Cocktail hour here we come!

4 Oct

It’s been all about Cocktails here at Purple Grape recently, well especially for Cecilia and I.  Cecilia was a judge for this year’s Square Meal Chambord Cocktail challenge, last year was based on el Jimador Tequila and this year it was the black raspberry liqueur Chambord.  Clearly she needed a hand tasting all these lovely cocktails so I gladly sacrificed my time to help her out.  8 bars in Central London participated, each one having to create the liqueur’s new signature cocktail which was the Chambord Gl’amour and also a bespoke creation using Chambord.  Cecilia and I trialled these over several days and we both had our favourite bar.  Unfortunately some bars didn’t quite get the situation and just made us two of the Gl’amour which was lovely but we did want to trial their own creations as well, as this was a part of the competition.

Our two favourites were the London Cocktail Club  on Shaftesbury Avenue and The Covent Garden Cocktail Club (membership only), both filled with a great atmosphere, engaging and fun staff who really knew what they were talking about and who always wanted to chat (when they weren’t busy serving other customers of course).

This also leads on to the fact that it is London Cocktail Week  soon, in fact starting Monday 7th October.  It is centred around the historic Seven Dials in the West End, with lots of different events going on during the week.  Lots of different bars in the capital are taking part, and if you get yourself a wrist band each cocktail will only be £4!!  Apparently there will be a lovely street party atmosphere going on. Hope you will be able to enjoy some of the lovely cocktails!