Cocktails at the Ritz. Just the sound of those words betrays the decadence. And decedent it was. A real treat.
The cocktail bar at the Ritz, known as the Rivoli Bar, is certainly vying to knock the Savoy's American Bar off its perch as London's swishest place to imbibe mixed drinks. Recently refurbished, it has all of the 1920s charm one would expect of the Ritz in general and certainly of their flagship bar. They've spent that refub money well, though: it is stunning.
We were only stopping in for the one, sadly. I had the Jalisco Smash, a new take on the classic mint julep, combining aged tequila, shiso leaves (a kind of Japanese herb, similar to mint (in taste, not style)), fennel seeds, lime and cucumber. It was lovely. But sadly too short. Way too short, in fact. With a julep there's a degree of stirring, which lengthens the drink. Not here: it was gone in minutes.
Grubster Girl had the Me Encanta, one of their infamous champagne cocktails, mixing aged tequila, grapefruit infused agave nectar, kaffir lime leaves and champagne. Again, very nice (and plenty of it this time). Quite dry (but then champagne cocktails often are) but very tasty.
Veblen bar. Against the American Bar's (frankly, I feel, superior) cocktails at £14 a pop (which is still bloody expensive, don’t get me wrong) I just felt it was all a step too far.
- GrubsterBoy -