The First Virtual Reality Cocktail? Report from London’s One Aldwych

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London has no shortage of glamorous hotel tippling establishments. But the absolutely gorgeous Lobby Bar at the One Aldwych has always been a favorite. So imagine our thrill when we heard they were adding a fascinating bit of high tech to the experience.

Indeed, as part of their new Showtime Cocktails program, one particular creation, The Origin (an urbane mix of Dalmore 12-Year-Old Whisky, Merlet cherry liqueur, cherry purée, fresh grapefruit juice, chocolate bitters & Lallier champagne) will get the full virtual reality treatment. The drink actually comes with a VR headset, which takes you on a magnificent journey from the Scottish Highlands to Covent Garden and back to the bar just as your cocktail is being served. For our part, having endured years of old-timey bartender mustaches and suspenders, we’re thrilled that the art of drinking is at last pointing the way to the future.

While you’re there, make sure to sample one of their other terribly sophisticated, theatre-referencing cocktails, like the Ce Soir, the Jasmine Breeze or the Fairy Garden Infusion, the latter inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 

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