Victory Mansion

Stoke Newington isn’t somewhere I go often, but I always seem to have a great time when I do. Last time I was in the neighbourhood I popped by the Victory Mansion for a few drinks with some lovely bloggers.

Victory Mansion, Stoke NewingtonVictory Mansion, Stoke Newington

A cursory glance at the menu will tell you that the whole place has a literary vibe – the name of the place is a 1984 reference, and the entire cocktail menu is full of them: The Rye, The Rich & The Wardrobe (Beefeater Wild turkey rye, rich tea biscuit, cherry, ginger, dry vermouth, orange bitters); Of Ice and Men (Olmeca Altos tequila, Smirnoff ice syrup, peach, green chartreuse, lime) and The Great Quacksby (Aylesbury duck vodka, aperol, passionfruit sherbet, lemon, ginger ale).

Victory Mansion, Stoke NewingtonVictory Mansion, Stoke NewingtonVictory Mansion, Stoke Newington

I loved all the unusual combinations and additions to the cocktails, like candyfloss.

Victory Mansion, Stoke NewingtonVictory Mansion, Stoke NewingtonVictory Mansion, Stoke Newington

One of my favourite things about Victory Mansion was the story behind it – this East London bar is built, run and owned by the staff. We also got to sample some of the food – my favourite being the lamb. It’s very low-key, but charming, and apparently they do a bottomless brunch, too!

If you’re in the neighbourhood, be sure to pop in for a couple of cocktails – you won’t regret it!

Victory Mansion is at 18 Stoke Newington High Street, London, N16 7PL.

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Kettner’s cocktail masterclass, Soho

Last Thursday evening I tagged along with Sherin from the HiFashion site to a cocktail masterclass at Kettner’s, on Romilly street.

Kettner's, Romilly Street

I am a massive fan of cocktails – particularly gin,  so a cocktail making class is my idea of a good time! We started off with a few nibbles, and got acquainted (or re-acquainted) with the other students for the night.

Kettner's, soho

Kettner's cocktail class

We went upstairs to the Apartment, which is one of their private dining rooms. I found out later that it was used by Edward VII to entertain his mistress, Lillie Langtry – he had a tunnel dug there from the Palace Theatre for their secret romps.

Kettner's cocktail classKettner's cocktail class

We started off with a Mojito – one of my all-time favorite cocktails. I picked up a few more tips, like putting a mint sprig behind the straws so you get the scent of mint while enjoying your cocktail.

Kettner's cocktail class Kettner's cocktail class

We moved on to an Old Fashioned – the best I’ve ever had, as I’m not usually a fan! We moved onto martinis: one dirty, one pornstar, the latter being my favourite. I can’t wait to go back to Cambodia where I’ll be using my new found skills to have them to accompany breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Kettner's cocktail class

Pornstar martiniMartini

HiFashion Sherin

I’m not usually a fan of competitive drinking (I’m not very good at it) but comparing my bartending skills to the others was so much fun that I made an exception! Definitely my type of workout.

Kettner's cocktail class Kettner's cocktail class

The highlight of the evening for me was definitely the cocktail competition at the end. Think of MasterChef, or Bake Off but with cocktails. Mine (imaginatively called The Erin – I blame my fuzzy, 4-cocktails-in brain for that one) was a mix of lychee juice, crushed mint, brown sugar, gin and soda water. It was actually really nice, and I’ll definitely be making it again! I lost out to someone with a watermelon-based concoction, and despite my wounded pride I do have to concede defeat as it was delicious.

The Erin cocktail

It was a great evening – although I wasn’t feeling it the next day! Thank you Kettner’s so much for a fabulous evening – I had a wonderful time.