What are the most popular cocktails at The Ritz London? The Ritz London is one of the most iconic and famous hotels in the world, with its Rivoli Cocktail Bar being the ultimate place to be seen in the UK's capital city.
The Rivoli Bar is a small cocktail lounge bar giving a glittering refuge away from the hectic London Mayfair streets. It is stylishly constructed to give the sensation of going inside a golden jewellery box.
The Rivoli Bar boldly mixes up some of London's greatest cocktails, from The Rivoli showpieces; verified classics accessible all year round, to The Rivoli inventions; creative twists on cherished pairings that change with the seasons. The Rivoli Bar menu never fails to amaze and dazzle the senses, delighting the most sophisticated palates with inventive drinks in Mayfair.
Take a look at some classic cocktails you have to know how to make at home…
The Most Popular Cocktails at The Ritz London
The Rivoli Showpieces
The Rivoli Showpieces proudly toast the exuberant legacy and iconic history of The Ritz London and our rich city.
In honour of The Ritz London's founder, Cesar Ritz, this drink represents the inventive and original concepts Cesar Ritz introduced to the hospitality business.
COURAGE OF CHURCHILL
Sir Winston Churchill's favourite hotel was The Ritz London, where he grew the confidence to lead the country. This sumptuous drink is reminiscent of Churchill's unshakeable leadership and cooperation with America.
Butter Washed Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Ramos Pinto White Port, Maple Syrup, Vanilla Bitters
THE RIVOLI 75
In honour of the golden era of cocktail crafting, this is a variation on the famous ‘French 75,' which has been enjoyed at The Ritz London since its inception in 1930.
Bombay Grand Cru Gin, Yuzu, Simple Syrup, Champagne, Mandarin and Orange Bitters
We encourage you to salute a long and colourful history by sipping on this beautiful pure gold concoction created in 2016 to mark The Ritz London's 110th Anniversary.
Gold Infused Grey Goose Vodka, Grand Marnier and Peach Liquor, Champagne
A take on the timeless British classic. James Bond, the fictional 007 spy, invented and named it in the 1953 novel Casino Royale. Shaken, not stirred.
Grey Goose Vodka, Bombay Sapphire Gin, China Elixir Liqueur, Lillet Blanc
This cocktail's powerful and aggressive nature mirrors the position and structure of Lady Margaret Thatcher, the unrivalled figure in British politics, who famously said, “This lady isn't for turning.”
Whitley Neill Original Gin, Homemade Quinine Bark Cordial, Lime Essential Oils and Champagne
PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ
Come on, let's mix…
Written by Irving Berlin in grand inspiration of The Ritz London, we recognise the acclaimed songs approaching 95th Anniversary.
Macallan 12-Year-Old Cask Whisky, Matusalem 30-Year-Old Oloroso Peychaud's Bitters, Agave, Apricot and White Grape Soda
Overlooking London’s Green Park is the world-famous The Ritz London. This stunning Neoclassical building offers the height of opulence with luxurious bedrooms, exquisite British cuisine, and classic afternoon teas.
Bedrooms at The Ritz London combine stunning period architecture and antique furnishings with modern amenities. Decorated in warm colours, they feature high ceilings, ornate fireplaces and chandeliers. Rooms are air-conditioned and feature iPod docks and elegant bathrooms with designer toiletries. There is complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel.
The Michelin star Ritz Restaurant looks out over the gardens. It uses the finest of ingredients in cuisine that is classically British with a modern twist. The Rivoli Bar has an Art Deco style with gold leaf decoration.
The Ritz Club London is close to many theatres of the West End.
4 Classic Vodka Cocktails
Vodka drinks are among the most popular in the world, with the Pornstar Martini recently named the UK's favourite cocktail. However, the adaptable spirit itself is the key to the success of vodka cocktails.
Vodka is a grain alcohol that is neutral in flavour and generally made from wheat or rye. It may, however, be produced from other starchy materials such as potatoes or grains. It is thought to have originated at various times in Poland, Russia, and Scandinavia, with the name originating from the Russian word voda, which means “water.” The spirit's neutrality is what makes it so adaptable.
Emperor Vodka is one such adaptable brand. Emperor is created by hand in one of Europe's oldest distilleries, which has been producing vodka since 1658. It is five times distilled in copper pot stills.
