Around the World in 10 London Cocktails
London is blessed with an abundance of cocktail bars, each offering a huge selection of different creations and mixtures. With the help of expert mixologists and armed with hundreds of different ingredients, these bars really do let their creativity flow. If you find yourself constantly day dreaming, hoping to leave the hustle and bustle of the city and escape to a far away land, these venues might have exactly what you need. Here's a list of bars that, using their internationally inspired cocktails, are guaranteed to slingshot you around the globe.
Hidden away behind an innocent green door in China town is the wonderful Opium bar, a sleek and chic bar that takes its inspiration from the rich, distinctive culture of the Orient. This multi-floored spot is a breathe of fresh air. While having its own traditional tea parlour, it simultaneously boasts a Apothecary bar, where spirits are dispensed out of Chinese medicine bottles. One of the many cocktails available is the delectable Yue Lao Royal, which combines Brut Champagne with homemade Grenadine and Absolut Elyx. Be warned, it's easy to forget where you are when nestled in the depths of this cosy venue.
The Mint Leaf Favourite is a delectable cocktail, offering a thirst-quenching and refreshing way to counter the hot Bombay sun. It was created by the mixologists at the Mint Leaf Lounge ad Restaurant, and incorporates Bombay Sapphire gin, elderflower cordial, mint and champagne. Alongside offering delicious Indian cuisine, the bar delivers a range of different cocktails, all embodying the heat, spice and flavour of life in the sub-continent.
Mexico has never been so close. Escobar's Secret is just one of many mexican-inspired cocktails made at El Patron. The combination of Mezcal, Creme de Mure, vanilla syrup and ginger ale packs a punch and leaves you feeling the heat of central America. The walls of the bar are decorated with coloured, wooden shutters and the simple, rustic furniture will make you feel as if you're in the middle of a quaint Mexican village.
Using 12 year-old Santory Hibiki whiskey, Buddha Bar's Tokyo Old Fashioned cocktails adds a slightly different taste to this citrus-infused classic cocktail. This internationally-renowned bar is a fantastic place to completely submerge yourself in a different culture. Complete with traditional stair cases and furniture, and with a buddha statue overlooking the entire venue, the serene atmosphere is an ideal place to unwind.
Brewed in the French bar Baranis in central London, Granny's Old Fuss and Feathers combines pear liqueur and Xante Cognac with Crémant Sparkling Wine to produce a rich and luxurious cocktail. The bar itself is everything you'd expect from a sleek, french watering hole. Based in a vaulted cellar, the bar oozes opulence and truly embodies the lavish persona of a bar in the South of France.
Based in the heart of South London, Fu Manchu's bartenders use Chinese tea infusions and a number of spices to bring a taste of the Orient to Clapham. The bar's exposed brick walls and impressive lighting creates an incredibly vibrant environment; a stark contrast to the sometime grey city above. Be sure to check out the Dragon Fruit Paloma, a drink that incorporates Dragon fruit, Sauza Hacienda tequila, Cocchi Americano Vermouth and lime juice to produce an Asian twist to this Mexican classic.