[Photo: Wallace Wainhouse]
Drinks writer Alice Lascelles reveals her favourite specialist shops for raising the bar with homemade cocktails.
‘I make lots of syrups and infusions, and the choice of herbs, spices and flower waters at this food hall makes it hard not to buy half the shop.’ 186-192 Kentish Town Rd, NW5 2AE. Kentish Town.
NORTH: Modern Times
‘To do cocktail hour properly, you need a good set of coupes. The owner of this delectable vintage shop sources glassware for top London bars.’ 34a Islington Green, N1 8DU. Angel.
CENTRAL: Hedonism Wines
‘Even if you’re not forking out for one of the rare wines and spirits at this offy-cum-artgallery, it’s still worth a visit. Nice staff for such a snooty location, too.’ 3-7 Davies St, W1K 3LD. Marble Arch.
EAST: Brahms & Liszt
‘This drinks shop and tasting room comes from the team behind the late, lamented mezcal dive Quiquiriqui. Expect classes, talks and a party spirit.’ 10 Chatsworth Rd, E5 0LP. Homerton Overground.
Alice Lascelles is author of ‘Ten Cocktails: The Art of Convivial Drinking’ (£16.99).