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Wind Up and Wind Down at aqua shard

If you think that London is currently – and literally – awash with delicious cocktails, you’d be absolutely right. It is! And for once, the weather promises to be very decent. Your only decision, therefore, is about the location of your tippling. SEEN humbly suggests you get yourselves a) to the river, and b) high up: aqua shard on level 31 works on both counts.

aqua shard’s Bar Manager and leading mixologist, Luca Missaglia, has launched an innovative cocktail concept that invites guests to either ‘Wind Up’ or ‘Wind Down’ at aqua shard. Aptly timed with the arrival of longer, balmy evenings, the complete menu of four skilfully crafted cocktails is divided in two sections: Wind Up and Wind Down.

The Wind Up serves are playful options created specifically to rejuvenate, invigorate and revitalise; perfect to enjoy until the early hours after dinner at aqua shard, or for those swinging by whilst on the pursuit of the ultimate 24 hour London night out. Meanwhile, for those who wish to savour the evening in aqua shard’s sophisticated setting and bask in the views of busy London below, the Wind Down serves are designed to soothe, relax and unwind.

The first ‘Wind Up’ cocktail in the collection, Kick Start, is a fiery concoction and the perfect choice for those in need of a late night pick-me-up (that would be SEEN, then). Combining Tapatio Blanco tequila with smoky chipotle syrup and punchy chilli chutney, Luca showcases a contemporary take on a classic Shrub with this peppercorn twist.

Wind Up - aqua shard Kickstart cocktail
Wind Up – aqua shard Kickstart cocktail

The second ‘Wind Up’ is a crisp and refreshing Caribbean Colada, a taste of the carnival; Arak, coconut water, soda and homemade honey and pineapple cordial are mixed and served over crushed ice, and garnished with frozen
banana leaf, fresh pineapple and black pepper.

Wind Up- aqua shard Caribbean colada cocktail
Wind Up- aqua shard Caribbean colada cocktail

In contrast, the ‘Wind Down’ cocktails expertly handle flavours suiting those who wish to while away an evening in comfort and calm. Luca’s Lavender and Lime mixes Cocchi Americano aperitif, pineapple infused Arak and maraschino, with the soothing notes of homemade lavender and lime cordial.

Wind Down - aqua shard Lavender and lime cocktail
Wind Down – aqua shard Lavender and lime cocktail

To end the collection, the Calming Cognac is smooth and light on the palate. French sweet Sauterne is complemented with camomile in a warming reduction, combined with Hennessy, and finished with Absinthe ‘air’ – infused bubbles playfully balanced atop the cocktail. Make SEEN’s a large one!

Wind Down - aqua shard Calming cognac cocktail
Wind Down – aqua shard Calming cognac cocktail

The ‘Wind Up Wind Down’ menu is available on Fridays and Saturdays from 10pm – 3am. It’s what these long summer nights are made for.

aqua shard
Level 31
The Shard
31 St. Thomas Street

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