World Cocktail Day is upon us. It’s a celebration of cocktails around the globe, marking the publication date of the first definition of a cocktail on 13th May in 1806.

So rid your shopping trolley of those pre-made pouches of pina colada and throw away that wilted mint you’ve been saving up for your home-made mojitos.

Get yourself out of the house, (or the office), and sip the best of the best cocktails that Manchester bars have on offer. Cheers!

Negronis at Salvi’s

Salvi’s head Bartender, Ezio Palazzo, from the Amalfi Coast, said: “Here at Salvi’s we use Italian ingredients in our cocktails to ensure our drinks are authentic and traditional.”

So why not transport yourself to the streets of Italy with Salvi’s new ‘Negroni special”’? The Negroni is a traditional Italian aperitif cocktail made with Amaro Mediterraneo – a bitter liquor from the Mediterranean, alongside Campari and gin.

Cherry Bakewell at Cosy Club

Patrick Reynolds, Bar Manager at Cosy Club said: “Being a British restaurant at heart, we’re lucky enough to draw on delicious influences around the globe whilst adding our Cosy twists. You can find a whole host of classics, right through to something a bit different like our Mulled Cider Margarita which is a drink that I actually invented!”

Patrick’s personal favourite drink is a Clover Club No.3 and his chosen cocktail special for World Cocktail Day is a delicious The Cherry Bakewell, inspired by the classic British dessert it includes cherry juice, Amaretto almond liqueur and Ron Barcelo rum. So get cosy and enjoy the extensive cocktail range at Cosy Club.

Strawberry Fields at The Liquor Store

Showcasing our new I Love MCR Strawberry Jam Gin, the talented mixologists at The Liquor Store on Blackfriars Street, has created ‘Strawberry Fields’.

Sweet and summery, this delectable concoction definitely isn’t something you should be missing out on.

Ocean Thousand, Mountain Thousand at Cottonopolis

The cocktail menu at Cottonopolis has won a lot of awards, including Cocktail Menu and Avante Garde Menu of the Year at this year’s Imbibe Awards – the big industry awards. That’s pretty huge deal!

The head Bartender Gethin Jones (no, not the hunky Welsh TV presenter) has chosen his favourite cocktail for the occasion: the ‘Ocean Thousand, Mountain Thousand’.

He says: “It’s a sour style whisky drink using Talisker Storm, which ages right on the coast of Skye, and uses Sea Buckthorn and Oakmoss as well as pastis and egg whites. Sea Buckthorn is a coastal shrub that has bright orange, sour berries deemed a superfood.

“Oakmoss is more commonly associated with perfumes as it is highly aromatic, it’s sweet musky scent works really well with the sour, earthy berry and the anise flavour brings it all together with the whisky. It’s garnished with the famous Great Wave & Mount Fuji too!”

Meet the Empress at Arcane

Sat just off Deansgate, this basement lounge cocktail bar is somewhat of a hidden gem. With a new menu launching this week, we asked the bar staff to pick one of their favourites to showcase for National Cocktail Day.

“‘Meet the Empress’ was created by our Assistant General Manager, Grace,” they told us. “She paired the unusual combination of tomato and rhubarb but both work beautifully to enhance the flavour of each other.

“We know it will be a firm favourite this summer. The cocktail is named after Queen Victoria, also known as ’The Empress of India’ and the Warner Rhubarb Gin is inspired by a crop of Rhubarb originally grown in Queen Victoria’s kitchen garden!”

Vietnamese coffee martini at Pho

Bartender Josh Evans said: “We like to put a Vietnamese twist on all our cocktails here at Pho and our Café Martini does just that. There is nothing quite like the unique taste of authentic Vietnamese coffee and sweet condensed milk.

“By pairing these ingredients with Ha Noi Vodka, our Ca Phe Martini immediately transports you to the warm streets of Vietnam. Served ice cold, it’s reminiscent of an espresso martini but richer and deeper in flavour.

“t works best as a cocktail before your meal or as a liquid dessert.”

Cathedral Bees Knees at Alston Bar & Beef

Bar Supervisor, Gary Anthony said: “We are renowned for our gins at Alston and most of our cocktails are made using the homemade gin that we create on site, alongside fresh ingredients.

“Our Cathedral Bees Knees includes honey that we source from Manchester Cathedral, opposite our restaurant, which gives it a lovely local touch.”

The Cathedral Bees Knees is created with Manchester Three Rivers Gin, Manchester Cathedral Honey, lemon juice and dehydrated lemon.

For every sale, 25p is donated to Manchester Cathedral.  

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