As winter gets into its stride, the temperature plummets and we look for every way possible to keep warm. It’s a particular challenge on evening out when wearing layers just isn’t practical or suitable for a nice little bar. I’ve decided that one way to solve this issue is by seeking out the best warming cocktails London has to offer, guaranteed to keep your hands toasty and your cheeks rosy. Here are the top four bars offering the tastiest cocktails that I’ve found so far.
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Artesian Bar, Langham Hotel (Central London) – Crowned the world’s best bar by Drinks International this year, it has got to be the cocktail bar worth visiting. Hot Punch, Buttered Rum and a Blue Blazer (served over hot lava stones!) – definitely sounds like three cocktails worth treating yourself to this winter.
Callooh Callay (Shoreditch) – One of the best cocktail bars in London, that seems to offer a different inventive menu each time I’ve paid a visit. Grow a Pear is their solution to the bracing temperatures – a hot cocktail with rum, rhubarb liqueur, pear, cinnamon and almond syrup, fresh lime juice and apple pieces with London Cocktail Society Christmas bitters.
The Lobby Bar, One Aldwych (Covent Garden) – If you’re heading out after a spin on the Somerset House Ice Rink and you’re looking to regain some warmth, pop in to The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych. They’re offering the Cinnamon Flame (Gentleman Jack, cinnamon liquer, amaretto) and the Persimmon Delight (Merlet Cognac, persimmon liqueur, pomegranate juice).
WigWamBam – Queen of Hoxton (Shoreditch)– A rooftop bar in the middle of winter doesn’t sound all that appealing. Throw in fairy lights, a tipi, a fire pit, toasted marshmallows and a cheeky hot chocolate mixed with a spirit of your choice, and it sounds more like a great place to enjoy with a group of friends.
Have you found anywhere selling great winter warming cocktails?