Weird and Wonderful Cocktails from London
With London Cocktail Week in full swing, the City is full of cocktail connoisseurs enjoying the finest new beverages crafted by the very best of the capital’s bartenders. At the same time, they can partake in cocktail masterclasses, chow down on delicious street food and party the night away to a host of DJs.
Since London Cocktail Week is all about innovation and tasty new combinations, we wanted to celebrate the weirdest and most wonderful cocktails to have ever come out of the City. Here is our selection – do you think we’ve missed any out?
In 2015, Cocktail Trading Co treated its guests to a bowl of chipsticks, accompanied by a rather large ketchup bottle. Instead of sauce, however, the bottle was filled with a drink called Snapper’s Delight. Made up of bourbon, chilli, pepper and peach jam, lemon juice and ginger, this is a particularly potent blend that will go fantastically with your old-school crisps.
The Cocktail Trading Co has been just as inventive this year, serving up the quirky Apairoteef to its willing suspects. A delicate combination of Pisco, Prosecco and a special ingredient, the drink is tasty enough if you can get past the fake teeth garnish! The confectionery dentures are placed at the base of the glass, adding a sugary touch to the cocktail and earning the drink its unusual name.
Cocktail glasses come in many shapes and sizes, but the ones at Nightjar are served in vessels shaped like cute little birds! The super-sweet drink features two different types of rum, as well as apricot brandy and papaya puree, making this an usual beverage even without our feathered friend.
This sweet, smooth cocktail aims to celebrate feminine vibes and girl power by being served in a glass shaped like a vagina! A popular drink on the menu at Untitled Bar, it feels more like a yogurt than a drink and comes hidden under a fig leaf in order to preserve its modesty. This is a drink that has to be seen to be believed.
At first glance, there might not seem to be anything all that unusual about the Something Fishy cocktail from GNH Bar. But when you discover that the vodka has been infused with salmon and dill, you will understand why this is truly an acquired taste! The vodka is combined with dry vermouth and celery bitters before being garnished with an edible flower. It might sound strange, but it is certainly a pretty drink.
London Cocktail Week seems to bring out a sense of competitiveness between the many bartenders, as each wants to create the wackiest beverage that will get them noticed. Make the most of the week by visiting as many establishments as possible, so that you can choose your favourite amongst the crazy cocktails.