This week we’re getting our drank on!
Last Friday Sarah and myself hit the town for fellow DTSFT-er Sophia’s birthday (which was great fun – we missed you Helen!). We went to a magical place called Bitter Sweet, a very stylish, boutique (small) cocktail bar in Soho. It was beautifully designed with a great atmosphere and, most importantly great music (the DJ was crammed in a tight corner, but as soon as the lights went off it was a raaaaave!).
But as I previously mentioned, it was a cocktail bar, and their cocktails were nothing short of glamourous (if not a tad bit expensive!). There were plenty to choose from, but here were the ones that we went for:
This was a fruity and earthy mix of strawberry, basil, Cachaca (a sugarcane liquor), Aperol (an Italian aperitif) and pomegranate. The taste was very unusual but delicious. I couldn’t taste much of the pomegranate, but there was a nice balance of strawberry and basil. A very refreshing and enjoyable cocktail.
2. Vanilla Monk
If you’re looking for something on the slightly sweeter, richer side, then the Vanilla Monk is a must-try. It’s made with vanilla vodka, Frangelico (a hazelnut and herb flavour liqueur), Kahlua (a coffee and rum liqueur) and fresh cream topped with chocolate shavings. It’s decadent and creamy with a nice bitterness from the chocolate. Think of it as an adult milkshake. Heavenly.
3. Lychee & Ginger Mule (couldn’t find a picture for this one)
Again, this is another unusual mix, but it works. It’s a warm and slightly sharp blend of fresh ginger, lychee liqueur, lychee juice, lemon juice, Plymouth Gin, ginger beer and Angostura bitters (concentrated bitters made with herbs and spices). Although the Basilicious was my favourite, this one came a close second, and I think that if I went back there this would be my first drink of the night.
4. The Pinstripe
Sleek, sophisticated and sexy, this drink should be drunk in a dimly lit corner of the bar with a gentleman friend dressed in a fitted designer suit (with a pocket square). It contains fresh raspberries, Absolut Vodka, Chambord liqueur (a black raspberry liqueur), honey, fresh mint, lime and apple juice. It’s very fruity and a gorgeous colour, and it kind of reminds me of something people would drink in the 50s.
So check out Bitter Sweet when you get the chance, it’s a great night out and the cocktails are divine!