Summer may have passed, but there’s still time to enjoy a botanical cocktail at London’s pop-up cocktail bar, the Midnight Apothecary.
At the head of the bar, housed in the garden above Brunel’s famous Thames Tunnel and now home to The Brunel Museum, is botanist whizz, Lottie Muir. The pop-up cocktail bar started life in 2012 when the gardener and forager was tasked with transforming the neglected rooftop garden above Brunel’s Thames Tunnel in Rotherhithe, south east London, into a community potager with vegetables, herbs and flowers.
Lottie Muir, otherwise known as The Cocktail Gardener, said: “Midnight Apothecary happened by happy accident as a culmination of all these.
“I was asked to put on an inspiring event as part of Museums at Night in this redesigned garden. The Midnight Apothecary was born, initially as a one-off casual garden cocktail bar, using herbs and flowers to infuse and garnish the cocktails.”
This impressively abundant garden is where bar goers can sip cocktails made from foraged ingredients, pile round campfires, toast marshmallows, and tuck into Greek street food, made using local ingredients. Entry to the rooftop garden also includes entrance to the Brunel tunnel – a giant subterranean concert hall.
All herbal ingredients used in the making of the cocktails have been picked from the Brunel Museum’s garden itself or foraged locally. Cocktails that have previously featured on the menu at Midnight Apothecary include woodland martinis, Rhubarbra Streisands, hedgerow sours and the Chelsea Fringe Collins.
The Cocktail Gardener uses premium alcohol, where possible sourced locally, including the Old Tom gin from Jensen.
Brunel Museum’s Rooftop Garden works with local volunteers to maintain the garden and keep it productive. Committed to supporting local businesses and the environment, Midnight Apothecary also use Bermondsey’s Hiver Honey Beer in its botanical cocktails. Hiver Honey Beer helps protect the local bee population.
Midnight Apothecary runs every Friday and Saturday night until 30 September. Entry is £5 by advance ticket only. For tickets, click here.
Fortunately Midnight Apothecary’s cocktails can be enjoyed wherever in the world you are based. Lottie Muir has created a book, Wild Cocktails from the Midnight Apothecary, which features over 100 recipes using home-grown and foraged fruits, herbs, and edible flowers.
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