The new cocktails available are inspired by  five famous historical Anatolian Empires (stretching from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea).

Black Sea cocktail

The Mekan Bar based in the Rüya – the Anatolian restaurant set in the heart of Mayfair has announced new additions to its cocktail menu.

Each new cocktail available at the bar has been inspired by through five famous Anatolian Empires embodied in the signature cocktail creations: the Hittites Empire, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Seljuk Empire and the Ottoman Empire. These new drinks have been created by Bar Manager Francesco Medici and represent unique flavours which are found throughout the peninsula.

The Mekan’s new additions can be sampled alongside the bar’s blend of spirits, wines and anise-scented Turkish delicacy, Raki with guests able to find a drink to suit their mood and taste.

Drawing inspiration from the Byzantine Empire Rüya’s Black Sea signature cocktail infuses Remy Martin SOP, Bulleit Rye, Black Hive Honey, and Black Turkish Tea, and is accompanied by orange garnish and an alluring mist when served.

Meanwhile, updated cocktails inspired by the Ottoman Empire –  historically known to its inhabitants and the Eastern world as Rome in the 13th Century – include the Fal Martini, a Turkish twist on the classic Espresso martini, combining Vodka, Turkish Coffee, Pistachio, Kahlua and Amaretto. For those looking for a sweeter treat, The Pasha mixes Vodka, Vanilla, Chestnut, Drambuie and Ice Cream for an indulgent dessert-inspired cocktail.

Elsewhere, the Tropical Flame draws on the Hittites Empire from around 1600 BC, combining Tonka Beans Infused Pisco, Dark Rum, Passion Fruit, Tropical Syrup and Mint, offering a fruity addition to the menu served in a copper vessel.  The Nazar Sour combines Cardamom Infused Vodka, Rose Syrup, Pear, Blue Curacao and Champagne Foam. It has been a favourite at The Mekan since the bar’s opening, with its vivid blue colour and depiction of the nazar symbol; an eye-shaped amulet believed to protect against the evil eye.

The Mekan is open from 12:00pm – 1:00am, Monday – Saturday and from 12:00pm – 12:30am on Sunday. For more information visit: https://ruyalondon.com/welcome/bar/

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