This week’s Foodie Friday celebrates a perfect accompaniment to our foodie loves… cocktails. London is a fantastic city for fun and unusual cocktails, so we have rounded up some of the stories from around the city showing London’s eclectic and exciting cocktail scene.

 

The Independent, Between the Covers

This week Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist was published. I’m a big fan of puns and cocktails, so it instantly grabbed my attention. There are tons of recipes in here, all using literary puns: it’s a bibliophile’s dream. Recipes include “Last of the Mojitos; “The Count of Monte Cristal”; “Gin Eyre”; “It’s Me, Margarita” and “Bridget Jones’s Daiquiri.”

Big Issue, Cocktails in Care Homes, Clea House

The Big Issue has tried to tackle the problem of residents feeling isolated in care homes with a friendly evening of cocktails. The cocktail party is a concept created by Clea House which seeks to bring the young volunteers and elderly people together in a relaxed and fun environment. Residents have taken to the idea with much enthusiasm calling in the “best club in Bethnal Green!”

 

The Evening Standard, The Spirits: Bring Your Own Booze for the Perfect Cocktail at BYOC, Richard Godwin

Many of us may be familiar with the BYOB (Bring Your Own Booze) at various establishments on Brick Lane, offering a cheap and very cheerful night out. New cocktail bar, BYOC, takes this concept and offers a slightly more elegant evening by inviting guests to bring their own alcohol spirits and juices. For a £20 corkage fee, you can have your alcohol mixed in front of you into unexpected cocktails making this is a sociable night out for those who want to do something a little bit different this weekend.

 

Fox News, 5 New Cocktails Inspired by Cities

In America, Movoto Blog have decided to create cocktails in honour of their favourite cities. We think this is a great idea that should definitely be brought across the pond. We’re inviting all Foodie Friday readers to send us your city-inspired cocktail recipes! Tweet @SauceComms with the city your cocktail is named after, and what ingredients it should therefore have. As always, points for puns.

I will start off with the ‘Whiskey Scouser’

2 oz whiskey
Juice from 2 lemons
1/2 tsp sugar
Twist and Shout, and pour into a glass tumbler
Add a slice of lemon and it’s ready to drink!

 

And finally… Some of our beloved restaurants have some fantastic cocktails for you to try…

Recently opened Little Social, Jason Atherton’s latest venture,  has some exciting  cocktails with enticing names:

Paloma Faith – Tapatio blanco tequila shaken with St. Germain elderflower liqueur, lemon bitters and a measure of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Served straight up.

Ever The Diplomat – Diplomatico rum, coffee liqueur, house vanilla syrup and a slug of fresh brewed espresso. Shaken hard and served straight up with three beans.

American Werewolf in Paris – Ketel One Citron vodka stirred slowly with Suze gentian liqueur, Lillet blanc, and a dash of Pernod. Served short over ice with a wedge of pink grapefruit.

Ooh La La-Tinez – Chateau du Breuil Fine calvados, stirred with Pierre Ferrand dry curacao, Dolin rouge vermouth and orange bitters, served straight up with lemon oils and a cherry.

Spice Market has a delicious ‘Hibiscus Flip’ we urge you to try.

Lima can offer you the ‘Cuanto de Diablo’, a chilli cocktail that looks devilish…

Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill at The Savoy will have the ‘Great Gatsby Cocktail.’ A decadent 1920’s tipple.

inamo proudly presents  The inamo, a chilli infused cocktail to warm you up from these wintry winds.

MASH breaks the mould with their ‘Five Dollar Shake,’ a sweet mixture of Bourbon, Amaretto, Vanilla Ice Cream popcorn and salted caramel. Tarantino fans may recognise the name from a drink in ‘Pulp Fiction’ on which the naming was based.

 

 

Lidia Szmid