Mixologists have been busy creating cocktails for Valentine’s Day with many bars selling them throughout the week and some for the whole month of February. Customers of the Double Tree Hilton in Tower Hill can enjoy a romantic 360-degree panoramic view of London’s landmarks such as The Gherkin, The Shard and St Paul’s Cathedral, while sipping on Skylounge’s new Flirtini cocktail, created using Absolut Raspberry, Cointreau and Pineapple juice.
The Pennethorne’s Bar in Somerset House has teamed up with BLOOM Gin to launch a gin cocktail that celebrates Valentine’s Day. Created by head mixologist, Deena Versanszki who comes from New York, the cocktail has been inspired by English country gardens. Shaken with Rose and Strawberry Liqueurs, Agave Nectar and BLOOM Gin, this cocktail is served in a martini glass and garnished with freeze-dried strawberries.
Hanna Bixo at Hawksmoor in London has created Rosa’s Ruin combining Cocchi Rosa, an aromatized wine featuring citrus zests and rose petals, which accentuates the floral notes found in the gin. The Silent Pool Gin and Cocchi Rosa are balanced with lemon juice, sugar syrup and a touch of Punt e Mes. Shaken up and served in a martini glass with a single rose petal garnish.
Crown Royal, the whisky created in 1939 to celebrate King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visiting Canada, has unveiled its Royal We cocktail ahead of Valentine’s Day. A romantic twist on its classic Brooklyn Crown serve, Crown Royal’s blend of 50 full-bodied whiskies, matured in white oak barrels, makes for a rich and robust tasting whiskey, with slight hints of vanilla and fruit.
FOR HIM AND FOR HER
Franklin & Sons has created Crazy Gin Love for the ladies and Bulleit For My Valentine for men at Queen’s Ice & Bowl. The ladies option combines gin, coconut milk and egg white with strawberry puree, a splash of Campari and a slight infusion of raspberry and ginseng tea to intensify the fruit flavourings. Strawberry and Raspberry Franklins is then used to finish the cocktail.
For him, Bulleit Bourbon is mixed with a dash of lemon and apple juice, as well as a hint of maple syrup to sweetly complement the accomplished spirit. The cocktail is then topped up with a dash of Strawberry and Raspberry to add a sweet final touch.
CASK has created HOT JUICE, a 3-day pop-up from February 14 to 16 serving three heart-warming concoctions: Chartreuse Hot Chocolate, Gin Mare’s Thyme to Wibble and hot mulled Hobo Cydercar. Hot Juice will be taking over The Garden at the Hoxton, Shoreditch and transforming it into a cosy, wintery forest scene – with heaters and blankets.
Meanwhile, Edgerton Original Pink Gin has created three rose-tinted cocktails: The Edgerton Negroni, the Edgerton Gin & Pomegranate and the Edgerton French 69. For those looking to head out this Valentine’s Day with their special someone from February 13 to 19, Radio Rooftop bar, located within the ME London hotel bar will offer guests an exclusive Edgerton Pink Gin. The cocktail, Drink Pink, will be served with a complimentary miniature Edgerton Pink Gin, along with a recipe card allowing guests to create the cocktail at home.
Cointreau is showcasing its collection of vibrant yet simple cocktails, created for romantics this Valentine’s Day – the Cointreau Fizz Wildberry, Cointreau Luxe Margarita, Cointreau Bramble and Cointreau Berry Belle Margarita.
Popular independent Brazilian restaurant Carioca will celebrate Valentine’s Day Latino-style with a special house cocktail and brand new “Bite of Brazil” at its Rio streetfood unit at Boxpark Croydon.
From February 11 to 14, visitors to the restaurant can enjoy an exclusive twist on their Caipirinha made with strawberries as well as lime. From February 13 to 19, Dirty Bones Shoreditch and Dirty Bones Carnaby will be offering guests The Dirty Little Secret cocktail. This Dirty Bones version of a classic Clover Club will be a little sweet, a little sour, with a dash of bitterness and a lot of booze. The Dirty Little Secret incorporates Tanqueray gin, Belsazar Rosé Vermouth, agave honey and lemon juice, shaken with egg white and finished with rose water and chocolate bitters.
The Royal Exchange has teamed up with Lulu Guinness to bring a splash of chic style to the Grand Café and Threadneedle Bar. From February 8 to March 10, guests will be able to enjoy an exclusive range of cocktails and desserts inspired by the luxury British accessories designer. Cocktails will include the Dark Kiss Fizz with plum sake, Staibano Lemon Cream Liqueur, Chambord, chocolate bitters, and prosecco.
