London Cocktail Week: seven of the quirkiest cocktails, tried and tested

Blind Pig, Soho – Old-school with a twist (gin, green tea, malic acid,
tonic bitters and yuzu cordial)

Don’t underestimate the Blind
‘s “pop-in-a-bottle” cocktail. A carbonated blend, it
delivers a refreshing, sherbertty kick. It might be a modern twist on the
Collins but, sucking through the bottleneck with a straw, you can’t help but
feel the convenience factor of this drink has taken some of the
cocktail-drinking magic away. The bar is cosy with abundant seating – some
by a large street-view window. But calling itself a speakeasy is a misnomer.
Once past the doorman the Blind Pig is just an ordinary table-service bar
with, sadly, a truly awful playlist of bad rap that was played at constantly
fluctuating volumes. Monday to Saturday noon to 11pm; closed Sunday.
Teresa Machan

Hixter, the City – Tonight we Tanqueray Autumnal Orchard (gin, sweet
vermouth, elderflower cordial, apple juice)

Hixter City scores
brownie points for effort: each day of London Cocktail Week has seen a “vintage”
turn from the cocktail-drinking heydays of the Twenties: an acoustic set; a
wet-shave barbers; a shoe-shine boy… Etcetera. The star of the bar’s
extensive flight of gins is Tanqueray. I wouldn’t return for our quickly and
efficiently served Autumnal Orchard which was too sweet and lacked
sufficient kick but I’ll be back to try a Tini Tom (Tanqueray 10, cream and
olorosso sherries and balsamic vinegar, £8.50) and play bar billiards.
Outside seating and a decent bar snack menu (giant Yorkshire pudding with
whipped chicken livers) are a bonus. Monday to Friday 4pm to 2.30am.
Teresa Machan

Bread Street Kitchen, St Paul’s – The Devil is in the detail (vodka,
blackberries , pink pepper, ginger lime and soda)

Top marks for the boys behind the bar at Gordon Ramsey’s Bread
Street Kitchen
. The sprawling art-deco venue within the One New Change
shopping complex was packed when we went in and the staff, in silk bow-ties
and vests, really made our Wednesday feel like a Saturday. That’s what you
want from a bar, isn’t it? As for the special cocktail designed for Cocktail
Week – The Devil is the Detail – it was a berry-heavy feminine drink but the
slight kick from the pink peppercorns and the ginger made it stand-out. My
friend tried one from their regular list – the Mary Pickford with Bacardi
Superior Rum, Maraschino, fresh pineapple juice and Blossoms pomegranate
syrup, which was well balanced, with every flavour standing out. Monday to
Friday 10am to midnight; Saturday 11.30am to midnight; Sunday 11am to 8pm.
Ana Franca

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