10 of London’s most festive cocktails
Festive Fireside – Aster Restaurant and Café
150 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5LB
Skylight Cobbler – Skylight
For twinkling views across London head to Skylight’s rooftop bar on Tobacco Dock, and take in the vista from inside one of its purpose built igloos. Among its festive offering is the Skylight Cobbler, made with a blend of Bombay Sapphire, 30et40, lemon juice, peach syrup and sugar syrup, topped off with Plum Bitters. (£9.50).
Tobacco Dock, Pennington St entrance, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 2SF
Overture – The Beaufort Bar
The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy have kept it classy this Christmas, offering the elegant Overture as part of its “Music Magic, Drama” cocktail list. While not strictly crafted for the Christmas period, it makes for a fine festive fizz, made from a blend of Gr
The Savoy, Strand, London, WC2R 0EZ
Brussel Sprout infused Margarita – Cantina Laredo
For a truly festive twist on a classic cocktail, you can’t do better than the Brussel Sprout Margarita at Cantina Laredo. Perhaps not to everyone’s tastes, but the mixologists at this modern Mexican guacamole and Tequila bar think it’s a Christmas cracker.
10 Upper St Martin’s Ln, London WC2H 9FB
Bianco Natale! – Quaglino’s
The team at Quaglino’s bar in St James’s have created this special Christmas cocktail for the festive season. Bianco Natale! is a blend of Cointreau, cacao white, yellow Chartreuse, lemon juice, egg white, chocolate bitters with a dark chocolate garnish.
16 Bury St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6AJ
Mince Pie Martini – The Little Blue Door
Leaning on the classics, micro supper club The Little Blue Door has devised this Mince Pie Martini, served with mini mince pies, for those who pass through its doors in December. Enjoy a three-course festive feast, for as little as £32 a head, in the cosy surrounds of this Fulham flat, decked out with all the trimmings and a “massive” tree.
871-873, Fulham Rd, Fulham, London SW6 5HP
Vegan Oat-Nog – Blade
When the Christmas season gets too hectic, it’s time to multitask. What better way to enjoy a cocktail, than while getting a trim? Blade barbers in Soho will give you a short back and sides while plying you with delicious cocktails, such as this vegan Oat-Nog. It combines Stagg Jr. Bourbon or Foursquare Dominus Rum with maple syrup, vanilla bitters, Oatly oat cream, Oatly barista oat milk and real organic cinnamon, garnished with a luxury soft date stuffed with pecans. A haircut never tasted so good.
26 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 5LD
Mr Fogg’s Festive Tipsy Tea – Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour, Covent Garden
Looking for a little sophistication this Christmas? Then look no further than Mr Fogg’s fantastical parlour, which this year has developed a brilliantly festive tipsy tea party. Enjoy a most intriguing selection of exquisite Champagne and gin teas created by Passepartout and the household staff for an indulgent afternoon of delectation and pleasure at Mr Foggs Festive Tipsy Tea. Available every Saturday & Sunday at 1.01pm & 3.31pm precisely, guests can sample a selection of our 150+ gins before choosing your destination, followed by a selection of mince pies, Victorian sweet and savoury delicacies. (£45).
1 New Row, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4EA
Clementine & Dark Chocolate Martinez – Duck & Waffle
Every year the cocktail team at Duck & Waffle, lead by spirits specialist Rich Woods, come up with a fresh set of Christmas cocktails, this year launching the 12 Cocktails of Christmas menu for the festive period.
Guests to the bar can get merry on a Mulled Negroni, White Chocolate Milk Punch, Yule Mule, or this Clementine & Dark Chocolate Martinez, served inside a Christmas bauble.
The drink itself is a mix of Star of Bombay Gin, Martini Rubino, Maraschino, distilled clementine and dark chocolate. (£14).
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
White Chocolate Milk Punch – Duck & Waffle
Another Christmas cracker from Duck & Waffle, this is the White Chocolate Milk Punch, made from a blend of Grey Goose L’Orange and Vanille vodkas, Noilly Prat, distilled white chocolate, split cream and clarified citrus – served long and carbonated. (£14).
We also like the look if the Fig and Chestnut Manhattan – a blend of caramelised fig infused Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Punt e Mes, and charred chestnut.
To add to the festive cheer, on arrival guests to the bar will be offered a cracker to open which will include the menu, as well as a hat, a joke and a drink-related gift.
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY