The capital's biggest cocktail event is just around the corner, bringing with it 10 whole days of £8 blends across 300 bars. So, we've decided to sift through the many classy, cool and award-winning joints taking part to find the most unusual signature serves available from the 12th to the 22nd of October. With everything from pumpkin pie quaffs to tzatziki-tasting treats, feast your eyes on our pick of the quirkiest drinks on offer at London Cocktail Week 2023.
Apples & Pears - Pumpkin Pie Martini
Combining the season's best produce with a healthy injection of booze, Apples & Pears is treating our tastebuds by whipping up a Pumpkin Pie Martini. A delicious, autumnal mix, it features Flor De Cana 12yo rum, homemade garam masala syrup, cinnamon vanilla, egg yolk and a splodge of pumpkin puree. It's going to be totally gourd-geous.
Apothecary East - Tzatziki Cooler
Apothecary East is a laid-back Japanese restaurant and bar found just off Great Eastern Street, boasting slinky, minimalist decor and weekend DJ sets. As for its special cocktail this month? It's a lip-smacking Tzatziki Cooler. Aptly named, this libation fuses the flavours of Greek yoghurt, lemon juice, cucumber and mint with a delicious dose of London dry gin.
Laki Kane - Kakawa
Tiki hotspot Laki Kane isn't just renowned for its tropical interiors, from the vibrant wallpaper to the luscious foliage hanging from the ceiling - it also slings out some top-notch tipples. Throughout the event, you can bag the Kakawa, made of Flor de Cana 12yo rum, Nicaraguan coffee, agave nectar, Greek yoghurt, purple dragon fruit and white creme de cacao - it's definitely one for the 'Gram.
Nightjar Carnaby - Hidden Beast
Located in the heart of the West End, Nightjar Carnaby is a legendary jazz hangout that's famed for its imaginative drinks and live entertainment in a sultry 1920s-themed space. For London Cocktail Week, it'll be whipping up a budget-friendly Hidden Beast, blending Ardbeg Wee Beastie Scotch whisky with pear eau de vie and apple cider, topped up with Nightjar Plumb tonic. Yum.
Silverleaf - Pineapple | Miso
Seductive late-night bar Silverleaf is found within Pan Pacific London, offering a luxurious setting with the sexy drinks menu to match. Swing by the snazzy space to get your lips around the curiously concocted Pineapple | Miso. Served short, this unique sip champions Craigelleachie Scotch whisky, brown butter-washed Angel's Envy Bourbon and pineapple miso caramel. Phwoar.
The Stables Bar at The Milestone Hotel - A Broken Brit Abroad
During London Cocktail Week, be transported to sunnier climes at The Stables Bar at The Milestone Hotel. Expect this charming venue to shake up a storm with the herbaceous and boozy A Broken Brit Abroad. What to expect? Broken Clock vodka, Eve Mediterranean liqueur and citric solution, garnished with mezcal foam and a piece of chocolate.
Opium - Far East Cosmo
A chic, secret bar hidden beneath Chinatown, Opium is simply perfect for slinky date nights and those who like the quirkier things in life. When you're not digging into delightful dim sum, glug down a Far East Cosmo. A marriage of Hyogo 135 degree East Japanese gin with Fortunella golden orange liqueur, yuzu sherbert syrup, raspberry mist and those all-important boba pearls.
108 Bar & Brasserie - Gingerbread Popcorn Old Fashion
A Central London parlour with style by the bucketload, there's a reason why 108 Bar & Brasserie is so popular. And just when you thought this place couldn't get any better, it comes out with the Gingerbread Popcorn Old Fashion. Get your smackers around this sweet tooth-appeasing tipple, featuring Buffalo Trace Bourbon, homemade popcorn syrup, plus tonka bean and gingerbread.