Waste nothing, make cocktails - that’s the ethos behind Sweet&Chilli’s latest venture, a new bar called Nine Lives based in London Bridge.
Operating out of a Victorian basement in Bermondsey, their “total passion project” will be dishing up cocktails and food that reuses ingredients otherwise be destined for the bin. It's a trend we’re seeing again and again lately, from WASTed to Rubies in the Rubble and Plot’s one-off salvaged dinner. And there's also Trash Tiki at the Curtain.
The bar’s selection of ‘Loop’ drinks will be reusing as much as possible from their main ingredients, so lemons will not only be squeezed, but also have their pith redistilled to eke out every single last drop of essential oil to be used in liqueurs and hand soaps, with the compost going to the backyard herb garden, which will be used to stock the bar.
Two of the other signature cocktails they’ll be mixing up will include the Moby Dick with coconut oil-washed grain whisky with salt caramel syrup, and an Omu Kooler, featuring Campari with watermelon and cucumber.
It’ll be much the same when it comes to the food, with ingredients repurposed wherever possible to cut back on waste, and disposables overlooked in favour of recycled or second hand. We’re yet to see a preview of the menu, but will keep you updated.
Where: 8 Holyrood Street, London SE1 2EL
When: 15 June
More information: Visit Nine Lives website.