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Join the après party

Thought après ski was just for the mountains? Think again, as a wave of pop-up winter-themed bars, cool cabins and chic chalets open across the UK just in time for the snowy season


Pop-up Patagonian
London’s Latin-inspired Floridita has opened the Soho Ski and Rum Chalet – an Argentinian-style ski lodge serving winter blends of rum, hot cocktails (try the Ski Break: hot chocolate, rum, chocolate liqueur and cinnamon) and winter classics alongside a Latin-American tapas menu. You’ll find it hidden beneath the restaurant’s famous sweeping staircase. Until February 2015, www.floriditalondon.com


The Winter Terrace at The Narrow
Fairy lights twinkle across the water, fire pits crackle and the gentle hum of Christmas movie classics on the big screen… The Narrow’s Winter Terrace may be outdoors but you can cut through the cold with a mulled beer, French Toddy or soul-warming Le Poire Chaud (hot Perry to you and I). Festive food includes Walnut & Gorgonzola Dumplings, Goose Rillettes Crostini, and Pigs in Blankets. Until 28 February, www.gordonramsay.com


Après Skate Bar, Bristol
At Clifton on Ice – a temporary indoor-outdoor ice rink in Bristol’s Clifton Village, local company Beerd Brewery has opened Après Skate, a rustic, Alpine-themed bar serving a selection of posh dogs, Beerd beers, champagne and hot chocolate. Until 4 January, www.cliftononice.com


Le Chalet, London
Shop till you drop… with a drink in your hand at this pop-up winter chalet on the roof of Selfridge’s department store. Alongside mulled wine and choc-tails (hot chocolate cocktails), there’s an Alpine barbecue menu – think spit-roast pork and smoked Highland venison – and a cosy interior of tartan wool blankets, candle-lit tables and trees twinkling with fairy lights. Until 28 February, www.selfridges.com


Curious TeePee at the Oast House, Manchester
This impromptu fairy-lit tent of a bar returns to Manchester’s Oast House for another festive run, with rustic wooden benches, animal fur rugs and woolen blankets – not that you’ll need them, this place gets so busy with Christmas revelers that body heat, and winter spiced cider, are enough to warm the teepee. There’s a hog roast and turkey roast on the menu, too. Until 31 December, Theoasthouse.uk.com

Piste at Archer Street, London
Snowshoes, vintage skis and boots line the wood-clad walls of this basement Alpine pop-up at Archer Street. Grab a seasonal apricot and cinnamon Bellini or a Let it Sloe (sloe gin, lemon, chestnut liqueur, plum liqueur, egg white and grated nutmeg) then raid the themed dressing up box to really get in the après-ski mood. Until March, archerstreet.co.uk

Tio Pepe x Pop, Cardiff, Leeds & Bournemouth
Sherry and popcorn? Sounds weird, right. Wrong. Tio Pepe has teamed up with gourmet popcorn specialists Pop to create a festive fino and popcorn menu. For a fiver you get a glass of smooth, dry sherry and three different savoury corns: pigs in blankets, roast turkey, and stuffing with blue cheese. Until 24 December at Ambiente, Leeds; The Larder House, Bournemouth; Bar 44, Cardiff.


Winter Cinema at The Berkeley, London
Christmas? It’s all about snuggling up and watching a classic festive film. Now you can do so in added style at this pop-up rooftop terrace that has been transformed into a pine-filled forest cinema, complete with fluffy cushions, Moncler blankets, hot chocolate and mince pies (or wine and canapés if you want to make a night of it). Bring on ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. Until 31 December, www.the-berkeley.co.uk


Drambuie Hot Apple Toddy Bar, Edinburgh
Warm up with a hot apple toddy in this not-so-inventively-named bar that sits next to the glittering Princes Street Gardens ice rink. It’s worth going for the design alone – inspired by the surreal art of Salvador Dalí – the Drambuie Hot Apple Toddy Bar serves other festive cocktails, too, and is the buzzing centre of Edinburgh’s Christmas, that includes cabaret, a funfair, market, theatre, comedy and even a Christmas tree maze. Until 4 January, www.edinburghschristmas.com


The Winter Cabin at York & Albany, London
Part sauna-part hunting lodge – think tartan, animal skins and taxidermy – the snug rustic cabin in the York & Albany’s courtyard holds just 12 guests, so it’s worth booking ahead (there’s are two-hour slots so that as many people can try it). Keep cosy with a warm buttered rum hot chocolate with marshmallows and snack on hearty wild boar sausages, black pudding scotch eggs and venison sausage rolls. Until February. www.gordonramsay.com/yorkandalbany


This article appeared in Metro on 23 December. 

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Get pisco-ed

A little treat to get into the mood this New Year’s Eve, with thanks to London’s Lima Floral for the recipe

Pisco Sour
2 ounces Pisco Quebranta
1 ounce key lime juice
1 ounce sugar syrup
¼ white of a fresh egg
Angostura® bitters

1 Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.

2 Strain into a rocks glass of appropriate size.

3 To finish, place three drops of bitters in the centre of the egg foam.

Tip: Key Lime juice and simple syrup can be adjusted to taste. Some prefer a more sour drink while others something sweeter.


Last days of Pisco

This feature appeared in Metro on 25 November…

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Forget the Negroni, ditch the Aperol Spritz – the new drink du jour is the Pisco Sour. Velvet-y smooth, complex and bursting with citrus-y flavours, this grape brandy from Peru is taking the bar scene by storm since Martin Morales opened the UK’s first Pisco bar two years ago. “When we opened in 2012 we were the first Pisco bar in Europe and we only sell pisco – no gin, vodka or rum. Back then only 500 bottles of pisco were sold through restaurants and bars in the UK each year. Now, in 2014. it is 40,000,” says Morales.

