The most hotly anticipated garden party of the year, Cocktails in the City Summer Edition returns for its second year and sets up shop in Bedford Square on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th July 2016. A sell out event that continues to be London’s greatest cocktail festival sees some of the best bars across the capital offering up creative tipples and providing an exciting showcase of emerging drink trends.
Want to see what some of the best of bartending talent is shaking up? Here are some ones to watch.
Goji berries have been and gone, it’s time for this underrated current to shine as it bursts into season and onto the scene.
Rev JW Simpson: Binga Do Ceu (Drips From Heaven)
Underground Goodge Street haunt Rev JW wows with Brazil’s most famous spirit in a long drink that packs a punch of citrus, pepper, and sweet guava juice.
• 25ml Yaguara Cachaca
• 25ml Yaguara Cachaca infused with lemon & orange peel
• 10ml Gooseberry and white pepper jam
• 25ml Guava Juice
• Garnish: White Rose Petal
• Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled highball. Top with 30ml of Guarana Antarctica.
Mayflower Collins: Powder Keg Diplomacy
Hailed as Clapham’s finest cocktail bar, the guys at PKD present this twist on the classic gin based collins. In a refreshing and fruity turn, think English countryside flavours of elderflower balanced out with a hint of absinthe and the crisp, salty notes of freshly picked samphire (side note: foraged ingredients are also totally still a thing).
• Absinthe wash
• 35ml Plymouth Gin
• 35ml gooseberry and samphire cordial
• Topped with elderflower soda and served long over crush ice.
7 Tales: Jessica Rabbit
The name alone is a winner (because who didn’t love that film?) and neon-clad, Tokyo-styled bar 7 Tales has conjured up a sweet rum sour with smashed carrot, zingy lime and tart berries.
• 45ml Banks Rum
• 20ml Cocchi-infused Strawberry
• 15ml Sugar Syrup 3
• 0ml Lime
• 2 slices of carrot
• Egg white Blend
• Shake, strain into a coupette, garnish with raspberry powder.
The Cocktail Trading Co.: The East End Dicky Bird
Don’t let the crumbles fool you, rhubarb is a vegetable. Not a fruit. Honest. The award winning team behind the stick in Brick Lane have added a pinch of sweetness and spice to this juniper-lead elixir.
• FUNKIN Mixed Berry
• Beefeater Gin
• Rhubarb Cordial
• Bergamot Sherbet
• Black Pepper
Basically your quintessential courtside staple in liquid, boozy form.
Fifteen: Strawberries and cream
As you’d expect from the gastronomic geniuses at Jamie Oliver’s east end destination venue, the recipe is pretty intense, but totally worth it (and available on request). The closest you’ll ever get to a boozy berries and cream, this milk punch will make any domestic god or goddess host with the most. Bringing together Langley’s Gin and dry vermouth with your most banging strawberries, tarragon, Japanese green tea, lemon, and coconut water – this is one not to be missed.
Expect edible garnishes, playful presentation and a host of flavourful surprises as the city’s best bars continue to push boundaries and take the drinking experience to dizzying new levels.
Bedford Square Gardens, London, WC1B
Tickets are £15 and include one cocktail, multiple complimentary experiences and cocktail booklet.
Friday 29th from 4pm – 9.30pm
Saturday 30th (two sessions) 12pm – 4pm, 5pm – 9.30pm