Emperor's collection, housed in a bottle design influenced by the early 20th century Art Nouveau and Art Deco trends, includes a traditional vodka as well as many flavoured vodkas such as chocolate, passion fruit, mojito, lychee, and watermelon.
We've chosen three of the most popular vodka cocktails and show you how to create them at home.
The Cosmopolitan, or Cosmo for short, is a lip-smacking sweet versus sour drink. The current Cosmopolitan's actual origin is unknown, however it appears to have developed in the 1990s from a similar 1930s drink named the Daisy.
To create, combine 30ml of Emperor Original Vodka and Triple Sec Orange Liquer in a cocktail shaker with ice. 45ml cranberry juice, 15ml freshly squeezed lime juice, and a splash of Orange Bitters. Shake vigorously and pour into a chilled coupe-style glass. Garnish with an orange zest twist.
Use Emperor Watermelon Vodka instead for added zing.
This simple yet tasty drink is a knockout. Gustave Tops, a bartender of The Metropolitan Hotel in Brussels, developed the Black Russian in 1949. Tops designed it for Perle Skirvin Mesta, an American socialite and former US Ambassador to Luxembourg.
It's simple to make a Black Russian. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice and add 60ml of Emperor Original Vodka and 22.5ml of coffee liqueur. Pour into a rocks glass or tumbler after stirring with a long spoon. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and a slice of lemon and a dash of cola.
To add a mocha flavour to this classic, use Emperor Chocolate Vodka.
Many consider a traditional Vodka Martini to be the perfect cocktail, and it is one of James Bond's favourite drinks. The original version has inspired a slew of variations, including Espresso and Pornstar Martinis, which have proven to be just as popular.
Contrary to common opinion, a Vodka Martini can be shaken or stirred; the formula remains the same. Pour 75ml Emperor Original Vodka and 7.5ml extra dry white vermouth into an ice-filled shaker. Then, using a large spoon, swirl or shake for a few seconds, depending on your preference. Strain into a chilled martini glass and top with a green olive or a piece of lemon zest, as desired.
Try Emperor Chocolate Vodka in a Espresso Martini or Emperor Passionfruit Vodka in a Pornstar Martini.
The espresso martini is finally back — and we're here for it. We liked it in the '90s, and I still do: it's essentially a coffee boost accompanied by a drunken embrace.
Bartenders despise creating espresso martinis, which is all the more incentive to create your own at home. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, add your components (vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, and simple syrup), mix, drain, and enjoy.
We experimented with various ratios before settling on this one, which allows the coffee flavours to shine. Here's how to go about it.
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua
- 1 ounce espresso or cold brew
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- Coffee beans or finely ground coffee for garnishIn a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 1 1/2 ounces vodka, 1 ounce of coffee liqueur, 1 ounce of espresso or cold brew, and 1/2 ounce of simple syrup. Cover the shaker, pressing to seal, and shake vigorously until the metal shaker is very cold to the touch, about 20 seconds. Pour through a strainer into a martini glass and garnish.
What Can You Substitute for Kahlua or Vodka?
You don't like vodka? Although not conventional, there are several alternative options: We've seen “martinis” made with bourbon, mezcal, and tequila. The Kahlua can also be changed. It's only one of several coffee liqueur brands, so use whatever you have or can find. Add a crème de cacao if you like chocolate and coffee flavours combined.
Play around with your preferred spirits to tailor this drink to your tastes. We prepared one with Luxardo, tequila, and Kahlua and were really pleased with the results. You may also add cinnamon, cardamom, or any other spice that goes well with coffee to your simple syrup.
How Do You Make a Frothy Espresso Martini?
A shot of espresso is the greatest method to make an espresso martini foamy. Although we've included cold brew as an option and find it to be a wonderful way to enjoy this drink, it won't have the same trademark froth.
In What Form Is an Espresso Martini Served?
Use a martini glass or other wide-mouthed drinking vessel to serve your espresso martini. If you're using a wine glass, pour slowly to minimise splashing.
You may add a decorative touch to the top by dusting coffee grinds onto the surface of the froth or adding a few coffee beans in the middle of the drink.