Remember, remember, the fifth of November, long drink, cocktail or shot. Or something like that. Because today is not only a time to celebrate the fact that parliament wasn’t blown to smithereens in an audacious terrorist plot, but also a chance for bars to flog loosely Guy Fawkes night themed cocktails. So sit back and set your bonfire night off to a real bang.
Put a rocket under your bonfire night by heading to Quaglino’s. The subterranean restaurant might, admittedly, lack a view of the actual fireworks, but who cares when there’s this cocktail on hand? The Rocket is part of Quaglino’s ‘The Science Of Sustainability’ menu, exploring environmental issues, but tonight it’s all about bonfire night relevant cocktail The Rocket. The drink is formed of Johnny Walker Blue Label, coconut soga, enoki, oleo saccharum and Islay Perfume.
Where: 16 Bury Street, London, SW1Y 6AJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.3 miles)
The ultimate royalists, given their position slap-bang opposite Buckingham Palace, The Rubens at The Palace must surely be expected to celebrate Guy Fawkes night with gusto. And, indeed, they are with a special bonfire night cocktail from the hotel’s expert mixologist team at The New York Bar have created a flaming cocktail. The Gunpowder Plot cocktail is made from Linkwood whisky, shaken, with double strength rooibos tea, peychaud aromatic bitters and Dows port. This is all served on crushed ice with a burnt cinnamon garnish. And then set on fire.
Where: 39 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0PS
Nearest station: London Victoria (0.2 miles)
The Sanderson are celebrating Bonfire Night with their own The Gunpowder Plot cocktail. Head to Long Bar and order a bonfirey special of Monkey Shoulder whisky with a Briottet banana liqueur base and, in true Guy Fawkes style, topped off with a flame.
Where: 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Goodge Street (0.4 miles)
We’re sure we’ve seen the LIMA Negroni at The Lost Alpaca before, but it’s been repackaged as a bonfire night cocktail and we don’t blame them; it’s perfect for the celebration. The neon colours and flames make it a positive firework itself. Including Bozal Mezcal, Campari, Cynar and Dolin sweet vermouth, it’s well worth a sip.
Where: 14 Garrick Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9BJ
Blind Spot, at St Martin’s Lane Hotel, have created a bonfire night special in the form of Pepperworks. The cocktail is designed to spice things up, and is a combo of Bombay Sapphire Gin, Cointreau, red peppers and a little vanilla syrup. Alternatively, there’s the Hot-Spot, a fiery blend of Maker’s Mark whiskey, chai tea syrup and falernum liqueur. Both will have you hotter than the Ally Pally bonfire.
Where: 45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 4HX