Nestled in the heart of the city, The Mandrake Hotel offers more than just luxurious accommodations; we boast an extraordinary experience for the senses, especially when it comes to our eclectic array of house cocktails. As you step into the enchanting realm of Waeska, our hotel's exclusive bar specialising in ethnobotanical cocktails, you will discover pleasures you have never seen before. Let's explore the unique concoctions that define the essence of The Mandrake, each infused with carefully selected ingredients that not only tease the taste buds but also offer health benefits.
What are Ethnobotanicals?
Ethnobotanicals, a captivating fusion of ethnography and botany, represent a rich tapestry of plants deeply interwoven with the cultural practices and traditional knowledge of diverse communities. These botanical wonders have played integral roles in the rituals, ceremonies, and daily lives of various societies for centuries. Ethnobotanical studies explore the intricate relationships between people and plants, unravelling the medicinal, ceremonial, and spiritual significance of botanical specimens. Beyond their cultural importance, ethnobotanicals often harbour unique chemical compounds with therapeutic properties, contributing to the development of pharmaceuticals and holistic well-being. As a bridge between nature and human culture, ethnobotanicals invite us to appreciate the profound connections between plants and the communities that have nurtured their existence, offering a glimpse into the deep-rooted wisdom passed down through generations.
Our love for Ethnobotanicals
At The Mandrake Hotel's Waeska bar, we elevate the cocktail experience by incorporating ethnobotanicals, recognising and embracing the rich cultural heritage and holistic benefits these plants offer. From enhancing the sensory delight of our signature cocktails to infusing them with unique flavours and potential health advantages, our commitment to ethnobotanical mixology is a testament to our desire to provide a truly exceptional and enriching experience for our guests. Each sip is a celebration of the historical and medicinal significance of these botanical treasures, seamlessly blending tradition, innovation, and well-being.
Some Waeska Creations
Our cocktail menu is a testament to the rich tapestry of global botanicals, carefully curated to create a sensory experience that goes beyond the ordinary. At Waeska Bar, we celebrate the cultural diversity and healthful properties of ethnobotanical ingredients, infusing them into our cocktails to deliver not just delightful flavours but also a journey through the traditions and stories embedded in each plant. Here are some of our creations you should try during your next stay or visit at The Mandrake:
Pleasurable and energising, the Butterfly Effect combines the exceptional flavours of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin, Peach Brandy, Lemon Juice, Sugar Syrup, and the antioxidant benefits of Acai Berries. This vibrant drink not only stimulates the taste buds but also offers a dose of nutritious goodness through the use of Açai Berries. Açai berries are beneficial to health due to the high levels of antioxidants they contain, which aid the immune system and protect the body from the damaging effects of free radicals.
The Venus Trap cocktail is a blend of bold flavours, featuring Patrón Reposado Tequila, Ginger Liqueur, Prickly Pears, Lime Juice, and the hydrating essence of Agave Water. Beyond its exquisite taste, this cocktail boasts a lineup of ingredients with great health benefits. Prickly pears are rich in fibre, antioxidants, and essential vitamins, promoting digestive health and offering immune system support. The inclusion of Ginger Liqueur introduces a zesty kick along with potential anti-inflammatory and digestive properties. The addition of Agave Water not only complements the tequila but also provides a natural sweetener with a lower glycemic index, making it an excellent option for those mindful of sugar intake.
The Tobacco cocktail is an enticing fusion of flavours, harmonising Dewar’s Ilegal Smooth Whisky, Pineapple Lemon Thyme & Cardamom Syrup, Safari Tropical Liqueur, and Lemon Juice. Beyond its indulgent taste, the inclusion of thyme brings a unique herbal note and potential antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Thyme is also rich in vitamins and antioxidants, contributing to overall well-being. With its warm and aromatic essence, Cardamom is known for helping digestion and potentially supporting respiratory health. Together, these elements create a cocktail that not only satisfies the taste buds but also introduces a subtle infusion of health-conscious components, making the Tobacco a delightful and intriguing choice for those seeking a flavourful and potentially beneficial libation.
The Flores Sana cocktail is an exquisite blend of Grey Goose Vodka Tonka Beans Infused, Homemade Orange Liqueur, Passion Fruit, and the healthful addition of Curam Elixir. This libation not only captivates the senses with its unique flavour profile but also introduces potential health benefits through its carefully selected ingredients. The standout ingredient, Curam Elixir, adds a health-focused element with its blend of superfoods, including amla (Indian gooseberry) and turmeric, known for their anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. Together, these components make Flores Sana not just a cocktail but a vibrant concoction that indulges the palate while potentially providing a dose of well-being.
Embark on a journey of taste and well-being during your next stay at The Mandrake Hotel. Waeska's commitment to ethnobotanical mixology ensures that each cocktail is not just a drink but an exploration of flavours and culture. Indulge in the artistry of our signature concoctions, where every sip tells a story of health, pleasure, and the extraordinary.