Festive Cocktails at Kosmopol with Ballantine’s Christmas Reserve
If you have browsed our Christmas Wish List for some seasonal shopping inspiration, you will have noticed a real treat for Whiskey lovers, namely the release of Ballantine’s Christmas Reserve. The limited edition scotch has seven distinct festive tasting notes, including ginger, moist raisin fruitcake, ripe pears, sweet candy apples, caramel toffee, tangy orange and liquorish root. It sounds like Christmas in a bottle, right?
Well, earlier this week, The Sloaney team concluded that it certainly is Christmas in a bottle. We gathered at Kosmopol for a festive toast and had the chance to try the Ballantine’s Christmas Reserve in various forms of cocktail.
Kosmopol is run by Fredrik Olsson who is a master mixologist, so we were in safe hands. The cocktail bar is located on Fulham Road and is a lovely venue for a discreet after work drink and the Ballantine’s Christmas Reserve is available by request.
Fredrik served three different cocktails and we began with a strong Espresso Martini style of drink. This one is not for the faint hearted and the combination of coffee and whiskey sits well on the palette with the powerful flavours complementing each other.
The martini was followed by the zesty Clementine and I, which is delicious cocktail and appeases those who don’t necessarily select whiskey as their preferred spirit. It is well worth trying this fresh, citrusy cocktail and Fredrik informed us that this is a very popular choice during December, especially when paired with the Ballantine’s Christmas Reserve because it really brings out the fruity notes.
Last but not least, we were served the Manhattan, with was a bold finish to the evening. Again, this is for those who are fond of whiskey as it presents a strong, but delicious mix of flavours.
If you are looking to plan a festive drink during Christmas week or in the run up to New Year, book a table at Kosmopol and enjoy the very seasonal Ballantine’s Christmas Reserve cocktail selection. The broad range will please whiskey fans and first-timers alike throughout the holiday season.
Kosmopol is located at 138 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9PY Book by calling +44 20 7373 6368; The 2013 Ballantine’s Christmas Reserve Limited Edition is available in 15 markets worldwide, including Vietnam, the UK and Global Travel Retail. The price varies according to the market, with an RRP of £30 within the UK.