Words by: Ingmar Voerman & Tess Posthumus
Photography by: Ming Chao
The Orbium Files: a series of eleven cocktails, especially created, developed and tailored by the best cocktail bars throughout The Netherlands.
Orbium, a reimagining of Hendrick’s Gin by Master Distiller Lesley Gracie is a limited quininated gin, based on the iconic Hendrick’s recipe of distillates from both the Carter Head- and Bennett-still with infusions of rose and cucumber. Orbium is then enriched with flavours that are traditionally associated with classic gin libations; quinine found in tonic (Gin & Tonic) and wormwood found in vermouth (Martini cocktail). The mysterious blue lotus flower adds an aromatic, floral sweetness and harmonizes all flavours of the gin.
Orbium is what Hendrick’s would taste like in a parallel universe. The eleven carefully selected cocktail bars are the only venues in Holland where Orbium will be poured and can be experienced, till the limited supply of 1000 bottles has dried out. For the second Orbium cocktail of this series, we’re going to the trendy Conservatorium Hotel to find Tunes Bar.
Tunes Bar is the high-end hotel cocktail bar of The Conservatorium Hotel, a stunning modern luxury design hotel located in posh Amsterdam South. It’s famed for its food pairing qualities, developed together with the hotel’s executive chef Schilo van Coevorden. The bar is luxurious and breathtaking, as the crowd is, and Tunes’ cocktails are. The bartenders are shaking and stirring up cocktails in the ever-buzzing atmosphere, with the best of hospitality, service and drinks. The creator of the Yellow Submarine-cocktail Dimitar Vassilev has left Tunes Bar, but his Orbium-legacy continues - and will still be served at this hotspot.
Vassilev: "In the spirit of the music-inspired theme at Tunes, “Yellow Submarine” has its roots in the Beatles’ 1966 song. Intended as a nonsense children’s tune, it was still taken as a social and political symbol by some in the 60’s – it joined a global conversation. We saw it as a bright opportunity to create a drink simple and attention-grabbing enough to start a conversation - how something small can bring a smile on someone’s face. How sometimes we forget how close to us a sci-fi-looking chemical reaction actually is. It's about how a small yellow spot can brighten the deep dark blue sea by its simple presence."
30 ml Hendrick’s Orbium
20 ml St. Germain
20 ml Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto
2 pieces of lemon ice cubes
1 dash B’lure blue pigment
Top with soda water
Garnish: dehydrated lemon and violet flower
Method: Pre-batch in a tiny bottle, and let guest pour the drink in the glass over the ice cubes, then top with soda.