London Cocktail Week is back for its fifth consecutive year! Seven days dedicated to sampling some of the capital’s finest cocktails? Now that’s a festival we can all get on board with.
There are pop-ups, parties, master classes and talks taking place in 200 bars all over town from October 6-12. With so much on offer, it can get a bit confusing but fortunately for you, dear reader, help is at hand. Haute Time has the done hard work for you: read on for the low-down on five of our favourite venues to head to for a classy cocktail session. Get ready to say goodbye to a sober October…
On Wednesday 8 October 2014, Brazilian themed club Cocobananas, in Battersea, will be partnering with Leblon Cachaca and Brazilian Bikini Brand Kinky Octopus, to throw a special South American soiree to celebrate London Cocktail Week.
Guests on arrival will be welcomed with a soundtrack of Brazilian music mash-ups and a complimentary and especially made Leblon Cachaca cocktail. They will then be invited to browse the Brazilian bikini selection on offer, in both Kinky Octopus pop-up capsule store, as well as on real life models (no we can’t confirm if they too are Brazilian), before enjoying a night of bossa nova beats and samba style dancing.
During London Cocktail Week 2014 the Pisco Bar at LIMA Floral is hosting the Pisco Punch Bar in partnership with Difford’s Guide and the Peru Trade & Investment Office - UK. Expect to see cocktail expert Simon Difford showcase the best of Peru’s national spirit, Pisco.
Don’t miss the Pisco Punch - a unique Peruvian Pisco blend, pineapple juice, orange juice, lemon juice and clove, topped up with champagne.
The LIMA Floral bar menu of Peruvian small plates, known as ‘piqueos’ - designed by executive chef, Robert Ortiz, - is on offer for those looking for a light bite with their cocktails.
This year boutique 80s club Maggie’s, in Chelsea, has partnered with equally as kitsch, retro alcohol brand, Malibu, to celebrate LCW with a Malibu Beach Party tomorrow ( Wednesday 8 October).
Panicking that summer is over? Worried that those Hawaiian swim shorts have had their last laugh? Well, fear not, because e sun is shining, weather is sweet at Maggie’s, and some of Malibu’s new cocktails are going to make you want to move your dancing feet.
Guests will be welcomed to the club with flower garlands, beach hats and sun glasses, then once suitably kitted out will be invited to take part in a plethora of party games, from Limbo competitions to Coconut Shys.
To give guests the wave of confidence they need to participate, there will of course be a fantastic selection of classic cocktails available, such as the all time, ultimate beach party pick-me-up, the Pina Colada, as well as a selection of the brand new Malibu Watering Can cocktails, that will be being launching at the club, on the night.
This year to mark LCW Mr Fogg’s has decided to turn their classic, Victorian Tipsy Tea offering on its head, with the introduction of a new bottomlesstea serve - giving guests the opportunity to re-fill their alcohol filled tea pots as many times as they drain them, within their two hour booking. Refreshing libations include 1840 (a zingy blend of Earl Grey-infused Tanqueray No. TEN Gin, Cointreau, crème de pêche and orange marmalade), and Woburn Abbey (a refreshing mix of English breakfast tea-infused Tanqueray No. TEN with crème de bergamot, lemon juice and bee pollen sugar).
For those who prefer an indulgent champagne cocktail with their tea, sample the Anna Maria Russell, made with Tatratea liqueur, sloe gin, lemon bitters, and topped with Ruinart Champagne or Belvoir Castle, a light concoction of Tanqueray No. TEN-infused jasmine tea with rose liqueur, pomegranate juice, cherry purée topped with Ruinart Champagne and a mist of Harry Brompton’s Iced tea.
The Rivoli Bar at The Ritz London
Last but by no means least look to The Ritz London where a cocktail created to mark an exclusive collaboration between DISARONNO and Versace will be available exclusively at The Rivoli Bar until Christmas 2014.
The DISARONNO VERSACE Sour cocktail blends the unmistakable flavours of DISARONNO with the sour notes of lime and bitter Vermouth, sparkling Prosecco and – in true Versace style – the bold blue colour of Curacao. The final result is a dramatic blue and gold cocktail garnished with real gold leaf.
This show-stopping cocktail was created by DISARONNO Brand Ambassador, Rod Eslamieh, to honour the collaboration between two Italian legends: DISARONNO, the world’s favourite Italian liqueur, and one of the world’s finest Italian fashion houses, Versace.