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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Keep Calm it's Cocktail O'Clock...

With Monday done and dusted, I don't know about you, but I'm feeling parched... There's nothing for it but to give into the cocktail cravings, Thursday's far too far away and as London Cocktail Week's in full swing it would be rude not to. 


So what's in store? Well for the rest of the week 200 of the best bars across London will each be offering a killer signature cocktail for a mere £4 a pop! All you have to do is buy a wristband for £15 here and you're good to go.

In addition to the cocktail drink-up trail there is a whole host of stuff going dowwwwn, including pop-ups, parties and tastings - enough to help you work up a serious thirst. 

With two hundred bars to choose from you may well be wondering where to start? Well, on this Tuesday morning, it's the Mice to the rescue! I'm going to share our 3BM top picks of the best bars in London where this week you can sip on cheap as chips cocktails and give you a sneaky peek as to what's on the menu...

East:

Beagle - cream of the crop due to this being a favourite weekend brunch spot of ours ... 'Go Bananas' with the tequila based concoction charged with a homemade pineapple cordial and pomelo soda.

Worship Street Whistling Shop - whistle your way to drunken ecstacy with the 'Loch Harport Fizz' ... Talisker 10yo, Tawny Port, lemon juice and homemade Rhubarb & Balsamic Shrub shaken with fresh egg white and topped with soda.

Satan's Whiskers: give into temptation with the 'Silver Pineapple' - Havana Club 3yo, fresh pineapple and lime juices and topped with white wine.

3 South Place Bar & Grill: if the unlimited champagne weekend brunch is anything to go by, the '
SPH Autumn' cocktail should be a sure winner - Bacardi infused with cucumber, green tea syrup, lime juice, peach bitters, cooked pear and mint leaves.

Callooh Callay - mix things up with the 'Mexican Mustard Trick' - Don Julio Blanco, shaken with Luxardo maraschino, fresh grapefruit juice and Coleman’s mustard powder.




West:

Beach Blanket Babylon: we're a sucker for their signature Porn Star Martini but could be stolen away by the oh-so-sweet-sounding 'Fig and Honey Sour Vodka' - fresh fig, acacia honey and citrus juices shaken with fresh egg white and served straight up.

The Botanist: stay true to your roots with the 'English Cosmopolitan' - Rhubarb Vodka, Cointreau mixed with cranberry juice and fresh lime.

Upstairs at the Oak: keep summer going with the 'Fresh British Sour' - Bold London Spirit, fresh raspberries, honey and lemon juice and a dash of Peychaud’s bitters.



Central:

Archer Street: 'Do you Pink I'm Sexy' ... yes I do, when you sound this darn good it's pretty hard to resist - Cocchi Rosa Vermouth with elderflower cordial, lemon juice and tonic – served in a champagne flute.

Bourne & Hollingsworth: a fav haunt of ours with teacups, granny wallpaper and cracking cocktails - 'The Rathbone' promises strong things - Rathbone Gin and sweet vermouth, shaken with Grand Marnier and lengthened with fresh pomegranate juice and served in a coupette with seasonal red currents.


Call Me Lucky: a play on the bar name withhhhh wait for it ... 'Lucky Ducky' - a concoction of Bathtub Gin, pear, blackberries, coconut water and fresh grapefruit and apple juices. Served from a punch bowl.

Chotto Matte: if you hadn't guessed by now, we're kinda in love with gin, so here's another gin-based beauty to sip-up ... 'Moshi Moshi #4' - Botanist Gin and Sake, produced using deep sea pacific spring water, married together with St Germain elderflower liqueur and lemon juice.


Riding House Cafe: our number one Espresso Martini hot spot is cheating on us with 'All The Small Things' cocktail - Stolichnaya Vanilla Vodka, Aperol, St Germain elderflower liqueur, cucumber, egg white, lemon and tonic - go on then, we'll try it ... if we have to!


North:

Made in Brasil Boteco: show your fruity Brazilian side with the 'Mango & Passionfruit Caipirinha' - Cacha├ža, muddled fresh lime, white sugar and mango & passionfruit pure served over crushed ice.

Porky's BBQ Camden: taste-test the 'Jam Julep' - Evan Williams Bourbon, raspberry syrup, blackberry syrup, plum bitters and a handful of fresh mint.

York & Albany: cosy up with the 'Pear & Chestnut Julep' cocktail - Homemade pear puree stirred with Chestnut-infused Bulliet Bourbon



South:

Mark's Bar: it doesn't get much better than the 'Tanqueray Autumnal Orchard' - Tanqueray No. TEN Gin, pressed apple juice, Martini Rosso an elderflower cordial.

Northcote Records: prolong summer with the 'Strawberry Fields' cocktail - Vodka churned over crushed ice with fresh chilli, mint, fresh lime and a dot of strawberry puree

Black & Blue Borough Market: 'Bold English Rose' promises 
bitter sweet deliciousness - an infusion of cherries, cassia, packed with sweet-and-sour cherry, spice and floral notes, mixed with elderflower cordial, fresh lemon juice and raspberries.




Bottom's up!


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