There is probably only one place in London that truly celebrates our favourite summer spirit, gin, and that’s the London InterContinental’s Arch Bar. The Arch Bar reopened last year following a refurbishment and its extensive menu, featuring more than 20 gins, is themed around the tipple’s dark past. However, this place is far from a sordid drinking den, if anything the interiors showcase the glitz and glamour of the 1920s, while the elaborate and extravagant concoctions served demonstrate just how sophisticated the cocktail scene in London has become. We popped by for the second part in our Gin Diaries series – an attempt to convince the nation to well and truly leave that gin in a tin on the supermarket shelf.
First up was Mother’s Ruin, a decidedly dramatic bubbling short concoction. Cherry liqueur and Cassis give the cocktail a robust, slightly off red tinge, a dash of lemon gives a pleasantly sour taste, and with the help of dry ice there’s that mysterious cauldron-like effect. Never mind Mother’s Ruin, this would make a fabulous witches brew for a film set!
Next up came Poor Man’s Punch. Now this is a cracking cocktail. If the last cocktail was dark, mysterious and sordid, just like gin’s reputation, then this is the complete antithesis. This delightful summer punch, served in a delicate teapot, again with smoking effect courtesy of a little dry ice, proves particularly pleasant to sip on warm summer evenings. To put it simply, it’s fruity, refreshing and pleasing.
Of course, with such quantities of gin flowing, a sharing platter of fried calamari, juicy chorizo sausages, and mini salted potatoes with the crispiest skin and creamiest middle, was an essential addition.
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DRINKS FOR TWO AT THE ARCH BAR’S GIN & JAZZ NIGHT IN JUNE
One Hamilton Place, London W1J 7QY
Tel: 020 7409 3131
If you missed it, check out The Gin Diaries Part 1: The Fox & Anchor in London’s Clerkenwell now!