London Cocktail Week 2017: Here's what I drank

On 3rd-6th October, Old Spitalfields Market opened its non-existent doors to visitors from far and wide to celebrate London Cocktail Week. This area - known as The Cocktail Village for this week only - sees bars and products competing to win hearts and minds with unique creations using extravagant pairings and pourings.

With an interest in cocktails and presumably some subconscious expectation that I would launch a cocktail website four months later on which to talk about the event, I went along to do some serious learning, investigating and exploration.

Here's a list of all the pretty drinks that I drank.

Tom Yum, by Shingo Gokan of Speak Low, Shanghai (by The Patron Cocktail Lab)

Coriander and kaffir lime-infused Patron Silver Tequila, lime, agave, galangal, lemongrass, passion fruit, chilli and milk.

Oh My Jasmine! (by VisitSingapore)

Bruichladdich Single Malt Whisky, house made jasmine syrup, fresh lemon, green tea liqueur, salted jasmine foam and matcha.

Sparkling Collins Royale (Classics Perfected by Fairmont Hotels)

Belvedere Vodka, fresh mint, cucumber, lemon and Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label Champagne.

The Alchemist’s Experiment (by Schweppes)

Pot still whisky, Schweppes tonic, pear purée, fresh ginger, coriander and cinnamon-infused syrup and lemon juice. Garnished with fresh sage and rosemary bitters.

Tito’s PB & J Mule (by Tito's Vodka)

Tito’s Handmade Vodka, peanut butter, apple juice, pomegranate liqueur and topped with ginger beer.

Bulleit Kentucky Iced Tea (by Bulleit Whiskey)

Bulleit Bourbon Whiskey, peach tree, lemon and fresh mint.

Hidden Gem (by Schweppes)

Vodka, Schweppes tonic, dry manzanilla, grapefruit-infused vanilla syrup and peach bitters. Garnished with white rose petals and a pink grapefruit twist.

The Perfect Martinez (Classics Perfected by Fairmont Hotels)

The Botanist Gin, Cointreau, sweet red vermouth, dry vermouth and bitters.

Chocolate Negroni (by Aqua Shard)

Tanqueray No. TEN Gin, chocolate fortified red wine and artichoke liqueur. Garnished with a chocolate coated orange segment.
And there we go. That was in one night, and wasn’t even all the drinks that I tasted. God, I love London Cocktail Week.

Tags: London Cocktail Week, Cocktails

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