With the country in tears tiers, who knows what next week will bring... all we do know is these are the epic things you should be drinking to get you through it.
James Bond invented the Vesper Martini (a no-nonsense cocktail combing both gin & vodka) after meeting the seductive double agent Vesper Lynd (double agent... gin & vodka... gettit?). Now, any Martini lover worth their twist knows that one of the best places to get this cocktail in London (we reckon the world) is at DUKES, made by the legend Alessandro. If you can't make it to the man himself, then why not invite him into your home? We know, Covid rules... so here's the next best thing: a pre-bottled Vesper Martini cocktail in collaboration with Alessandro, using the kickass No.3 Gin, the finest vodka & English vermouth. Forget shaking or stirring - this baby just needs to be chilled to perfection and can be poured straight up. Our kinda cocktail night in.
The No.3 Vesper Martini comes in a 500ml glass bottle, serving five cocktails, and is available to purchase exclusively via Selfridges and Selfridges.com at £35.95. Photo credit: @lateef.photography
You want bubbles? We'll give you bubbles - but we're also gonna make them organic. Because at BarChick we're all about getting fizz-cal, but even better if it supports biodiversity and wildlife. Who doesn't love a chilled glass of Champagne? (and lord knows we all need something to perk us up at present) so if you're not familiar with Maison Lanson then now's your chance to level up. Lanson Green Label Organic Champagne is produced using biodynamic cultivation, meaning the champagne is made using organic grapes. Wanna get more green? The labels are also all made from recycled paper. It's complex yet creamy, fresh & floral, & we feel like bouji eco-warriors drinking it.
The Green Label is the only champagne to have certification labels. Available from Majestic RRP £53.99.
If you love your caffeinated cocktails as much as you love brand spanking new bars, you're gonna lose your mind when you hear about this. From 19th-25th October it's UK Coffee Week, and Coffee Gin creators Lava Spirits Co have teamed up with awesome new Peckham bar Coffee & Cocktails to offer bottomless Gin Espresso Martinis throughout for only a tenner. That's a whole loada boozy caffeine for very little money, yo. Never had a gin-based Espresso Martini before? The crew from Lava Spirits Co have made their gin using South American sourced Arabica coffee beans so you know it's gonna sing in this bad boy. Rock up at the right time and give it a try (over and over and over again). Oh, and did we mention this bar has its own Basketball court? Swish swish, baby.
Bottomless Espresso Martinis are available all week from 5-7pm all week long (or 4-6pm on Monday) for £10 per person. Walk-ins only. 133a Rye Ln, Peckham, London SE15 4BQ
With the clocks going back next weekend, and the temperature plummeting quicker than the Government's approval rating, it's time to channel ALL the cosy vibes. Get that fireplace lit, pull on your thickest socks and pour yourself a tot of Burning Barn Rum to bunk down with. Inspired by the smoke and flames of a devastating fire that destroyed the founding family’s barn and toffee apple business back in 2015, Burning Barn is a kick-ass collection of rums redolent of smouldering embers and burnt caramel. The Smoked Rum gets its deep flavour from the real applewood sourced from the family orchard, while the Spice Rum gets its sophisticated and fiery flavour from whole spices including vanilla, ginger and allspice. Hot!
The Burning Barn collection is available on Prime and well as from premium independent retailers, RRP £30-35
Yes we know, we know, Summer is as over as Mariah Carrey's acting career, but that doesn't mean we're gonna be giving up the Aperol all too easy. Not when there's an epic brunch in Islington that offers Italian fare, a heated outdoor terrace, plus bottomless Prosecco & Spritzes. Keep the spirit of la dolce vita alive by heading over to Arenella, the brand new autumnal alfresco terrace that's just launched at The Chapel Bar. Every weekend from 12.00 – 17.00 guests will be able to enjoy a hearty Southern Italian inspired bottomless lunch, comprising mouth-watering 2-course meal and free-flowing spritzes and Prosecco. We've got our eyes on the Tortelloni Mushroom and truffle, butter and parmesan alongside as much Elderflower Spritz that it takes to forget the fact we missed our holiday to Italy this year.
£35 for bottomless Prosecco or Italian spritz cocktails such as Aperol, Vino Bianco and Elderflower, accompanied by 2 courses per person. www.thechapelbar.co.uk