Caramel espresso martinis, flaming zombies and Mad Hatter’s tea parties – man we’ve missed these cocktails!
They’re back! Our favourite cocktail bars have reopened and their mixologists are hard at work conjuring up delicious tipples to tempt you through the doors. It’s time to start fantasising about which one you’ll try first, or indeed, next – so we’ve rounded up five of the most downright deliciously concoctions, the ones we missed all through lockdown and can’t wait to go back to.
The Mad Hatters at The Alchemist
The Mad Hatters is an utterly bonkers tea party for two. Their bespoke infuser is filled with Ketel One vodka, Cointreau, St Germain, citron gomme, strawberries, orange and mint. Watch it bubble away in front of you before you pour it into two conical flasks billowing with steam. And the drink itself? It’s a fruity, boozy joy with subtle hints of a sweet herbal tea.
The Alchemist Trinity, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW & Greek Street, Yorkshire House, Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5SH. The Mad Hatters costs £21.
Salted Caramel Espresso Martini at The Ivy
Salted caramel espresso martinis are all the rage right now, so The Ivy should be high on your post-lockdown cocktail checklist. It brings together Polish Wyborowa vodka, Bepi Tosolini Exprèss coffee liqueur and a shot of freshly pulled espresso. To finish, they add the tangy sweetness of salted caramel syrup. It’s a rich, indulgent cocktail loaded with caffeine.
The Ivy Victoria Quarter, Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BB.
Casanova Shake at Below Stairs
The Casanova Shake is the Smokestack original and we’ve been dreaming of during lockdown. The nutty Saliza Amaretto is combined with the rich, chocolatey notes of the Briottet Cacoa Blanc to create a sweet yet creamy blend. They add a dash of almond milk to enhance those nutty flavours before topping it with a maraschino cherry. Like a White Russian, but not – delish.
Smokestack, 158a Lower Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LY. The Casanova Shake costs £8.
The Bartender’s Brunch at The Watermark
A cross between a Garibaldi and an Americano, The Bartender’s Brunch brings together Campari, sweet mango vermouth and freshly squeezed orange juice. It’s aerated with nitrous oxide to create a light foam, topped with a splash of ginger ale and garnished with a dried mango parcel filled with roasted Kiko corns to give you a cocktail that looks as good as it tastes.
The Watermark, 3 Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP. The Bartender’s Brunch costs £8.50.
The Amputated Zombie at Tiki Hideaway
If you’re looking for a showstopper of a cocktail, head to the Tiki Hideaway and order an Amputated Zombie. They start with a good old slug of rum and add a medley of tropical fruit juices, including apricot, pineapple, pomegranate, orange and just a squeeze of fresh lime. It’s poured into a skull-shaped goblet before being set on fire before your eyes.
Tiki Hideaway, Above Call Lane Social, 38 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT. The Amputated Zombie costs £7.40.Cover image © Copyright Leeds-List 2020 by Laurie Cooper-Murray.