26.09.2014

Sauce Loves… London Cocktail Week


It’s Friday again, Hurray! This week we are looking ahead to London Cocktail Week. Running from the 6th-12th October the event allows us to indulge in our favourite tipple for 7 days straight. Just make sure you make it into work at least once!

A drink superior to most others, the good old cocktail actually originated in 18th Century London (Sorry America, but we’re taking this one).

Flaming, muddled, shaken, stirred, mixologists across the capital are coming up with even more epic creations for this event.

Wristbands priced at £10 will get you £4 speciality cocktails and a tour of the main bars participating in the event. They will need to be picked up at participating hubs and can purchased here.

Below are some bars not be missed during the week:

””WARNING: Serious cocktail envy ahead””

Great Northern Hotel Bar

Great Northern Hotel Bar

The grandeur of this King’s Cross hotel is striking, but the real magic will be happening at the bar during London Cocktail Week. The GNH BAR will be creating outstanding cocktails during the week and their Smoked Plum Martini is priced at just £4 with a wrist band! It includes Konik’s Tail Vodka stirred with Umeshu – Plum Wine, home-made cherry syrup, smoked Antica Formula and a few dashes of Plum bitters. Expect the wow factor with this one.

Bluebird in Chelsea

Bluebird Chelsea

Cointreau lovers unite, this triple sec classic is sponsoring the South West London hub, located within the Bluebird. The courtyard of the popular Chelsea restaurant will be offering complimentary cocktail sampling of the weeks signature drink: The Cointreau Fizz. Wristbands can also be collected from the restaurant.

                 Big Easy

Big Easy London Cocktail Week

What happens when an all American restaurant and a traditional Scottish whisky come together. Amazing things, that’s what. The New Orleans bread & butter pudding is an exclusive throughout the week, and includes a brown-butter & Glenfarclas Whiskey caramel sauce and candied almonds flakes. It’s not strictly a cocktail, but priced at £7 , there’s no better way to satisfy those alcohol induced munchies. Mojito Slushies are also available if you’re looking for a cocktail with your pudding!

Flesh and Buns

Flesh and Buns London Cocktail Week Flesh and Buns

Flesh and Buns might not be the first place that springs to mind for cocktails, but it should definitely be on your list. Enjoy a Hokuto Sour with a wristband, it pairs perfectly with their pork bun.

 City Social

City Social Bar London Cocktail Week

 Enjoy a $Dollar Shake cocktail at the bar at City Social (newly awarded with a Michelin Star!). A delicious mix of Diplomatico Anjeo Rum, split milk, chocolate yoghurt and a hint of walnut, all to be enjoyed in front of City Social’s breathtaking view. Made by genius mixologist Gareth Evans, this is one stop not to be missed…

LIMA Floral

LIMA Floral London Cocktail Week

Peruvian restaurant LIMA Floral,  is hosting the Difford’s Guide Pisco Punch pop-up. The Difford’s Guide crew will be shaking up delicious Pisco Punch cocktails, topped with champagne for just £4 for LCW wristband wearers. Come to Lima Floral and experience the best cocktails in London Cocktail Week!

Hotel Cafe Royal 

London Cocktail Week Cocktail Cafe royalll

This hotel is steeped in history and their Green Bar is offering a range of vibrant cocktails during the week.  The Peruvian Lady, Spotlight and Thai Lady are exclusives the event. The Spotlight (pictured) contains Pampero Especial coco beans infused, Tianum Montepulciano red wine, Dark Crème de Cacao, fresh lime juice and honey syrup.

Other must taste cocktails during the week include:

Avenue Restaurant

Old Victorian: A British take on the Mojito. Fino Sherry mixed with elderflower liqueur, lemon, peach puree and mint – a cocktail to keep the summer alive!

 Old Bengal Bar

Gin Spot Sour: The Botanist Gin, lemon juice and fresh egg white, shaken with fresh passion fruit and sugar syrup. Served short on the rocks

 STK

The Figue Martini:
 Woodford Reserve Bourbon, goji berry liqueur, creme de figue, gomme and lengthened with cranberry juice.

The Blind Pig

 Gin Quininey, Gin Quininey, Gin Gin Yuzu: A bottled cocktail consisting of Portobello Road Gin, Yuzu cordial, green tea, malic acid and tonic bitters.

 Cucina Asselina

 Marancini: Martini Rosso, Martini Extra Dry, Bombay Sapphire gin and freshly squeezed orange juice.