Cocktails at Rosso

Cocktail classics with a sophisticated Italian twist

 

Keeley Watts

 

We’ve given her a bit of a break recently, but the other day Keeley, our #MCRCocktailGirl headed over to Rosso at the top of King Street to check out their new cocktail menu.

As usual she’s issued them with our challenge  – to create a cocktail which embodies Manchester woman in a glass.

 

It’s that simple!

 

Over to you Keeley ……

 

Address: Rosso Restaurant & Bar, 43 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 2BG

 

Bar description and ambiance

 

You’d have to be blind not to notice Rosso situated at the top of King Street. Part owned by Manchester United ace Rio Ferdinand it is the place to be seen for most of the local celebrity crowd but, thanks to its friendly and efficient staff, this really is a place for anyone.

 

Rosso Manchester

 

It is important to emphasise that Rosso is more than just a restaurant. Their bar area exudes opulence and is the perfect place to meet after work on a Friday afternoon for a few cocktails. Launching soon is Rosso Nights promoting Rosso as a venue – not just somewhere to grab some decent Italian food.

Attention to detail is the name of the game here with the bar taking on a stylish and sleek theme complete with gold cocktail shakers. The fashionable theme is complimented by a ‘collection’ of menus ranging from the food to the drink.

They boast an impressive back bar that the management team believe is amongst the best in Manchester even commenting that it could rival some of the best in London. You will find regular favourites but for those who prefer a particular spirit, I am pretty sure you could find it here.

 

 

Mixologist

 

Manager Sasha has input from the entire bar team. He is keen that the cocktails available at Rosso aren’t just average, but that they can compete with the best in the City.

Most of the drinks are formulated from a concept rather than an ingredient and this gives the menu a unique edge. The bar team at Rosso are well established with long term staff who like working here so much that they rarely move around. This certainly helps the staff to work together as a team both on shift and on menu development.

 

 

Menu & signature drinks

 

The extensive cocktail menu is more like a manual with all your favourite classics as well as modern creations.

The five at five collection of cocktails is Rosso’s answer to good quality and well priced drinks after work. A collection of winter to spring drinks that give an Italian twist to classics the menu is named after Rio’s famous ‘5’ United shirt. 5 drinks, £5.00, starting at 5pm.

 

5 at 5 cocktails

 

And what a collection of drinks they are!

Fine tuned with an Italian twist my favourite is the Il Corto for a spin on the classic Long Island iced tea. This concoction is made with spirits sourced from Italy.

Recipe: Cherry dessert wine, aperol, St Germain elderflower liqueur, Edmond Briottet crème de bergamote, punt e mes, cocchi Americano and lemon.

A shorter drink to the norm this fruity number is truly different to anything else you will ever try.

 

Il Corto

 

 

Another favourite is La Fusione which can be adapted to suit your palate. Having a slightly sweeter tooth my base drink of cocchi Americano rosa, aperol, Edmond Briottet fraise de bois, strawberry and prosecco also had added sugar to take the edge of the bitterness but is also perfect without. Fruity, fresh and fizzy. The perfect combination.

 

 

La Fusione

 

 

Manchester woman in a glass

 

Like the rest of the menu, the Manchester woman in a glass cocktail was a classy spin on a classic, and a favourite of mine at that.

The ‘The’ is Rosso’s version of the popular Porn Star Martini. Being one of the most popular cocktails on their menu Rosso reckon they make the best one in the City and are willing to be challenged to that title!

This sophisticated drink uses rose champagne (classic) rather than the normal prosecco to give a feminine edge to the drink. It is served in a high glass to reflect the high heels Manchester ladies like to wear and is fun like Manchester women.

The main drink contains vanilla with the foam top being spiked with raspberry to give the red colour that depicts not only a Manchester woman but also a Rosso woman.

 

Rosso 4MCRWomen in a glass cocktail

 

The drink is fruity, loud, proud and instantly noticeable, just like a Manchester woman!

