The trend: prohibition cocktails
on 11/10/10 at 5:55 pmSpirits
LONDON: That Prohibition-style drinking should suddenly be popular has a certain economic logic. After the Great Crash, punchy, pared-down drinks were served in small, dimly lit bars. Now, during the Great Crunch, tiny speakeasy bars are opening in London, hidden down alleys and behind shop fronts, mimicking New York bars like Please Don’t Tell, entered via a hot dog stand’s phone box.
Milk and Honey, a members’ club tucked behind an unmarked Soho doorway, was the first to introduce the Prohibition trend to London. Another Soho members’ club, Quo Vadis, employs a classic cocktail expert, Paul Mant, who is never seen without his metal shirtsleeve armbands. Round the corner at Hix you’ll even find English pre-Temperance movement drinks such as Punch à la Regent. For classics like daiquiris or daisies, try bartender Ago Perrone’s award-winning mixes at the art deco-inspired Connaught Bar.