Archive for the ‘Cocktails’ Category

Shaker and Company

November 15, 2012

Headed to Shaker and Company for Thirsty Thursday with my cocktail companion Carole.


Tucked away on the dodgy road between Warren Street and Camden, Shaker and Company is a deep south style cocktail bar with a dark rustic wood decor and cocktails that pack a punch.


We were in time for Happy Hour (till 7pm) which meant £5 cocktails and £5.50 homemade pizzas.


We sampled the Tila Tequila (long and strong), the Potato Sack Sour (peachy), the delicious Cox“s Gravespinner and the sweet Clover Club…


Along with a homemade pizza with Goat cheese, tomato and parma ham. Big enough for two and perfect with drinks.


Ask for Simon when youre there, though great service was given by all!


Perfect after work drink catchup venue before catching your train home. Worth the trip!


Ninetyeight club, Shoreditch

June 7, 2012

Thirsty thursday led my housemate and I to the Ninetyeight club for some cocktail sampling…

This gorgeous bar is tucked away off Great Eastern Road, right in the heart of trendy Shoreditch. As it’s at basement level, it was a little hard to find but I’m so glad we did!

The bar is actually the basement if a 6 storey converted victorian building, with offices and flats above.

The decor is to die for. I would literally love to have my house like this! Calm white walls with funky toys, bright coloured sweets, candles everywhere and gorgeous Louis XIV furniture…hard to resist…

The detail is what really makes this bar special.there is enough to talk about to break the ice, but it’s also a calm setting where you can have a good natter in peace.


The cocktails were alright but not worthy of the £10 a pop price tag. Shame.
If they made their drinks more affordable, they would probably attract more people. But I guess it would then lose its boutique feel…

Good place for one after work with a good friend or to put a man to the test!


The American Bar at the Savoy

March 7, 2012

For my dear friend Lou’s 27th we are going to the  famous and glamorous  American Bar at the Savoy Hotel.

Open since 1889, The Savoy’s heyday were the swinging 20s, when cocktails were made for all times of day or night and all moods, from party starters to pick me ups to help-me-im-dying to let’s-do-it-all-again!

Blurb from the website:

This is the oldest surviving cocktail bar in England. It opened in 1893 in the original riverside part of the
hotel, and moved to this spot in 1904. Its devotion to the transatlantic style has attracted generations of stellar visitors from Hollywood to mix with the grand, gracious and notorious of London. New heights of fame were reached in the 1920s and 30s under its most  famous bartender, the irrepressible Harry Craddock, who made the White Lady cocktail famous and compiled The Savoy Cocktail Book, which remains in print to this day.

The American Bar has followed the 20s art deco style and I can’t wait to see it for myself! The Savoy Cocktail Book is legendary and I’m looking forward to sampling a few classics…

Look at these taken from the Menu!

American Bar Tribute Champagne Cocktails
Drinks created or made famous at the American Bar, as well as re-visited classics inspired by the Savoy Cocktail Book.
All at 16.50

Created by Joe Gilmore to mark the original moon landing in 1969. This drink features in a conversation between NASA HQ and Neil Armstrong, in which Joe  is invited up to the moon to create his cocktail, A champagne cocktail made with Grand  Marnier, grapefruit bitters and orange flower water.

The Royal Tribute
Created to commemorate the Royal wedding of Prince William of Wales to Catherine Middleton, this champagne cocktail follows a long-standing tradition of  creating drinks for special Royal occasions at the
American Bar. This most festive champagne and  Bombay Sapphire gin concoction, combines fresh winey notes with the subtle sweetness of cherries and  Chartreuse.

The Restoration Celebration
A glamorous gin-based champagne cocktail, which brings together the fruity flavour of cherries, cinnamon sugar, lemon and pineapple juice, all topped up with Louis Roederer Premier Cru champagne.


This lovely man describing the American Bar has got me all excited!!! Can’t wait for Saturday night!

October 7, 2009

Since watching Scrubs, I have wanted to try an apple martini. Or as J.D. calls them ‘appletinis’. They just sound so delicious! Perfect for a pre-going out cocktail with the girlies. Appletinis are sickly sweet, bright green and delicious! Oh and did I mention they are very strong? Here are the 3 best Apple Martini recipes, found on

#1 – The Classic Apple Martini


  • 1 part of Vodka
  • 1 part of Apple Schnapps
  • 1 splash of dry Vermouth
  • Garnish: Apple Slice


Shake these ingredients in a cocktail shaker (if available) with ice. Now strain into a chilled glass and garnish with the apple slice.

#2 – (Alternative) Classic Apple Martini


  • 2 parts of Vodka
  • 1 part Apple Schnapps
  • 1 splash of Lime Juice
  • Garnish: Apple Slice


Shake this apple martini ingredients in a shaker with some ice. Now strain into a chilled glass and garnish with the apple slice. Serve immediately.

#3 – Sour Apple Martini


  • 2 parts of Vodka
  • 1 part of Apple Schnapps
  • 1 part of ginger ale, or use a splash of Midori Liqueur
  • 1 splash of Lime Juice
  • Garnish: Apple Slice


Shake these ingredients in a cocktail shaker with some crushed ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the apple slice.

My Favourite Drink

October 7, 2009

“Happiness is finding two olives in your martini when you’re hungry.”

Martini is my drink of choice. I don’t mean James Bond style martinis but just Martini Bianco on the rocks or in a lovely martini glass with an olive or slice of lemon. It’s so funny because in England, martini bianco on the rocks isn’t really known as a drink. The number of bar people who ask me ‘would you like soda water or lemonade with that?’ No I wouldn’t thanls! What’s the point of watering down this beautiful, delicately flavoured liqueur! martini Bianco is quite strong though so you shouldn’t drink it like water. Or wine for that matter though I tend to. Hehe.