Between March 10th-12th 2016, London welcomes Cocktails In The City. Twenty London bars and international venues from Amsterdam and Paris will be taking over four floors of the Grade II listed One Mayfair for London’s greatest cocktail party. The world’s best bartenders will be present a new range of signature cocktails created using some of the world’s best alcohol brands.
The official website lists Rev JW Simpson / Cahoots / Coq D’Argent / Hush / The Whip / Looking Glass Cocktail Club/ Dishoom / Powder Keg Diplomacy /The Whip / Sovereign Loss / The Whiskey Ginger / Little Red Door (Paris) / Door 74 (Amsterdam) and more as the bars which will make this weekend, a weekend to remember.
During the official Press Launch of the event, which was hosted in the beautiful Hoxton Hotel, I had the pleasure of taste testing some of the cocktails on offer. London is surely in for a treat.
In no particular order, below find a snapshot on each of the bars’ cocktails I got to taste test.
– Powder Keg Diplomacy produced their spin on the Route Gimlet which was an interesting gin based carrot flavoured cocktail. I actually felt like I was drinking something healthy.
– Deshoom offered ‘Edwina’s Affair’, a cocktail using the love triangle of English Rose, Cardamon and Gin. I really enjoyed this cocktail and the story behind it. Make sure you ask your bartender to tell you the story about it when you place your order.
– Sovereign Loss produced ‘The Winter’s End’, a spicy citruses gin based drink. I’m definitely a Gin convert since moving to the UK so I’m loving how bartenders can take Gin and create amazing cocktails which enhance the natural flavour of Gin.
– Cahoots added the entry into cocktails in the city using Mayfair Miller Gin, rose lemonade and elderflower ingredients. This was an extremely gorgeous looking cocktail and yet again, featured Gin. I helped myself to seconds of this cocktail, it was that delicious.
– The Whip using Chase Vodka (a Hertfordshire based Rhubarb Vodka) created their version of the Radler. It was definitely a favourite of the night.
– The Looking Glass offers the ‘Maker’s Baker’, a Markers Mark and La Panettone based cocktail which wasn’t my cup of tea but other guests really seemed to enjoy.
– Reverend JW Simpson has two cocktails on offer at Cocktails in the City. The ‘Stairway to Heaven’ a vanilla Sauvelle vodka based martini and the ‘Highway to Hell’, Sauvelle Vodka, mandarins and cayenne pepper. I thoroughly enjoyed the ‘Highway to Hell’ cocktail and after listening to the background on the Reverend JW Simpson, I’m going to be adding this bar to one of my ‘must visit lists’.
– The last cocktail of the night was from the Oxo Tower and was the perfect way to end the night. Their ‘Love Buzz’ used Petron Tequila, yuzo liquor, vermouth infused with strawberries and rose syrup. For those that aren’t a huge fan of tequila, this may just be the drink you need to turn that around.
Make sure you head down to Cocktails in the City. It’s a great event which lets you try all the best cocktails from bars all over London in one location. What could be easier than that?
Reporter: Tegan LeBon ¦ @Toogs1