It is all well and good ordering a mojito every time you go out drinking. It is a classic cocktail that is universally loved. However, sometimes the liver craves something a little different – something a bit more unique and interesting. Fortunately, there is no shortage of weird and wonderful drinks in the hundreds of bars that pepper the streets of London. The hard bit is knowing which of these drinking dens will provide you with the exotic tipple you so desire. So, I have compiled a list of the best cocktails in London and where to find them.
Alice @ Lost and Found
This colossal cocktail is made to share but I’m sure there are some people who have tackled it solo. The drink is served in a steel top hat and contains all kinds of interesting ingredients like rose water and sparkling wine. What better way to catch up with old friends than over booze in a hat?
Filthy Martini @ Duck and Waffle
It is really hard to just choose one wild cocktail from the Duck and Waffle menu. Their entire menu is made up of drinks filled with bizarre ingredients. Yet, the Filthy Martini has to be the strangest, containing whole grain mustard & Branston Pickle distillates. Not only that but the drink is served over an oyster. Not your typical bevvy by any stretch of the imagination!
Amsterdam Cocktail @ Nightjar
Once again, just choosing one cocktail to feature from Nightjar was a challenge. The Amsterdam Cocktail is a fascinating drink that features tulip essence, ale & hemp syrup and poppy & cinnamon. It is topped off with gouda foam, which is what I assume gave it its Dutch name. If you are feeling really adventurous, there are other drinks of the menu that contain things like cornflake smoke, sriracha and devil’s claw root (whatever that is).
Gringo @ Opium
For most people, a Gringo is a foreigner somewhere in Latin America. In Opium it has a slightly different meaning. This uber-rich cocktail is definitely a one-off kind of thing but is well worth trying once in your life. The three ingredients are opium coffee tequila, double cream and dark chocolate. You’ve probably gained a few calories just by thinking about it.
Shop Credit @ The Shop
Credit to the Shop for coming up with this fruity delight. Taking a step away from the quirky ingredients found in some of the other cocktails in this list, the Shop Credit contains pomegranate, passion fruit, elderflower, apple juice, prosecco and Babicka vodka. Light, fizzy and delicious, I thoroughly recommend having a couple of these next time you hit the town.
Szechuan Ce Soir @ Callooh Callay
Of course, it makes sense to end on something weird and the Szechuan Ce Soir cocktail at Callooh Callay fills that quota. With an acclaimed cocktail menu, I encourage everyone to try at least something at Callooh Callay, even if you’re not brave enough to go for the Szechuan. This fiery drink mixes Fernet Branca and vodka with raspberry vinegar, Szechuan pepper, fennel seed and lemon. Not for the light-hearted.
Which is your favourite? Do you have a contender that should make the list of the Best Cocktails in London? Please leave a comment below.
Main Image Credit: Cocktails courtesy of Hello Magazine
Image Credit: Lost and Found Bar courtesy of Lost and Found
Image Credit: Filthy Martini courtesy of The Drinks Business
Image Credit: Amsterdam Cocktail courtesy of Imgrum.org
Image Credit: Gringo Cocktail courtesy of DesignMyNight.com
Image Credit: Shop Credit Cocktail courtesy of Curls and Cake
Image Credit: Callooh Callay courtesy of Grapevine London