And so, like that, with not so much a whimper as a whisper, summer is over. And what now, with the evenings drawing in again; what will sustain us through the darkening months?
Cocktails. That is what. Now, no one has ever quite pinned down the absolute origin of the cocktail, or the etymology, frankly, but all one really needs to know is that a cocktail contains at least one alcohol and it does more to revive a flagging spirit than almost anything else. And no where loves a cocktail quite as much as Covent Garden.Before the summer sighed away completely I took Caitlin to Tredwells. Tredwells is the sort of place where one can happily sit at the bar and toast life and watch people and feel quite content with one’s small place in the
Before the summer sighed away completely I took Caitlin to Tredwells. Tredwells is the sort of place where one can happily sit at the bar and toast life and watch people and feel quite content with one’s small place in the
Caitie and I were particularly buoyed by the Ableforth cocktails on offer, especially the Rambunctious, redolent of rhubarb sours and the Sloe Aviator with its Bathtub gin and sweet violet. The sweetcorn fritters that we ate with them were reason alone to go, as were the cheese-slicked chargrilled friggitelli peppers. Life is too short for a bad cocktail and this autumn there are plenty of places at which to hanker down in style. Try the epic list at Mr Fogg’s Tavern, where you can fug your head nicely on gin and forget the frosts appearing on the window. Or Balthazar, where the elegant counter bar is medicine in itself and counteracts the quick jolts of life. Here is the place to soothe furrowed brows with a classic Amaretto Sour or an Old Fashioned or two. For more far flung and exotic flavours you should seek out happy hour at Ping Pong, where selected cocktails are just £5 between 3pm and 7pm Monday to Friday. And newly-opened PF Chang’s is quite the place to be. The Fizu, with sparkling sake and cucumber, takes cocktails to another level and the more adventurous will be dazzled by the Xiang Xiang fizz which features pistachio vodka and soy sauce.
Whatever the season, whatever the occasion, there is always a cocktail to suit your mood. I say we should raise a glass to that.