London cocktail week was a great opportunity to try out bars and cocktails that you hadn’t yet got around to checking out or test driving and it also provided a perfect excuse (if you needed one) to get out and about a few nights in a row to squeeze in as many £4 discounted drinks as you could in one week!
Being a hopeless decision maker I loved how the cocktail tours took that out of my hands. The bars and the drink choice all lined up for me! Just follow the trail, stroll into a bar, no faffing around with menus waiting for everyone to decide what they want, ‘2 of the London cocktail week cocktails please’ and hey presto! It also made me try things I wouldn’t usually give a go. True, this doesn’t always work out, but for the most part it was a journey of discovery without too many unpleasant surprises!
Highlights (naming but a few) were Opium, Gerrard Street, a snug little bar located in the heart of China Town; Venn Street Records, Clapham, cocktails and live music on a side road off the main drag of Clapham High Street; and what an opulent treat it was to sip an £8 Belvedere cocktail at the China Tang bar in the Dorchester Hotel.
A thoroughly enjoyable experience and I can’t wait until next year’s event!
Warming heat of vodka plus silky smooth chocolate equals heavenly, boozy simplicity in a glass.
The perfect drink to soften the blow of autumn onset. This is a sweet twist on a classic drink with a mild poke of spice.
A strawberry summer slush is the perfect concoction to chill you out in the heat of the sun whilst relaxing on a beach somewhere exotic! Or if you don't happen to be sunning yourself in a picture perfect, sun-drenched location then you can enjoy the drink whilst daydreaming about your next jaunt!
A Cosmopolitan cocktail adopts just that in attitude by mixing alcohol with alcohol and topping up with just a dash of juice. If you want to intoxify your guests then this is the one to serve up! Short and strong, small sips are recommended to avoid peaking too early in a room spinning, dizzy head, hazy eyes drunken disaster!
This cocktail is pure indulgence in a glass. In fact it is so scrummy and filling that it could easily be a desert. If you like your cocktails thick, creamy and chocolaty then a frozen mudslide is definitely a winner!
This is both a popular and potent classic cocktail with vodka being just one of 5 spirits that make up the toxic mix of alcohol.