Humberto Saraiva Marques– Founder and owner of Curfew
Since the Second World War, the location of the bar has harboured many murky taverns and pubs, also this location was a gangster place once and now the new owner has transformed it into an elegant modern speakeasy cocktail bar with the name Curfew, that conjures memories when curfews were executed in the American prohibition time of the 1920s-30s.
The owner and the man behind the bar is the Portuguese International Bartender Humberto Marques, who has shaken, stirred and served cocktails for many years around the world in high profile places, such as Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland, at celebrity chef Tony Singh’s restaurant and cocktail bar Oloroso in Edinburgh, Hawk & Hunter Edinburgh, he’s been a Brand ambassador for anCnoc Whiskey and Global Brands, and latest shaking drinks at the popular 1105 cocktail bar in Copenhagen. He is known for his creative mind and technical skills, and is published in Gary Regan’s 101 Best New Cocktails, a contributor for Liquor.com, Cocktail blogger for Euroman.dk, and Winner of cocktail competitions in UK and Denmark.
The atmosphere in the spacious bar is relaxed, and the music ads just the right touch of scratchy funky jazzy vinyl, swing, and blues record sound. The interior is elegant yet simple, with unique details of handcrafted blue tiles from Portugal, vintage American designer Arthur Umanoff iron barstools, and solid wooden tables to place your delicious cocktail on. The glass cabinets in the bar testify to a serious collector of vintage silver and crystal bar gear, rare cocktail books and original vintage spirits bottles, and the bar is equipped with manual cocktail machines that can stir a delicious classical Negroni cocktail. Last, but not the least, Curfews bartenders are dressed in leather suspender uniforms, loaded with vintage bar tools.
Talking about tools, Humberto and his Danish friend, designer Marcus Mencke Vagnby, joined forces and will soon be launching the “Copenhagen Cocktail Shaker”, a cocktail shaker that has double isolation and a twist sealing. The shaker is used at Curfew, but will also be available to buy in shops soon.
The menu contains Humberto’s own artistry and seasonal cocktail recipes that really stands out on both taste and visually. He uses homemade shrubs and syrups as well as undiscovered herbs and spices. He revives two of the oldest ingredients back into the cocktails; Port and Madeira wine, which are part of the cocktail menu. If you fancy a classic cocktail, the menu features unforgettable classics as well as forgotten classics that has been dug out of the vintage cocktail books.
apricot, lemon verbena, citrus, honey an...
vanilla infused aquavit, blackberry &am...
Zacapa 23 rum, Grand Marnier, Redcurrant...
Hendricks gin, lemon, cucumber, raw lico...
Beefeater gin, Lillet rouge, grapefruit ...
Tanqueray gin, lime, Cointreau, eucalypt...
Tanqueray 10 gin, strawberry, celery, Li...
Beefeater gin, Lillet rouge, grapefruit ...
Tanqueray gin, fresh tarragon, mango, le...
Rum, lime, mimosa syrup, liilet blanc
In mid-1920s Copenhagen, portrait artist Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) asks her husband, popular landscape artist Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne), to stand in for a female model who was late to come to their flat to pose for a painting she’s working on. The act of Einar posing as a female figure unmasks his lifelong identification as a woman, whom he has named Lili Elbe. This sets off a progression, first tentative and then irreversible, of Lilileaving behind her masculine identity, which she has struggled to maintain all her life. We’ll leave the rest for you to see at your nearest cinema….
Since the movie was just released at cinemas in Copenhagen in February, Visitcopenhagen suggested we create a cocktail in honour of this film.
I got inspired by noticing that, in the movie, I could see apples and a vintage water siphon on a living room table. So apples were the first ingredient to play along with gin. I didn’t want to create a fizzy drink although this drink may slightly resemble a classic cocktail, the Ramos gin fizz. The bergamot juice tastes less sour than lemon, but more bitter than grapefruit. It’s this bitterness that interacts very well with the rest of the ingredients creating a very interesting marriage of flavours.
The Danish Girl
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
5cl Beefeater gin
3cl (1oz) apple marmalade
3cl (1oz) bergamot citrus juice
2cl (2/3oz) fresh cream
1.5cl (1/2oz) Lillet blanc
1cl (1/3 oz) sloe gin
1 teaspoon rose flower water
Crush the coriander seeds in the shaker using a muddler or a pestle. Add the rest of the ingredients and shake strongly over ice.Double strain into a vintage cocktail glass. Garnish with a rose petal
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