London Cocktail Week: Hackney Hitters

It might be Oct-sober for some people, but London Cocktail Week is flying in the face of all those abstaining. What terrible timing, as we can't think of a worse (better) distraction to get back on the sauce. The week-long event kicked off yesterday, with 200 venues across the capital involved and offering £4 cocktails, special events and pop-up bars, all for the price of a £15 wristband that can be bought from here. And while on Chomping Ground we're mainly food-focused, we can't deny the pleasures of a decent mixed spirit drink - plus it's the perfect excuse to get exploring all those off-the-beaten track bars - so here's all the 14 participating places in Hackney and their signature £4 cocktail for the week. Just don't try them all on one night, yeah?

East London Liquor Company – Darjeeling Sour (tea and floral drink made with Batch No.1 premium gin)

Peg + Patriot Cocchi Rhyming Slang (Cocchi Americano, Tio Pepe, Maraschino liqueur and orange bitters)

The Craft Cocktail CompanyTennessee (Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, mirabelle plum, apricot lime and vanilla liqueur

Satan's WhiskersSilver Pineapple (Havana Club 3yo Rum, fresh pineapple and lime juices, topped with white wine)

Pearl's (Upstairs at the Cat and Mutton) – Mutton Bramble (gin and lemons)

Peter's and Co. Gin PalaceCaorunn Peters Blackberry Gimlet (Caorunn Gin, foraged blackberries, fresh lime and sugar)

The United Radical Club (Downstairs at Mr Buckley's)Hackney Collins (Gin, home made raspberry and fennel shrub with lemon juice and soda)

184 Hackney RoadQuiquiriqui Margarita (Quiquiriqui Mezcal blended with hibiscus and cardamom syrup, fresh lime juice and agave nectar)

Looking Glass Cocktail ClubThe Intrepid Stag (Chivas Regal strirred lovingly with home made celery cordial, Cynar and dashed with Looking Glass Pannettone bitters)

White LyanStone Daiquiri (Stonewashed rum, turbo charged lime and mineral sugar)

BEAGLEGo Bananas (Tequila charged with a homemade pineapple cordial and pomelo soda)

Rotorino Rapscallion (Cocchi Vermouth, tawny port, Americano, Lemon juice, campari and crème du peche)

The PondA Dog's Life (FEW White Dog, green tea syrup and Lapsang Souchong tea tincture)

Ruby'sChilli Apple Martini (vodka mixed with vanilla, apple, lemon juice and fresh chilli)