Top 10 Whisky Cocktails in London
Whisky is a drink that seems to be older than time. Having graced the lips of some of the world's most iconic historical figures and leaders, it's staggering to think that this simple spirit is older than many of today's Nation States. Typical made using fermented rye, maize, wheat or barley grain, this beverage certainly packs a punch and will leave you with a warm feeling spreading through your chest. London's talented army of mixologists have really let their creative sides shine over the past few decades, producing a whole load of peaty, smokey concoctions. Here's a list of the 10 best whisky-based cocktails in London.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
Opium brings the mystery and inexplainable allure of the Far East to the bustling streets of Soho with their wonderful interior and beyond brilliant cocktails. Alongside a tea-themed bar, the venue boasts an array of London whisky cocktails, such as the Blood & Sand. Made using 12 year old Chivas Regal whisky, cherry heering, Martini Rosso and freshly squeezed orange juice, this creation perfectly blends a number of different flavours together and explodes straight off the palate.
The Long Scotsman is a cocktail that pays homage to Scotland's prestigious love affair with this fair spirit. The beverage uses 10 year old Glenmorganie whisky for a base, before infusing in spiced apricot liqueur, lemon juice, white pepper tincture and chocolate bitter. The sweetness of the chocolate and apricot exquisitely enhances the potent taste of the whisky and zesty lemon, producing an eruption of flavour and lingering after-bite.
The White Lyan in Shoreditch is truly one of London's most unique bars. Every spirit produced at this endearing spot, including the water they serve, is distilled on site in the bar's impressive brewery. Of particular note is the wonderful Moby Dick Sazerac. Created by infusing Mr Lyan's rye whisky, Peysaud's bitter, ambergris and absinthe rice together, the intriguing concoction is irresistibly smooth and will definitely leave you with a newfound love for a Sazerac.
Fu Manchu is one of the only bars in London to combine Dim Sum dishes with an impressive array of tantalising cocktails. Decorated as a mystifying opium bar from the early 19th century, it has enchanted its guest with an intriguing selection of glassware and crockery. The Kiss of Death is definitely one to note down on a London whisky cocktail list. Created using Woodford Reserve Bourbon, St Germain Elderflower liqueur, homemade star anise syrup, fresh blackberries and lemon juice, it'll leave you grinning from ear to ear.
The Bacon & Egg Martini is testament to the creative flair of London's talented bartenders and mixologists. Taking a classic breakfast dish and turning it an ice-cold cocktail is no easy feat, and yet here we are. Jack Daniels whisky is infused with bacon before having lemon juice, maple syrup, Dash Angostura Bitters and egg white added to it. Characterful and cheeky, this is one cocktail that's hard to resist.
The talented mixologists at Hoxley & Porter pull and twist the classic Rob Roy cocktail out of shape, producing their own Smokey Bob concoction. Using a particularly smokey 10 year old Laphroiag Scotch to give it an extra kick, the team add Angostura Bitters and sweet vermouth to this whisky base, creating an eye-watering drink that'll definitely put a few hairs on even the bushiest chest.
Beautifully decorated with a nostalgic kitschy interior and intriguing knick-knacks scattered all over the joint, Simmons in King's Cross knows a thing or two about producing delectable whisky based cocktails. Their cheekily named Golden Sour cocktail is everything you'd expect for a whisky sours with some a little special. Made using bourbon, fresh lemon and a special maple syrup sauce, it produces a brilliant taste that lingers on the tongue and tantalises your tastebuds in between sips.
Not partial to the one whisky cocktail in London, 5CC Electricity Showrooms are partial to plenty. Brimming with alluring interiors and sexy neons, the master mixologists behind the bar created tailored cocktails using some of the finest whisky in the busines. From tart to bitter, you're sure to find something you like.
Created using Nikka pure malt black whisky, lemon, Yuzu, a homemade barley syrup and topped up with soda, the Rising Gaze Collins at Love Die Late is a drink created for those lazy summer days. The citrus taste of the lemon contrasts delicately with the sharp taste of the pure malt whisky, before being tamed by the sweetness of the delectable homemade syrup. The bar itself is styled as a cosy, colourful American diner, filled with the lingering aroma of freshly-ground coffee beans and sweet, mouth-watering doughnuts.
The team of expert mixologists at Purl Bar in Mayfair take experimenting to the next level, using a number of wonderfully bizarre methods to make their delectable cocktails. The Robana Formula is fast becoming one of their most popular drinks. Combining 12 year old Chivas Regal whisky with banana infused Antica Formula, sherry and an Ardberg mist, the intriguing combination of flavours rests delicately in one of their elegant glasses and will certainly leave you wanting more.