Aromatic, sweetly spiced and warming, London’s best winter cocktails are comforting and indulgent in equal measure. Guests at The Montague on the Gardens should head straight for the hotel’s magical Ski Lodge, which has all the charm of an Alpine chalet along with fortifying cocktails and hearty food platters. Elsewhere, enjoy innovative takes on classic winter warmers or original concoctions that capture the essence of the season.
What: Hot spiced cider
Where: Ski Lodge at the Montague
Surround yourself with festive cheer and the cosiness of an Alpine lodge at Christmas, all in the heart of Bloomsbury. The Montague on the Garden’s opens its Ski Lodge for the winter months, and it’s the ideal spot for a festive tipple and seasonal get together. Sip on a hot spiced cider in the comfort of this enchanting ski lodge, complete with ski racks, snow, pine trees and its very own snowmen and reindeer.
What: Hot Espresso Martini
Where: Bluebird Chelsea
Bluebird’s courtyard will transform into a Nutcracker inspired wonderland for the festive season. In a magical setting complete with toy soldiers and ballerinas, treat yourself to an enlivening Hot Espresso Martini, made with premium Belvedere Vodka.
What: Mulled Negroni
Where: Il Tetto Selfridges
Bringing the atmosphere and flavours of an Italian trattoria to Selfridges rooftop, Il Tetto is a warm and welcoming place for wintertime drinks. Order a mulled Negroni, made with an aromatic blend of coffee infused Campari, gin and chai infused Cinzano. Enjoy it whilst appreciating the skyline views wrapped in blankets, or huddle in one of the charming outdoor dining huts.
What: Sipsmith Winter Sloe Gin
Where: Charlotte’s W5
Beloved British distillers, Sipsmith have partnered with Charlotte’s to create a winter terrace where visitors can sip on deliciously warming winter cocktails. Alongside a ‘Hot Gin School,’ where you can learn how to create tasty gin cocktails, the venue will also be serving up Sipsmith’s characteristically creative takes on classic winter drinks.
What: Gingerbread Old Fashioned
Where: Coppa Club
Appreciate the beauty of the London’s riverside from the comfort of one of Coppa Club’s heated igloos. Situated outside the Tower Bridge restaurant, these wood framed pods are ideal for drinks with friends and come equipped with speakers and blankets. Put yourself in a festive mood by ordering the Gingerbread Old Fashioned.
Venture into the exotic and extraordinary world of Oriole; inspired by the explorers of the past, this award winning bar is known for its original cocktails. Find yourself a seat amongst the ancient artefacts and order the Alhambra, an indulgent mix of brandy, oak aged Bols Genever, cacao leaf tincture, Pedro Ximenez Molasses and Advocaat. Rich and pleasantly spiced, it’s guaranteed to ward off any winter chills.
What: Hot Gin Punch
Where: Woody Bear
Located on a rooftop on Oxford Street, Woody Bear is a bubble of unbridled festive fun amidst the buzz of central London. Furnished with vintage items and fairy lights, take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere and linger over a Hot Gin Punch, made with Bulldog gin, rosemary, Earl Grey and Cinzano Rosso.
What: Winter In Neverland
Where: The Gibson
With 1920s-inspired décor and an artfully conceived drinks menu, Clerkenwell cocktail bar, The Gibson is a favourite amongst cocktail lovers. Warm yourself at the bar and ask one of the talented bartenders for a Winter In Neverland. A Christmassy mix of cacao shell soaked Bols Genever, mulled spice cordial, vintage cider, apple and pear conserve and 7 year old mandarin bitters, this playful creation is served with a white snow waffle and cedar wood ice.
What: The Socialite
An elegant Italian bar and restaurant on Savile Row, Sartoria’s bartenders know how to mix a Christmas cocktail. Take a seat on the heated Cilento Terrace and order The Socialite, a chic and spicy concoction that contains Amaretto, Villa Zarri Brandy, apple juice and cinnamon bitters.
What: Winter Bishop
Understatedly elegant, Swift has attracted a loyal London following. Divided into an upstairs bar and a cosier, subterranean lair, head to the downstairs area and take a seat in one of the booths. Once you’re settled, request a Winter Bishop, a seasonal mix of Old Forester bourbon, primitivo, clementine sherbet and chestnut.
The ultimate winter warmer, an Individual Ski Pass at the Ski Lodge at The Montague on the Gardens includes a tasty Alpine platter and selection of seasonal drink
Image Credits: Lead image © Red Carnation Hotels. Ski Lodge food and drink © Red Carnation Hotels. Hot Espresso Martini © Bluebird. Sloe Gin Flip © Sipsmith. Alhambra cocktail © Oriole. Winter In Neverland cocktail © The Gibson.