This Valentine’s week from February 10 to 14, The Distillery’s expert mixologists will be conjuring up love potions with a Pour me for Love sharing cocktail. Their concoction is made using vodka, strawberry mint shrub, cranberry infused prosecco and served with a rose liquor jelly and edible blossom.
On Tuesday February 14, Aquavit London will be serving an exclusive four course menu with a Nordic twist. Guests will start the dinner with a plate of Vendace roe to share and roasted scallops from the Isle of Orkney, followed by a slow roast beef chateaubriand, perfect for sharing. Dessert will be Rhubarb based Alaska for the table to share. In addition, a special Alskling cocktail will also be included in the special meal, taking its name for the Swedish term for darling or sweetheart.
BALL AND CHAIN
If you have no other half to bring, Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch is offering a helping hand, supplying guests with their very own Ball and Chain; a concoction of Sipsmith Sloe Gin, Cointreau, lemon juice and orange marmalade and the “chain” as a shot of Prosecco. This drink can be enjoyed in the hotel’s ground floor “prison inspired” bar where you could enjoy your Ball and Chain in one of the cells where the Kray Twins stayed.
Blind Spot at St Martins Lane is serving up Love Is Blind, a tropical mix of Koko Kanu Rum, Triple Sec, grenadine and lime juice, shaken and finished with fresh lemonade and a dash of Sriracha to spice things up. This special Valentine’s cocktail will be available from February 1 to 28.
At the Duck & Waffle’s 40th floor you can order order P.S Olive You, Richard Woods’s playful cocktail creation for Valentine’s Day fuses olive leaf Bombay Sapphire, Campari, rose petal aperitivo and vermouth blend.
ETM Group has partnered with Chase Distillery to create a limited edition Valentine’s cocktail called Kiss Chase. This combines a Chase Pink Grapefruit Gin, Belsazar Rose Vermouth, lemon juice, vanilla and grenadine syrup. This can be enjoyed from London’s newest rooftop restaurant and grand terrace bar, Aviary, or the latest venue to open at Victoria’s new Nova development, Greenwood – which has an in-house barbershop and brow and lashes bar. The concoction will also be available throughout February at Burdock in Finsbury Square, The Botanist Sloane Square, The Botanist Broadgate Circle, Chiswell Street Dining Rooms (City), One Canada Square (Canary Wharf) and Ealing Park Tavern (South Ealing).
Grand Trunk Road in South Woodford’s new mixologist, Saurav Rai, has devised The Love Martini combining vodka, lychee juice, rose syrup and champagne.
Premium French black raspberry liqueur from Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands, Chambord, has partnered with leading bars, restaurants and hotels in London and the UK to demonstrate how the on-trade can upsell glasses of sparkling wine through its Just Add Chambord campaign. Partners include the likes of Pizza Express, Pitcher and Piano, Be At One, Di Maggios, Jumeriah Hotel, Browns and Miller & Carter.
Feeney’s Irish Coffee
Gently heat 100ml Feeney’s Irish Cream Liqueur with 1 cup of freshly brewed coffee and serve in a toddy glass topped with 1 teaspoon of whipped cream and grated chocolate.
The Royal We
45ml Crown Royal
45ml Martini Extra Dry Vermouth
10ml Picon Amer
10ml Maraschino liqueur
Place a Nick & Nora glass in the freezer to chill for 10 to 15 minutes. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the Crown Royal, dry vermouth, Amer Picon, and maraschino liqueur. Shake until well chilled. Garnish with two maraschino cherries.
Cointreau Fizz Wildberry
Ingredients: 50 ml Cointreau
20ml fresh lime
20ml cranberry juice
50ml sparkling water
Method: Fill a glass with ice, add Cointreau, the juice of half a lime, the cranberry juice and top off with sparkling water. Stir briefly. Garnish with a lime wedge and blueberries.
Cointreau Luxe Margarita
Ingredients: 25ml Cointreau
25ml white Tequilla
10ml fresh lime juice
dashes of bitters
Method: Shake Cointreau, tequila, and lime with ice and strain into a chilled flute. Top with champagne and bitters. Garnish with a red rose petal.
Ingredients: 50ml Cointreau
20ml fresh lemon juice
10ml Crème de Mure
Method: Add the Cointreau and lemon juice to a mixing glass with ice. Float the Crème de Mure on top. Garnish with a lemon wheel and blackberries.
Cointreau Berry Belle Margarita
Ingredients: 50ml white Tequilla
2 slices of red bell pepper
2 raspberries and 1 bar spoon of raspberry preserves
Method: Muddle raspberries with bell peppers in a mixing glass. Add the remaining ingredients with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.