Last week I headed to The Botanist in Birmingham for a fun evening of cocktail tasting! Little did I know what we were going to experience…
The Botanist has become a staple in Birmingham (and other cities too). It’s a chain, but they pride themselves on the quality and the changing menu. A few Brum bloggers and I were invited along to “trust our senses” with the fairly new revamped cocktail menu.
The night was held in the wonderful Plant Room. This downstairs room has it’s own bar. You can hire the space for parties or book the private dining room in for that special meal with family/friends. It’s a beautiful space and air conditioned too – perfect for the current humidity issues!
Our night started with some nibbles from The Botanist main snacks menu. Crispy white bait with a spicy dip, spicy pork cracking with fruity chutney and (my favourite) the deep fried blooming onion with garlic mayo. Delicious!
We then kicked off with the main event! A selection of drinks from the cocktail menu were made up in front of us. We were then asked to taste them one by one and guess the flavours in the cocktails. This might be easy? No way! The cocktails are cleverly made with layers of flavour. Whilst we could guess the base flavour, we were often left stumped by the intricacies and the spirits used to make the drinks.
We started with a Raspberry Disaronno Sour. Served in a plant pot! This was a sweet cocktail but it carried a kick with it. Raspberry purée, lemon juice, pomegranate juice mixed with Disaronno and raspberry liqueur. Very drinkable!
Next up the Grapefruit and Rum Punch. This was very boozy and for someone who doesn’t like rum it was actually wonderful. Despite it having apricot, vanilla and pomegranate in it, the pink grapefruit completely cuts through those flavours. I finished this one….
Our next drink was something I would never normally order at all, the Velvet Green Martini. But it was fruity and dangerously didn’t taste alcoholic! Cloudy apple juice, green apple liqueur, kiwi, egg white and lemon juice. All shaken with Tanqueray gin. Then chlorophyll added for the colour!
We were then treated to a show with the Pear and Kiwi Cup. Served in a teapot with loads of dry ice with a tea cup to drink it from. This was kiwi, lime and apple juice shaken with Licor 43, pear cognac and green apple liqueur and a splash of green tea. I found this wonderfully refreshing, perfect for a sunny afternoon!
We also had two twists on my least favourite classic cocktail, the old fashioned. A Rhubarb and Gin Old Fashion and a Cinnamon Oregano Old Fashion. These are just too much for me, but lots of the other Brum Bloggers enjoyed these!
After the main event, and learning the art of cocktail flavour layering, we were set the task of making our own. My cocktail was dubbed One Boozy Afternoon. A drink served in a teapot containing rhubarb syrup, Haymans Old Tom Gin, lemon juice, Ketel One Lemon Vodka and topped with soda. The cocktail was balanced and packed a lunch. Perfect!
I didn’t write down everyone else’s cocktails! Whoops! But the last picture in my post is Bite Your Brum’s Blue Rinse. An incredible cocktail that contained chlorophyll – which gives it that amazing colour!
Have you checked out The Botanist’s cocktail menu? What would you put together to make your own cocktail? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. I was invited to check out The Botanist cocktail menu. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.
P.P.S. The Botanist is located at 14-16 Temple St, Birmingham B2 5BG.
P.P.P.S. I’ve eaten at The Botanist Birmingham before, check out my review.