Philippopolis by Svetoslav Chochev - Aqua Shard

My family come from various backgrounds but they all chose to live in the city I was born in. Plovdiv is the second biggest city in Bulgaria but that is hardly the most interesting fact about it. It’s long intriguing history aspires many tales of humanity- from Thracians to Greeks, Romans and Turks.

For me it is not only my home town, but a place where my roots began. Leaving in London has been a great adventure but I also wanted to honor my heritage and my family, in particular this unique mélange of Mediterranean cultures. Walking around the city one can imagine strolling through the Greek Agora at one second and then in the other be reminded by the cobbled streets of the splendorous Roman city Plovdiv once was. Although different at every corner, nothing looks mismatched. In that sense, my cocktail draws inspiration from this peculiar balance of Mediterranean cultures and the idea that harmony can be achieved through diversity.

Each ingredient represents a specific period of the city’s history. For example, Roots mastiha honors Philippopolis , as the Greeks called it, Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto embodies Trimontium as the Romans admired it, Sauvignon blanc represents Bulgaria’s strong wine culture, rooted on the land from Thracians many centuries ago. All of these flavours combined in a harmonious way create a refreshing low ABV drink that can be enjoyed during the hot summer days or just as a alternative spritzer.

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Roots Mastiha
Sauvignon blanc
Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto
Top up Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water

Garnish with a fresh Rosemary sprig and two Martini (cocktail) olives on a cocktail skewer.

Svetoslav Chochev
Aqua Shard
London - UK