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How to Make Mr Lyan’s Cocktails at Home with Ryan Chetiyawardana

How to Make with Mr Lyan’s Cocktails at Home with Ryan

You asked for it, and you got it – all of you kind people who filled out my survey asked for more interviews with more legends. Our guest is the world’s most-awarded bartender & bar owner. If Mr Lyan isn’t a legend, I don’t know who is.

If you call yourself a cocktail connoisseur, then you will have come upon the name Mr Lyan in your travels. Ryan opened White Lyan in London in 2013. It was a moment that will go down in cocktail history as the first cocktail bar in the world to use no perishables, no fruit, and even no ice, an innovative approach to sustainability, with much lower waste and a use of pre-made cocktails and never before seen ingredients. 

This focus on a ground-breaking approach remains in the evolution of White Lyan, Super Lyan, Dandelyan, Cub, Lyaness, Silver Lyan, and Seed Library.

Ryan’s with me to discuss his new book, Mr Lyan’s Cocktails at Home: Good Things to Drink with Friends, but we go into so much more – how his relationship to flavor evolved, how his studying Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins as well as Biology at Edinburgh University spurred him on to get behind the bar, and why the need to write a book at all.

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Cocktail of the Week: Barley Champagne

Barley Champagne

Barley Champagne

A favourite hosting approach for me has always been to bottle up a base, then top up with bubbles as guests arrive. It works wonderfully during other seasons too, but I find that particularly around the festive periods, when people are much more lax with timings, having something that can be poured quickly at the last minute, to get everyone a drink without taking you away from the celebrations, is a great plan. This might seem very bright in profile, but it works perfectly with any true dry sparkling wine to accentuate the characteristics – but you can easily go big and powerful with flavours, too
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine British
Servings 12
Calories 207 kcal


  • 4 shots 100ml/4oz water
  • 6 shots 150ml/6oz lemon barley water cordial
  • 8 shots 200ml/8oz fino sherry or dry vermouth
  • 12 shots 300ml/12oz London dry gin
  • 10 dashes Tabasco
  • Rosemary sprigs to garnish


  • Add the water, cordial, sherry or vermouth and gin to a jug, then add the Tabasco 
  • Stir and then decant into a clean wine bottle and chill well
  • To serve, add a shot and a half (40ml/1.5oz) of the chilled mixture to a flute, then top with bubbles. 
  • Add a sprig  of rosemary and serve


Serving: 1gCalories: 207kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 2gSodium: 138mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1g
Keyword Barley Champagne
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