Journal

Close the Loop

In true Bluespoon fashion, we’re always looking for new ways to arouse our fans. In continuance of the no waste journey, get a taste of how sustainability and using commonly wasted ingredients doesn’t compromise flavour, but rather elevates it as we close the loop between Bluespoon Bar & Restaurant.

Every ending has a start. And in our opinion the weekend starts on Thursdays, so what better time to close the loop. While our resident Mad Hatters are champions in creating an experience for the eyes as well as for your taste buds, they are further exploring ways in which root-to-leaf bar tending becomes the core of everything they do and we’ve created lively & innovative Close the Loop Thursdays at Bluespoon to celebrate just that.

The creation of conscious craft cocktails at Bluespoon is something to be celebrated! Every first Thursday of the month is now dedicated to fully closing the loop by choosing one ingredient that is commonly wasted in the Bluespoon kitchen and using it as the core of a specialty cocktail, available at the bar for that month. What’s more, this ingredient will further be used to create a perfectly paired bite. We will be partnering with a carefully selected different spirit brand each month that shares our values of care, locality and sustainability. On this spirit the cocktail will be based. The cocktail in question will be highlighted and available for the remainder of the month, to continue to use as much of the wasted produce as possible.

“Conscious cocktail creations with our resident Mad Hatters”

For our 3rd event, we’ll be welcoming cocktail legend Andrew Nicholls & his William George Rum to the stage. Our Mad Hatters will be creating a new fall-inspired cocktail menu with this world renowned cocktail connoisseur and local brand based around the commonly wasted ingredients from Bluespoon’s kitchen of Pumpkin & Chimichurri Butter. This unique blend of Jamaican pot distilled and Trinidadian column distilled Rum, inspired by the names of Andrew Nicholls’ two grandfathers, combines tropical, nutty, grassy & citrus notes, finishing with a lingering flavour of raisins, vanilla and cacao. It was recently given a 5 star rating by the world-renowned Difford’s Guide and although only one year old, is seen in the bar scene as one of the best new rums on the market globally. The brand embodies honesty & strength, not putting an age statement so to focus purely on the flavour of the rum, and with zero extra flavours, caramel or sweetners added, it is the perfect match to our pure, zero-waste ethos.

The star of the show this month will be “Rise & Fall”.

The leading cocktail this month embodies an autumn inspired riff on the Old Fashioned, combining a chimichurri butter-washed William George Rum & Manzanilla sherry to represent the warm, tropical summer we leave behind, as the leaves turn to brown and we welcome the rich, comforting, darker tones of the fall, represented by the flavours of pumpkin spice syrup, apple cider vinegar and black pepper bitters. A garnish atop this rich cocktail will be a cookie made from wasted pumpkin trimmings & seeds and grated goat cheese with an emulsion of black cardamom jus. And in the kitchen, Executive Chef Sander has created a perfectly paired bite of Scallop | goat cheese | gumbava | pumpkin. Need we say more.

“Sometimes we need to look to our classics in order to progress and make a change”

Join us every first Thursday of the month and see how Head Bartender Martin Eisma and Head Chef Sander Bierenbroodspot dance in perfect harmony to explore the depths of flavour. Check out the recap of our previous events in @bluespoonamsterdam’s Instagram highlights!

Following the 1st of November:

6 December: Bluespoon x Ketel One & Nolet Distillery

About Andrew Nicholls:

Andrew Nicholls is one the most respected bartenders/cocktail consultants in the Amsterdam bar scene. Having moved to Amsterdam over 10 years ago, he has been the man behind concepts like Pulitzers Bar, Dvars and most recently The Beefsteak Club. Nicholls is known for his immense knowledge of spirits and terroir, always enthusiastic attitude, love for sustainability and even for winning Diageo World Class in 2009 to become bartender of the year. With this in mind, Andrew & his much loved William George Rum and the brand values they both embody, were the perfect partner for our 3rd edition of Close the Loop.