Meet The Smerdy, a new kind of cocktail

Monday 10th February 2014

The Smerdy

CAST – Nottingham Playhouse’s Bar and Restaurant – has recently added a brand new cocktail to its ever-expanding cocktail menu: The Smerdy.

One of the lots in the charity auction at the Playhouse’s 50th anniversary Gala in December was the opportunity to have a cocktail designed in your honour. The winner, Verna Smerdon-White, asked that the cocktail be created for her grandson, Jake, in celebration of his twenty-first birthday. And so, the Smerdy was born!

The designer of the Smerdy was CAST’s General Manager, Tim Wheelhouse, who created a brand new cocktail, making use of Jake’s favourite flavours.

The Smerdy is a crisp, sharp and powerful combination of Gin, Cherry Marnier, Amaretto and lime. It was loved by Jake, his family and friends when they came to CAST for a special cocktail workshop, as part of their prize.

The Smerdy, pictured above, now appears on the CAST cocktail menu and is fast becoming a favourite tipple!


Tim recently created another new CAST cocktail for Nottingham-based engineering and environmental consultancy firm, BWB Consulting, who held a drinks reception in the bar at the end of January. The BWB – a concoction of Gin, lemon, honey and Prosecco – was a hit with BWB staff and clients on the night and remains on the CAST cocktail menu.

Support the Playhouse with a cocktail in your honour

If you would like to celebrate a loved one or mark a special occasion by having a unique and delicious cocktail created for you by our experienced bar team then please get in touch with Hannah Payne on *0115 873 62344 by emailing

Your cocktail will end up on the CAST menu and, at the same time, you will be supporting Nottingham Playhouse, helping to bring the joy of live theatre to local people of all ages.

CAST can also deliver fun, interactive cocktail-making workshops as part of birthday parties or as entertaining teambuilding events for businesses. Again, contact Nick if you’re interested in finding out more.