The definitive guide to the finest drinking experiences

The World Class 50: The Definitive Drinking Guide features 50 of the most innovative and talented bartenders from across the globe. Each bartender showcases the perfect location, the most inventive cocktail and the finest of ingredients and spirits that define the 'must have' fine drinking experience in their city.

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Charles Joly, The Solstice Shrub

World Class Bartender of the Year 2014.

The Drink

Charles’s Solstice Shrub is a patio-ready drink perfect for summer in which Tanqueray No. Ten and vinegar are the most notable flavour profiles. The shrub is made with 1:1 berry juice simple syrup (by weight, 2 parts), apple cider vinegar (1 part) and fresh seasonal berries (1 part), to which muddled herbs (thyme and tarragon preferred) are added. The result is a crisp aperitif, with plenty of tartness and zing, which can be paired easily with a starter such as salad or fish.

Watch Charles creating the cocktail, along with an insight into his hometown of Chicago.


The Technique

Tanqueray No.Ten • 75ml
Pear brandy • 7ml
Breckenridge Bitters • 7ml
Shrub • 120ml
Water • 90ml
Contains 30 grams of alcohol per serve (Serves 2)

Combine all the ingredients, chill and carbonate. Place thyme and lavender into clear glass bottles. Fill with the cocktail and cap until ready to serve.