 

 

 

 

 

Rosso Restaurant & Bar, 43 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 2BG

Tel: 0161 832 1400

Email: ENQUIRIES@ROSSORESTAURANTS.COM

Facebook:facebook.com/RossoRestaurants

Twitter: @RossoRestaurant

Website: rossorestaurants.com

 

Keeley x  (#MCRCocktailGirl)

 

Photographs: Rosso

Keeley writes her own personal blog – Phat Cupcake

 

 

Other cocktail bar reviews

The winners – Manchester woman in a glass cocktail competition

New cocktail menu at Violet Hour – West Didsbury

Cocktails at Proof – Chorlton

Cocktails at The River Bar, The Lowry Hotel – Salford / city centre

Cocktails at The Bubble Room – Alderley Edge

Cocktails at Room – King Street, Manchester City Centre

Cocktails at The Whim Wham Cafe – Whitworth Arches, Manchester City Centre

Cocktails at Liquorice – off King Street, Manchester City Centre

Cocktails in the City reviewed

Cocktails at Lock 91 – Deansgate Locks, City Centre

Cocktails at Neighbourhood – Spinningfilds

Cocktails at Southern Eleven – Spinningfields

Cocktails at The Violet Hour – West Didsbury

Cocktails at Beluga – Bramhall

 

 

 

MCR Women in a Glass Cocktail

#MCRCocktailGirl Keeley chooses her favourite creation from the last 12 months

 

Keeley Watts

 

#MCRCocktailGirl Keeley spent many a tough evening last year checking out some of Manchester’s favourite cocktail bars.

On her travels she challenged them to devise a bespoke cocktail which portrayed the essence of Manchester women in a glass.

Here’s a round up with Keeley’s winning creation.

 

Proof – Chorlton

Address: 30a Manchester Road, Chorlton, M21 9PH
Review: 4manchesterwomen.co.uk/cocktailsatproofchorlton
Mixologist: Linda
4Manchester Women Cocktail: Fox Force Five

Proof cocktailInspired by mythology and the strength of women, this cocktail gets it’s name as a reference the kick ass women of Pulp Fiction.

A bitter-sweet mix of pomegranate infused Aperol and beautifully aromatic Lillet Blanc.

Churned with pomegranate seeds and laced with the delightfully delicate yet complex botanicals that make up Blackwoods vodka.

This cocktail is served tall with a refreshing dash of Prosecco in a cucumber dressed glass.  

 

The River Bar – The Lowry Hotel

Address: 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, City Centre, M3 5LH
Review: 4manchesterwomen.co.uk/cocktailsatriverbarthelowry
Mixologist: Tom
4Manchester Women Cocktail: Watermelon Martini

Riverside Bar The Lowry Hotel

This cocktail is vibrant, colourful and refreshing. Just like a Manchester woman!

Two wedges of watermelon are muddled with Ish gin and Cointreau giving a rich and luxurious feel to the drink.

It’s then shaken with lemon, sugar syrup and cranberry juice before serving with a wedge of watermelon.

 

Rich and luxurious with an irresistible cheekiness – it’s one to stand out from the crowd.

 

The Bubble Room – Alderley Edge

Address: 47 London Road, Alderley Edge, SK9 7JT
Review: 4manchesterwomen.co.uk/cocktailsatthebubbleroom
Mixologist: Tom
4Manchester Women Cocktail: The Annie Walker Bubble Room Cocktails

Inspired by Annie Walker, the first landlady at the Rovers Return – volatile and feisty, like many a Manchester woman…!

Wild hibiscus syrup is mixed with elderflower liquor and champagne with a dash of sugar.

Because it was hot on the day we visited, Tom blended the cocktail with ice to make a delicious frozen version of the drink. Wonderfully sweet the champagne gives this drink a posh ‘edge’ with more floral notes for an elegant twist.

 

Room – City Centre

Address: 81 King Street, Manchester City Centre, M2 4AH
Review: 4manchesterwomen.co.uk/cocktailsatroom
Mixologist: Amir
4Manchester Women Cocktail: Vintage Rose

Room vintage cocktailThis cocktail was inspired by the lovely vintage tea shops popping up in Manchester and how us ladies also enjoy a good gin.

A vanilla black tea syrup was mixed with No3 gin, rose liquor, bitters, lemon and egg white. Served in a vintage style tea cup it was garnished with a rose petal and sprayed with gin from an atomiser.

