Last Thursday, Around The World Bar launched their new summer cocktail menu. How exciting was it to taste some delicious cocktails and network with some amazing bloggers from the Manchester area! I went with Maya from the blog Maya’s World and got to meet some bloggers like Tasha and Laura. Who would say ‘no’ to free cocktails and food anyway?
Starting with prosecco and canapés upon arrival, we moved on to cocktails and mini pizzas and chicken goujon later on. The cocktails were made up of the classic spirits: vodka, rum, whiskey, gin, etc. The new menu is made of 18 cocktails and includes a Passion Fruit Margarita, Strawberry Mojito, Coconut and Lime Daiquiri and an English Country Garden made with Hendricks gin, elderflower liqueur, lemon and topped with prosecco. 18, yes. But not to worry, I didn’t had 18 cocktails in just one night. I limited myself to five plus a glass of prosecco, which is already quite a lot I must admit.
I got to try a Strawberry mojito, a whiskey sour, a Long Island Ice Tea, a Cosmopolitan and an Espresso Martini. Cosmopolitan had always been my all time favorite and it’s often my go-to when it comes to cocktails. However, I must say, trying an Expresso Martini for the first time was a revelation! So good! It is my new favorite cocktail.
I didn’t get to taste all of the cocktails. However, I saw there was many fruit-based cocktails in the menu. It’s a summer menu after all, which aim is, according to general manager Hannah Smithies, to take people back to their holidays, conjuring up memories of lying by the pool with a long chilled drink. I think the use of so many fruits, the freshness and the bright colors totally recreate this feeling. I mean, I could have definitely been drinking one of these cocktails by the swimming pool.
“A lot of the cocktails on the new list came from experimenting and sharing ideas, often putting together ingredients you’d never normally consider and coming up with amazing results.” Dan, bar supervisor.
I am no cocktail expert but I am sure it is an art to create new ones. Even making them. How long must it takes before you master cocktail making skills? Indeed, how amazing that they achieved such great results with experimentations, putting together ingredients at random and just tries? Even more so when I learnt that they had come up with much more but had to chose only the ones on the menu.
“We’ve got 18 new ones which made it onto there, but we rejected a lot more than that. We sample in groups because it’s important to get a lot of people who like a combination, one opinion isn’t enough, so a lot of it is trial and error. Something can look amazing but taste awful and then it’s back to the drawing board.” Dan, bar supervisor.
I guess that’s how creation works. You try and see.
I really had a lot of fun at the event. I am new to Manchester and don’t know many people here. So, it was amazing to meet some bloggers from the area and make new friends. Girls night out are already in the pipeline! 😆 The cocktails I tasted were absolutely delicious: sweet, fruity, easy to drink, summery. I will come back to Around The World Bar . Thank you to Lee Benett and Paul Knowles for inviting us.
Also, why is my picture always taken when I am either in a super deep (drunk) conversation with someone or just when I have the weirdest face on? I really wonder. Cameras don’t like me!
Do you like cocktails? What’s your favorite? If you live in the Manchester area, have you ever been to Around The World Bar? How did you like it? What do you think of their menu?
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All the photos but the last two have been taken by a professional photographer at the event. Thank you for reading. I hope you liked this post.
See you soon,