Summer is finally here and that means rooftop dining, alfresco sipping and beer garden lounging. There’s nothing like soaking up the sun and we have just the thing to keep cool in this heatwave. London is home to some of the world’s best bars; from Notting Hill to Bethnal Green and everything in between, so why settle for a boring old slushie when you can get a world class creation which tastes every bit as cool as it looks? We have rounded up the best frozen cocktails in London, from posh pina coladas, to nitrogen-frozen concoctions and more.
The Throwback One at Blind Pig
Hidden above chef Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred Social Eating House, is the Blind Pig. Expect a stylish speakeasy with a refined interior, vintage touches and low lighting which create a relaxed ambience. The latest cocktail menu is inspired by children’s literature; with iconic reads from Harry Potter to The BFG and Winnie the Pooh. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (£11) takes centre stage, as icey cubes made from apple, pear, plum, strawberry and orange are stacked in a long glass, in homage to the five fruits the titular character famously indulges on. The fruity concoction comes to your table before your server pours a punchy blend of Patron silver, lime cordial and Sekforde’s botanical tequila mixer.
The Botanical One at Camino
Frozen G&T you say? Yes, that's right. The geniuses at Camino Shoreditch have taken the classic gin and tonic and raised it to new heights. Available exclusively at the east London branch, you can sip on one of these while tucking into tapas on the outdoor terrace. A frosty blend of Beefeater London Dry Gin and Jack Rudy tonic syrup, the Frozen G&T (£9) can be enjoyed on its own, or injected with a selection of homemade botanical syrups; from rosemary to Seville orange and more. They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but in this case, we think it's safe to say that this sequel will be the stuff of legends.
The Fancy One at Coupette
A newbie to Bethnal Green’s bar scene, Coupette draws inspiration for its extravagant offerings from France. Curated by Chris Moore, previously head bartender of the Savoy’s Beaufort Bar, the cocktail menu encapsulates French cultural icons from the worlds of art, music, photography and dance. The epitome of this is the award-winning Champagne Pina Colada (£10), which is probably the classiest you’ll ever find. A velvety combination of Bacardi Heritage, rhum agricole, pineapple and coconut sorbet, combined with Moet & Chandon for a fizzy finish. If you like getting caught in the rain… chances are you’ll be into this bad boy.
The Italian One at Swift
A staple of Soho’s cocktail scene, Swift is known for its inventive menu, in particular the infamous Irish coffee. From the brains behind Nightjar and Oriole, this spot on Old Compton Street champions innovate, yet classic cocktails and the Sgroppino (£7) is a great example. Short and light, the frothy creation is an airy mixture of prosecco and Italicus, topped with tangy lemon sorbet. The perfect pick me up after a day of shopping on Oxford Street. You’ll find it on the menu upstairs, where the bar is brightly lit, with art deco features and high stools. Head to the downstairs bar afterwards and soak up the whisky-heavy cocktail collection.
The Scientific One at Eve
This subterranean bar is housed underneath The Frog, which has Masterchef finalist Adam Handling at the helm, so you can be sure that the drinks at Eve have an injection of culinary creativity. The menu is divided into sections of Innocence, Temptation, Indulgence, Antique and Non-Intoxicating (not that we ever go for those), drawing from the biblical story of Adam and Eve. Our favourite is the Endeavour (£13); a silky smooth mix of Tanqueray No. Ten, coconut milk and eucalyptus, shaken with Branca Menta and cardamom before being blasted with liquid nitrogen for the ultimate in frozen alchemy.