All posts tagged: cocktails

The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar Launches New Cocktail Menu

Discover the hotel’s illustrious history through 20 cocktails The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy has delved into its star-studded (but also lesser known yet equally compelling) history as a source of inspiration for its new 20-cocktail drinks menu. Combining well-loved ingredients with more unusual essences like paper and leather, the drinks aim to transport you right into the stories that inspired them. Try Incognito (Patron Anejo, popcorn, Averna, Martini Rubino, walnut – £30) which celebrates the Savoy as Katherine Hepburn’s hotel of choice, whose staff exercised the discretion she needed, and following a stay at Claridge’s where due to the formal dress code, she was unable to pass through the lobby so had to use the staff entrance, or The Savoy Delivers (Bacardi Carta Ocho, Martini Bianco, lime, honey, Indian Spices – £16) which recounts the tale of when a page boy travelled all the way to India to hand deliver a package that a maharajah had left behind. The menu itself takes the form of a beautifully illustrated pop-up book, with one story for …

Time for choc-tails at Rivington Grill

Love chocolate? This is how you indulge. For a limited time only, you can spoil yourself with a multi-sensory experience that culminates in a chocolate-inspired jolly. Go behind the scenes at chocolate-maker MAST and see the cacao nibs being churned before your very eyes. Your appetite will go into overdrive. Thankfully, a two-course meal, chocolate-infused cocktail and trio of gin truffles awaits over at the Rivington Grill. And as you’re in Shoreditch, it’s only right you have the Hipster X, a chocolate-infused Woodford Reserve concoction. The experience costs £35 per person. Available until 6 January 2016. Rivington Grill, 28-30 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3DZ. rivingtonshoreditch.co.uk

Power up: Three-Martini Lunch at 5cc Singer Tavern

Nothing shows you mean business like a power-fuelled, three-martini lunch. Modern day Don Drapers: the gauntlet has been thrown. Those curious by the challenge should head to basement cocktail bar 5cc Singer Tavern where revelry and indulgence is the order of the day. Their new Three-Martini Lunch menu doesn’t mess about. You choose three martinis from a choice of eight but to keep the sitting somewhat responsible, each serving comes accompanied by a small plate of food, though they’re more nibbles than they are hearty dishes so you’d better be able to hold your drink. If you’re not fussy, you can leave the drink pairings down to the experts – the three matches are well made but the team do allow you to have free reign if you’re feeling a bit more rebellious. If you’re drinking with at least one other, there’s your opportunity to go off-recommendation. But stick to the menu and your first course of mini mushroom, truffle and pecorino toasties will be served with the Montgomery (1.5 parts No.3 gin, 1 part …

London Cocktail Week: the week to rule all weeks

If there is only one week worth celebrating, London Cocktail Week is it. From Monday 6th – Sunday 12th October, over 250 bars across the capital will be uniting to help showcase the best of cocktail culture with a raft of activity including special tasting sessions and cocktail-making master classes, to plenty of drink-tastic parties and pop-ups. And to help you navigate through the week, here’s a guide on some of the best places and activities to check out. WHAT: Access to over 250 cocktails at leading bars for £4 each DETAILS: Get yourself a wristband as flashing one of these will entitle you to specially-created cocktails for £4 at all 250+ venues including The Blind Pig above Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House in Soho, Benares Bar & Lounge in Mayfair, Oskar’s Bar at Dabbous in Fitzrovia and Bread Street Kitchen in the City. You’ll also get free entry into various parties, discounts on bottles and special drink pairings at participating restaurants. WHERE: 1) London Cocktail Week Ketel One Hub, 9 Earlham Street, London, WC2H …

Tommi’s Burger Joint at The Princess of Wales

From its permanent base in Marylebone to its special appearance in Primrose Hill, Tommi’s Burger Joint returns to its once a month residency at The Princess of Wales pub after its December holiday. On the menu are a simple selection of burgers – plain, cheese, steak or veggie, with an even simpler ‘option’ of sides – skinny fries. If you’re wise, you’ll go for the meaty hunk that is the steak burger – a deliciously chunky mixture of rib-eye, rump and fillet that falls away just so beautifully. And you must accompany it with a cocktail. Try the subtle Ginger Ninja (ginger rum, lime juice, cinnamon syrup, bitters and ginger) or the new selection of skinny cocktails – a crushed ice slushie Antioxidant Boost Margarita (tequila, limeade and blueberries), Vitamin C Blast (limoncello, lemon juice and Champagne), or the Regenerator (Crème de Cassis, orange juice and Champagne). A burger, fries and cocktail costs £14. The menu is available on the third Thursday of every month from 5pm – 10.30pm. To reserve a table, call 0207 …

