Say No to Dry January with Zuma’s Winter Cocktails & New Tasting Menu!

January 2, 2018

For absolutely amazing cocktails this winter, look no further than Zuma, Knightsbridge for the ultimate in cool concoctions.  Their new bespoke winter menu will have you warmed up and ready to take whatever the New Year throws at you, without question!

Always a step ahead, Zuma’s brilliant Bar Manager Pawel Rolka and his very talented team of mixologists, have had their fingers on the pulse to bring you a list of drinks which are truly stunning in every way.  With trending tastes, popular Japanese flavours and seasonal scents, the new contemporary offerings are available along with the classic cocktail list.

During a mouthwatering sampling session, we were invited to sit at Zuma’s stylish bar area, whilst watching the staff blending and mixing up our drinks with some added theatre.

Before moving on to the new cocktails, we were excited to try one of the classics.  The Japanese Penicillin with Nikka by the barrel, Lagavulin, yuzu honey, ginger and egg white and smokey barrel stave, first created at Zuma Dubai is a twist on the recipe used in olden times to cure a common cold.  Definitely putting hairs on our chest, this heavy, heady mix  served in a huge glass is full of smokey flavour created by pumping smoke from burning woodchip into the drink for a heavenly aroma when you put your nose to the glass.  This drink is guaranteed to catch everyone’s attention around the bar – especially when the actual pump is brought out and those beautiful woody smells start drifting through the air!

With the brand new cocktails offerings separated into two menus – Nomikai and Kurashikku, we tried the beautiful  Shikimi Fizz from the Nomikai list – a mix of Konik’s Tail vodka, Grand Marnier, star anise cordial and apple juice, topped up with champagne for a truly sparkling drink.

From the Kurashikku list and as a huge fan of Margaritas, I just had to try the Fukaura Margarita made with Ocho Tequila, carrot tequila, cumin and coriander seeds, chilli and honey and lemon juice.  A new favourite of mine, the spice, sweet and sour was the perfect combination, while the Shinjuku Sour with Crystal Head Aurora Vodka has too many ingredients to mention, but tastes absolutely amazing – it’s also worth ordering this one to watch the drink being made, because it’s quite a complex mix and is beautifully and impressively presented with an edible rice paper picture which will transport you to exotic places before you’ve even taken a sip!

With warming, spicy and seasonal flavours being used throughout the winter menu, Zuma with its wonderfully cool, chilled out vibe and well heeled crowd is the perfect place to enjoy cocktails with a date before dinner.  You can even snack at the bar – we’d massively recommend the prawn tempura with light-as-air batter and beautifully juicy prawns which will whet your appetite, while not spoiling your meal.

If you’re booking for dinner this January, you might want to start the New Year off as you mean to go on with a light and healthy Shogatsu Tasting Menu which has been inspired by the Japanese diet of fresh fish, soy, vegetables and green tea.  With revitalising and nutritious ingredients, the meat-free menu offers dishes such as the Sake no tataki  (seared salmon with lime, shiso and soy) and the ​Zucchini no kushiyaki ​- grilled​ ​courgette​ ​with​ ​tarragon​ ​miso​ ​sauce.  Guaranteed to kick the immune system into touch, lots of ginger and spice used in dishes like the ​Suzuki no shioyaki (Seabass with burnt tomato and ginger relish) and ​Hamachi usuzukuri pirikara, ninniku gake (sliced yellowtail with green chilli relish, ponzu and pickled garlic) will ensure you start 2018 fit and healthy.  An exotic fruit platter with pink guava sorbet adds some sweetness to finish, followed by a refreshing Green Tea digestif.  The ​Shogatsu Tasting ​Menu is available throughout January at £55 per person and will be served alongside the original A la Carte menu.

Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Ashleigh Whitfield

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