Every season, the drinks lists of the capital’s restaurants get a refresh, and of course London’s thirsty are more than happy to try out these new tipples. Now that summer is on the horizon, we’ve scoured London to bring you our pick of the best new cocktail menus in the capital.
Words: Eamonn Crowe
The American Bar at The Savoy, Covent Garden
What: The American Bar has welcomed imbibers from all over the country (and the world) and now it’s travelling around the UK with its new Coast to Coast cocktail menu. We love the look of the Kentish-inspired Oast House Fizz, a fruity, aromatic mix of Bombay Sapphire gin, Cocchi Rosa vermouth and pineapple syrup, served in a terrarium.
Where: The Savoy, Strand, WC2R 0ET
How much: £18
The Cocktail Trading Company, Brick Lane
What: The 1920s was an extravagant decade, so it’s just as well that this cocktail bar (which is inspired by the era) serves some truly wacky sips. Just take a look at the Blue Moon, from its new menu, which combines Shitake Bols Genever, green tea, celery and basil sherbet. The best bit? The drink comes served in a mini hot-air balloon, topped with an edible marshmallow cloud.
Where: 68 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GQ
How much: £9.50
Gong at The Shard, London Bridge
What: The new menu from sky-high Gong is inspired by legendary film directors, and aptly named Director’s Cut. For the truly daring, there’s the Steven Spielberg-inspired Fear The Jungle: BarSol Quebranta Pisco, banana, pineapple skin sherbet, lime and chocolate in an ivy-covered highball. Why so daring? Well, it does come with an edible scorpion on the side.
Where: 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 90U
How much: £18
Perilla, Stoke Newington
What: Neighbourhood restaurant Perilla is teaming up with cocktail pro Anya Montague for a two-week collaboration. The sips were created with Perilla’s ever-evolving small plates menu in mind, and include the Purslane, made with Napue gin, sherry, pickled sea purslane and homemade vermouth.
Where:1-3 Green Lanes, Newington Green, N16 9BS
How much: £8
Punch Room at The London Edition, Fitzrovia
What: This quirky Punch Room menu draws inspiration from the five ingredients traditionally used to make punch (spirit, water and tea, citrus, sugar and spice) and features 30 new punches, including Boston Club Punch with Ruinart Champagne, Hennessy, and Havana 3 Rum, and the Punch a la Diable: tea, Bacardi 8 rum, lemon and orange sherbet, pepper and redcurrant (pictured).
Where: 10 Berners Street, W1T 3NP
How much: £14 per punch bowl
Ray’s Bar, Dalston
What: This relatively young (it only opened last year) underground hideaway makes for a cool drinking den. Its new seasonal cocktail menu includes summery sips such as Monkey Tennis: a combination of Monkey 47 gin, Mastika liqueur, lime, grapefruit sherbets and soda.
Where: 95 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB
How much: £10
St James Bar, St James’s
What: This bijou bar has launched six serves inspired by the capital’s colourful history. We like the look of the Jekyll and Hyde, a contrasting mix of fruity and sour. The sip combines tea-infused gum syrup, vermouth, Angostura bitters and lime juice, and comes served in a double glass, mimicking the split personality of the famous villain.
Where: Sofitel London St James, 6 Waterloo Place, SW1Y 4AN
How much: £16
If that wasn’t enough for you, plan a drinking safari around the capital with our pick of the best cocktail bars in London.
This article was published 9 May 2017