Oriental Cocktails in London
Orientally inspired drinking in London doesn't begin and end at sake - No, there are myriads of stylish, authentic and cool places in London which have tapped into subtle flavours and intriguing scents of oriental heritage, lifting their menus to giddy heights. Many of these places offer oriental beverages as a counterpart to some delectable dim sum or Chinese and Japanese food, whilst others offer a sole gem hiding amidst the mosquito. Browse away and plan your next foray into Eastern tastes.
Rather than just serve the drinks, Opium offers itself as an immersive Oriental cocktail wonderland. Spread over four floors, all impressions are given that you've stumbled into some eccentric Eastern aristocratic's dwellings. Decorated with quirky antique looking furniture and emitting exotic scents at every turn, this is a truly sensuous experience. Try Mao's Lounging Mojito, a Yuo Lau Royal or an East Indian Fest to toast the evening.
This fantastic carpet bag of a cocktail establishment has snuck an Eastern inspired little number into the mix. Chai Hard combines Chai tea infused sweet vermouth, Ketel One vodka, pomegranate syrup and fresh lemon juice (£8.50) to concoct something rather exotic. These kind of flavours work superbly with the eccentric décor and mad as a bloody hatter attitude that Callooh Callay works so well.
Worship Street Whistling Shop favours the experience of the cocktail as an ultra-sensory experience; so the intricate scents of the Orient have obviously made their way into the menu. What they dub The Changling is in fact not a child given to you by fairies, but a rather snazzy cocktail involving Lapsang tea, marmalade vodka, aperol, sugar, peychard bitters, menonade ice, orange blossom and served with a hot towel for £12.
Red lighting and graphic Eastern drawings surround movers and shakers as they nurse expertly mixed cocktails. The basement bar accompaniment to award winning restaurant Roka, this rather suave establishment specialises in JJapanese spirit Shochu. It also dabbles in cocktails, including the Kaffirinha; which mixes Kaffir Lime Shochu, Physalis, lime, sugar Hokkaido ice tea.