Monk’s Parlour Punch: Bompas and Parr cocktail inspired by the Soane
On Thursday 19th December the Soane Shop will be hosting its final late-night Christmas shopping event of the year. To make the night extra festive, the Shop has teamed up with pioneering food scientists Bompas and Parr to offer all guests a free cocktail created especially for the event. Here Bompas and Parr give us an exclusive look at the recipe and how the Soane inspired it.
This elegant recipe is inspired by our favourite part of the Soane museum: the Monk’s Parlour. Made with ingredients that have been carefully crafted by monks according to the instructions set out in a secret manuscript, this aromatic punch is a tribute to the refined style characteristic to Soane’s work. The manuscript with a Chartreuse recipe was given to Carthusian monks by Francois Annibal d’Estrees in 1605 and the recipe has not changed since: it contains 130 different herbs, plants and flowers. Monk’s Parlour Punch is based on traditional punch making practices that were popular during the Regency period: a perfect balance of sweet and floral notes creates a complex flavour profile characteristic to the punches favoured in Soane’s day.
The Soane's first late night shopping event featured in Time Out, London magazine
Recipe (Serves 100, 125ml per serving)
350ml Green Chartreuse, made by Carthusian monks
1.25l cognac, originally distilled by monks
2.5l white port
2.5l strong jasmine tea, incorporated into rituals by the monks of Zen buddhism
750ml sugar syrup
250ml lemon juice
5l mephic water
Edible white flowers (nasturtium)
Mix all ingredients in a punch bowl. Cut the lemons into half-wheels and add to the bowl along with edible white flowers. Ladle into a glass with ice. Garnish each glass with an edible white flower.
The Monk's Parlour by candlelight (Photograph by Lewis Bush)
The Soane Shop’s late-night Christmas shopping event takes place on Thursday 19th December from 5-8pm. The event is free to attend and all guests will receive a free ‘Monk’s Parlour Punch’ cocktail. All purchases over £25 will also be gift-wrapped for free. For more information please click here, or to browse the products ahead of the event please visit the online store.