Rogano Bar Manager Greg McCulloch has honed his skills in the drinks industry like very few have. Born in and raised in Glasgow’s Southside, Greg tended bar part-time at Rogano while attending University. After graduating, he decided to pursue it as a career and since then has made a distinctive mark on the Glasgow drinks scene. Greg’s perfectly poured creations have been enjoyed by many of the famous faces who have frequented Rogano over the years, including veteran performer Rod Stewart, Hollywood actor Harvey Keitel and Old Firm football bosses Neil Lennon and Walter Smith. Behind the bar at Scotland’s oldest and most iconic drinks destinations, Greg enjoys creating bespoke cocktails and played a part in Rogano most recently being awarded the AA Restaurant of the Year for Scotland.
Bringing a splash of sophistication to a popular French cocktail is Kir Royale, a simple and elegant tipple.
The more commonly known Kir cocktail contains a measure of crème de cassis topped up with white wine. Rumoured to be named after Félix Kir (mayor of Dijon after the Second World War) who would offer the mix at receptions, the drink manages to be deliciously refreshing with minimal effort. This modern variation replaces white wine with bubbles, making it the perfect toast to a successful summer.
Arguably, what makes this drink French is the Chambord which originated in France and is a sweet liqueur made from raspberries, vanilla, honey, citrus, cognac and some herbs.
Sensual things come from France so they say; well this drink is definitely proof of that. The vodka as a base spirit is perfect to let the Chambord step to the foreground with that tropical hint of the pineapple rounding out the mix.
Sweet and tart with an air of elegance, the French Martini is refined and fashionable, frothy and light - vive le France!
They say you haven’t truly made it until you’ve had a drink named after you, so to honour the latest little monarch I have devised a drink fit for a King (and Queen) - the Prince Charming.
This baby blue coloured concoction has a chocolate orange flavour, making it the perfect post-dinner serve. The crème de cacao, milk and double cream combine to create a luxurious drink to be enjoyed whether you’re a monarchist or not.
Combining equal portions of vodka, gin, tequila, rum and triple sec with a splash of cola, it is a strong classic in more ways than one and perfect to enjoy during our warm, but brief, summer.
There are many rumours regarding the origins of the Long Island Ice Tea: from a curious barman experimenting in a Long Island bar; to a rebelling community during 1920s prohibition. The blended liquors certainly pack a punch but the dash of cola detracts from any bitterness. Adding a twist of lemon juice gives this timeless drink a summer kick.
The original recipe consisted of vodka, fresh lemon juice and sugar, nothing more. It was a simple, easy to make and refreshing cocktail.
The vodka used in this drink is what used to make it so popular. During the 80's vodka was a very important spirit because it was being used in so many new cocktails.
Now vodka comes in endless flavours and I would recommend that you use a lemon drop martini recipe that uses premium flavoured vodka, such as Grey Goose le Citron, instead of regular vodka.
Rogano and Pimm’s is a match made in food and drink heaven. Pimm’s No.1 originated in an oyster bar London, owned by James Pimm in 1840 and we honour that at Rogano by serving our fruity Pimm’s Cocktail for diners to enjoy alongside our signature oyster selection.
If the weather is right, then there’s pretty much nothing wrong with a perfect Pimm's Cocktail as far as I’m concerned. Luckily it’s only 50 proof so, especially when diluted with 3 parts lemonade, it’s the ideal tipple for long, hot (or not) weekends.