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!
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.
It’s a classic that has caused a zillion number of smirks, giggles or outright fits of laughter when ordered at any bar on the planet and if you don’t find it vaguely amusing then you must be lacking a sense of humour! It is a simple enough cocktail consisting of just 2 spirits and a bit of juice but sometimes simplicity is needed in life and indulging in good old sex on the beach is what’s required! Tee. Hee. Hee.
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!
Who doesn’t take great pleasure in requesting “One Screaming Orgasm please!” tee he, he?! This is a cocktail that tastes sweet and harmless but the combination of spirit plus spirit with a mixer of spirit is a lethal one!
The Bloody Mary is renowned as a hangover cure in a hair of the dog, let’s keep on the sauce kind of a way!