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Six of London's most stunning summer cocktails

It just wouldn't be summer without cool cocktails in the mix. Here are six of the best seasonal tipples mixed by the winners of the Time Out London Bar Awards

By Laura Richards
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The heat is on in the capital, so it's time to quench your thirst with a refreshing summer cocktail (any excuse, eh?). We asked the winners of the Time Out London Bar Awards to mix us the ultimate sundowner from their ground-breaking, trail-blazing cocktail menus.

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Six summer cocktails in London

summer cocktails in london, gentlemen's spritz, connaught bar
summer cocktails in london, gentlemen's spritz, connaught bar
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Gentleman Spritz at The Connaught Bar

Bars and pubs Hotel bars Mayfair

£17

Calvados, Galliano líAperitivo, champagne, rhubarb and red fruit cordial

They say ‘Everybody loves a spritz in the summer, so we’ve revisited it with a British twist from rhubarb but with classic Italian elements still in place.’ Agostino Perrone, master mixologist

We say It’s a spritz, but not as you know it. It has a blood-orange backnote while added bitterness comes from an in-house rhubarb cordial which gives the drink its gorgeous pink-orange hue. This upmarket version replaces prosecco with champagne and the glass is dressed in pretty apple blossom. Only the finest at the Connaught, babes.

Great for imagining you're... making the most of aperitivo time in Tuscany.

summer cocktails in london, dandelyan, jinsom blossom
summer cocktails in london, dandelyan, jinsom blossom
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Jimson Blossom at Dandelyan

Bars and pubs Hotel bars South Bank

£13.50

Gin, lime, yellow chartreuse, passiflora and camomile

They say ‘Inspired by Tate Modern’s upcoming Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition, we’ve created a cocktail based on flowers, capturing ethereal summery, floral notes but without tasting like potpourri.’ Ryan Chetiyawardana, founder

We say It’s a beautiful white canvas of a drink topped with dazzling edible flowers; this is art in a glass. It tastes sharp and, well, floral, to be honest. But it’s a subtle flowery flavour, with yellow chartreuse adding a sweetness that nudges the tipple into summer territory. Its silky texture makes it almost like sorbet – no spoon required.

Great for imagining you're... in a midsummer night’s dream.

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summer cocktails in London, Original Sin, The AOC
summer cocktails in London, Original Sin, The AOC
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The AOC at Original Sin

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Stoke Newington

£8

Calvados, cassis, absinthe, lime, cardamom, cider vinegar, cider syrup and tonic

They say ‘Cider is the ultimate summer drink – and we’ve selected other rich, deep French flavours to evoke a summer in Normandy.’ Tara Garnell, bar manager

We say This tall, refreshing and lightly sparkling glass will have you all nostalgic with its apple and blackcurrant flavours. Cider and brandy may conjure up images of a drinking sesh with your old man, but the flavour is surprisingly elegant with a sweetness reminiscent of toffee apples.

Great for imagining you're... in Normandy, of course.

summer cocktails in London, hedgerow, white lyan
summer cocktails in London, hedgerow, white lyan
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Hedgerow at White Lyan

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Hoxton

£8

Mr Lyan gin, bramble tea, sourdough, lime and redcurrant soda

They say ‘It’s a reimagining of a Clover Club Cocktail with a nod to summer pudding.’ Ryan Chetiyawardana, founder

We say This has a dreamy, marshmallowy texture, sensational tart flavour and more fruitiness than Carmen Miranda’s headdress – without using any fruit (like all the drinks at White Lyan)! It’s a clever cocktail that tastes like a forager’s wet dream, with added earthiness from a sprinkling of beetroot dust on top. Make allowance in your plans for a lie-down under a bush afterwards.

Great for imagining you're... summering at River Cottage.

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summer cocktails in London, Rum & Roses, The Punch Room
summer cocktails in London, Rum & Roses, The Punch Room
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Rum & Roses at Punch Room at the London Edition

Bars and pubs Fitzrovia

£13.50

White rum, elderflower liqueur, absinthe, lemon, sugar syrup and rose champagne

They say ‘For such a light and refreshing drink from our menu, it’s actually surprisingly boozy, especially thanks to its champagne float.’ Davide Segat, bar manager

We say This visually striking, two-tone drink with its giant orb of ice is a million miles from the punch served up at freshers parties. It’s just as potent, though. Sweet, floral notes from lemon and elderflower, and effervescence from a pink champers top make it a cracking summer serve.

Great for imagining you're... on a yacht on the French Riviera.

summer cocktails in london, americano, franks cafe
summer cocktails in london, americano, franks cafe
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Americano at Frank's Cafe

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Peckham

£5.50

Campari, vermouth and soda

They say ‘This is our owner Frank’s favourite cocktail. It’s simple, bitter and goes down really smoothly.’ Alex Enotiades, bar manager

We say Simple summer classics are best enjoyed up on the roof at Frank’s. Somehow the altitude makes them all the more refreshing. Campari and red vermouth give one hell of a bitter kick to the Americano, but it’s brightened up with soda and a big chunk of orange. No mucking around – this is a straightforward summer champ.

Great for imagining you're... holidaying in Palm Springs, Sinatra-style.

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