I was lucky enough to head along to the preview of Cocktails in the City which is taking place at the beautiful Mansfield Traquair on the 12-13 October. Tickets are £12 and include a cocktail on arrival. Worth every penny if you ask me! (read last year’s drunken adventure)
The preview was taking place at The Voodoo Rooms – I was very excited as I LOVE their chicken satay, and guess what, it was one of the canopies being served – happy days all round. On arrival we were handed glasses of Molvino Prosecco – very fresh, locally produced and bubbly of course. This went down a treat.
The idea of the night was to speed date with a cocktail and cocktail master maker. There were 5 stations set up in the Speakeasy room and you had 7 minutes to taste and learn about the bars specially created cocktail.
My notes got less and less as I consumed more alcohol…Ooops.
Anyway, let me introduce you to 5 cocktails that will be on offer…
The Voodoo Rooms & Drambuie – Honey I Shrunk the Bees
This cocktail is sweet and tastes of honeycomb, like an adult Crunchie. I like anything sweet so it was a hit with me. Although Honey I Shrunk the Bees certainly has a kick… After one small sip I already felt tipsy!
Bar Soba & Bacardi – The Butterfly Effect
The Butterfly Effect is influenced by Asia. This is a fruity concoction topped with coconut shavings and dark chocolate. This cocktail was smooth and sophisticated. I certainly felt like a proper grown up drinking this one.
Chez Mal at Malmaison & Leith Gin – Blue Steel
Blue Steel is sweet, colourful and has attitude – 46% Leith attitude (gin) to be correct. Along with gin there is a secret blue dye added, where the name of the cocktail came from. Probably one of my favourites from last night… but I am a gin drinker!
Juniper & Fair Gin – Fair Play
Oh lucky me. Another gin cocktail. Fair Play is named after the gin being Fairtrade, so you feel like you are doing good drinking this one. It is served along side a handful of goats cheese popcorn which surprisingly works really well. The cocktail itself is also pink which is an added bonus!
*Tip* – on the night they are also serving a gluten free cocktail.
G&V & Marker’s Mark – Red Wax Tribute
Red Wax Tribute is a bourbon cocktail served over ice. I am not so much of a bourbon drinker myself but I can say it smelt amazing. You certainly get hints of Christmas peaking through from the infused spices and a right hit of alcohol on the first sip. This is not a beginner’s drink!
And there you have it, 5 cocktails to consider at Cocktails in the City.
PS. You will be glad to know I ended up at home with a pizza to soak up all the alcohol. Roll on the 12 October!