Tag: Cocktails London Bridge

Nine Lives

Published on 19th July 2019

Nine Lives an awesome little neighbourhood bar off Bermondsey Street in London Bridge. This hidden gem, nestled in the Victorian basement of No. 8 Holyrood is packed full of incredible cocktails, great vibes & a killer soundtrack. Website

Local Expert: The Principles of the Perfectly Balanced Cocktail

Published on 26th October 2018

The world of mixology can seem daunting when you’re witnessing your local bartender in action, but creating a delicious cocktail isn’t rocket science. There’s a fantastic array of bars in London Bridge, but sometimes, a delicious drink from the comfort of your sofa is just the ticket… We’ve got the low-down from our local expert, Liam Scandrett at Bermondsey Street based WSET School London about the principles on the balance of cocktails, to help you along your way… The principles of the perfectly balanced cocktail Strong, Weak, Sour or Bitter + Sweet. As any experienced mixologist will tell you, these are the elements that form the vast majority of classic mixed drinks. This tried and tested format uses principles that have been perfected for over a century – and who can argue with that? Strong vs Weak Whether it’s rum in your Daiquiri, vodka in your Martini or whiskey in your Manhattan – the ‘strong’ element will form the backbone of your cocktail. These high-alcohol spirits should always be balanced by a weak element. In short drinks, this is usually chilled water (generally in the form of ice) Humble h20 can change many things about a cocktail, but its main job is to chill and dilute – softening and lengthening the alcohol. In long drinks, the weak element can be a non-alcoholic ‘mixer’ (e.g. juice, soda, tonic or tea). Sour/Bitter vs Sweet These elements go hand in hand – one without the other would be disastrous to the harmony of your concoction, as these opposites off-set each other. In classic drinks, the sour element can be citrus juice (e.g. lemon or lime – think Daiquiri or Tom Collins). Bitterness is often provided by cocktail bitters or a bitter liqueur – think an Old-fashioned or Negroni. Sweetness unsurprisingly comes from sugar; commonly in a syrup – think agave nectar in your Tommy’s or Triple sec in your Cosmopolitan. The Twist Now, what happens if you stick to these classic principles but ‘switch’ one simple sweetener for a more complex one, substitute from classic citrus to something more unusual, try out a different style of rum? You create a ‘twist. Bartenders have been ‘twisting’ for years; switching out classic ingredients, using modern technologies and methods to create unique variations of traditional recipes. These new-wave cocktails are often distant relatives of the originals, but they all have one thing in common if done right: balance. _____________________   The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is the worlds largest provider of wine and spirits qualifications for professionals and enthusiasts. The flagship WSET School London on Bermondsey Street offers beginner to expert courses and evening tasting events throughout the year. Learn something new this autumn and join WSET School London for their first ever ‘Saturday Spirits School.’ A hands-on course including an accredited WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits course complete with a tour of two fantastic local distilleries. Visit wsetchool.com to learn more.

Nine Lives Party

Nine Lives Frontier Block Party with Bulleit Bourbon

Published on 02nd October 2018

In celebration of London Cocktail Week, neighbourhood bar Nine Lives and Bulleit Bourbon are joining forces to throw the ultimate block party! Nine Lives will be serving up a selection of bespoke cocktails curated by Bulleit’s brand ambassador Jenna Ba, alongside delicious food from local culinary wizards Carve . Party-goers can expect an unbeatable soundtrack, bubble machines, Giant Jenga and – for the brave- The Wheel of Misfortune! Disclaimer; you may get slapped in the face with a fish… you’ve been warned! London Cocktail Week wristband holders will be privy to Nine Lives ‘£6 serve’ – The Frontier.  Check out an exclusive Nine Lives’ recipe in our online cocktail book ‘Cocktails in London Bridge‘  FREE ENTRY.


Published on 09th March 2017

T?NG – Part of the Shangri-La hotel located in The Shard. Discover a deliciously local dining experience, celebrating fresh ingredients sourced from suppliers in Borough Market. The name T?NG derives from the Chinese word for ‘living room’, reflecting the casual elegance of this restaurant and lounge on Level 35, just off the Sky Lobby. The design is sophisticated and subtle, with an open-plan finishing deck offering a glimpse into the kitchen’s lively buzz. The restaurant is a popular destination for breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and late supper. Every occasion is enhanced by 360-degree views, encompassing the River Thames, Tower Bridge, Maritime Greenwich, Canary Wharf and the historic counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Visit website