Cocktail weekend returned for another year and I for one was very happy! With cocktails at a flat fee of £4 across the City, this venture gives people an ideal opportunity to head into bars and restaurants that they might previously felt were unavailable to them. As long as you had a wristband you could purchase some unique cocktails, as well as unique experiences in the form of masterclasses.
On the Friday I met up with friends at the hub in the Mailbox to collect our wrist bands and grab a cheeky shot of Edinburgh gin. The natural choice after that was to try a cocktail at Malmaison. Fleur de Mal was a gin based cocktail, with lime juice, creme de cassis, elderflower and tonic. It was such a good start on a hot day, as it was full of fruity flavours but refreshing too.
Our next move was to head over to The Vanguard, where we had a fabulous Grand Marnier cocktail, with Wild Turkey, blood orange and lemon. I had never tasted anything like it! It was delicious.
The natural next step was to head to the Birmingham Whisky Club, where we had a Naked Rob Roy. I loved this so much I had two! We were also lucky enough to take part in a whisky masterclass.
Feeling like we’d started day one on a high, we thought a trip to Hotel du Vin would be good as it was on our way home. Here we had a zingy grapefruit cocktail.
Ofcourse it would be rude not to head from this into Gaucho as it was right opposite;)
By this time we needed food so the best option was Chung Ying Central. We obviously had another drink;)
On Saturday I did have evening plans, but I was still able to squeeze onto a rum and chocolate tasting at Hotel du Vin. It was really informative. Delicious rum and the chocolate were lovely and creamy.
After a food break I went to The Distillery, by the canal. Their cocktail was quite simple, but I really didn’t mind the change.
I also managed to get onto the Bols tasting.
At the end of the evening I just managed to get back in time for the Jim Beam tasting at Buffalo and Rye. The Knob Creek Rye went down a treat, as did the signature cocktail. So much so that I went back the next day for another!
On Sunday I met a group of fellow bloggers up at Marco Pierre Whites. This has to be one of the best settings, especially on a hot sunny day, however I learnt from the others that the cocktail was sadly a little lack lustre, so I didn’t even bother! Better things came from The Canal House.
However, it was simply getting too hot now so we moved on quickly to The Victoria, where we had The Highland Cobbler. This was a great success amongst nearly all of the group.
After this we went on different routes, where some of us went to a Wray and Nephew tasting at Be At One. Not normally a bar I would go to, but the staff were lovely, the rep informative and the goodie bags much appreciated!
With over 40 venues this year it was a push to do them all, but I gave it a good go! Hats off to those who did manage the list. There were definitely a few I feel I missed out on. Still, there’s always next year!
These words are my own and I bought my own wristband and cocktails.