the graphic menu, 19th-century decor, ragtime piano tunes and the favorite Psycho Killer whiskey cocktail.

“What’s cool about this drink is that it really embraces the single pot still Irish whiskey category, which is a huge part of the DNA of our bar,” said Jillian Vose, Dead Rabbit Beverage Director, in speaking to Elite Traveler. “The drink is based on a boulevardier with complementary notes of chocolate and banana. This drink goes down well at The Dead Rabbit, but whenever I’ve made it in London, it’s by far the most popular. I think it’s suited to UK palates. I’m excited to see The Dead Rabbit come alive in such a unique and iconic space. It’s cool to bring a bit of grit to Mayfair, it’s going to be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see the reactions from the guests.”

The Dead Rabbit at Claridge’s will hold seatings for 90 minutes and those who are unable to secure a reservation can have a drink in the taproom area. After a Dead Rabbit nightcap, head to Claridge’s Royal Suite, named as one of Elite Traveler’s Top Suites of London in the May/June 2017 issue. The 2,400 sq ft suite boasts Victorian elegance in its two king-size bedrooms, dining room for 10 and drawing room with grand piano.

The Dead Rabbit pops up at Claridge’s from August 15 to 22, 2017. The bar will be open Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 1am and on Sunday from 12pm to 12am. Claridge’s is located at Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR. For more information, please visit claridges.co.uk.