These five cocktails will blow your mind – they use science, biscuits, botanicals, porridge and spice to create unique concoctions.
Want a cocktail unlike any other? We know exactly where you should go. As much as we love mojitos and martinis, these five cocktails are one-offs. They’re creative and inventive, using strange ingredients and odd combinations to create something totally unique. It’s time to try Leeds’ most unusual cocktails…
The Butterfly Effect at Tattu
The Butterfly Effect has one rather unusual ingredient – butterfly pea tea. It’s made from bright blue flowers grown in Thailand and Malaysia, and the tea shares their vivid hue. But, if you change the PH level, it transforms into a deep purple colour. Here, it’s served alongside a cocktail made with vodka, lychee liqueur and juice – combine the two and watch the colours change.
Tattu, Minerva, 29 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PS. The Butterfly Effect costs £10.
The Wasabi Dream at Vice and Virtue
Wasabi is a staple of Japanese cuisine, but Vice and Virtue have tapped into its daring side to make it the central focus of one of their gin cocktails. The Wasabi Dream uses Thomas Dakin Gin coupled with Akashi-Tai, a jasmine-infused sake specially imported from Japan. They add wasabi and a squeeze of lemon to bring out the flavours of the drink – trust us, it doesn’t taste as weird as it sounds.
Vice and Virtue, 68 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU. The Wasabi Dream costs £10.
Primary Education at Below Stairs
What about a cocktail that takes you back to your childhood? Head down to Below Stairs for experiential creations like Primary Education. It’s designed by owner Manachain Monaghan to recreate the porridge his mother used to make for him as a boy. They take Oat-infused Roe and Coe Irish Whiskey and mix it with Butter Washed Bols Genever, Cocchi Americano Vermouth and just a hint of Muscovado sugar.
Below Stairs, 12 South Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5QS. The Primary Education costs £7.
The Irish Disco Biscuit at Be At One
Get down to Be At One to try the Irish Disco Biscuit, a cocktail that tastes as good as it sounds. They take a big drop of Bailey’s, add a splash of peppermint liquor and then throw in a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The best bit? They blend it all together with Oreo cookies, making this the perfect drink if you’ve got a sweet tooth. To top it off, they stick a whole Oreo on top.
Be At One, Millennium Square, Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AD. The Irish Disco Biscuit costs £9.
The Flavour Changing One at The Alchemist
You can get two in one at The Alchemist. The Flavour Changing One is a completely clear cocktail that, if we’re honest, doesn’t look like much, but it tastes sensational – and it has a surprise in store. They cleverly layer one drink on top of another, so at the start you’ll taste Absolut raspberry and citrus, then from halfway down, it’s Briottet Mint and chocolate. How do they manage it? Simple, it’s just gravity.
The Alchemist, Trinity Leeds, Trinity, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW & Yorkshire House, Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5SH. The Flavour Changing One costs £8.© Copyright Leeds-List 2018 by Ali Turner.