Everyone from Kate Moss to Mario Testino has been spotted there sipping the new tequila, and with the growing trend for Peruvian food it was only a matter of time before Pisco began popping up at all the hippest parties.

“Pisco is the perfect drink because it has the soul of cognac, is as versatile as vodka, has the complexity of gin, the smoothness of tequila and as much history as whisky,” says Peruvian Pisco connoisseur José Francisco-Modonese, who is about to open London’s first private members’ Pisco bar, with a menu of rare Piscos and a Bolivian DJ spinning South American tracks till the sun comes up.

The trend is not just reserved to fashionable bars and clubs either. “The rise of the Pisco Sour has helped to drive sales of Pisco,” explains Guy Topping of drinks retailer Amathus. “The diversity of the fantastic grape spirit means that Pisco will be huge in 2015 – we now sell more Pisco than Cognac.”

So if you want to be in with the “it crowd” this party season, order a Pisco Sour.

Martin Morales of Ceviche and Andina, who opened the first Pisco Bar in Europe in 2012
Martin Morales of Ceviche and Andina, who opened the first Pisco Bar in Europe in 2012


This bijou 16-seat cocktail bar has only been open for a few weeks but already it’s making a big noise on the scene, combining Peruvian classics with British ingredients. With the feel of an eccentric, faded colonial home, you can expect home-infused Piscos with seasonal berries, herbs and fruits – try the Mama’s Pisco, a blend of Pisco, fresh raspberry, mint, orange juice, or the Piñamama, a pineapple-infused Pisco with Dead Rabbit Orinoco bitters, orange curaçao, maraschino cherry.


Pisco infusions line the bar at Andina
Pisco infusions line the bar at Andina


Peruvian Martin Morales was inspired by his native Andean cuisine to open London’s first Pisco bar in 2012, and he hasn’t looked back. His second super-hip eatery and basement bar, has jar upon jar of different Pisco infusions, including elderberry, cat’s claw, pineapple, chilli, and even cep mushroom. The Amantani – vanilla-infused Pisco, gin, goji berry and passion fruit juice – packs a superfood punch, and the Pisco moonshine four-shot special, four sipping shots of strawberry, plum, pineapple and blueberry Pisco, is a great way to test out the varieties.

The free Pisco Sour masterclass with bar manager Miguel Arbe on the first Wednesday of every month at 6pm, is a must!



A pisco sour from Andina
A pisco sour from Andina


With a bright, favela-chic interior, this Birmingham restaurant and bar has a South American flavour that runs to the killer cocktail list, which has eight different Pisco-tails. The Pepino – fresh cucumber, Pisco, pear syrup, elderflower and lime – is cool and refreshing.

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Pisco Embassy

London’s first late-night members-only Pisco bar will open from midnight till 5am every weekend and centres around a 12-strong cocktail menu of beautifully-prepared classic and rare Piscos, bespoke cocktails and home-made infusions such as physalis, kafir leaves, orange and citron, created by head bartender, Lima-born José Francisco-Modonese. He visits Peru during the Pisco harvesting and distilling months each year, touring the vineyards, bodegas and specialised Pisco bars to find inspiration and exchange new ideas and concepts to bring back to London.


A PIscoffee cocktail from Pisco Embassy
A PIscoffee cocktail from Pisco Embassy

Pisco Bar at LIMA Floral

This stylish new basement bar, that fits 30 people, offers an array of Peruvian-inspired cocktails including LIMA’s signature Pisco Sour made with Pisco, lime, sugar, egg white and Angostura bitter. You can also customise your Pisco Sour with a range of home-infused flavoured Piscos including rocoto pepper, huacatay herb (an Andean mint), orange and lemon peels, and rasisin and cinnamon. Or go upscale with an El Senor de Sipan – Prosecco, apple juice, raspberry syrup, Pisco, Campari and Pisco foam.


The Pisco bar at Lima Floral
The Pisco bar at Lima Floral


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Brighton’s buzziest cocktail bar makes drinking a serious business, with a classy drinks list that’s as long as your arm. Their Pisco Sour combines the spirit with a simple base of sugar, lemon juice, bitters and orange zest, for a classic, grown-up take on the trend.


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Senor Ceviche

London’s hottest pop-up ceviche bar, which puts all its energy into serving the best ceviche and Pisco, and nothing else, has finally found a permanent home in Soho this month (and they’ve even broadened their menu a little). Owner Harry Edmeades went out to Pisco to source their house drink direct from the vineyard, and eight of the bar’s ten cocktails are Pisco-based. The freshly shaken Pisco Sour is still the signature drink.


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Black Dog Ballroom

Manchester’s New York-style speakeasy cocktail bar is championing the return of the Pisco Sour, which it describes as “one of the greatest drinks of all time, sadly lost to many of our generation.” The Little Bird is a tall cocktail of Pisco ABA, maraschino cherry liqueur, citrus, and ting (a fizzy Jamaican grapefruit juice), topped off with crème de mure.


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Pisco Bar at Coya

Head barman Jun Narita has been mixing seasonally changing PIsco cocktails as well as home infusions since this Peruvian bar and restaurant opened two years ago. Try the latest Blackberry Pisco Sour or sign up for one of the Pisco masterclasses and learn to mix your own at home.



Las Iguanas

With three outposts in Bristol, and others around the country, this bright and breezy South American chain serves up a mean Pisco Sour using Pisco, triple sec and lemon juice, with egg white and bitters.



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