London is a city famous for a large number of different reasons, but have you ever thought about the connection that England’s capital has to cocktails? Cocktails are more popular now than they have been for decades, so there is no better time to educate yourself on some of the very best that the city has to offer. If you ever get the chance to visit the Park Lounge Bar at the iconic Royal Lancaster London hotel, here are three examples of famous cocktails that you might sample.
- The White Lady – One for Gin Lovers
● 50ml gin
● 25ml Cointreau
● 15ml lemon juice
● ½ fresh egg white
This is a simple and delicious cocktail to prepare. Including the fresh egg white, combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake to create a thick foam. Add ice to the shaker after this first shake, leaving to chill. Once chilled, pour into a pre-chilled glass and garnish with a twist of lemon peel. The White Lady cocktail is the epitome of London sophistication.
- Espresso Martini – One for Coffee Lovers
● 100ml vodka
● 50ml freshly brewed espresso coffee
● 50ml coffee liqueur
● 4 coffee beans
Another cocktail where all of the ingredients can be thrown into your shaker together, this time with the ice already present. Shake for a longer time to create a thick, foamy combination that smells strongly of sweet coffee. A good tip is to shake until the shaker feels too cold to the touch on the outside. Finish the classy look of the cocktail by pouring into a chilled glass and garnishing with the four coffee beans.
- Black Velvet – A London Classic with Celtic Flair
The beauty of the Black Velvet cocktail is in its total simplicity. All you need to make the perfect Black Velvet is some Guinness, some Champagne and a classic flute glass. The measures are easy to remember because they are simply half and half. Start by pouring the slightly thicker Guinness up to halfway, and then finish off the drink by bringing Champagne up to the top of the flute. The two ingredients come together to create a rich, luxurious, almost creamy finish that is the perfect combination of London luxury and traditional Irish flavours. Especially perfect if you are planning on being in London on St. Patrick’s Day!