A hearty shake here, a stir of ice cubes in fine glassware there – it’s the cacophonous sound of London Cocktail Week in full swing.
Taking place in the capital this week, over seven nights of refined hedonism, a highlight of the event comes courtesy of perhaps the world’s most celebrated vodka brand, Grey Goose.
The return of a special flavour
Making a much welcome return for the event is La Vanille. Comprised of the same soft winter wheat from Picardy and spring water from Gensac-La-Pallue, used in every Grey Goose vodka, it is then blended with vanilla harvested in Madagascar.
The result: bold caramelised and toffee notes, that perfectly complement the finest coffee, ready for you – or better still, the bartender – to create the ultimate twist on an Espresso Martini cocktail.
And so to the party
For those wanting to try, or indeed rekindle a love with, La Vanille, head to Barber & Parlour on London’s Redchurch Street.
From 3pm every day till Sunday 7th, you’ll find the Grey Goose Café La Vanille pop-up where you can sample complimentary Espresso Martinis, to a soundtrack provided by the resident DJ.
Connoisseurs of the fine French spirit – dare we say it, like ourselves – will be pleased to see a plethora of other Grey Goose events taking place over the week, including a collaboration with St-Germain elderflower liqueur.
And a wall of flowers (1000 of them, which is how many go into every bottle of St Germain) for anyone looking for that perfect Instagram opportunity. Bottoms up and let those heart notifications roll in.
Make a beeline
Immerse yourself in St-Germain apéritifs at Petit Pois Bistro
Four of London’s finest French bartenders – Margaux Picard from Happiness Forgets, Jerome Allaguillemette from Sexy Fish, Sara Lecoyer from The Artesian and Steve Lawson from Bassoon Bar at the Corinthia Hotel – join forces to serve bespoke St-Germain cocktails from 5-10pm on Tuesday 2nd October.
St-Germain Flower Wall at The Cocktail Village
Enjoy a delicious St-Germain Spritz by a blossoming flower wall 3rd to 7th October.
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An Instagram masterclass for cocktail lovers
Instagrammer and foodie James (Food Feels) on “How to create an Instagrammable cocktail” at Grey Goose Café La Vanille: Friday 5th 17:30 – 18:30.
How to create the ultimate dinner party
Anna Barnett, acclaimed cook and author, will be at Grey Goose Café La Vanille on Saturday 6th October 14:00 – 15:00, with her insider knowledge on throwing a dinner party to remember (for all the right reasons).
St-Germain Brunch at Bourne & Hollingsworth
On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October, St-Germain is teaming up with celebrated brunch spot Bourne & Hollingsworth to offer a decadent menu featuring refreshing cocktails and sharing platters with an array of elegant dishes.