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Top 5 Ways to Celebrate London Cocktail Week

27 September 2018 Billie Manning

For this year's London Cocktail Week we’ve searched high and low to find the most delicious and delightful cocktail-based events, and bring you the ultimate guide to a week of shaking and stirring. Read on to find out where to go and what to do for the best of the bellinis, the cream of the caipirinhas, and the pick of the piña coladas. Drink up now – that’s the spirit.

Reconcile your relationship with Jäegermeister
Now, the memory of downing 10 jägerbombs in the uni bar on the first night of freshers might have haunted your dreams for the best part of a decade, but Jägermeister is taking London Cocktail Week as an opportunity to prove itself as much more than a complement to off-brand energy drinks. The makers of the German herbal liquor will take over Big Chill in Brick Lane with a pop-up bar, serving classy cocktails and ice-cold shots likely to make you forget everything you learned in class.  They will also host free workshops every day as part of their Meister Akademy. Classes will include ice sculpting, cocktail making and urban foraging – turns out you can combine alcohol and education.


Image: Jäegermeister via Drink Up London website
 
Big Chill is located at Dray Walk, London, E1 6QL. Find out more about the event here.

Renew your GIN membership
Much to the delight of gin enthusiasts (and those under 5'3"), popping up at Swordtail Studios in Haggerston from next Wednesday will be the Hendrick’s Gin Tini Martini Bar. Internationally renowned mixologists will stage a succession of takeovers, where, for the mere price of £12, you’ll be able to sample at least six complimentary expressions of the Tini Martini from some of the world’s best bars including Dukes Bar (London), The London EDITION, Employees Only (New York), Sweet Liberty (Miami), Kinly Bar (Frankfurt), Schumann's Bar am Hofgarten (Munich) and *ISM (Oslo).  The martinis won't be the only itsy-bitsy part of the night, either: guests will be greeted at the door by none other than a pygmy goat, before going through to the baa – I mean, bar. So, don’t be a sloe-coach, get yourself down to Swordtail studios to try some “Mother’s Ruin”. 


Image: Hendrick's Gin Tini Martini Bar via Drink Up London website
 
Hendrick’s Gin Tini Martin Bar will run from 3 – 5 October at Swordtail Studios, 2083 Acton Mews, Haggerston, London, E8 4DG
 
An Immersive Cocktail Concoction
If you fancy combining your cocktail celebrations with a dazzling multisensory experience, The London Essence Company has concocted just the thing. The Light House will comprise of an immersive light installation incorporating sight, smell and sound alongside a selection of innovative cocktails. The drinks will be crafted by some of the world’s most influential cocktail crafters, with a new bartender heading up each day and serving a selection inspired by light. Already confirmed is Erik Lorincz, former head bartender at The Savoy’s American Bar, as well as top names from Mexico, Hong Kong and beyond.


Image: The London Essence Company via Time Out website
 
The Light House will run from 1 October – 6 October 2018 at 5-7 Grape Street, WC2H 8DW
 
Get flirty and fruity with the Porn-Star Martini experience
Fans of the fruitiest-flavoured martini with the flirtiest name can enjoy another immersive experience courtesy of Absolut. The Porn Star Martini is usually made up of vanilla vodka, passion fruit, lime juice, sugar syrup and prosecco, and each part of this experience is based upon an ingredient. Get lost in a misty vanilla forest or a bubble maze before entering the Passion Fruit Kaleidoscope, which is sure to be a great photo-op, created as it is by eminent designer Fred Butler. The final destination, of course, is the bar, where visitors have the opportunity to master the skill of making their very own Porn Star Martini. 


Image: Absolut via Drink Up London website
 
Absolut Porn Star Martini Town House runs from 3 – 6 October at 19 Greek Street, Soho, London.
 
Mix up your Martini
So, this one isn’t technically part of London Cocktail Week, but what’s the harm in extending the celebrations for another week? (Please drink responsibly.) Stylish Art Deco bar Fontaine’s is already well loved by the drinkers of Stoke Newington High Street for its glamorous, Gatsby-reminiscent setting and classic but cool cocktails. But, in mid-October, Fontaine’s will be launching a brand-new menu that surely would be a hit with James Bond himself, exploring various flavour combinations and variations on the Martini. The options are extensive, so whether it’s dry, wet, dirty, with an olive or with a twist, you’ll be certain to find your type.


Image: Fontaine's via their website
 
Fontaine’s is located at 176 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7UY
 
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