Behind the bar at One Warwick Park

Behind the bar at One Warwick Park

We catch up with bar supervisor at One Warwick Park’s Seventeen restaurant Joshua Keay who makes a mean Espresso Martini

How long have you been at Seventeen, One Warwick Park?
I joined in October last year, just in time for the busy festive period!

What’s your favourite cocktail on the menu?
My favourite has to be the Espresso Martini, definitely better to drink than make. A simple, stimulating yet delicious combination.

What is the one cocktail ingredient you can’t live without?
I would say sugar syrup, for the pure reason that it is the core ingredient of nearly every cocktail. I love using fresh ingredients though, lots of fresh fruit where possible. It tastes great and looks even better.

What’s the strangest drink request you’ve had?
Definitely a double shot of ‘decaf espresso’ – each to their own I guess

What’s the most popular drink on the menu?
Cocktail-wise, I would have to say the Bramble, but there is also a huge ongoing trend with gin and Prosecco. Negronis have been hailed as the cocktail of 2018, however Aperol Spritz is still very popular. We are also seeing a rise in Tequila-based cocktails.

How long have you been in the industry?
For six years – three of them in Australia.

What’s your favourite thing about working at One Warwick Park Hotel?
As we are a contemporary hotel, it’s great for me to be able to work with the latest and best equipment – as well as a great team. Also, being in the hub of Chapel Place, it’s a great, vibrant place to be.

Can you give an interesting fact about cocktails that others may not know?
The Bramble was given its name due to the way the blackberry Chambord liqueur makes its way through the crushed ice. Also, did you know we have Happy Hour every night here from 5-7pm? Everyone should know that!

You can enjoy a selection of delicious cocktails on the new Terrace at One Warwick Park Hotel every day of the week. To book a table, please telephone 01892 520 587.
You can find further information on the restaurant’s weekly menus here

Seventeen at One Warwick Park

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