Yesterday evening was the launch of the new cocktail menu of the Vault bar located at the Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam. Renowned Portuguese bartenders Wilson and Tiago were in charge of developing this new menu. The concept of the bar was inspired by the previous function of the location. The entire cocktail menu was unveiled at the bank vault.
It is a very intimate bar and it all starts with the details. The cocktail menu is presented in a wallet stocked with bills, each which represent a different cocktail recipe from a different part of the world.
Each cocktail has a unique combination of flavors and a whimsical presentation. We were welcomed with a take on champagne and oysters. A salty champagne foam topped with pop rocks and served on an oyster shell.
We ordered a few of the cocktails before the actual presentation of the menu. So we were all like kids in a candy store every time each drink would come, as we had no idea what it would look like.
My first cocktail was the Nuevo Sol. I am always very eager to try a new Pisco recipe. This one had Pisco Acholado, cherimoya & pickled pear ceviche and huacatay. It was delicious, a little taste of Peru in Amsterdam.
I also tried the Dirham which was made with saffron infused Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Fermented dates, verjus, turmeric, paprika, candied citrus & cocoa powder. The Rupee, a mix of Chaat masala infused Absolut Elyx Vodka, coriander, verjus, curried pineapple, ginger & IPA beer.
The real, made with Leblon cachaça, beetroot, Acai, coffee & rose pepper infused porter beer. It was like sipping a luscious dessert.
I also really enjoyed The Baht, a mix of pandan infused Pampero white rum, kaffir Limoncello, coconut & lemon grass cream and laos. A heavenly drink served with cotton candy.
More than just cocktails, they’ve created a unique experience. A trip around the world in liquid form. And let’s not forget about the bites. All come from the kitchen of the 2 Michelin star chef Sidney Schutte. So you can definitely expect your taste buds to be amazed. The Waldorf Astoria also offers a delightful Afternoon Tea. You can read more about it here. You can still get a peek of the launch on my Snapchat: cravingsinams.
Herengracht 542-556, Amsterdam