Looking for some Christmas cheer? Where to sip London’s sweetest festive cocktails
In the run up to Christmas, it’s the busiest time in most Londoners’ social calendars. No doubt many friends will be meeting for a cocktail (or three) in one of the capital’s various bars. With so many venues, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to places to drink. However, if you’re looking for something extra festive, why not sip on a Christmas-themed cocktail?
Here’s Metro Girl’s round-up of the top Christmas cocktails on offer in London this season:
- Piste at Archer Street
Head downstairs at Soho’s Archer Street to their festive pop-up ski lodge bar Piste. Their festive tipple is the ‘Aspen’ (Beefeater 24 gin with kumquat marmalade, nettle tea concentrate, fresh lemon juice, egg white and a dash of orange bitters).
For a night out with a difference, head to Soho’s secret drinking den Cahoots, which recreates post-WW2 London in a ‘tube station’. The drinks menu is heavily influenced by wartime tipples, with two seasonal creations to get you in the spirit. The ‘White Cloves of Dover’ (Clove-and-orange-infused Pampero Añejo Especial rum, Amontillado sherry, homemade cinnamon syrup, lime juice, cranberry juice & raspberries) or ‘Welcome Back to Blighty’ (Orange-and-clove-infused Pampero Añejo Especial rum, pumpkin purée, lemon juice, saffron syrup and egg white).
- Barrio Central
Soho’s Latin party palace Barrio – which has recently been refurbished – has given the Pina Colada a festive makeover – the ‘Gingerbread Colada’ (Santa Teresa Gran Reserva Rum with pineapple and coconut, garnished with a gingerbread man) at £8.50.
Barrio Central, 6 Poland St, Soho, W1F 8PS. Nearest tube: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus
- The Lobby Bar @ One Aldwych
Enjoy a touch of luxury at the lavish Lobby Bar at the One Aldwych Hotel. They’ve teamed up with Four Roses Bourbon to create four limited-edition drinks at £13.50 each: ‘Almond Warmer’ (Amaretto, Antica Formula, Angostura Bitters, pomegranate syrup, sugar syrup and fresh lemon juice), ‘Winter Wonderland’ (Dom de Canton, Cherry Heering, Chuncho Bitters, wild berry syrup, cinnamon, sugar syrup and fresh lemon juice topped with cinnamon foam), ‘Bourbon Goose’ (Grey Goose Orange, Benedictine, orange blossom, grenadine and sugar syrup) or Rockin’ Robin (Calvados, Green Chartreuse, ginger and lemongrass cordial, Angostura Bitters, sugar syrup and fresh lemon juice). On sale until 31 January 2016.
One Aldwych, 1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, WC2B 4BZ. Nearest tube: Covent Garden or Temple.
- Foundation Bar
Covent Garden’s late night party bar have created the ‘Fizzmas Cracker’ (G.H. Mumm Champagne, muddled mandarin and raspberries with a dash of cinnamon syrup) at £8.50. Or if you fancy a sweet shot instead, try the ‘Elf Kick’ (Eristoff vodka, Chambord and raspberry puree) at £3.
Foundation Bar, 5 Langley Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9JA. Nearest station: Covent Garden or Leicester Square.
- Mr Fogg’s Residence
Step into the past at eccentric British adventurer Mr Fogg’s Residence for some old world charm. Their festive offering is ‘Artic – Ulated Victory’ (Reyka vodka, Grand Marnier liqueur, Cinnamon liqueur, Raspberry purée, fresh lime juice, home-made mulled wine syrup and apple juice).
Mr Foggs Residence, 15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair, W1J 6JD. Nearest station: Green Park or Mayfair.
- The Jam Tree
The two Jam Trees at Clapham and Chelsea will be rolling about a selection of dessert-based cocktails for the winter season, including ‘Apple Crumble’ and the ‘The Netflix And Chill’ (vanilla vodka, butterscotch liqueur, caramel and lemon served in a popcorn cup) at £9.50.
The Jam Tree (Chelsea), 13 Old Town, Clapham, SW4 0JT. Nearest station: Clapham Common. The Jam Tree (Chelsea) 541 Kings Rd, Chelsea, SW6 2EB. Nearest station: Imperial Wharf or Fulham Broadway.
- Cocktail Trading Company (Smithfield)
The newest branch of the Cocktail Trading Company in Smithfield has the mixologists creating an indulgent drinkable dessert in the form of the ‘Chocolate Flip’ (Bacardi 8 year rum, cacao-infused Chartreuse, tawny port, pistachio ice cream served with a chocolate truffle and biscuit wafer) at £9.
The Cocktail Trading Co, 50-52 Long Lane, Smithfields, EC1A 9EJ. Nearest station: Farringdon or Barbican.
- Dirty Martini
All seven branches of the Dirty Martini bars will be serving five Christmas cocktails. ‘Winter Tiramisu’ (Absolut Vodka, Martell VS Cognac & Kahlua shaken with Mozart White, Crème de Cacao and double cream), ‘Christmas Old Fashioned (Jim Beam Bourbon with Pimento Dram and ginger syrup, spiced with cloves & star anise, garnished with a vial of cinnamon infused Legavulin Scotch Whiskey), ‘Bell Ringer’ (blood orange syrup, fresh cranberry juice, Amaretto and Prosecco), ‘Dirty Grinch’ (Havana 3yr Rum, Crème de Cacao, Butterscotch Schnapps with mint, double cream and Crème de Menthe) and Winterberry Beamer (Jim Beam Bourbon, Manzanilla Sherry and Pimento Dram, with blackberries, vanilla sugar, pomegranate juice, lemon juice and egg white).
Dirty Martini, branches in Bishopsgate, Clapham, Covent Garden, Hanover Square, Islington, Monument and St Paul’s.
For Metro Girl’s review of Christmas cocktails at Ask For Janice, click here.
To find out about London’s New Year’s Eve parties and events, click here.
For a guide to what’s on in London in January 2016, click here.
Or for listings of London’s festive ice rinks, click here.