Cocktail Inspiration from The Montague's Beach Bar in London

 
 

This summer, guests can have the feeling of being on the sublime shores of Hawaii, Barbados or the Bahamas, without even leaving London. Throughout June and July, The Montague on the Gardens will be hosting a truly exotic escape at The Beach Bar. Set in the heart of Bloomsbury, visit the Montague’s very own pocket

 

This summer, guests can have the feeling of being on the sublime shores of Hawaii, Barbados or the Bahamas, without even leaving London. Throughout June and July, The Montague on the Gardens will be hosting a truly exotic escape at The Beach Bar. Set in the heart of Bloomsbury, visit the Montague’s very own pocket of paradise for a tropical retreat or beach party.

Beach Bar in London

New to The Montague in 2016, this vibrant summer pop-up plays on London’s trademark serendipity and thirst for the excitingly new by letting sun-seekers sit with their feet in the sand, beneath the beach hut’s thatched roof and palm trees, with a Caribbean soundtrack and cocktail in hand. Bar Manager Manos adds to the bar’s authenticity with his background of working in beach bars in Cyprus. Manos’s cocktail of choice is the classic Piña Colada, straight out of a coconut. And, by taking fresh basil from the hotel’s garden, Manos has now created a gin and basil cocktail, too, as the perfect refreshment for warm summer evenings.

Beach Bar in London

No beach party would seem complete without a barbecue, so the Beach Bar at the Montague will also be serving up flavourful chargrilled meats accompanied by a Caribbean pineapple relish, and grilled tuna, prawn and salmon skewers. Then there’s the globally inspired vegetarian menu. Follow this with an irresistible rum and raisin ice cream cone or perhaps something a little more indulgent.

Setting the scene for vibrant summer parties in the heart of London, the Beach Bar is available for private hire, and for added Hawaiian spirit, The Montague are offering individual guests and small groups the chance to purchase a coveted Surf Pass too, which encompasses entry into the Beach Bar, a tropical coconut and pineapple cocktail and an irresistible beach barbecue platter. But first, take inspiration from these classic tropical cocktail recipes.

Beach Bar in London

The Piña Colada

As an all-time favourite, this sweet cocktail of rum, coconut milk and pineapple had to make an appearance at The Beach Bar. For the best results, serve over crushed ice and garnish with fresh pineapple and a maraschino cherry.

INGREDIENTS

1 oz rum

1 oz coconut cream

3 oz pineapple juice

Fresh pineapple

A maraschino cherry

METHOD

 Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, then add the rum and coconut cream. Shake and strain the mixture into a chilled glass filled with ice, and pour over the pineapple juice. Garnish with a slice of fresh pineapple and a maraschino cherry.

Beach Bar in London

The Blue Hawaiian

The Blue Hawaiian combines rum and blue curacao with pineapple juice and coconut milk, resulting in a vivid blue colour that serves as a reminder of the ocean. Try this classic recipe, then head to The Beach Bar to sample The Montague’s own version, which has been adapted for a little extra taste of tropical paradise.

INGREDIENTS

1 oz rum

1 oz curacao

3 ozs pineapple juice

1 oz coconut cream

Fresh pineapple

A maraschino cherry

METHOD

Combine all of the ingredients with ice, shake well and pour into a chilled glass. Serve with a garnish of fresh pineapple and a maraschino cherry.

While you’re revelling in the tropical vibe of the Beach Bar, try your luck in our Jet Ski Selfie competition and to be in with a chance of winning a trip to the Duke of Richmond in Guernsey. Then after sipping on cocktails and tucking into the barbecue seafood and burgers, round the evening off by retreating to one of the sumptuous rooms within the elegant Montague on The Gardens.

Image credits: Cover photo © iStock / ventdusud. Barbecue © iStock / aetb. Piña Colada © iStock / Slawomir Fajer. Burgers © iStock / Adam Petto. Blue Hawaii Cocktails © iStock / Ivan Mateev.

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