London has cemented itself as a hotbed of cocktail creativity, dominating a new list of the world’s best bars and mixologists.
At the ninth edition of Tales of the Cocktail held in New Orleans over the weekend, the British capital snagged five of eight awards in the international category.
For the fourth year in a row, The Artesian at the Langham hotel took the title of best international cocktail bar for elevating drinks to a multi-sensory, gastronomic and even cerebral level.
Recently, bar team Alex Kratena and Simone Caporale launched a new menu titled “Surrealism,” inspired by Salvador Dali’s Les Diners de Gala in which cocktails are served in giant copper ant structures; lit aflame; and spritzed with perfume. It’s called “Join The Colony” and made with Absolut Elyx, Wheat, Almond, Juniper and Bergamot (see top image).
Take a look at a few other cocktails from the best international bar:
Irish-American tavern The Dead Rabbit, where cocktails hearken “the golden age of American drinking” when the streets of New York were overrun by riotous Irish gangs, was named the world’s best bar.
Since opening in 2013, the accolades have been pouring in fast and furious for the Water Street bar in New York, where cocktails like Scarlet Lady and Gold Digger – developed after meticulously researching 19th century recipes – allow tipplers to time travel via combinations of Irish whiskey, bitters, sherry and bitters.
Helmed by a pair of Irish men, Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, the bar is divided into two spaces the Taproom, an informal pub on the ground floor that serves craft beer, bottled punch and whisky; and the Parlor, where mixologists tell the story of 19th century clergyman and reformer Lewis Pease through a narrative of 64 different cocktails.
Winners are voted on by a panel of 100 international experts. – AFP Relaxnews