Tag: Vodka

Samarkand, the first Uzbek destination restaurant in London, has announced a schedule of free cocktail masterclasses launching this week. Called #TillTheLastDrop, the series has been devised by Bar and Restaurant Manager at the Silk Road inspired venue, Fabio Immovilli.

Immerse yourself in exotic flavour combinations amidst glamorous surroundings while you discover the provenance behind some of the world’s most classic cocktails alongside contemporary interpretations. Open to cocktail lovers, industry experts and journalists, each free event will be joint hosted by an exciting drinks brand currently leading the way in drink innovation. At every tasting, you’ll learn all the trade secrets from the professionals that will see you mixing the perfect creation in no time at all.

The #TillTheLastDrop series kicks off this Wednesday with an evening hosted by George Clooney’s Casamigos Tequila  Brand Ambassador and renowned mixologist Sam Plummer. As well as the masterclass, guests will explore the history of tequila and mescal whilst enjoying four distant margarita expressions (£6.50 each) designed by Fabio and his team.

You can join The #TillTheLastDrop masterclass series on:

Tuesday 28th February, 7pm – 9pm

Fat Tuesday – Vodka Masterclass with Vestal’s William Borrell

Also known as Shrove Day or Mardi Gras Day, Fat Tuesday is a traditional day of indulgence ahead of Lent. Samarkand invite you to join them for an evening of libatious hedonism and to discover new vodkas hitting the UK this year.

The Vestal Vodka masterclass will be hosted by founder and owner William Borrell who will open the evening with the history of vodka and the brand. A Vestal sharpener will get taste buds flowing, followed by a look at the new premium vodka range. Samarkand have designed a dedicated Vestal Vodka menu for the evening for only £6.50 per cocktail.

For that little something extra on Fat Tuesday, Samarkand’s kitchen will be treating guests to servings of the on-trend ‘paczki’ (polish donuts) that have foodies queuing around the block from bakeries in the States.

For those who would like to extend their stay after the class, guests can continue their gastronomic journey in the restaurant or sample the new signature cocktails in the stunning Silk Road bar.

More events to announced in the coming weeks. Book your place on one of these cocktail adventures online (www.samarkand.london) or by phone at 020 3871 4969.

Samarkand, 33 Charlotte St London W1T 1RR enquires@samarkand.london


babickaBohemia cocktail tour London

Babička’s Bohemia is a new enchanting cocktail tour leading guests through the ancient realms of the Kingdom of Bohemia, its heroines, witches and wormwood. Babička Vodka, the original wormwood Vodka, is hosting a mystical tour round some of East London’s finest cocktail dens, punctuated by delicious cocktails and stimulating prose. Inspired by Czech history, a group will learn of the rich background surrounding Bohemia, the Babičkas (old grandmothers/witches) of the Hapsburg dynasty and the enhancing medicinal properties of thujone found in wormwood.

Hosted by a real-life Babička, the tour will be a light-hearted and engaging insight into the birthplace of Babička Vodka, the Czech Republic and all its fables and folklore.

Launching with two dates, the 3rd and the 10th of December, guests will be treated to 4 bespoke cocktails from top East London bars including Portside Parlour and Loves Company and Ninety Eight Bar

Tickets are priced at £25 a head and include 3 bespoke cocktails, the walking tour (no longer than 5 minutes between bars) and a special Babicka gift to take home.

Dates: Wednesday 3rd of December and Wednesday 10th of December

Times: 6.30pm – 8.45pm

Cocktail bars: To include Portside Parlour and Loves Company and Ninety Eight bar in Shoreditch.

To book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/babickas-bohemia-mystical-cocktail-tour-tickets-14470741377

Winter rooftop vodka bar

Skylounge, the stunning rooftop bar atop the DoubleTree Hilton in Tower Hill, has announced the arrival of Valhalla Vodka Bar, a cosy, winter residency on the outdoor terrace, which overlooks Tower Bridge, The Shard and The Gherkin. 

Launching on 25th November, the Valhalla Vodka Bar will offer city dwellers and pilgrimaging guests alike a relaxing atmosphere, vodka cocktails and wholesome, Scandi-style food. A winter overhaul has given the stunning terrace weatherproof roofing, heaters and sheepskin throws. Traditional Viking belongings, animal skins, and even views of the fjords will further amplify the theme, along with the name which directly translates in to 'heaven' in Viking tongue.  For those still feeling the chill, warming mugs of mulled wine will be just the ticket, or perhaps a glass of hot apple cider served in an urn. Elsewhere, bespoke winter cocktails (with authentic Viking names!) have been developed by Snow Queen Vodka, a premium organic vodka, which are sure to warm you as you guzzle. Choose between Glapsvidr (a fruity serve with Aperol, passion fruit puree and apple juice), Ginnarr (the zingy one, with orgeat, lime juice, passion fruit and pineapple juice), or Hrafnass (a floral creation with lavender syrup, blueberry syrup, lime, apple juice and soda).


Wholeheartedly embracing the Vikings’ way of doing things and the ‘hunter gatherer’ ethos, Valhalla Vodka Bar food offerings will be hearty, wholesome and meat-heavy. Customers can expect marinated meats, hunks of artisan bread and cheeses sourced from Scandinavia.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 4:30pm until late, Valhalla Vodka Bar is the perfect spot for after-workdrinks, a quiet one, or lazy weekends with friends.  It is also available for private events and Christmas parties with a difference (minimum spend required). Valhalla Vodka Bar will run through to February, alongside the Peroni Bar, which is situated on the front facing terrace.

Skylounge, 7 Pepys St, London, EC3N 4AF