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 Bloody Mary is renowned as a hangover cure in a hair of the dog, let’s keep on the sauce kind of a way!
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.
This flirtatious cocktail adds a bubbly, pineapple twist to a Cosmopolitan. If you are feeling frugal switch the champagne for a Prosecco (arguably a more palatable fizz at a fraction of the cost).
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.
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!