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Just like fashion, what’s ‘in’ when it comes to cocktails changes year to year, with ever more creative and delicious drinks available to try. With this in mind, we’ve done the hard work for you and found the best cocktail trends for 2022. So grab a pal and get ready to experience a taste sensation at The Yards. 

Low-ABV cocktails  

If you fancy something that’s low or alcohol-free for that next catch-up with your mates, you’re not the only one! Low-alcohol drinks continue to grow in popularity with lots of delicious options now out there to try, including low-ABV cocktails. Our restaurants at The Yards are never ones to be left behind, with creative serves for those looking for a no and low-alcohol cocktail that still packs a flavour punch.

Visit Maison Bab to try out ‘The Remedy’, made of CBD oil, Three Spirit Herbal elixir, lemon & egg white or stop by Bill’s for a glass of their ‘Cherry Blossom and Raspberry Spritz’ which sees Everleaf Mountain served over ice with Bill’s Pink Lemonade. 

New Year's Eve dishoom
New Year's Eve dishoom

A modern take on a classic 

They’re classics for a reason, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room to try something different when it comes to our most-loved cocktails. Next time you’re visiting The Yards, whether it’s for a first date, a long-awaited catch-up or after-work drinks with colleagues, try a twist on an old favourite.

Stop by Warehouse for a taste of ‘The New Fashion’ which features flavours of aromatic white truffles from Italy, grounded with sherry’s toffee sweetness. Alternatively, head to Dishoom for their version of an Espresso Martini, which uses chilli liqueur for an extra kick.

Tequila 

First it was gin, now Tequila is the must-try spirit of the moment, but where should you try this Mexican spirit? Where else but our very own Café Pacifico! Celebrating its 40th birthday this year, the restaurant serves up a variety of margaritas and other tequila-based cocktails, making it a must-visit. We recommend the ‘Bleeding Dove’, with lime, pink grapefruit, pomegranate, agave nectar and grapefruit soda combined with the spirit.  

Don’t miss Joyful Moments at The Yards this May, where you’ll be able to make the most of £5 margaritas at temper as they celebrate Cinco De Mayo on May 5th with a live mariarchi band performing from 6:30pm. 

Or visit one of the newcomers to The Yards, Lahpet, for their take on a zingy Margarita, made with betel leaf infused tequila and jaggery syrup.  

To bring a taste of The Yards into your home, Lahpet and Warehouse have shared a recipe for some of their most popular cocktails, so you can have a go at recreating these delicious drinks…

 

The Cherry Blossom from Warehouse  

Ingredients:  

  • 15ml Buillet Bourbon 
  • 10ml Raspberry Eau de Vie 
  • 40ml Cherry Blossom Kombucha 
  • 30ml Rose Champagne 
  • 4 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

Method: 

  • Gently Stir all the ingredients in a mixing glass.  
  • Serve over clear ice and garnish with seasonal blossom.

Lahpet Margarita  

Serves one (double ingredients for two)  

Ingredients:  

  • 50ml Ocho Blanco Tequila (or any other good white tequila) 
  • 4 Betel leaves (available at most Indian & Bangladeshi food stores) 
  • 15ml Jaggery Syrup 
  • 40ml Lime Juice (filtered through a sieve (optional))  

Method:

To make the Betel leaf infused tequila: decant the whole bottle of tequila into another sealable vessel, add 4 betel leaves sliced into ribbons and allow 4 to 5 days to infuse. This intensifies the pepperiness of the tequila and adds bitterness. 

To make the Jaggery syrup: Add 1 cup of jaggery  (muscovado or demerara sugar will suffice) to one cup of water; bring to a boil and simmer until dissolved. Leave to cool. 
For the lime juice: Squeeze 2 to 3 limes by hand or with a citrus fruit press and sieve the juice to remove the pith. 

To Serve:

You will need:

A Martini Glass

The garnish: Pink Himalayan Salt (or the best quality salt you have to hand)

Method: 

 Add salt to a saucer or small plate

Coat half the rim of your glass in lime juice and then dip the rim into the salt rotating the glass halfway

Shake the tequila, syrup and lime juice with plenty of ice and strain into your glass

This spring we’re celebrating moments that bring us joy at The Yards and to help us do this, illustrator Lizzie King has created artworks of the things that make us happy. Be sure to stop by, snap and share your moments of joy at The Yards using #FindJoyAtTheYards and by tagging @theyardscoventgarden.  

 

We will also be giving you the chance to win a number of prizes – including meals for two, a night’s stay at a local hotel, shopping sprees and much more! Stay tuned via our Instagram to find out how to enter the competitions throughout May. 

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