 

The spritz of gin means that it is the first thing you smell when you taste this cocktail, a feast for all the senses!

 

Whim Wham Café – City Centre

Address: Arch 64, Whitworth Street West, Manchester City Centre, M1 5WQ
Review: 4manchesterwomen.co.uk/cocktailsatthewhimwhamcafe
Mixologist: Alix
4Manchester Women Cocktail: Vintage Vimto Garden

Whim Wham Cafe CocktailAlix’s cocktail starts with bloom gin which is the only gin made by women.

He took inspiration from an English country garden and this gin does have a lovely floral nose.

Plum sake is added (we can be sarcastic, humorous and sweet) and vimto (a favourite among Manchester women in Alix’s experience) with lemon to tone down the sweetness.

It’s served in a ½ pint tankard for a feminine but quirky touch.

 

Liquorice – City Centre

Address: 50 Pall Mall (off King Street), Manchester City Centre, M2 1AQ.
Review: 4manchesterwomen.co.uk/cocktailsatliquorice
Mixologist: Hank
4Manchester Women Cocktail: It’s Complicated!

Liquorice cocktail
There is lots of creativity in our city – with this in mind Hank says that Manchester women have multiple layers.

We are soft and gentle with underlying authority. We are sophisticated and elegant which all brought together shows we are very expressive whilst being balanced and held together well.

 

His cocktail focuses on something that he’s loved from a young age – lemon curd.

Added to this is basil and cracked black pepper to compliment with a glug of lemon juice. Portobello Road gin gives this cocktail an alcoholic edge mixed with homemade lemon curd bitters and vanilla syrup.

The whole thing is topped with a lemon infused toasted Italian meringue.

 

Lock 91 – City Centre

Address: 9 Century Street, Manchester City Centre
Review: 4manchesterwomen.co.uk/cocktailsatlock91
Mixologist: Andi
4Manchester Women Cocktail: Smokin’ Scarlett Smokin Scarlett Cocktail

The first Manchester woman challenge cocktail to have a whiskey base.

Made from Red label Johnny Walker with Southern Comfort Cherry, Canadian maple syrup, lemon juice, orange zest, cranberry and lots of ice.

Shake all of the above in a jam jar before adding cocktail cherries and a curl of orange rind to garnish. Andi thinks that this cocktail is just like a Manchester woman. You can’t rush it, and as you enjoy – it gets better.

There are many layers, which makes it very complex!

 

Neighbourhood – Spinningfields

Address: The Avenue North, Spinningfields, City Centre
Review: 4manchesterwomen.co.uk/cocktailsatneighbourhood
Mixologist: Matt
4Manchester Women Cocktail: Posh Jager Bomb

Posh Jager BombMatt took inspiration from all types of women rather than one personality type.

He combined Tabasco, gomme and prosecco in a sugar rimmed glass. Following that by adding a separate shot of orange bitters (dark), martini rosso (sweet but posh) and Sailor Jerry.

This was then shaken with ice and topped with a dash of overproof rum (strong) before being lit (fiery) and poured into the main glass.

As Matt described; It’s a bit spicy, a bit sweet and a bit fizzy – just like Manchester women!

 

Beluga – Bramhall

Address: Bramhall Lane South, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 1AF
Review: 4manchesterwomen.co.uk/cocktailsatbeluga
Mixologist: Ross
4Manchester Women Cocktail: Cream of Manchester Cream of Manchester Cocktail

Ross took his inspiration from the Manchester icon that is / was Boddingtons to make his cocktail.

But with a bit of an elegant twist.

Consisting of amaretto (one of the most popular spirits with the ladies of Bramhall), southern comfort, tea, lemon, a flamed orange zest shaken with egg white to give it the Boddingtons cream top.

This was very special.

 

 

Violet Hour – West Didsbury

Address: 236 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchcester, M20 2LW
Review: 4manchesterwomen.co.uk/cocktailsattheviolethour
Mixologist: Rebecca
4Manchester Women Cocktail: Manchester Lady

Manchester Lady Cocktail

 

A modern twist on the white lady. Strawberry and rosemary are muddled together before adding 6 O’clock gin (Manchester women are always busy hence the ‘6 O’clock’ name).

