Once again, Cocktails in the City is coming into serve thirsty Londoners some of the best cocktails in the city!
Oh wait, I just got the name.
Yes, CitC 2017’s Spring Edition is a bringing 25 bars representing several spirit brands together under the sunny skies at One Marylebone where the festival-goers will get a chance to enjoy bars from around the city coming together in one gorgeous location on March 30th-April 1st.
Bars and a representing brand set up stalls where bartenders presented the brand in a cocktail of their devising to the public for judging, with scores gathered at the end of the weekend.
“Mixing together interactive and diverse drinking experiences, Cocktails in the City takes guests on a whirlwind tour of cocktail exploration. Sip on signature serves and taste-test exceptional concoctions from a handpicked selection of bars from all over the world, including four time winner of world’s best bar The Artesian, new openings such as Soho member’s bar Disrepute, concealed drinking dens London Cocktail Club and Reverend JW Simpson, neighbourhood favourites Three Six Six and The Walrus Room and international bars flying in from Berlin and Scandinavia.
Discover new bars and spirits in the sweeping Grand Hall, blend your own bespoke gin with London microdistillery Sacred in the enchanted garden, shake up a storm with the city’s finest bartenders, or learn to create the ultimate Rum Punch with The Duppy Share at this immersive weekend-long cocktail party.
This year, Cocktails in the City is excited to play host to three Nordic bars from Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm. In collaboration with Woodford Reserve, these three bars will bring their sought after ‘Hygge’ drinking experience to London for one weekend only, creating a trio of beautiful Scandinavian inspired pop-up bars on the 2nd floor of One Marylebone.
Cocktails in the City takes guests on a sensory tour through London’s drinks scene in one night, without even having to leave the building.”
Keep an eye out for natural, foraged flavours, healthy green cocktails, and the return of retro cocktails!
Some favourites from years past include:
The Looking Glass Cocktail Club, Shoreditch – harking back to Maker’s Mark’s history as breadmakers, this cocktail is inspired by Italy’s sweet panettone bread loaf and it’s potent almond flavour.
The Maker’s Baker cocktail mixes Maker’s Mark whiskey, cider reduction with winter spice, Americano vermouth, ‘Liquid Panettone’, and Sinner Bitters. A sweet wintery Manhattan with heavy mix of cinnamon, nutmeg and spices, with lingering almond certainly took centre stage with it’s innovative homemade creations of ‘liquid panettone’ and spiced cider reduction.
Other cocktails presented by LGCC included the Honey Loaf, and Fig Muffin – each an excellent rendition on the baker/distiller theme.
Fifteen, Old Street, came in with another winner! Inspired by Wimbledon’s classic, the Strawberries and Cream.
Inspired by Behn’s Milk Punch, this summery cocktail gets a 300 year update and is a massive mix of Langley’s gin, strawberries, whole milk, Dolin dry vermouth, coconut water, green tea, lemon juice and peels, sugar, pink peppercorns, tarragon and coriander seeds.
And what a fabulous mix it is!
A wonderful well balanced, silky cocktail, sweet without being overbearing and mellowed by the fruit and spices. Absolutely fantastic.
Another great cocktails from CITC’s past is the the Reverend JW Simpson with their Larder Batch: Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon, Pinot Noir and pink peppercorn reduction, cardamom bitters and angostura bitters; with a steak accompaniment. In terms of presentation, it stuck with the theme of the bar and the Four Roses bourbon, and the service was conversational, fun, and effervescent like the event itself. The accompaniment suited both the intense aspects of the drink, the bourbon, and Pinot Noir/pink peppercorn reduction – here the Reverend presents us with a steak dinner in a cocktail format and a nibble; the natural spiciness of the Four Roses Small Batch, and that of the peppercorn and cardamom suits the steak perfectly. The Reverend excelled on all fronts and more.
So if you love your cocktails, get yourself a ticket asap, and see you at Cocktails ion the City 2017!
One Marylebone, 1 Marylebone Road, NW1 4AQ
Thursday 30th, Friday 31st March and Saturday 1st April, from 6 – 11.30pm
Tickets are priced at £15 and include a cocktail.