With drinks trolleys on the rise, interiors expert Lisa Dawson shares her top styling tips!
Glenmorangie Highland single malt whisky brand is unveiling a bold new design across its three core whiskies. Set to be the most stylish drams of the summer, each other features an elegant bottle shape, vivid colour and playful details.
With orange firmly back on the interiors agenda, The Original embraces this ‘optimistic’ and bold colour, long associated with the brand and deliciously reflecting its notes of orange, honey and peach. The Lasanta’s rich reflects the rich, spicy sweetness of the whisky within and the hues of a sunset which inspires its taste. Meanwhile, The Ouinta Ruban’s deep green hints at the forest-like depths of this bold and velvety whisky.
Quinta Ruban 70cl | 46%
A whisky journey into the wild, The Quinta Ruban is like a dark and delectable forest, where the wind whistles with gusts of peppermint and dark swirls of chocolate can happen at any moment.
The nation’s love for at-home cocktail carts shows no signs of waning and Glenmorangie has partnered with interior design expert Lisa Dawson to offer tips on styling a summer drinks trolley. From choosing complementary accessories to incorporating leafy foliage, Lisa’s tips will help at-home bartenders curate the most beautiful drinks trolleys and showcase their most stylish bottles.
The Lasanta 70cl | 43%
If you could sip a sunset, it would taste like Lasanta, an endless horizon of rich spiciness and sun-drenched sweetness. Master distiller Dr Bill Lumsden has attempted to bottle the magic of the setting sun, as it enchants your eyes and calls out to the rest of your senses.
As well as pushing the design boundaries of the whisky world, Glenmorangie wants to encourage people to explore different ways to serve their single malt this summer; whether neat, on the rocks, or in a refreshing summer cocktail such as the Orange Highball or Ginger Lemon Freeze.
Lisa Dawson, interiors expert, said: “With an elegant aesthetic, curving linework and bold colour update, Glenmorangie’s fresh, new design is sure to be a hit this summer. The wondrous new bottle is reminiscent of Ochre Orange, the Pantone shade that was named by Stylist magazine as one of the most optimistic colours of 2022. The ideal addition to summer social occasions, its vibrant tones and contemporary styling are perfect for drinks trolley-scaping and adding maximum interiors impact.”
Louise Dennett, Glenmorangie Global Head of Brand, said: “Our whisky is truly delicious and our reimagined packaging brings its flavours to the fore. We see this as an opportunity to welcome new drinkers with a playful elegance which reflects our creativity in whisky making; and to ensure our single malt stands out by using bold colours and enhanced branding.”
Glenmorangie already brings to life its whisky’s wonders in many ways: from a colourful brand campaign shot by renowned photographer Miles Aldridge, to its boutique hotel Glenmorangie House – a sensory playground for guests.
The Original 70cl | 40%
The distillery’s flagship expression, The Original is known for its mellow tones and delicacy of flavour. A whisky with a kaleidoscope of taste that welcomes you with luscious layers of orange and honey, vanilla and bursts of peach.
Lisa Dawson’s Five Tips For Drinks Trolley Styling:
Start With A Tray
A good tray is your starting point when styling your drinks trolley. Perfect for displaying your favourite bottles or glassware, it anchors the space and creates a focus for the eye, bringing the look together. Metallics such as brass or silver work well, or be bold and go for a colourful piece that contrasts nicely with the drinks bottles. Natural materials such as wood, wicker or bamboo can be the perfect juxtaposition and will add texture. You can double up on functionality by using it to serve your drinks.
Add The Basics
No drinks trolley is complete without a basic bartender set; your creation kit. You don’t need to go all out – think ice bucket or bowl, mixing spoon and metal straws as a start which is more than enough to create something special. You’ll also need something in which to serve your drinks, so make sure you have a good range of glassware to hand. Mix up the textures and sizes – highball, tumbler, snifter – to add interest or go for coloured glass for impact.
Varying the height of your item placement is really important as it draws the eye and encourages you to look further. Books are great for stacking and can function as a base for smaller objects. Add height with a feature accessory – dinner candle holders or tall ornaments work well for this purpose – and vary the look with your favourite scented candle in a pretty vessel. The aim is to create balance to your scheme by having multiple levels on which to focus your view.
Bring In Greenery
Head to the garden for greenery or florals to add a touch of nature to your display. Any good leafy foliage will do the job – eucalyptus, hazel and myrtle are all excellent for bringing height and character to your drinks trolley. Use a statement vase in a tonal colour to suit your scheme and go big! Again, you’re aiming for levels so don’t hesitate to plump for larger foliage or flowers such as hydrangeas which have statement blooms.
Focus on Colour
The most important part of your trolley curation is, of course, the drinks bottles. The more aesthetically pleasing the design, the better – and bright colours can bring to life a fairly neutral scheme. Glenmorangie’s new bottle design reminds me of the Pantone shade Orange Ochre – a key colour trend for 2022 – and you can bring the colour to the fore by incorporating complementary toned accessories. A bowl for your citrus fruits will tie the look together and create a drinks trolley to impress.
The Times, December 2021: Orange interiors ideas: give your home a boost of vitamin C
Stylist, January 2022: Tangerine dream: lift your living space this winter with a playful splash of colour
Financial Times, April 2022: How the cocktail cart regained its cool
Glenmorangie cocktail recipes:
Glenmorangie The Original – 50ml (2oz)
Half an orange
Tonic Water – 50ml (2oz)
Soda Water – 50ml (2oz)
Orange wedges, to garnish
Juice half an orange. Then fill a highball glass with ice cubes and thick wedges of orange. Finally, pour all your ingredients over the top, and prepare a suitably long toast!
GINGER LEMON FREEZE
Glenmorangie The Original – 50ml (2oz)
Ginger syrup – 15ml (1/2 oz)
Lemon sorbet – 2 scoops
Vanilla ice cream – 1 scoop
Crushed ice – 1 scoop
Grated lemon zest, to garnish
Tumble everything into a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour the results into a glass (chilled, of course) and grate on some lemon zest to release an inviting citrus hit.