If your regular tipple tends to come in a pint glass, it’s time to put the beer down and treat your taste buds to the splendour of cocktails!
As it is currently London Cocktail Week (running until Sunday 13th October), the skill and artistry of the cocktail is being honoured with entertaining and informative events being held in Seven Dials in the West End of London.
This Covent Garden location is ideal for the event, with its eclectic mix of brasseries, cafes, restaurants, bars and traditional English pubs. There is even a London Cocktail Week shop situated in the area, stocked with all of the essential cocktail making equipment you could possibly need.
During London Cocktail Week, elements such as masterclasses, pop-up bars, parties and tastings are taking place; with the aim of enthusing and tutoring everyone from the inexperienced to the more seasoned cocktail-making pro.
Another popular component to the week-long festivities is the infamous Cocktail Tours – involving over 150 bars in London offering £4 cocktails to customers wearing the official London Cocktail Week wristband.
The bars involved were selected due to their reputation for providing quality service and beverages; and for the overall enjoyable atmosphere experienced at each venue.
(For more information on where to purchase your wristband from for the Cocktail Tours, check out the London Cocktail Week site).
You can also find the schedule for the week’s events and tours in full on the London Cocktail Week timetable, but if you can’t make it to many (or any!) of the official celebrations, you may wish to make some of your own London Cocktail Week cocktails (taken from the diffordsguide cocktails):
- 2 shots London Dry Gin
- DOM Benedictine
- Angostura Aromatic Bitters
Stir in all of the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
The botanicals in the gin and the herbal Benedictine combine well in this drink which is balanced by the addition of bitters.
Serve your London Gypsy cocktail in a Splash Margarita Glass:
- 2 shots of London Dry Gin
- 1 shot of Martini Rosso sweet vermouth
- 1 shot of freshly squeezed orange juice
- 3 dashes of Angostura Aromatic Bitters
Shake all of the ingredients with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass.
Serve your Abbey Martini in a Specials Champagne Saucer:
Anita’s Attitude Adjuster
1/2 shot Cointreau triple sec 1/2 shot Ketel one Vodka
1/2 shot Tequila (100% agave) 1/2 shot freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 Bacardi Superior Rum 1/2 shot sugar syrup
1/2 shot London Dry Gin Top up with Brut champagne
Shake first seven ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass. Top with champagne.
Serve your Anita’s Attitude Adjustment in a Jazz Sling Glass:
Have a browse through the diverse assortment of cocktail recipes suitable for every taste suggested on diffordsguide, and team up your favourite cocktail with the corresponding glass from our extensive Cocktail Glass range – all in honour of London Cocktail Week of course!