My Top 3 – Cocktails in the City

We had such a fun experience at Cocktails in the City, the only problem was we were not there long enough to try them all!
Every stall had such friendly and knowledgeable bartenders, who had a real passion for the work they do. However, after much exploring, chatting and tasting of their wares, I managed to choose three cocktails to sample. They were all delicious in their own way, and I would visit all of the bars in question. So, in the order I sampled them, my three recommendations are as follows:

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Cocktails in the City – London

Last Sunday I spent a fantastic afternoon at Cocktails in the City, an outdoor festival of cocktails in beautiful Bedford Square Gardens. Somehow, in quite a small area, they had created an alternative world, far from the hustle and bustle of London. 25 of the best bars from the city were hosting, paired with quality spirit brands. The best bartenders in town were creating speciality cocktails that showcased bar and spirit to perfection. It was also a lovely sunny day, which helped to create a fantastic atmosphere. As well as the bar stands, there was a tent for cocktail talks and presentations, food stalls, and a host of garden games, such as croquet and boules, to entertain the crowds.

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The Land of Frozen Delights

We toured rooftop bars, chain restaurants, dive bars, Mexican cantinas and even an outdoor beach-bar on Coney Island to find the best frozen drinks on offer. They were almost exclusively margarita-based, with the exception of a fantastic spiked lemonade affair known as a Bayou Twister (which still had a twist of margarita in the mix). The flavours were plentiful, including passionfruit, raspberry, strawberry, mixed berry,peach and even coconut!

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National Pina Colada Day!

Today is national Piña Colada Day, so there’s no better reason to treat yourself to a creamy island cocktail this evening!
The Piña Colada has been the national drink of Puerto Rico since 1978, but its history goes back far longer. The earliest known story states that in the 19th century, Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí, to boost his crew’s morale, gave them a beverage or cocktail that contained coconut, pineapple and white rum. This was what would be later known as the famous Piña Colada.

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