We’re not ashamed to say that our Instagram posts are still full of cocktails and what we eat – if it looks good, it looks good and seeing as many of London’s mixologists aren’t just creating cocktails but also mini works of art, we can’t help it. So we’ve rounded up 10 of London’s most Instagrammable cocktails.
What: Lubeck’s Legend
Why: Marzipan – it’s a Marmite ingredient, you either love it or you hate it. If you’re a fan though, then you need to try Lubeck’s Legend at German Gymnasium. Served with a mini Niederegger marzipan loaf, it’s made with Ketel One, Niederegger marzipan liqueur, chocolate wine (yes, it’s a thing), guanabana juice and finished with sweet cinnamon around the rim.
Where: 1 King’s Boulevard, London, N1C 4BU
Why: Refreshing, not too sweet and will look great on your feed (great dating profile) the Coral at the Beach Hut Bar pop-up is served in a vessel shaped like a fish and is’s made from Plymouth gin, tangerine, orange marmalade, sweet vermouth, agave syrup and rosemary. Be quick though, you only have until 1st September 2017 to try it out.
Where: 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP
Why: Sometimes minimal can be just as striking, take for example the Globetrotter at Connaught Bar; made from Champagne, EDV framboise, orange blossom water, purple carrot, rose petal, blackberry and buckthorn shrub, it’s served in a glass globe, naturally.
Where: Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL
What: Forbidden City
Why: To celebrate Hush’s 18th birthday, Bar Manager, Pedro Solorzano has created 18 new cocktails all inspired by the Golden Age of Travel and using ingredients and flavours from around the world. The menu takes you to the Far East and to China for the Forbidden City; served in a light bulb, as you do, it’s made from the world’s most valuable spirit, HKB baijiu, Crystal Head Aurora vodka, LBV Port and fresh grapes.
Where: 8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, London, W1S 1EY
What: Blue Moon
Why: When it comes to adventurous cocktails that look every bit as good as they taste, The Cocktail Trading Co is surely at the helm. Cocktails are served in all manner of vessels from seashells and apples to tissue boxes and in the case of the Blue Moon a mini hot air balloon. Made from Shitake Bols Geniver, sharp green tea, celery and basil sorbet and violette and topped with umami floss.
Where: 68 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6GQ
What: Coconut Old Fashioned
Why: Last time we visited The Shrub and Shutter in Brixton we had cocktails which glowed like a light up dance floor, drinks that were set down before the mixologist set fire to part of the table (if you want that one, it’s the Hateful 8) and the Coconut Old Fashioned. Giving a sweet hit to the classic, it’s served in a smoking, blow torched coconut which comes in it’s own little grate and is made from El Dorado 3 year rum, coconut water reduction, hickory angostura and orange oil.
Where: 336 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8QH,
What: Laurel & Hardy
Why: They might not look the most photogenic, but people will stop scrolling through their Insta feeds when they see these guys. As the number of straws indicator – this is one to share, unless you want the mother of all hangovers (which you don’t) and don’t mind spending £65 on one cocktail (unlikely, unless you’re doing really well). It’s made from Grey Goose vodka, lychee juice, lemon juice, gomme syrup and raspberry juice and topped with Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial N.V. Champagne.
Where: Chelsea Cloisters, 87 Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, SW3 3DW
What: Up in Smoke
Why: Made from Laphroaig Whisky, bitter lemon, lemon juice and sugar syrup, the Up in Smoke can be found at the Calvary Bar at The Rubens at the Palace. Served with a touch of theatre, in this case a dash of fire, it matches the drama of the bar which is opulent and a striking red – red floors, red walls, red chairs, far better than the red room of Jane Eyre or any other literary character.
Where: The Rubens at the Palace, Buckingham Palace Road, London
What: Mr Hyde
Why: From cocktails served with burnt marshmallows and mini puddings to cocktails in tipsy tin cans and kitsch London boxes, hidden Marylebone bar, Purl, sure knows how to create unique cocktails. One of our favourites is the Mr Hyde, arriving in billowing honey fog, it’s made from Ron Zacapa 23 and Purl’s own cola syrup which is then smoked and bottled. The result? More potion like than cocktail.
Where: 50/54 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 7HX
What: Culebra Punch
Why: The cocktails at Oriole are inspired by global travels, from Europe and Africa to the New World. You’ll find cocktails in leather bags, clay pots, drinks with pipettes and garnished with the likes of spun sugar, exotic fruits, tentacles and canapes. One of our favourites is the tropical Culebra Punch, served in a silver turtle shaped punch bowl it’s made from Barcardi 8 yr rum, Banks 5 Isalnd Rum, mangosteen and banana ale, kumquat juice, passiflora tea and ginger beer. The summer might have failed us, but this won’t.
Where: Smithfield Markets, East Poultry Avenue, EC1A 9LH
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