When it's cold outside and the dark nights draw in, a warming alcoholic drink can be just the thing to stoke the proverbial fire. From spicy to steaming, London’s bars are hot on the seasonal tipples.
The Arch London
Just a stone’s throw away from Oxford Street, The Arch London hotel bar is in a prime position for when the Christmas shopping fatigue sets in. For a novel way to re-energise, a drink that will warm your hands as well as your cockles is the ‘Joie de Vivre’, made with flamed drambuie liqueur, fresh winter berries and hot apple juice.
Historically noted for its medicinal qualities, the classic Hot Toddy is more than just a popular tipple. Typically, it’s made with whisky, sugar and spices, and served hot. For a fresh take on the traditional toddy, visit Pitt Cue bar in Soho. The drink is made with bourbon, their in-house ginger syrup and orange bitters.
The Royal China restaurant group launched their appropriately named Firecracker cocktail last month, just in time for bonfire night (5 November). Made from rum, coriander, fresh red chillis and mango juice, and rounded off with champagne, it’s not warming in the literal sense, but it’s sure to put fire in your belly.
Specialising in house-infused spirits and cocktails, the newly opened Barsmith in Farringdon boasts a deliciously unusual drinks menu. Try ‘Hot Stuff Baby’, with citrus-infused vodka, carrot juice, egg white, stem ginger and red chilli, for a cocktail with a difference.
Another guaranteed crowd-pleaser during the Yuletide period is mulled wine, made with cinnamon, cloves, sugar and infused with oranges. Why not try a glass at the Spaniard’s Inn? It’s just a short amble from Hampstead Heath—perfect for a bracing walk beforehand. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, after all…
Those with a penchant for cider will be interested to try a hot brew at the Green Man pub in Fitzrovia. Known for its wide selection of ciders, this traditional pub offers a seasonal favourite: mulled, spiced cider.