Botanicals for Beginners

The Aviary is the cutting-edge cocktail bar that’s going big on “botanicals”, a relatively new strand in the science of cocktails. But what exactly does it mean? According to Woodford Reserve brand ambassador Thomas Vernon, botanical cocktails using high-technology (vac-pots and rotary evaporating machines) to break down compound flavours and isolate their individual parts (for instance, coriander, juniper, orris root and so on) before building a cocktail around them.

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