Claire Filer specially created three signature cocktails for each of our 2022 LEGACY concerts inspired by the flavours of each programme. Based in the UK, soprano Claire Filer has also been a taster and judge for various spirit awards. You can find out more about Claire on her Instagram account: ​​@ginesthesia /

LEGACY 1 – New York Sour

The flavours of the jazz age and European sweets come together in visual counterpoint in this riff on a New York Sour; a floating plane of red wine suspended over a honey spiced whiskey sour, a harmony of sweet, dry, spiced and decadent.

2 shots whisky
1 shot lemon juice
1 shot honey syrup
Few dashes Chocolate Bitters
Red wine float

Shake the first 4 ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Float red wine on top using the back of a spoon.

LEGACY 2 – Black Forest Martini

Smooth American bourbon, decadent cherry, spiced chocolate and whimsical coffee harmonise in this Black Forest gateau-inspired martini. Dark spirit layered in counterpoint with pale cream, peppered with miniature chocolate curls, provide a visual and potable representation of this programme blending Germanic, ragtime, and playful NZ influences.

2 shots bourbon
1/2 shot coffee liqueur
1/2 shot cherry brandy
Few dashes chocolate bitters
chocolate shavings
maraschino cherry garnish

Stir the first 4 ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass. Float cream on top and garnish with chocolate shavings and cherry

LEGACY 3 – Mountain Gin Blanc

Fresh, spacious mountain air is evoked by this herbaceous cocktail, where gimlet meets martini in a pleasing fugue of international spices. Jazz-era gin, with its botanicals evocative of the European forest, harmonises with cooling wild mint, native kawakawa and alpine black cardamom, balanced with crisply tart lime and classic NZ sauvignon blanc.

60ml gin
15ml sauvignon blanc
30ml lime cordial
few dashes Ballin’ Drinks Wild Mint Bitters

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a martini or coupe glass.