On the whole it was another good year for cocktails but there are one or two minor negative things we could nit-pick about. Previous years had a good selection of free tastings and classes to entice people to new brands or simple educate them on what’s out there. These were rather thin on the ground this year with the new trend seeming to be charged admission to special events ranging from £5 - £40, this on top of your £10 wristband. There also seemed to be dramatically less street vendors this year, in fact on the Saturday I saw none. Whether this is a new direction or a one off for this year remains to be seen.
These issues aside how was the actual experience ? Well rather good.
Starting with our complimentary Ketel One punches at the hub we moved on to the Famous Grouse hub down the street. Here we sampled the range of Grouses from original Famous Grouse, Black Grouse, Naked and Snow as well as a ginger ale cocktail. My favourite is still the Black Grouse by far.
Sticking with the pop-up theme we moved on to the Hendrick’s bone shaker yard. Here I sampled a Gin and rose drink that was extremely easy to drink and something I will be attempting to recreate in the future, as well as a Hendrick’s gin fizz that was served in nifty little pre-mixed bottles.
Around the corner from there we had a few fruity Monkey Shoulder numbers and one that had tea in the mix (as well as a rather scrumptious Haggis toasties on the side).
Street vendor wise on the Friday we sampled Pink Pidgeon rum, which is a little bit sweet for my taste, Drambuie hot toddies and Disaronno sours.
Dirty martini offered up the Lady in Red which was a pretty standard Gin, blood orange and strawberry syrup sweet drink.
Dum Jam Wray & Nephew Reggar was an interesting over proof infused rum punch, which was pumped from a canister. The cocktail was nice and I’d like to return to try their food in the future.
So there we have it, that’s another London Cocktail week over and done with. Is it too early to book tickets for next year ?