Wind up or wind down at aquashard

Enjoy a new series of late night cocktails overlooking 24-hour London from 21st June.

For the summer months, aqua shard’s Bar Manager and leading mixologist, Luca Missaglia will launch 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.

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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. Combining Don Julio tequila with smoky chipotle syrup and punchy chilli chutney, Luca showcases a contemporary take on a classic Shrub with this peppercorn twist. 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.

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. 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.

‘Wind Up Wind Down’ will launch on summer solstice - 21st June, the longest day of the year, and will be on offer Friday and Saturdays, until 3am. Adjacent tube London Bridge operates a 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays on the Jubilee line. 

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Located on Level 31, the bar at aqua shard offers inventive and skillful cocktails alongside welcoming and knowledgeable service, all with a backdrop of stunning views over London.