Monroe-inspired cocktails at May Fair Hotel

Monroe-inspired cocktails at May Fair Hotel

The May Fair Bar has developed The Marilyn Monroe Collection, a limited-edition menu of four cocktails inspired by The May Fair Hotel’s exhibition of some of the star’s most iconic outfits.

The exhibition, in collaboration with Beverley Hills’ Julien’s Auctions, will run from September 24 to October 21 and be accompanied by a series of dinner screenings at the hotel of four of Monroe’s most famous films: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, There’s No Business Like Show Business, River of No Return and Some Like It Hot.

Four outfits that she wore in those films and at press conferences will be on view in the hotel ahead of their sale on November 1 at The Standard Oil Building in Beverly Hills.

The cocktails include the Lorelei Lee, a mix of Courvoisier VSOP, Moët & Chandon Brut, Cabernet Sauvignon and cherry reduction and champagne foam inspired by 1953’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Flavours of the old West are in the Kay Weston from River of No Return, made with Bombay Sapphire gin, saffron syrup, orange blossom honey, lemon and tonic. The Sugar Kane is a mix of Bulliet Rye whiskey, Umeshu, Barolo Chinato and activated charcoal inspired by Some Like It Hot; and the ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’ Victoria Hoffman – Roku gin, Yuzu, St Germain, spiced honey syrup and egg white.

Each cocktail will be priced at £14, with the exception of Lorelei Lee at £18, and will be available in the May Fair Bar throughout the viewing.

Guests are invited to experience the inspiration behind each drink with the four film screenings at the May Fair Theatre.

Tickets for the screenings are available as part of three dinner and drinks packages. A film screening with popcorn at 7:30pm, followed by the cocktail in May Fair Bar inspired by that feature costs £20. Those wanting to extend the evening can have three courses of Spanish and Italian small plates at May Fair Kitchen before the film at 6pm (£35) or all three with dinner at May Fair Kitchen (6pm), a film at the May Fair Theatre (7:30pm) and post-screening cocktails at May Fair Bar (£49).