We’re spoilt for cocktail choice in London (not least having several of the world’s best bars on our doorsteps) and sometimes the options for a night out are overwhelming.
Do you want to try the Next Big Thing or go for a tried-and-tested classic? Sip something experimental or savour a well-made traditional tipple?
To make your next cocktail conundrum a little easier, we decided to ask people who drink magnificent mixes for a living (lucky them) for their recommendations. Thus, find here eight drinks given the boozy seal of approval from a selection of mixologists and industry experts.
Whether our professional hit list includes your favourite or introduces you to something new, boozy inspiration is never a bad thing. Just don't tell anyone else.
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Colombian Negroni (Three Six Six)
Drink: Colombian Negroni
“It’s got coffee beans infused with Aperol, Colombian Dictador aged gin, Lillet Rose, orange peel and OLG Campari tincture – an absolutely smashing cocktail combining your classic Negroni with a caffeine kick.”
Cortez the Killer (Oriole)
Drink: Cortez the Killer
“This is a tequila-based drink with balsamic Vermouth and agave Tonka syrup. I love it because it is a simple recipe with stunning and complex results. Plus the guys behind the bar are just geniuses!”
Mezcal Martinez (Cahoots)
Dandelyan Daisy (Dandelyan)
Drink: Dandelyan Daisy
“If you want to be educated and surprised while sipping a cocktail, head for Dandelyan. Expect wild ingredients, like aronia, zedouary, propolis and endive. I love the Diamond Daisy, a spin on the classic using rum, Riesling wine, lime, pandan and cavalo nero.”
Satan's Manhattan (Satan's Whiskers)
Drink: Satan's Manhattan
“I love that place: the atmosphere, the music and the drinks are well-balanced classics with a local twist. Also, two of my ex-staff work there!”
Mas a Tierra (High Water)
Drink: Mas a Tierra
“I chose this because I love drinking and making rum cocktails – especially ones with Jamaican rums which are perfect for delicious and fun cocktails. This one uses Appleton and Wray and Nephew rums with brandy, menthe vert, pineapple and lime.”
Avocado + Chamomile + Apple (Sager + Wilde)
Drink: Avocado + Chamomile + Apple
“The cocktail has some really green flavours, the avocado and apple really compliment the smooth taste of the Patrón Silver. I think it’s really hard to create a well-balanced avocado cocktail and I highly recommend Sager + Wilde – it just ticks all the boxes; it has amazing food and stunning, creative drinks. The staff are great and provide perfect service.”
Spring Break White (White Lyan)
Drink: Spring Break White
“When someone told me White Lyan was doing their own wine, made without using grapes but through fermenting other ingredients, my initial wine-snob response was, well, bullshit. But it's really good – crisp, dry and fresh but still has a funky ferment-y character that you’d find in an actual natural wine. It's delicious, and crazy like most drinks there. Plus the staff are amazing, fun and the whole place has a chilled unpretentious vibe to it. As cocktail bars go, it's my fave.”