Dish of the Day: How to… join in London’s biggest cocktail party
It couldn’t be simpler really, all you have to do is register for a £10 wristband and you’re in. That’s the easy part, where the difficulty comes in is deciding which of 100 or so masterclasses, tastings, pop-up bars and parties to frequent during the seven day shindig running from 7 to 13 October.
Some events are free and guaranteed to be popular, like the Know Your Martini sessions running daily at the glamorous Belvedere Martini Bar, and the D.I.Y. Drinks Drop-In where you can turn up during the day and make your own cocktails under the supervision of the experts at Monkey Shoulder whisky. Complimentary cocktail samplings from the likes of Sailor Jerry’s rum, Averna liqueur, Fever-Tree tonic and Disaronno will definitely go down a treat too.
But we advise mixing things up and parting with some cash for a few of the fantastic one-off events taking place. Top picks? Too many to mention but just to show off the variety of the jam-packed schedule we’ll pick out the Quintessentially Vodka and Sushi Pairing in the plush setting of private member’s club, Crazy Bear – a bargain at £35 for three cocktails matched with top-notch bites.
Or how about an hour-long cruise onboard the Disco Volante with two Vestal Vodka cocktails for £25? For the history buffs, there’s the Shake Rattle and Stir Bar Tour taking in the life and times of gin cocktails accompanied by five drinks, all for £50. On the foodie front, China Tang at the Dorchester Hotel will be offering a three-course Asian-inspired lunch with a choice of cocktail for £20, and those with a sweet tooth can get their sugar rush at Callooh Callay where vintage candy, chocolate and whisky come together in fine style in The Candy Store upstairs.
More expensive but definitely a snip at the price is the Luxury Trinity Dinner at Hutong on Level 33 of The Shard. For £95 you’ll get four courses matched with cocktails made with the premium Zacapa XO rum, Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky and Don Julio tequila. Other recommendations include a G&T and Shave at Murdock London, tours of Sipsmith distillery, a night of disco drinks and disco dancing at where else but Disco. And Ciroc after parties at Mahiki and Bodo Schloss.
All this and £4 cocktails at participating London bars – trust us, this is one party you won’t want to miss. Most of the action takes place in and around the Seven Dials area of Covent Garden but bars all over London will be joining in the fun.
For more information visit www.londoncocktailweek.com
The Cocktail Lovers say…
Join us on Wednesday 9 as we shake up Monkey Shoulder whisky cocktails for you to make at home, all using regular kitchen kit. At the Monkey Shoulder D.I.Y. Kitchen, tickets cost £20 and include four, yes four cocktails. Book at www.londoncocktailweek.com
This week we’re loving…
‘The Drunken Cookbook’ by Milton Crawford. The pint-sized book is packed with a selection of recipes for booze-induced munchies, ranging from Quick Cous-Cous Chicken to Baked Camembert with rosemary and thyme. Published by Square Peg at Random House, priced £7.99. www.vintage-books.co.uk.London Cocktail Week, London Cocktail Week 2013
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