Duck & Waffle launches single ingredient cocktails

Closed-loop cocktail pioneer Rich Woods has launched a menu of single ingredient cocktails at Duck & Waffle made with every part of the ingredient.

The ‘Origins’ menu features ten cocktails and explores the levels of flavour achievable from one key ingredient. Every element of the ingredient is used, from tomato skins, red pepper stalks and spent coffee grinds to lime husks and walnut shells, helping to minimise waste.

Rich Woods, head of cocktail development at Duck & Waffle

“We have amazing ingredients to work with – why bastardise them with other flavours? I want them to shine in all their glory,” Woods told db.

“I wanted to illustrate how much flavour can be extracted from a single ingredient and show the levels of complexity that can be obtained from multiple elements of a single source,”

There are resources out there on our doorstep that are being ignored but could be used to great effect,” he added.

Each of the cocktails has a one-word title based on its key ingredient, meaning the list reads more like a food menu offering the likes of ‘Olive’, ‘Tomato’, ‘Avocado’ and ‘Red Pepper’.

Such a transparent approach to cocktail making is risky, as the margin for error is tiny, but Woods believes there is beauty and purity in the simplicity of a single ingredient cocktail.

“The trickiest thing is ensuring that each batch of the produce we use tastes as good, flavourful and fresh as the last one, if not you’ll be able to taste the difference in the cocktail.

“It has been surprisingly hard to achieve consistency and uniformity of flavour in the cocktails,” he revealed.

To get around the problem, he’s taken to making large batches of each cocktail and has developed a solera-like system where he blends a small percentage of an old batch with a new batch to ensure consistency of flavour.

The Origins menu will be available this summer at Duck & Waffle in the Heron Tower. Click through for pictures of the cocktails and their recipes.

An in-depth look at the latest cocktail innovations in London will appear in the July issue of The Drinks Business, out next week.

5 Responses to “Duck & Waffle launches single ingredient cocktails”

  1. None of these looked very good, red peppers never taste good in drink imo. the last one was just plain silly. Moss Cordial sounds terrible

  2. Matteo scarano says:

    IMO If you never tasted this drink should perhaps first try them. Perhaps you are a little to shelter for this anyway, catch u a weatherspoon later on mate!!:)

  3. How are these cocktails single ingredient? Hijo de puta you tricked us.

  4. Lemonada Coleman says:

    These are not single ingredient cocktails! Perhaps they meant they were inspired by a single ingredient? This guy just made fancy batched cocktails. What’s the big deal?

  5. Dimi says:

    They are not the only ones who is doing it.. Smart way to cut the costs on ingredients.

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