We all have our own ways of dealing with this spicy heatwave.
Wearing a vest made of ice, sleeping with your legs half off the bed/out the window/in the fridge, and relocating to the Russian city of Yakutsk are all on our radar this week. But sometimes, nothing is as satisfying as a cheeky, chilled drink.
You can pop round the corner for a pint, or head back home for the mother of all backyard gin and tonics. Or you can make a damn occasion of it.
We’ve chatted to six London mixologists about the refreshing cocktails that might save your sweaty soul.
Moonlight Fizz at Nightjar
During this heatwave of ours, live music spot Nightjar in Shoreditch favours a bittersweet, botanical-packed gin drink called Moonlight Fizz.
The citrus concoction is made up of The Botanist Gin, Samuel Smith’s Apricot beer, blood orange purée, prosecco, and Nightjar’s homemade kalamansi and buchu leaf liqueur.
‘It’s light, bittersweet and effervescent,’ bar manager Antonio Pescatori tells Metro.co.uk.
‘The perfect pick-me-up in the hot weather.’
Another star of the show is the special liqueur known as H. Theoria Hysterie, which is featured in the drink.
Antonio said: ‘Intensely fruity on the nose, this French liqueur explodes on the tongue with an ever-changing variety of fruity, spicy and floral flavours.’
Frozellini at Laki Kane
Islington’s Laki Kane is another bar that favours less alcoholic cocktails during the heat.
Lead bartender, Georgi Radev, recently developed his own take on the frozen cocktail obsession: the frozen champagne bellini.
‘We only use fresh tropical fruits in our Frozellinis and the introduction of a champagne makes it extra fresh and fizzy, but still light on alcohol,’ Georgi tells Metro.co.uk.
The Frozellini, which comes straight from the slush machine, is available in flavours such as peach and lychee, watermelon and elderflower and coconut and soursop.
Pepino y Mezcal at Sketch
The key to triumphing in times of serious heat is hydration, meaning less alcohol is wise.
‘With this hot weather it is important to stay hydrated, so you will need something that has a lot of liquid and not too much alcohol,’ director of Sketch, Pepijn Vanden Abeele, tells Metro.co.uk.
‘Spritz style drinks are always a good option, or a single rum or white port and tonic goes down well too.’
His pick for this week is the Pepino y Mezcal, a fusion of mezcal, cucumber, pineapple, lime, mint, honey and sparkling grape juice.
Fish House Punch at Three Little Birds
Jamaican rum bar Three Little Birds in Brixton knows a thing or two about boozing in tropical weather.
That’s right, we’re claiming this heatwave is tropical…ish.
Bartender Kundai Chakonda is partial to the ‘easy sipper’ that is the Fish House Punch, a mix created in 1732 at a Philadelphia fishing and social club.
‘The combination of Jamaican rum and cognac tied together with peachy goodness is an amazing dance of flavours,’ Kundai tells Metro.co.uk.
‘An addition of fresh lemon juice really brings the cocktail to life, balancing out the sweetness.
‘Soda water is added to lengthen out the flavours and reducing the Alcohol By Volume (ABV) to a perfect serve, allowing you to sip on a few of these throughout the day.’
Sake spritz at SUSHISAMBA
Being in a plant-filled oasis of a restaurant certainly helps with refreshing oneself, but SUSHISAMBA’s bar manager at the Covent Garden branch has other ideas.
‘When the temperatures are scorching at SUSHISAMBA, it’s got to be a spritz,’ Jorge E Puerta tells Metro.co.uk.
‘It’s light and refreshing and always a winner on a hot summer’s day.
‘For a twist on the usual, at SUSHISAMBA we make ours with black sake, rosé wine and St. Germain and serve it long with grapefruit oils and sparkling sake.
‘It’s light and floral and it really gives you that holiday vibe, without ever leaving the city.’
Miami Vice at Madison
Escape the heatwave and head to Madison’s rooftop bar in St Paul’s where you can watch others struggle down below while you sip a tropical drink.
‘Speaking about this fantastic weather, I love drinking something refreshing but at the same time sweet, something like a Miami Vice, a fusion between a Strawberry Daiquiri and a Pina Colada,’ bar manager Eduard Balan tells Metro.co.uk.
Enjoy the mix of rum, strawberries, lime juice, pineapple juice and cream of coconut – garnished with a slice of your favourite pizza accompaniment, pineapple – from the Madison terrace.
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