Purple Pokémon - a drink inspired by Kester Thomas by Erwan Lebonniec.

Purple Pokémon

gotta drink ‘em all!

Believe it or not, this drink has its inspirational roots long before the recent Pokémon Go craze. It was inspired by an original recipe (Pink Pokémon served at Bar25) by the renowned British bartender Kester Thomas (in whose memory the bar is also named).

All drinks at Kester Thomas (the bar) are made with flavors of wine and champagne. For the Purple Pokémon, champagne is introduced in the form of a syrup made by bar manager Erwan Le Bonniec. Erwan makes syrups to utilize leftovers and maintaining a zero-waste discipline in the bar.

Purple Pokémon - a drink inspired by Kester Thomas by Erwan Lebonniec.


4,5 cl Beefeater gin
1,5 cl lemon
1,5 cl champagne syrup
2 cl lychee juice
1,5 cl raspberry puré
1 dash of lavender bitter
1 drop of aquafaba (chickpea water)
Hibiscus tonic

Dry shake, then shake with cubed ice. Pour and top with hibiscus tonic. Stir to mix. Garnish with a dried hibiscus flower.



The purple Pokémon is easy to drink and the exotic mix of lychee, raspberry and hibiscus is absolutely delightful. Hibiscus is interesting to work with in drinks because it can serve as a substitute for citrus due to its distinct tangy characteristics. Chickpea water is used as an alternative to egg whites to help build texture and foam in the drink.

You’ll know where to catch this pokémon because it’s not going anywhere. It will stay on the menu as a tribute to Kester Thomas (the bartender).

What you  might not know about Hibiscus
The red hibiscus is the flower of the Hindu goddess Kali, and it appears frequently in depictions of her in the art of Bengal, India, often with the goddess and the flower merging in form.

The hibiscus flower is often seen worn by Tahitian and Hawaiian girls. Traditionally, if the flower is worn behind the left ear, the woman is married or in a relationship. If the flower is worn on the right, she is single or available for a relationship.

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Thomas Klem Andersen
I believe that true mastery eventually leads to original creation given the right conditions. I love creative cocktails that push the limits of flavor pairing. But I can't deny I have a personal preference for whisky and love everything that is clear and stirred.