This morning I received an email from Foursquare (a location-based social network where you can “check in” at different locations) indicating that I have been ousted as the “mayor” at one of my favourite champagne bars in London, Searcys. I have only been away traveling for six days and apparently there is a new mayor in town. I will reclaim my mayorship but in the mean time, I thought I would share about a classic champagne cocktail that Searcys Champagne Bar does very well – The Classic!
Classic Champagne Cocktail
The Classic Champagne Cocktail is perfect to add a little extra to your celebration. The Classic recipe is simple:
- 1 sugar cube (I prefer brown sugar)
- 2 dashes bitters
- 20ml/3/4fl oz Cognac
- Champagne (I personally like the Besserat de Bellefon Grande Tradition NV that Searcys uses)
Tip: Soak the sugar cube in bitters & garnish with a lemon twist.
Hope you enjoy it! Now I have to go and reclaim my mayorship!
I recently took a trip to Copenhagen since it had been in my priority short list of places to visit and finally happened. The city is beautiful! Modern, easy to navigate, amazing architecture, great design, super bike friendly… I could easily retire there. When it comes to cocktails, it’s pretty good as well. Although I like to blog more about signature cocktails in London and around the world, I’ll actually share about a Classic Daiquiri.
Just outside of Copenhagen (about 5 minute drive) you’ll find Skybar . An extremely modern an eclectic bar on the 23rd floor of the Bella Sky hotel. The atmosphere is very chilled and laid back yet sophisticated and stylish with amazing views of Copenhagen. The cocktail menu is not long but very selective wich I personally appreciate. Out of all things, I actually went for the Daiquiri and it was flawless!
Usually, when I share about liking Daiquiris, people tend to ask me “what flavour?” Traditionally, a Daiquiri is only one fruit ingredient – lime! I know there are strawberry, banana, mango, etc. But if you haven’t tried a Classic Daiquiri, I would highly recommend you do so.
Here’s my recipe to a killer “Daiquiri”:
2oz. White rum
1oz. Fresh Lime Juice (no artificial lime juice. it pays to squeeze the limes!)
1/2oz. Simple Syrup (if you want my signature recipe, drop me a comment or email)
Serve chilled in a martini glass
Garnish with a lime or mint (optional)
Hope you enjoy it! Feel free to share your thoughts / comments.
Cocktails at The Botanist
The sun is out for more than one day in a row, the weather is getting pretty warm (no complaints), summer is just around the corner in London! If you fancy a refreshing cocktail, head out to The Botanist in Sloane Square where you can find a great selection of martinis and enjoy them in a great atmosphere seating either inside or outside. My recommendation would be a Fresh Fruit Martini, like the one pictured on the left.
The Botanist carries a wide selection of seasonal fruits and it’s served with Smirnoff Black vodka and natural sugar. Ask the bartender for your fruit of choice or simply ask them to recommend something for you (make sure to tell them what you like as this always helps). I asked them to surprise me and was not disappointed with the Watermelon martini they gave me.
If you visit The Botanist and try a different fruit or a different drink, please feel free to share your thoughts and experience here in Cocktailheure!