Tag: London Cocktail Week

London Cocktail WeekYou've heard of London Cocktail Week right? Well, if you haven't it's a great, seven day celebration of all the wonderful bars, mixologists and alcohol brands in London. There are exciting things going on all over the capital and you can grab tickets (in the form of a wristband) now.

This year Cocktails in the City have teamed up with London Cocktail Week and are offering pairs of tickets to both that are just £18.

Cocktails in the City lasts for two days and this year there's Horse Meat Disco and Crazy P on the decks, posh nosh served up by London foodie scene stars Bubbledogs, and complimentary makeovers from Harvey Nichols. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Visitors might in ride away on a brand new Cocktails in the City Scooter provided by official beer partner Tsing Tao. From five star to rock star, east end to west end, a snapshot of some of the bars participating at Cocktails In The City include-

The Rivoli Bar at The Ritz, Harvey Nichols, Reverend JW Simpson, Portside Parlour, Evans and Peel Detective Agency, Powder Keg Diplomacy, Steam and Rye, Old Bengal Bar, Bourne & Hollingsworth, Trailer Happiness, as well as the soon to be launched London Cocktail Club Shoreditch, The Alchemist and Call Me Mr Lucky

London Cocktail Week & Cocktails In The City Tickets

Iconic London spirit, Beefeater Gin, is getting ready to celebrate the fourth annual London Cocktail Week at Graphic and Dabbous this week, two of the Capital’s hottest bar and dining venues. From 18:30 every day until 12 October, cocktail enthusiasts should make their way to Covent Garden’s Seven Dials where a procession of Beefeater branded cabs will be waiting to escort them (gratis) to Graphic - known for hosting the most extensive gin collection in the UK and home to the Juniper Society - or Dabbous, one of the most prestigious restaurants.

Every passenger will receive tickets entitling them to a free Beefeater Gin cocktail, redeemable until 21:30. Why not Paint the Town Red at Graphic with a zesty cocktail served in kooky paint tins, devised by Tim Stones, Beefeater’s cocktail aficionado. At Dabbous, if you’ve had a hard day at work, prepare to be brought back to life with a truly deep and fruity cocktail – The Reincarnation – again prepared exclusively for London Cocktail Week.

But that’s not all Beefeater is offering this week. For a chance to win a bottle of Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve and a VIP tour of the London distillery’s new visitor centre, opening early 2014, London Cocktail Week visitors should tweet a picture of their gin cocktail to @BeefeaterLondon - cheers!

Especially this afternoon at 18.30 (Thursday 10 October), Beefeater Gin and Graphic will be hosting an exclusive Cocktail Masterclass led by global brand ambassador, Tim Stones. The hour-long class will reveal some top bartender tips and teach attendees how to make London bar quality gin cocktails at home. Everyone attending the Cocktail Masterclass will also receive a goody bag.

 

models own green nail varnishMidori melon liqueur has teamed up with Models Own to create a limited edition set of nail varnishes. To celebrate, the brand will be launching the set at London Cocktail Week by pairing up delicious cocktails with fabulous nails at Foundation Bar, Covent Garden from 10th- 12th October 2013.

Every woman knows that manicures go hand in hand with a fun night with friends, so to celebrate the collaboration with Models Own, Midori is treating customers of the Foundation Bar to a free manicure at its pop up station and the chance to sample delicious cocktails made with the liqueur from 17:30 – 21:30 each night.

Guests of the My Midori Manicure pop up will be able to choose from the three glam shades of green featured in the limited edition set, and what’s more the varnishes are melon scented, making the manicure smell as good as a Midori cocktail tastes.

Each night, Midori is also offering a free set of varnishes, worth £15, to the first 100 customers who buy the Melon Ball cocktail (£9) or Melon Teapot (Teapot sharer cocktail £30) which have been specially created by Foundation Bar for London Cocktail Week.

Foundation Bar is a short walk from Covent Garden underground station – 5 Langley Street, London, WC2H 9JA.

The limited edition My Midori Models Own set will retail at £15 from www.modelsownit.com

From the end of October 2013.

If you are anything like us you will love making cocktails at home. However you will well know what expenses come into play when you have to keep buying different spirits, strange mixers and gommes and alike.

