Cocktail Hour: ‘Rose Petal’ by Shochu Lounge
If your lesser half is as poor at buying you flowers as mine (come on, lads), then you will understand the appeal of a drink with floating flora.
And so it was that on perusing the menu in subterranean Shochu, my eye was immediately drawn to the ‘Rose Petal’ cocktail, a pleasant sounding concoction of rose petal vodka, gin, lychee juice and Peychaud’s bitters.
Aesthetically, I got exactly what the doctor ordered: my favoured glass style – martini – filled with a pleasing pink liquid and longed for flower petal (small pleasures). As expected, the bouquet was one of rosewater and perfume, but this sweetness on the nose did not translate to taste which, happily, was neither too floral nor too saccharine. The lingering notes were lychee and gin and, as I sat supping in front of Shochu Lounge’s famed ice block – from which frozen H2O is chopped it by hand – I concluded that this smooth, easy-to-drink cocktail would best be served on tap, all day – and night – long.
Despite my companion professing it tasted “like squash, not spirits” (not necessarily a criticism; who doesn’t love a tumbler of Robinsons?), our foggy heads the next morning suggested there was nothing unspirited about these. The mark of a good cocktail? I’d say so.
At a glance:
Cocktail: Rose Petal
Venue: Shochu Lounge, located on London’s Charlotte Street, is a Japanese influenced cocktail bar and spirit lounge nestled below award-winning Roka. Visit for drinks, or enjoy alongside robatayaki cuisine from the restaurant.
Address: 37 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 1RR
Contact: 020 7580 6464, rokarestaurant.com/shochu-lounge
Insta’ometer: 3/5. The lighting is a little hit and miss and the backdrop can be crowded, but the cocktails are pretty as a picture. Additional points if you get the ice block in shot.