A host of cocktail pop-ups are launching this week.
Firstly, Callooh Callay, fresh from being nominated for two Spirited Awards at this year's Tales of the Cocktail, has announced the next residency of its Upstairs Bar (formerly Jub Jub bar). The space will become a Dutch Gin House, with plenty of Bols Genever cocktails as well as wall-to-wall Dutch food, tulips and clogs (no clichés here!), from 28th May until the end of June.
The Bottle Bank by Twist London will pop up on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd at The Clerkenwell Kitchen as part of Clerkenwell Design week. Home-infused bottled cocktails such as "Dandelion & Bathtub Burdock" and "Cherry Pepper Pop" will be served for Â£5 alongside stonebaked pizzas.
Courvoisier has transformed the Fifth Floor rooftop terrace at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, into a pop up cognac chateau, with a bespoke cocktail menu and food pairing packages. There is also a tiny tasting room, where masterclasses will be held throughout the summer.
Tanqueray will be taking over Carom restaurant in Soho turning it into a living botanical garden, where customers can create bespoke cocktails using herbs and spices from the garden. There will also be a number of interactive masterclasses throughout the summer.
Vestal Vodka is operating a pop-up bar on a 50ft canal boat until September. For Â£25 (including 2 cocktails), guests set sail from Kings Cross, and moor up in Islington an hour-and-a-half later, learning about the brand along the way. Every Monday and Tuesday, teams of bars that stock Vestal Vodka are being invited on board.
Adnams has launched a limited edition, pale amber 3.8% alc./vol. beer to support the work of the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). Adnams has been supporting the MCS since 2002 when the company adopted a 1km section of Southwold's beach, organising regular clean-ups ever since. Fat Sprat will be available until September in selected trade outlets, and mini-casks will be available through the Adnams website.
Remy Martin launched its One Night In London app and booklet last week in a whirlwind tour of bars and cocktails. One Night in London features six of the best bars that showcase the best of the city's cocktail culture: Artesian at the Langham, Bam-Bou's Red Bar, Happiness Forgets, LAB, The Connaught Bar at the Connaught Hotel and Novikov. Soon to follow are similar apps/books for New York, Paris, Moscow and Tokyo.
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has been celebrating grain whisky since last Friday through The Grain Whisky Week, part of their 30th anniversary celebrations. There is still time to get involved, with tastings happening in London and Scotland until this weekend. (More information through the 'tastings' section of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society website)
Luxardo will extend its range of liqueurs with Sangue Morlacco Cherry Liqueur in June. Made from Marasca cherries in the Luxardo orchards in Torreglia near Venice, it is bottled at 30% alc./vol. so is stronger than most cherry liqueurs, and will be available for around Â£25. Look out for our tasting notes in the coming weeks.
Matteo Vanzi of Italy has won Bombay Sapphire's World's Most Imaginative Bartender competition with a cocktail named The Pastorini (Perfect Lady): a blend of gin, a homemade shrub of light jasmine green tea and pink grapefruit peel infusion, served with a juniper berry meringue. The final was held in Tuscany, where the 13 finalists were asked to use the locale as inspiration.