With London Cocktail Week in full swing it's no doubt you're picking up a ton of inspiration for your mixing at home but we thought it might help if you had a list of those essential items that should always be stocked in any cocktail cabinet.

Luckily The Cocktail Lovers, party of Seven Dial's Cocktail Week pop ups helped us out.

Sandrae Lawrence founder of Cocktail Lovers says:

People get daunted by setting up a home bar because they think they have to splash out on expensive kit and fancy spirits. Our advice is to keep it simple. All you really need is your favourite spirit and as long as you have a bag of caster sugar to make ‘gomme’ aka sugar syrup (equal parts sugar and water), plus citrus fruit, you can make the base for many classic cocktail recipes.

Use two measures of your preferred spirit, one measure of gomme, three-quarters of a measure of freshly-squeezed lemon juice for a sour (add egg white for extra body, a few dashes of Angostura bitters for more complexity); top basic recipe (minus egg white) with soda water and you have a Collins; replace lemons for lime, add rum and you have a Daiquiri; ditch the gomme and add Cointreau, tequila and lime and you have a Margarita. All easily made at home in a Kilner jar, using an egg cup as your measure – job done.

So to cover the basics:

Lemon & Lime
Caster Sugar
Angostura Bitters
Soda Wat
Rum
Cointreau
Tequila

One preferred spirit if not mentioned above.

The Cocktail Lovers (www.thecocktaillovers.com) will be at The Monkey Shoulder DIY Drinks Kitchen next Wednesday 8:00pm teaching people how to make cocktails at home - tickets available from  http://www.diffordsguide.com/london-cocktail-week.

 

WJ Cocktail Week Bar CrawlLondon Cocktail Week is about to be upon us and Seven Dial shave a whole host of things going on to celebrate our most favourite kind of drink! The Cocktail!

Here is our guide to a London Cocktail Week bar and events crawl that you won't have to leave the area for! We've made you a handy little map and everything!

Midday :

Know your Martini at Belvadere's Martini Bar. It's always best to start with a drink that's as pure as possible we feel if you're heading out for some serious cocktail tasting. Find out how to make the perfect Martini in perfectly glamorous surroundings.

1pm :

Again sticking with the more sensible drinks for the start of the day get yourself to the Bartenders Lounge at the Euphorium Bakery - you can pop into the bakery and get yourself some sustenance for your journey too! Here you can learn the art of, and try the perfect Bloody Mary or Red Snapper.

1.30pm:

Top us on that stodge to get you through the afternoon at restaurant, Rossopomodoro, 50-52 Monmouth Street. They are offering 20% off to wristband wearers.

2.30pm :

Head to the Monkey Shoulder Drinks Kitchen where you can pop into their kitchen cupboards and drawers and make yourself your own bespoke cocktail! There will be experts on hand to help of course - not that you'll need it. 53 Monmouth Street.

3pm :

Grab a gin and some snacks at the Portobello Road Gin Parlour. They'll be serving authentic gin cocktails and British food. 42 Earlham Street.

4pm :

Try the Novotel's Spin to Win Parasol, you won't need to be here long (outside the Diner at 190 Shaftesbury Ave), just long enough to spin the parasol and potentially win a European weekend away.

5pm :

Maybe time for cocktail pudding perhaps? Head to the Maison Triumph pop up on 26-28 Neal Street to sample their Salted Caramel Vodka.

6pm :

Grab a 2-4-1 dinner at Wildwood Kitchen, 2a Monmouth Street. (Excludes Sat)

7pm:

Get the sickliness out of your mouth with a Disaronno Sour at the Disaronno Sour Station no less to be found outside the Sassoon Salon, 45a Monmouth Street.

9pm :

Grab a Beefeater Taxi free of charge to carry on your journey of cocktail mayhem in another part of London! Outside 26 Monmouth Street.

What's that? No? You want to stay and carry on the party? Oh alright then, here are your after hours options :

The Seven Dials Club - open until midnight at 42 Earlham Street. The club has different themed events each night.

If you visit on the 9th you can go and spend the evening at Hotel Chocolat with Diplomatico Rum, fine wine and chocolate pairing. 26-28 Neal Street.

If you visit on the 10th you can have a gentleman's evening at Langley's No 8 Gentleman's Evening pop up featuring G&T's, shaves and suit consultations.

Wristbands for London Cocktail Week are only £10 if you book in advance and you can find them here.