Willy-Wonka creations to liven up your evening; these are our favourites from London’s blue cocktail offering….
Words Helen Brown
Ever ahead of a trend, London bars never fail to impress with their weird and wonderful cocktail concoctions. First there were veggie varieties and then the refreshing frosé. Recently blue Prosecco has been doing the rounds on Instagram and now a new trend is sweeping the bar scene; blue cocktails. Below are a few of our favourites…
THE ELECTRIC LEMONADE
This citrus-fused lemonade has an electrifying buzz. It’s a gin-based cocktail which is lit up with a subtle sherbet tang and served in a general store light bulb.
DOCTOR’S ORDERS #2
This punchy little number blends Absolut Vodka with Blue Curacao, Lillet Blanc, apple and lemon. Served over ice, it’s a zest summertime cooler.
SAPPHIRE JUBILEE FIZZ
This is a heady mix of Star of Bombay gin, Oleo Saccharum, Violet Liqueur, Pineau de Charentes and Champagne. Fresh and fizzy.
This is a Japanese riff on an Aviation. It has a sake base, paired with plum wine. The clever kids at Ray’s Bar have added a dash of violet liqueur for some fragrant, floral notes and lemon to balance the sweetness.
THE BFG DREAM JAR
Jason Atherton revisited his cocktail menu at Blind Pig to include this fluoro-blue dream jar, inspired by Roald Dahl’s childhood classic. It’s made from a jumble of vodka, Swedish punsch, apricot, lemon and other things, but the best part? It arrives in a jar with glowing ice, in homage to the BFG’s dream collection.
THE LAST MANGO IN PARIS
Havan Rums, Plantation Overproof and Blue Curacao come together with zesty lime, punchy mango lassi and sugary orgeat to make this exotic concoction. It’s served in tiki mug with flowers for extra jungle fever.