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Review – Cocktails In The City, London 30th March

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Review – Cocktails In The City, London 30th March
April 15
13:46 2017

(Drinking Trends) Cocktails In The City is always a highlight of my calendar. So I was delighted to be asked to be part of the judging panel for this years CITC. Housed this year in the imposing One Marylebone venue, Cocktails In The City played host to 28 bars from the UK and Europe. Tasked with sampling one cocktail from each bar, and joined by fellow judge Paul Bradley, I set about my mission with eager anticipation and a slight dread of the sheer volume of drinks that would be passing my lips.

The first observation is that an awful lot of venues are featuring carrot as an ingredient. In fact out of the 28 bars selected, at least a quarter chose a to feature carrot as an ingredient. Clearly a trending ingredient, but one that poses a number of challenges, not least because it delivers not that much flavour for volume. The two bars that incorporated it best were Himkok (Oslo) with their 21 Carrot Gold, and The Walrus Room with the Rabbit Hole which was served as an oyster accompaniment.  Himkok, one of the world’s most renowned bars was accompanied by Ruby (Copenhagen) and Linje Tio (Stockholm), as part of a Scandinavian take-over, sponsored by Wood ford Reserve. Of the three, Himkok was the most inventive, Ruby the most hospitable and Linje Tio produced the best balanced drink.

The richly seductive Dark Secrets

Other highlights included a delicious Jameson cocktail courtesy of Whisky Ginger, a refreshing and pretty Dreamboat Dolly from Cahoots, a couple of elegant Cognac cocktails from Disrepute, and the popcorn madness from Chapter 72.  The prettiest drinks came courtesy of Burlock with Jungle Is Massive, Barts with their Bonnie & Clyde themed menu and The Blue Bar at The Berkeley. While a doff of the hat must be paid to the Artesian for the most creative use of ingredients.

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Royal Rain from The Berkeley

The best production was from Three Six Six with an immersive Brockman’s gin Enchanted Garden, complete with cocktail fountain.  And as for the best drink? Well for me that was a win by the narrowest of margins for  The Spitalfields Bar (downstairs in Hawksmoor Spitalfields) with a  superbly balanced Celery number.

And the winners?
Joint 3rd place: Whisky Ginger and Cahoots
2nd place: Hawksmoor Spitalfields
1st Place: Three Six Six

All in all a great evening out, and I’m already looking forward to Cocktails In The City’s return to London in July. But if you can’t wait that long, check out their Leeds and Manchester events in May and June.

 

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Charlie McCarthy

Charlie McCarthy

A seasoned veteran of the international drinks scene, our Managing Editor, has spent the last decade opening new venues across the globe, consulting for key drinks industry groups, running A-list parties, and advising major spirit and beverage brands. Charlie is a respected figure in on-line, televised and print media for the global drinks industry. If it involves making drinks, chatting about drinks, thinking about drinks, writing about drinking, or drinking drinks, Charlie has been 'biting that bullet' since 2005.

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