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London’s Fabulous Firmdale Hotel Group Recipes (including cocktail).

Colourful room with green and yellow wallpaper, large windwos with doors open, grey carpet and colourful chairs.

We all need some fresh recipes right now, and this spring cocktail recipe (and bus recipe) is just the ticket for an afternoon of baking and cocktails.

Green backed Chairs at a bar in London
A bar at one of the fabulous Firmdale Hotel Group Hotels

And the Spring Hope Cocktail is simply fabulous.



  • 30ml Ketel One Botanical Peach and Orange Blossom (or a vodka of your choice)
  • ½ a passion fruit
  • ½ a peach 
  • 20ml fresh lemon juice
  • 20ml agave nectar
  • Ginger beer
  • Mint leaves


  1. Combine the Ketel One, lemon juice, agave and passion fruit in a large glass, then give the ingredients a good stir
  2. Add ice, slices of peach, lemon and mint
  3. Top with ginger beer and enjoy your delicious low ABV cocktail!

Top tip: to make an alcohol free version of this cocktail recipe, substitute the Ketel One Botanical with Seedlip Grove.

Hot cross buns on a tray with baking paper and butter in a white dish and brush for oil and gold butter knife
Executive Chef from Firmdale Group Robin Read has shared his hot cross bun recipe for easter.




  • 300ml milk
  • 50g butter
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 500g flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 7g dried yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 75g sultanas
  • 50g chopped walnuts
  • 1 orange zest and juice
  • 1 apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 75g flour
  • 2 tablespoons water
Luxe london hotel in green with green and white striped awning
Charlotte Street Hotel, London, Firmdale Group


  1. Mix the flour, salt, sugar and dried yeast together in a large mixing bowl
  2. Warm the milk in a saucepan with the butter
  3. When the milk is cooled a little, add it to the flour mixture and add the egg. Mix to combine all the ingredients
  4. Turn out on to the counter and knead the dough for 5 minutes until the mixture becomes smooth and silky
  5. Put the dough in to a floured bowl and cover with a tea towel and leave to prove for 1 hour
  6. After an hour, the dough should have doubled in size
  7. Turn out on to the counter and add the chopped apple, sultanas, walnuts, orange zest and cinnamon
  8. Knead the fruit, nuts and zest into the dough. Then put the mixture back into the floured bowl and prove for an hour
  9. When the dough has doubled in size again, turn the mixture out and divide it into 15 equal pieces
  10. Roll the portions into a ball and place the balls onto a baking tray
  11. Mix the remaining 75g of flour and water until you have a smooth paste. Put the paste into a piping bag
  12. Pipe across the buns to give the crisscross effect
  13. Bake the buns at 190 degrees Celsius for 22 minutes
  14. For the glaze, reduce the juice of half an orange by half. Then add 1 tablespoon of honey and bring the mixture to the boil
  15. When the buns come out of the oven, brush them with the glaze and enjoy with a slab of butter
Beautiful hotel room with colourful blue and yellow bed head, white sheets, blue cusions, green sette at end and mixed xolour curtains.
A beautiful hotel room at Charlotte Street Hotel, Firmdale Group.

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