This week, ahead of the bank holiday weekend, we’re focusing our attentions on the seriously talented Sarah Ben Saoud from Pali Hill in London.
After working for many years in the corporate world, Sarah decided a change was needed and that her passion lay in cocktails. After all she loved drinking them and going to bars. So just over two years ago she packed in the corporate job and asked a friend and bar owner if he would train her up as a bartender. She has never looked back working at different venues and at events to continue her journey of discovery.
Pali Hill is located in the heart of Fitzrovia and modelled on the cultural melting pot of communal living, commonly known as “building societies” in Bombay. Named after an old city neighbourhood, Pali Hill offers the finest regional Indian small plates, derived from home recipes and traditional techniques, made to share in an informal setting. The restaurant celebrates an eclectic mix of flavours from every corner of the country. A celebration of community and exchange, of eating well and informally, of warmth and sharing.
Beneath the Pali Hill, step into a retro Indian smugglers den. Full of spectacular trinkets, foreign liquor, gaudy art, and velvet upholstery, Bandra Bhai is a tribute to underground operations of years gone by and is now your delightfully tacky, dimly lit, groovy basement spot serving the best cocktails in London.
Here’s a small taste of Sarah’s creativity with this knockout Banana Rum Punch made using Goslings Black Seal Rum.
BANANA RUM PUNCH
- 45ml Goslings Black Seal Rum
- 15ml Banana Liqueur
- 50ml Apple Juice
- 50ml Pineapple Juice
- 10ml Lime
- 2 Dashes The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters
- Garnish: Lime or pineapple
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake.
Serve in rocks or highball glass including shaken ice.
Garnish: lime or pineapple.
About Love Drinks
Love Drinks is an independent import, distribution and marketing company for premium quality spirits, liqueurs and craft beers. Their portfolio represents quality, craft-distilled and family-owned brands that have a rich provenance, heritage and history.
Founded by Kirsty Loveday BEM in 2007, Love Drinks represent Abelha Organic Cachaça, The Bitter Truth Cocktail Range of Bitters and Liqueurs, Conker Spirits, Einstök Icelandic Craft Beers, Goslings Bermuda Rums, Hernö Gin, Pedrino Spritz, White Heron Drinks and the El Recuerdo and ZIGNUM® Mezcal Brands.
Love Drinks holds the silver accreditation for Investors in People and recently launched Love Well – a pioneering initiative to help the health and wellbeing of people working in the hospitality industry. The company was named Drinks Business Drinks Distributor of the Year in 2019.
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