Born from the spirit of adventure, COYA offers an immersive sensory journey by combining vibrant, creative and contemporary Peruvian cuisine and cocktails, with music, events and art from some of the world’s best talents. When I stepped into COYA Mayfair on a Thursday night, I was immediately transported into the weekend. The lively music, accompanied by a softly illuminated wonderland of greenery and gold-detailed furniture created the perfect backdrop to my night as I sipped excellently crafted cocktails.
COYA Mayfair is lucky to have Lorenzo Cisi as Bar Manager. With over 15 years’ experience in hospitality Lorenzo is leading the way in the cocktail development of the Pisco Bar, spotlighting and experimenting with Pisco, one of the cleanest and more underrepresented white spirits.
COYA has grown to become synonymous with unique, handcrafted Pisco infusions and creative cocktails and continues to showcase its innovative credentials with the launch of two new cocktail menus at both COYA City and COYA Mayfair.
Pisco is distilled from fermented Peruvian grape musts and juices. With a taste comparable to tequila, it has similar herbal and earthy flavours. While COYA’s Passion Fruit Pisco Sour continues to remain a firm staple across both menus, COYA City and COYA Mayfair’s new cocktail menus have been expertly crafted by each restaurant’s team to showcase their respective restaurant’s favourites, adventurous passion and charm.
Underpinning both menus is COYA’s curation of Piscos, principally the brand’s own COYA Macerado, which launched in October. The passion fruit-infused Pisco product is utilised in refreshing drinks such as the MaraCOYA Mule and MaraCOYA Spritz and is available across both London COYA venues.
For those who aren’t Pisco fans, but still want to experience what COYA’s new cocktails have to offer London, I suggest My Cup of Tea, with Victoria Regia gin, lavender liqueur, lemon, matcha and green tea air. The refreshingly citrus, floral drink, topped with a light foam dusted with green tea is the perfect, picturesque drink that tastes as amazing as it looks.
For spicy margarita lovers, the Ají Margarita is also an excellent option. With an invigorating blend of Don Julio Blanco, ají amarillo, jalapeños, fresh lime, agave syrup, green apple and avocado purée, the drink is a must-try. My friend, who is a margarita enthusiast, ordered this light, creamy drink and said it was her favourite of the night.
Exclusives to COYA City
Matcha Picchu – aromatic | herbal | fresh
Crystal Head Vodka infused with lemongrass, yuzu juice, Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto, basil syrup and matcha tea.
Choco Boulevard – bitter | spirit forward | nutty
Bulleit Bourbon, cocoa beans, Campari, Cocchi di Torino infused with coffee beans, orange bitters, sugar syrup, cocoa cordial and Campari pearls.
Exclusives to COYA Mayfair
El Ojo Rojo – fresh | fruity | tannic
Ojo de Dios mezcal, chicha morada and grape cordial.
El Hongo Negroni – bold | umami | rich
Yaguara cachaca, Campari, umami vermouth, Karminia Rosso Vermouth and Pimento.
If you don’t find the evening weekend scene appealing, you can enjoy the new cocktail menu over brunch, lunch or dinner to indulge in the new menu in one of the iconic COYA Pisco bars nestled within both COYA City and COYA Mayfair locations.
Since opening its flagship location in Mayfair in 2012, COYA has expanded globally to eight locations around the world. If you’re not in Mayfair or the City of London, you have the chance to experience the excellent atmosphere in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Monaco, Paris and Mykonos.
With multiple remarkable locations, COYA Mayfair is a standout — awarded Venue of the Year 2019 at the Prestigious London Lifestyle Awards, a recognition of the restaurant, bar and private members club’s dedication to serving world-class food and drink in a beautiful setting and reliably convivial atmosphere.
To discover more, visit: coyarestaurant.com
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