RECAP: Cocktails in the City August 2021 | Sponsored by Real McCoy, Casa Noble and High West!

UKBG rounded off our Summer with a return to the Drinks Trust’s Cocktail in the City’s Summer Series. With a little help from our friends at  Constellation Brand, we brought a little piece of Prohibition Era ‘speakeasy’ history to Central London.

For those who don’t know, Cocktails in the City is an annual fundraising series of festival events, for the UK’s leading benevolence organisation for the hospitality industry, The Drinks Trust. It is an opportunity for bar professionals to build new, engaging and immersive experiences for an entirely new audience while benefiting our industry’s workers.

Our amazing bar, led by UKBG’s Head of Events, Adamo Varbaro, created an inspiring menu of classically-inspired cocktails from the Goldrush-era of Bartending – the 1920s-30s.

We were smuggled in three awesome lines – The Real McCoy 12 Year Rum, Casa Noble Reposado Tequila and High West Double Rye! with Adamo and UKBG Events Coordinator, Nicolas Medicamento, going on to present two masterclasses on the categories and their history.

With great ingredients, we made a selection of great cocktails. Check out our menu

Old Dirty Barbados

A twist on the Daiquiri, with a bold character with a zingy after-taste. A perfect serve from The Real McCoy family with character and texture.


  • 45 ml The real McCoy 12
  • 15 ml Ginger Syrup
  • 25ml Lime juice
  • 3 drops Orange bitters



Summer Vibe

A twist on the Paloma, with extra touch of fruitiness from fresh strawberries, and doubling down on that citric freshness with cherry tomatoes!


  • 45 ml Casa Noble Reposado
  • 40 ml Strawberry cherry tomatoes puree
  • 5 ml lime juice
  • Top with Grapefruit Soda


Double Sazerac

A real twizzler on the deep-south Sazerac! The chocolate elevates the native notes of the Double Rye, followed up on the palate by rhubarb flavours, and a refreshing absinthe finish!


  • 50 ml High West Double Rye
  • 4 drops Chocolate Bitters
  • 2 drops Absinthe
  • 10 ml Rhubarb syrup


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