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3 Insanely Good Cocktails to Celebrate the End of Dry January With

· Emma Cooke · Food and Drink

You smashed Dry January, now it’s time to reward yourself.

Chai Iced Tea The Alchemist

Dry January is over, and what better way to celebrate than with one of these show-stopping cocktails?

With cocktails in sight, you can firmly close the door behind you as you waltz out of Dry January – you’ve earned it. Whether you go for one that changes colour before your very eyes, or a 69% ABV rum number served in a flaming skull for two, this is your one opportunity to enjoy it guilt-free. Why not sample one of the Leeds’ most extravagant cocktails this month?

Zombie King

The Maven Restaurant Zombie King

This show-stopping cocktail is filled with award-winning rum and merges the rich, smoky flavours of the Caribbean with a hint of sweetness, all in a flaming skull. The star of the show is the Plantation O.F.T.D Rum and its lingering dark chocolate, clove and caramel infusions, which comes in at a jaw-dropping 69% ABV. To spruce up these deep flavours they add pineapple and passion fruit rum with a dash of zingy lime. Now all you need is a friend to drink it with.

The Maven, 1 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7DH.

Butterfly Effect

Tattu Butterfly Effect

Credit: Joe Giacomet

You can watch the colours in this delicate lychee cocktail change before your eyes by adding Tattu’s secret ingredient – a tiny vial of blue butterfly pea tea. Native to Thailand and Malaysia, butterfly peas are bright blue flowers, which give it the stunning colour. When the two liquids combine, you can watch in awe as the change in pH level causes the tea to turn purple and transform your entire cocktail.

Tattu Restaurant and Bar, Minerva House, 29 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PS.

Chai Iced Tea

Chai Iced Tea The Alchemist

Credit: Aaron Morgan

This is a smoking cocktail loaded with Irish whiskey and sweetened with rich Belsazar Red – not to forget the all-important herbal infusions. Think aromatic chai tea with a touch of citrus for good measure. The award-winning Jameson Caskmates whiskey provides a hint of milk chocolate and butterscotch and to finish it off, it’s all served on dry ice to make it look spectacular.

The Alchemist, Yorkshire House, Greek Street, Leeds, LS1 5SH and Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.

Cover image credit: Aaron Morgan