Forget fruity tipples – vegetable-centric cocktails are sweeping London’s bar menus
Praise be – there’s a new way to squeeze more vegetables into your diet and it doesn’t involve salads, but cocktails. Forget tomato-drenched bloody marys and olive-laden dirty martinis – a crop of innovative veg-centric creations are popping up on cocktail bar menus around the capital, and even Waitrose namechecked the trend in its most recent drinks report. Leading the charge is The Churchill Bar & Terrace’s new sustainable bar menu which tackles food waste, with its Wasteless Martini featuring fortified fennel sherbet and the Full Circle brandy sour including fermented carrots, both sourced from leftovers in the Marylebone venue’s kitchen.
Over at new rooftop bar Wagtail, you can enjoy 360° views while sipping on a Beetroot, which pairs the vegetable with pisco and mezcal. Mayfair’s Apricity also makes use of the root veg in its cognac-infused Remy’s Beet, while The Standard’s new bar Sweeties serves golden beet caramel in its Roots Manuva, alongside vermouth, turmeric, ginseng and more. If mushrooms are more your thing, the bar also serves the Pick Me Up, with vodka, rum, coffee, mushroom and burnt butter, or head to The Wigmore where the bartenders combine vodka, tomato water and porcini-infused vermouth to create the Umami. Finally, Soho’s soon-to-open Firebird will be offering a Greek salad-inspired dirty martini, complete with feta and oregano-infused gin and cucumber bitters. And if you became a master mixologist during lockdown, we suggest broadening your repertoire with a courgette martini, celery and salted lemon cocktail or beetroot bloody Mary. Getting your five-a-day has never been so easy.
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Embrace the Platinum Jubilee spirit via your wardrobe with these novelty tops
If next week’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations are anything like 2012’s Diamond Jubilee, everyone and their hamster will be getting into the spirit of celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne. Whether it’s a local street party or a posh afternoon tea in your calendar, why not channel the nation’s Christmas jumper obsession and go all out with a Jubilee-themed top? Known for its tongue-in-cheek statement knits, British brand FUND is honouring the event via its debut T-shirt collection (£65 each) with 20% of profits helping to fund school meals for children living in poverty. Befittingly red, white and blue, the three tees are emblazoned with lines from the national anthem and quotes inspired by the Queen herself – the ‘Ate Partied Bed’ version sums up exactly how we plan on spending the long weekend.
Marks & Spencer’s Celebrate jumper (£25) can be worn again and again, while Rock On Ruby’s customisable red and blue jumpers (£36) provide all the inspiration you need for a Pimms and tea-fuelled four days off. Prefer something more subtle? Try the brand’s mini crown motif tee (£26), Joules’ Breton tops adorned with a tea cup and saucer (£32) or a crown-wearing corgi (£35) or Eddiezz’s Lizzie Stardust design (£10.99) which celebrates more than one British icon. With your outfit sorted, all that’s left to do is hang the bunting.
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