In the mix

From hardshakes to health infusions, summer cocktails just got interesting...

Cocktails with benefits at Barbecoa


Barbecoa are chanelling the latest cocktail trends this summer, by giving their menu a health kick. Yusif Al-Baggou, Bar Manager at Barbecoa, spills the beans: “The general public are becoming more health conscious and the discerning drinker is now looking for a healthier option when it comes to their cocktail.

"There has been a rise in the use of unconventional ingredients such as vegetables, herbs and spices instead of fruit and dairy in the pursuit of this.

"At Barbecoa one of our listed cocktails, 'El Bandido', uses ingredients frequently linked to salsas.Mezcal is mixed with fresh lime and a Verdita cordial – a common juice from Mexico, made from a blend of fresh coriander, mint, pineapple, cucumber, jalapeños and sea salt. This savoury, sour and slightly sweet drink is packed full of vitamins and minerals, perfect for those looking for a healthier spin on a cocktail." 

Tequilla time at Wahaca


It’s margaritas all the way at this Mexican street food restaurant. Check out founder and Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers’s classic recipe…

Ingredients (makes two):

  • Fine sea salt, for rims
  • 70ml blanco tequila
  • 50ml fresh lime juice
  • 30ml agave syrup
  • 2 lime wedges, to garnish

How to make it:

In this version of the classic, agave syrup is used to sweeten the cocktail instead of triple sec. The result is pure, refreshing and not bad for the health: with vitamin C from the fresh lime and low GI sugars from the agave syrup!

Prepare 2 tumblers with salt rims. Shake all the ingredients over ice and pour into the tumblers. Garnish each with a wedge of lime.

Late-night beats at Bread Street Kitchen


At Bread Street Kitchen, their new hot weather cocktails can now be enjoyed downstairs at their newly-opened Street Pizza, where you can drink and dine to late-night grooves by all-female DJs. Sip on the Street Spritz, made using Martini Ambrato, elderflower cordial, grapefruit bitters and Fevertree lemon tonic, or the Pompelmo Collins – a unique blend of Bombay Sapphire, pink grapefruit juice, sugar syrup and soda water.

Alfresco spritzers at Madison


What better way to enjoy summer in the city than with a cocktail on the Madison roof terrace? “Since we are having a great summer we are celebrating it as the Italian, French and Spanish do – with vibrant Mediterranean flavours and Aperitivo-style drinks with a Madison twist,” says Assistant General Manager & Bars Manager, Fred Tartas. Choose from the Daring Cobbler, made with Regal Rogue Daring Dry, vanilla syrup, grapefruit, tonic and thyme or the Wild Americano, which is a blend of Regal Rogue Wild Rosé, Rinomato bitter, Fever Tree elderflower tonic, strawberry and mint.

Indulgent drinking at Byron


Whether you’re grabbing a bite after work or heading down for a weekend brunch, upgrade your drink to a hardshake for a truly indulgent treat. Choose from Oreo cookie, Reese's peanut butter cup, salted caramel, strawberry, vanilla, chocolate or banana then go hard by adding bourbon, spiced rum or Baileys for that extra flavour hit. Tempted? How could you not be…