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.
Bond Street (0.5 miles)
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
Bond Street (0.3 miles)
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
The Cocktail Trading Co
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: 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: 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
Green Park (0.1 miles)
What: Treasure Chest
Why: They say that the old ones are always the best and what better than a Treasure Chest to share at Mahiki? The sharing chest comes with straws for eight suckers and combines ample helpings of brand, peach liqueur, shaken with lime and sugar and topped with a bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne. You’ll be grabbing your phone to immortalise the arrival given it comes lit up by indoor fireworks!
Where: Mahiki, Dover Street, London
What: Artillery Punch
Why: If you like your night to go with a bang then Artillery Punch from cocktail masters Nightjar is the perfect option, it comes in a grenade alongside a smoking artillery piece teapot! The supremely Insta-friendly drink includes Hendricks gin, Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof rum, Benedictine, sultan tea, fresh lime and bee pollen.
Where: 129 City Rd, EC1V 1JB
Green Park (0.2 miles)
What: The Photographer
Why: Focus in on this one, a cocktail masquerading as a camera lens, replete with a reem of photo negative (Instagrammers will have to look up what this is). The Photographer includes Chase Marmalade mixed with Cointreau, fresh lemon juice, mango juice, fresh strawberries, fresh blackberries, homemade raspberry syrup and a few drops of Donovan bar Bitters. Say cheese!
Where: Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BP
First Aid Box
What: Brockwell Park Bramble
Why: First Aid Box in Herne Hill have come up with a suitably medical looking cocktail to fit the name of one of London’s most creative bars with the Brockwell Park Bramble. The cocktail features Whitley Neill gin, Maraschino, vitamin C, fructose, plum bitters and a syringe of blood (Chambord).
Where: 119 Dulwich Rd, Herne Hill, London SE24 0NG
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