Must visit: Tanqueray Tea Light Lounge

What could be more warm and cosy than a room filled with the smell of delicious spiced chai? How about a room serving up Tanqueray gin cocktails, whilst filled with the smell of delicious spiced chai? Yes, that’ll do nicely. And it’s what you’ll find at the Tanqueray Tea Light Lounge behind the lantern-lit windows at Carom – a comfortable little set-up that should make you feel right at home. Try kicking back and sipping on a selection of chai-inspired, herb and spiced-infused cocktails, from the Basil Spice Collins (gin, basil, black pepper, honey, soda) and Tea Alexander (gin, Crème de Cacao Blanc, double cream, nutmeg milk, cardamom, spiced chocolate bitters) to Ginger Chilli Tipple (gin, lemon, cranberry, red chilli, ginger). All three are priced at £7.95 The pop-up is open until March 2014. Carom, 100 Wardour Street, London, W1F 0TN. caromsoho.com

Mark’s Bar is a shoe-in at Selfridges

OK, let’s say…it’s your birthday and you want to mark the occasion. A few cocktails should go down pretty well, no? Well, no. If you’re Selfridges, only a whole cocktail bar will do. Introducing Mark’s Bar, by chef and restaurateur Mark Hix, which has just set up shop in the newly-turned one year old Men’s Shoe Galleries in Selfridges. Among the cocktails on offer are the palate pick-me-up Hix Kix (Morello cherry in Somerset Apple Eau de Vie and Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004) and a festive Merry HIXmas (vodka, Cointreau, quince syrup with cinnamon and cloves). For something a little stronger, try powering up with a Moccasin Martini (Absolut vodka, Kahlua coffee liqueur, white sugar syrup and espresso) or go for broke with the Last Man Standing (Beefeater 24 London Dry gin, Antica Formula vermouth and Campari). You might want to sit down with the latter two at the end of your shopping trip though as the heady offering of drinks can make for a more expensive outing than you originally intended. But what surroundings …

Cocktail diary: Radio at ME London

WHAT’S THE DEAL?: A seriously smart and stylish rooftop bar occupying the 10th floor of former Marconi House, the old home of the BBC and now home to the ME London Hotel WHAT’S GOOD?: Pretty much everything from the eclectic cocktail menu including the sweet-with-a-kick Radio-Active (gin, kiwi, apple and nettle) to the thirst-quenching refresher AM/FM (rum, raspberry liqueur, mint, lemon and passion fruit). The summery mocktails are pretty darn good too THE OCCASION: Swanky entertaining. If you’re out to impress, this is place to do it QUIRKS AND PERKS: The view of the London cityscape is tremendous with pretty much every key London landmark in sight including St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the London Eye. The Mediterranean-inspired food menu makes for the ultimate in al-fresco dining and in the evening, to help you get though the extensive drinks menu, there are live DJs to entertain you until 3am Radio at ME London, 336-337 The Strand, WC2R 1HA. www.melia.com

Cocktail diary: 69 Colebrooke Row

WHAT’S THE DEAL?: An unassuming and intimate, café-style bar serving up some of the most innovative and meticulously concocted cocktails around. With drinks supremo Tony Conigliaro at the helm, rest assured that your palate will never get bored WHAT’S GOOD?: The latest cocktail creations. Try Red Amber, a champagne cocktail with a dash of Rooibos tea and caramelised honey liqueur, or The Rose, another champagne cocktail but with a floral hit thanks to the inspired addition of a rose essence-infused sugar cube THE OCCASION: When the ‘usual’ just doesn’t cut it. This place is a thrill for the taste buds and ideal for cocktail connoisseurs QUIRKS AND PERKS: The themed cocktail masterclasses are unmissable. Learn about the origins of classic cocktails, how to create complementary flavour combinations and gain insight into some of the more interesting techniques employed by the talented bar staff 69 Colebrooke Row, N1 8AA. www.colebrookerow.com

Cocktail diary: Mansion Bar and Parlour

WHAT’S THE DEAL?: A bar with a sense of humour and character. There are fun Victorian touches, think bowler hat light fixtures, newspaper-print wallpaper and cameo-backed high chairs that nod to the heritage of the 1890s mansion building WHAT’S GOOD?: Just work your way through the ‘Norman Lockyer’ molecular cocktails – it’ll be worth it. Try the alcoholic dessert of a strawberry jelly daiquiri or a carbonised negroni, easily one of the most drinkable negronis you’ll ever have. If you fancy something a little stronger, try an ‘Oscar Wilde’ absinthe tipple at your peril THE OCCASION: An intimate yet fun catch-up with friends QUIRKS AND PERKS: Check out your bar person’s name badge – each one has been ‘bestowed’ with a Lord or Lady title. If you want to watch the mixologists at work, park yourself right at the bar and watch them play with everything from Perlini carbonators and cola foam to caviar balls Mansion Bar & Parlour, 33-34 Barkston Gardens, SW5 0EW. www.mansionbar.co.uk