The other week I was invited down to try out the wonderful looking new cocktail menu at Bar Opus in Birmingham’s Snow Hill area.
The bartenders at Bar Opus are known for mixing up fresh and seasonal cocktails. Using freshly picked herbs from their terrace herb garden as well as local and British produce where possible. So what do they have to offer for autumn/winter 2016… (FYI we had tasters, a full cocktail each and we’d have been on the floor!)
We started off with a cocktail of the type I would never usually pick. A milky, creamy concoction called Milk Punch. This used Makers Mark, Kraken rum, vanilla syrup, half and half milk and is topped off with grated nutmeg. For me this was just too sweet, it definitely wasn’t for me. But I know that some of the other blogger’s did enjoy it.
Next up was something more for me the Hereford Scrambler. This used some of the extensive collection of Chase spirits Bar Opus have. This drink uses Chase rhubarb vodka, Chase blackcurrant liqueur, lemon, lime and is topped off with soda. For me this was very much like a Bramble, but a wonderful twist on one. The rhubarb balances the sweet of the blackcurrant, a definite favourite of mine from the night.
We then moved on to a shorter drink, a Clover Club. This used one of my favourite gins Martin Miller’s shaken with Noilly Prat Vermouth, lemon juice, fresh raspberries and egg whites. This was a wonderfully refreshing drink, quite tart from the raspberries, but wonderful too. Another favourite.
Moving on to something very autumnal, a Pear and Cardamom Side Car. This is Xante pear brandy, Cointreau, lemon and cardamom syrup shaken and served short. This was so warming and perfect for this season. It’s different and slightly sweeter than what I would normally order, but it reminded me of cardamom biscuits my mum makes at Christmas. There’s nothing wrong with triggering a comforting memory like that!
For a lovely treat we then had a Ginger Bellini, an autumnal take on a fizz cocktail. A perfect post shopping trip drink I think. Ginger liqueur and ginger syrup topped with prosecco. Wonderfully balanced with the dry and the sweet, and a great celebratory drink.
An interesting drink was next, the Beggar’s Banquet. This is quite a sweet cocktail, with Makers Mark, Angostura Bitters, maple syrup and lemon. It’s topped with Peaky Blinder’s ale, which takes the edge off the sweetness. I didn’t think I would like this drink, but the beer reduced the sweetness and made it quite yummy. A pretty fun creation, perfect for any beer lover.
Up next a twist on the martini, the Cowboy Hoof Martini. Made with London Dry Gin, orange bitters and mint syrup. I’m not a huge fan of the orange and mint combo, reminds me of toothpaste (I actually wrote that in my tasting notes!) So sadly this one was not for me!
Next up, the perfect drink for Mr W (he loves rum) Missionary’s Downfall. Using white rum, peach liqueur, lime juice, syrup and topped with pineapple. Oh my this was sweet, but the pineapple makes it refreshing too.
It would seem port is very in at the moment, with Cockburn’s working their magic with Port and Tonic (try it you won’t be disappointed!) So I was quite happy to see the Port Cobbler on the Bar Opus menu. This drink of Monkey Shoulder whiskey, Grand Marnier, Cockburn’s port, lemon and syrup is delicious. So warming for autumn/winter. A perfect cocktail for warming up after visiting the Christmas markets!
Lastly, before I dashed for the train, we had the Old Kokonut. Using Koko Kanu rum, Angostura Bitters, mint, lime and syrup topped with prosecco. Again this is another really well balanced cocktail. I don’t like sweet drinks, but the addition of prosecco just takes that edge off. Another one I can highly recommend!
Overall I really enjoyed my cocktail tasting experience at Bar Opus. I love places that tailor their drinks for the season and it’s great to see local and British produce being used in their creations! If you’re in the Snow Hill area, definitely check out Bar Opus’ new cocktails!
Have you been to Bar Opus? What would try from the new menu? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Thanks Bar Opus for inviting me down to try out the menu. As ever all words, opinions and photos are my own.
P.P.S. Bar Opus is located at One Snowhill, Birmingham, B4 6GH.