A truly avant-garde cocktail bar, it serves only pre-mixed drinks containing strictly no ice, sugar, fruits or other perishables. And the process used to make these concoctions would not be out of place in a laboratory: hundreds of variations of the same cocktail have been tried and tested, with painstaking properties such as temperature, acidity, and glass thickness in mind...for true mixology aficionados, this is probably heaven.
Time spent waiting for a martini that you have bashfully specified must be “shaken not stirred” is no longer uncomfortable, because it now numbers about 30 seconds. White Lyan’s Bone Dry Martini involves opening a bottle of vodka, pouring it, and adding a drop of bone tincture (made by dissolving chicken bones in acid). It was the chalkiest martini I’ve ever had – and possibly the best...f you want to try something cutting-edge – or impress someone new – this is an elegant and entertaining option.
The headlines you’ll read about this Hoxton cocktail bar will proclaim that it doesn’t use ice. That shows how extraordinary it actually is to dispense altogether with such a time-honoured way of chilling drinks, but it’s not even the most exciting thing about White Lyan...Does all this sound a bit pretentious? Think about it like this: comparing White Lyan to your local boozer is like comparing Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck to a greasy spoon. It’s a genuine pioneer in a new cocktail movement – be a part of it yourself and visit.