Lime and egg white are then added to gently thicken the cocktail.

A sprinkling of black pepper provides a savoury twist. Before topping with a heart shaped strawberry. Manchester women are, of course the heart of the city!    

 

 

Drum roll please …………

 

And the winners are

 

After much consideration, scoring each creation for:

  • Taste
  • Look
  • Creativity
  • Back story

Keeley has decided on her top three Manchester Women in a Glass cocktails.

 

3rd place

Alix at Whim Wham Café for the use of a firm Manchester favourite – vimto and an inventive use of Manchester women flavours.

 

2nd place

Hank (then at) Liquorice for the tour through his childhood with lemon curd but also the gin infused strawberries!

 

 

Winner logo

1st place

Matt at Neighbourhood for describing each of the ingredients to be like a regular woman but, when mixed together, form the ultimate Manchester woman in a glass.

 

And so the hunt is on now for the this year’s Manchester Woman in a Glass Cocktail winner. Any nominations?

 

Keeley x

 

Photographs: Keeley Watts, Gareth Davies, Jenny McAvoy, Adele on Flickr, Narita Savoor Photography, Mike Warren

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Cocktail Menu Violet Hour

Creative kitsch cocktails from Susie Wong

 

The Violet Hour on Burton Road in West Didsbury was one of our first cocktail bar reviews almost 12 months ago (read here). So we were thrilled to be invited back to the launch of their new cocktail menu. We all agreed that it was something rather special.

Our resident cocktail bar reviewer Keeley (she has the toughest job in the land) cast her expert eye over the menu (and sampled a few) and gave it a resounding thumbs up!

And ps. see if you can spot Queen of Madchester, Rowetta in the slide show below!

Address: The Violet Hour, 236 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchcester, M20 2LW

Visited: 8pm Thursday 6th March 2014

 

Over to you Keeley ……

Keeley Watts

 

The cocktail menu at the Violet Hour on Burton Road in West Didsbury has always been inventive and enticing.

From the vanilla flip served with a piece of shortbread to the Penelope pitstop dressed with hundreds and thousands, I have regularly left my city centre surroundings to sample more.

 

The Violet Hour are keen to keep things fresh and modern so recently employed the amazingly talented Susie Wong to create a cocktail menu with a difference.

 

Susie Wong

 

The menu is presented in ‘old school’ style childrens’ story books with dainty handwritten menus on tracing paper within. This is where Susie excels, her fashion student days being evident in the beautiful drawings to accompany the individual cocktails listed inside.

 

The Violet Hour

 

You won’t find a bog standard cosmopolitan or daiquiri here. Instead, your senses will be whisked away to different climes, most cocktails being accompanied by a side such as homemade marshmallows and fruit caviar. This cocktail menu (click here) is perfect replacement for a dessert if you are after something a little more elegant.

 

The drinks we tried…..

 

The Ruby Woo containing Finlandia vodka, Blossoms sour cherry syrup, aloe vera, lemon and rose water with a double cherry pop garnish. This is fruity yet balanced with the aloe vera and lemon. I knew I would love this one the second I saw it on the menu and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

 

Ruby Woo Cocktail

 

Tony’s Tipple containing Appleton 12yr old rum, crème de banane and frosties rinsed milk served in an old school style milk bottle. I think this is the most inventive drink I have ever come across and I have tried a few in my time! Frosties rinsed milk is the future, I swear.

 

Tony's Tipple Cocktail

 

Rum n Raisin Nice Dream mixing my personal favourite Appleton VX rum, fig, vanilla and cream with a dusting of chocolate served straight up. This is boozier than it sounds with the rum being the predominant flavour and the chocolate dusting providing a hint of sweetness. The cream isn’t heavy so this is more milk like than cream like, if that makes sense!

 

Rum n Raisin Nice Dream Cocktail

 

The menu is well worth the trip out of the city centre to sample this competition winning bartender’s delights. I can’t wait to work my way through Susie’s other creations including the Penny Lane and the Not So Fuzzy.

