One year on and we’ve raided enough hotel minibars to sink a Stena Liner. We think it’s time for the hospitality industry to take stock on the stock take.
Bending down to break the security strip on a noisy mini-fridge is far from dignified, so we curated our own selection of in-room imbibements with the help of Gerry’s Spirits and Vintage House in London, and our favourite bar manager Kenichi Kakuta at Sake No Hana: “Some simple spirits and mixers are enough to see you through – Bloody Marys are about as complicated as it should get.” And there’s always room for some genki liveners for the morning after. Our top five tips to hoteliers:
- A full complement of glasses and accessories.
- What’s wrong with full-size bottles of wine? You have the inventory.
- Fair tariffs – no charges for water, please.
- Flash freezers and in-room ice makers are a must.
- Everything, preferably, at eye-level. No one wants to crouch to quaff.
Captions: Top left to bottom right
01 Krug and Pol Roger fizz 02 Terrazas Reserva red 03 Trimbach white 04 Herederos rosé 05 Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo sake 06 Suntory Hibiki whisky 07 Buffalo Trace bourbon 08 Illy espresso liqueur 09 Limoncello Evangelista 10 Kössler schnapps 11 Disaronno amaretto 12 Hite, Peroni and Asahi beers 13 Bloody Mary ingredients including Clamato juice 14 Kasugai wasabi peas 15 Tsantali ouzo 16 Monte Alban mezcal 17 Noilly Prat vermouth 18 Méry cognac 19 Germana cachaça 20 Santa Teresa rum 21 Russian Standard vodka 22 Torikai Ginko shochu 23 Tanqueray no.10 gin 24 Calanda waters 25 Wilkinson Dry ginger ale 26 Coca-Cola 27 Fentiman’s lemonade 28 Wild Bunch fruit juices 29 Schweppes tonic water 30 Riedel glasses 31 Riedel “bottle in a glass” for “those” moments 32 Bar towel by Sahara 33 Alessi shaker, Stelton corkscrew and Iittala bottle opener from Skandium and muddler from Pages 34 Fresh fruit 35 Genki energy drinks to wake you up the morning after