Cocktail of the Week – It’s Carnival time!

written by Melina

Lent is on the horizon, and for the historically Catholic countries of the world, that can mean only one thing – Carnival! Spain, Italy, France and Brazil are among the countries that celebrate, the most famous of them all being Brazil’s Rio Carnival, which begins today and runs through to Ash Wednesday. But when we hear carnival – we think Notting Hill!

The crowds for Sancho Panza at Notting Hill CarnivalOur angels in charge of some delicious passoa slushies

Not linked to religion in any way – instead having its roots in race relations and the celebration of Caribbean culture – Notting Hill Carnival, which takes place over August Bank Holiday weekend, has become a firm fixture in London’s events calendar. Hel’s Angels have been running the bars there for the legendary Sancho Panza sound system for the last decade. We won’t lie- working at the carnival is exhausting. It’s a huge day serving thousands of beers and cocktails to thousands of tightly packed in revellers, but it’s huge fun and with an atmosphere like no other, the kind of atmosphere you’ll only find at a Carnival!

Alas, it’s months away and (alas again) we’re not at any of the February carnivals, so we’ll leave you with Jen’s Brazilian inspired cocktail to bring a bit of carnival spirit to your weekend.Our Angels in the Sancho Panza bar at Notting Hill Carnival

The Expat

This cocktail has a fiery fusion of both English and Brazilian delights and is a little different to the well known Caipiriñha.

Ingredients and Method

  • 37.5 mls Sagatiba Cachaça
  • 20ml rhubarb syrup
  • 15mls fresh lime juice

– Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker, Strain into a highball glass filled with ice, top with Ginger Beer.
– Garnish with rhubarb and mint (fresh ginger optional) and serve with a straw.