5 Cocktails You Need to Drink This WeekBy Rosie Crossman
Whether you are planning on leaving the country because the election is making you feel blue, or you are thanking Buddha for UKIP’s crushing defeat, sit back with a cocktail this week. There’s lots of great new pop-ups in London – try some of these masterful concoctions whatever the weather:
The Drink: Hemingway Daiquiri – White Rum, Fresh Lime Juice, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Maraschino Liqueur.
The Story: Like many prime square metres of rooftops in London, Queen of Hoxton is now open year round. Their summer offering is Smokin’ Graciela’s Rooftop, which celebrates the infamous cigar-smoking Cuban diva. Step back to the 50’s, to indulge in faded Havana glamour and sip rum! Watch out for the Rooftop Film Club, a much loved film series returning for a 5th year.
Where: Queen of Hoxton Rooftop, 1 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX
The Drink: Surfside Punch, Camomile Infused Snow Queen Vodka, Lanson White Champagne, Grapefruit Juice, Grenadine, Pomegranate Juice.
The Story: Complete with its very own lighthouse, bowling alley and shuffleboard, Skylounge brings a slice of the Cape Cod to the City. So lubricate your best American twang, munch the lobster mac and cheese and gaze out over London Bridge.
Where: Double Tree by Hilton, 7 Pepys Street, London, Ec3N 4AF
The Drink: Glitterati (£10) Tea Infused Gin, Lemon, Egg White, Cinnamon Glitter.
The Story: Take the girls out to this new cocktail bar, a stones throw from Oxford Circus. Relax, imbibe and sample a steak sandwich or two and sip on. If you are feeling adventurous try Britain,s first Airdiem. The concept is half way between a shisha pipe and an e-cigarette, replacing tobacco for essential oils.
Where: 31 Duke Street, W1U 1LG
The Drink: Fizzazzle (£9.75) A tin filled with Absolut Vodka, Passion Fruit and Peach, topped up with Bubbly.
The Story: Foundation Bar is a mad hatter, an establishment that is more akin to a festival than a bar. Careful, you may feel an urge to steal the tables built out of Lego and the menus encased in old record sleeves. Watch out for the charming waiter who wears J.K Rowling’s Dark Mark proudly on his forearm, Head down to sip a Fizzazzle, the cheapest shoulder rub in town.
Where: Foundation Bar, 5 Langley Street, WC2H 9JA.
5. For a Homemade Tipple: The Blue Lagoon
50ml Blue Curacao
Pour the Ciroc and Blue Caracao into a shaker with ice, shake and strain into highball glasses. Top up with lemonade and garnish with a cherry.
The Story: Bring back the 60s this summer with the electric Blue Lagoon. Use Ciroc Vodka, which is no ordinary fermented plonk, it is a clear pool of elixir. Those who consider vodka to be a neutral, often dull, memory numbing and throat burning substance, try Ciroc. Smooth, clean as a whistle and utterly sippable when left to become syrupy in the freezer.