There's no better way to relax and unwind at the end of a long day than by having a cocktail with friends. Londoners have a reputation of being real trendsetters, and when it comes to cocktails this is no exception. Talented bartenders from all over the world choose to live and work in London because of its vibrant nightlife and enthusiastic community of wine connoisseurs. Next time you visit the city impress the locals by ordering one of these fabulous cocktails.
The Cosmopolitan, or the Cosmo, is a martini cocktail that mixes vodka, triple sec, cranberry and lime juice to create a delectably sweet cocktail. A favourite among women, once blended the Cosmopolitan martini pours out a bright, vibrant pink and is garnished with lemon rind.
The mojito is another classic favourite in London, and this salty drink is a perfect treat on a hot summer day. Traditional mojito recipes combine white rum, soda, a splash of lime juice and fresh crushed mint. Many experienced bartenders like to reinvent this popular drink and put a spin on it by adding different kinds of juice or crush additional fresh fruits.
The Gin and Tonic is one of the most simple cocktails but is an iconic classic all over the UK, and Londoners especially like to experiment with different luxury gins to keep this cocktail fresh year after year. The recipe is, well, included in the name, and when you want to make one on your own you'll never have to worry about forgetting the ingredients. Simply combine gin with tonic water, stir and enjoy.
The French martini is a rich martini cocktail and a real favourite among the most sophisticated circles in London. To make it combine vodka, raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice; the real trick is in the way its blended, so watch closely next time you order this drink at a posh London hangout and see your bartender shake and mix this drink to perfection.
The Appletini, Apple Sour, or Green Apple Martini is another drink at the top of every Londoner's list. The Appletini combines vodka and apple schnapps with apple juice and blends carefully to create a tangy, tart treat. The trick to making the Appletini stand out is to use only fresh squeezed apple juice and add a dash of butterscotch schnapps, or line the martini glass with sticky caramel sauce to create a candy apple taste.
While these are some of the most popular cocktails in the city of London, each bar has their own unique head bartender who is responsible for reinventing classic drinks and coming up with their own recipes. Many bars do seasonal drinks so you can have something to warm your insides during the cold winter months, or something crisp and refreshing to keep you chilled out in the summer.
When you find yourself dreaming of cocktails and an evening out with friends, London is the place to be and you can stay in one of the many hotels in London at the end of a night on the town. Plan a tour of London's most famous bars, or find a favourite hangout and work through the menu. Whatever you decide to do, you'll be sure to sample some of the most delicious and impressive drinks in the world.
Timothy Jones writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.