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Published on June 17th, 2015 | by Gavin

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Cîroc Pineapple Summer Pop Up, Southbank

While so far this “summer” has been mainly about roof terraces, we forgot about the humble River Thames. It may not offer panoramic views of London like the Sky Garden, but makes up for all this and more with its unrivalled character.  Where else in the world can you rock up to the Southbank on a blustery June afternoon to find a roped off area where a party is in full swing complete with cocktails, celebrities and a live concert.

This is the launch of Cîroc Pineapple’s summer long pop up at the brand new London Riviera site created by More London. Over the course of the summer, the space is set to host everything from supper clubs to outdoor theatre, but with one constant, great vodka cocktails. In the shack you’ll find four cocktails all made with the brand new Cîroc Pineapple including a summer punch and a unique twist on a Pina Colada made with two flavours of Cîroc, coconut and pineapple. If that’s not enough, every Wednesday evening there is a cocktail masterclass (£20) so you can learn how to make your own Cîroc Summer Punch at home.

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Pineapple is the newest incarnation of the increasingly popular grape distilled vodka, which has other flavours include coconut, amaretto, peach and red berry. Much controversy surrounds Cîroc amongst vodka aficionados, with some claiming it may not even be vodka because it uses grapes rather than the traditional grain or potatoes to distil the spirit. I’ve heard many question the smoothness, but in my humble opinion, it would stand up to many of the big players such as Belvedere and Stoli in a blind test- give it a try if you don’t believe. It probably wouldn’t be my first choice in a vodka martini, but it’s smooth and works well with cranberry juice, so I have no complaints.

There are very few things in London which are as beautiful or relaxing as an evening stroll along the Southbank, and this summer, London Riviera has made it all the better.

Open daily from 8am to 10pm

Cîroc @ London Riviera, Queen’s Walk, More London, SE1 2DB

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Born and raised in Croydon, South London, Gavin is a lover of cocktails, a passionate foodie, and a self-proclaimed ‘dancing god’. A (relatively) normal guy that decided to start blogging about his experiences around the city he loves.



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