Chelsea Flower Show inspires wave of floral cocktails

Aqua Shard's Floral Five

Stunning floral cocktails and installations take centre stage at bars across London in celebration of the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Aqua Shard, located on the 31st floor of London skyscraper The Shard, is launching a new Floral Five menu (pictured above) in celebration of the Chelsea Flower Show. The offering has been created in partnership with Camelia’s Teahouse Teahouse, and consists of five cocktails, desserts and teas – all designed around iconic British flowers.

Camelia’s Teahouse has created five unique tea blends, which have been incorporated into a number of cocktails, such as Rosy Fever, made with McQueen & The Violet Fog Gin, ‘procrastination’, marshmallow syrup, verjus and Blue Mallow tea, and Lavender Fields, a combination of Absintreaux herbal wine, Tanqueray gin, lemon juice, rose syrup, ginger water and mint leaves.

The Camomile Garden
The Camomile Garden at The Ivy

From 13 May to 28 July, The Ivy Chelsea Garden’s exterior façade is being transformed into a wild flower meadow inspired by the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and summer. The installation will feature an abundance of blooms, incorporating seasonal pastel tones of yellows, soft pinks, light blues and lilacs, interspersed with green foliage.

Two bespoke fresh and floral cocktails are available for guests to enjoy. The Silent Sparkle features Silent Pool Gin, ginger and lemongrass cordial, lime juice and Ivy champagne, garnished with fragrant dried lavender, while The Camomile Garden incorporates Silent Pool Gin, honey water & Fever-Tree Indian Tonic, complemented with a spritz of camomile aromatics and garnished with kaffir lime leaf and orange.

Kanishka cocktails
Kanishka cocktails

Michelin star Indian chef Atul Kochhar is collaborating with City of London Gin throughout the Chelsea Flower Show at his new Mayfair restaurant, Kanishka. The themed pop-up will feature four floral cocktails available from May 19 to June 2 – all served under the magical greenery of Kanishka’s living ceiling.

Examples from the menu include How Does Your Garden Grow, a blend of Lemon City of London Gin, roast lemon & ginger vermouth, lemon, turmeric and Elderflower & Lemon Lixir Tonic, and The Flower Pot, combining grapefruit peel infused Rhubarb & Rose City of London Gin, rose and Rhubarb & Ginger Lixir Tonic.

A bespoke Chelsea Flower Show Tasting Menu created by Kochhar will also be available, showcasing signature Kanishka dishes such as Naga scallops (smoked chilli spiced diver scallops with textures of cauliflower) and Sagolir Manxo (a country goat curry with cumin and black pepper).

Fentimans' Bed of Roses cocktail at The Langham
Fentimans’ Bed of Roses cocktail at The Langham

To mark this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, botanical drinks brand Fentimans has partnered with London hotel The Langham to celebrate the pink rose and create the next Insta-friendly floral destination in London.

From 21 May until 25 May, the entrance of The Langham will be transformed into an idyllic English garden with vibrant green grass, white picket fences and laden with pink roses. The centrepiece will be a flower-bombed Land Rover, blushed with the Rose Lemonade’s signature hue and covered with luscious vivid pink roses. To further the celebration, The Artesian bar at The Langham will be serving a bespoke Chelsea Flower Show cocktail featuring Fentimans’ refreshing Rose Lemonade.

Bluebird in Bloom
Bluebird in Bloom

Bluebird in Bloom is descending on the King’s Road once more just in time for The Chelsea Flower Show. Bluebird Chelsea’s courtyard will be decked out in a floral fantasy with an accompanying Fever-Tree Perfect Serves Menu, deck chairs, parasols and a romantic swing until the end of June.

The Perfect Serves menu includes four G&Ts and two spritz cocktails, all showcasing Fever-Tree’s range of tonic waters. In honour of The Chelsea Flower Show, Bluebird has created the Chelsea Garden G&T, a mix of Martin Millers Gin and Elderflower Tonic, garnished with a strawberry and black pepper. The menu also features the Perfectly Pink G&T, with Pink Pepper Gin and Fever-Tree’s Aromatic Tonic, garnished with lemon and lavender, and the Rose Spritz, combining Belsazar Rosé Vermouth with Indian Tonic, grapefruit and rosemary

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