You’ll have to pop in to see what is in them and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

I’ll see you at the bar.

 

 

 

 

The Violet Hour, 236 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchcester, M20 2LW

Tel: 0161 434 9521

Facebook: facebook.com/theviolethourdidsbury

Email: info@theviolethourdidsbury.co.uk

Twitter: @theviolethourUK

 

 

Keeley x  (#MCRCocktailGirl)

 

Photographs: Carl Sukonik, The Vain Photography

Image of Keeley by Mike Warren

Keeley writes her own personal blog – Phat Cupcake

 

 

Other cocktail bar reviews

Cocktails at Proof – Chorlton

Cocktails at The River Bar, The Lowry Hotel – Salford / city centre

Cocktails at The Bubble Room – Alderley Edge

Cocktails at Room – King Street, Manchester City Centre

Cocktails at The Whim Wham Cafe – Whitworth Arches, Manchester City Centre

Cocktails at Liquorice – off King Street, Manchester City Centre

Cocktails in the City reviewed

Cocktails at Lock 91 – Deansgate Locks, City Centre

Cocktails at Neighbourhood – Spinningfilds

Cocktails at Southern Eleven – Spinningfields

Cocktails at The Violet Hour – West Didsbury

Cocktails at Beluga – Bramhall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Street food & Christmas cocktails

Come in from the cold and enjoy Lock 91′s festive treats

 

It wouldn’t be Christmas without some indulgence so this winter, our favourite cocktail shakers Andi & Gary at Lock 91 are bringing an exclusive Rum tasting, festive street food and a new winter drinks menu to their canal side cottage for their Christmas party packages.

 

Christmas cocktails

 

Fun with rum!

 

On the 27th November Lock 91 invites guests out of the cold and into the club room bar to think of tropical climes while they learn about the Caribbean’s ultimate export – rum.

 

Cocktails

 

Join an expert tutor who will induct participants into the world of rum tasting and on a journey through the origins of the spirit. Guests will sample four brands of premium rum including Havana and Kraken before enjoying a rum based cocktail from the Lock 91 menu.

The event begins at 7.30pm, for ticket information check out their twitter page @Lock91MCR.

 

Festive BBQ

 

Throughout winter, Lock 91’s five rooms including the terrace with it’s winter BBQ, will be available for private hire. There are a range of catering options which are ideal for Christmas parties of varying budgets, whether it’s a big office or just a group of friends.

 

Christmas burger

 

Christmas Party

 

The venue features two private terraces, a games room, lounge, Library and Club Room with it’s own private bar, all of which are available for private hire, either separately or as a whole venue.

Their winter BBQ features favourites such as burgers and bratwurst sausages as well as more exotic options including turkish kebabs served with flatbread and cous cous.

 

Flatbread wrap

 

Christmas Strudle

 

This isn’t the season to do things by halves so don’t pass up on the desserts including warming apple strudel and custard or traditional Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.

The wide selection of canapés include creamy goats cheese and tomato tarts and bourbon glazed pork belly chunks is included in the Christmas menu.

The hot and cold buffets offer a fantastic variety of flavours from mouth-watering Moroccan inspired lamb tagine and fragrant vegetable curry to rustic filled sandwiches and cold nibbles including mini pork pies and antipasti skewers.

 

Christmas drinks

 

Christmas cocktails

 

The experienced bartending team can tailor bespoke drinks packages to suit most budgets including winter warming specials and seasonal cocktails.

From the 1st December there will be a number of Christmas specials available at the bar including the Christmas Pud which is a decadent mixture made using Disaranno, Chambord, Southern Comfort Cherry and garnished with a maraschino cherry.

 

 

Christmas cocktail

 

The creamy Snowflake will also be on offer and contains Malibu, Jack Daniels Honey, Tia Maria and butterscotch syrup as well as the Very Berry Christmas which combines vodka, Chambord, Grenadine,  Framboise liqueur and various berries for something fruity!

In addition the usual drinks menu also be available featuring exciting and original combinations including the rum and red wine combination found in Chill out Pedro and the beautifully simple lime, vanilla and spiced rum flavours in Return of the J.

 

The winter BBQ, available for a minimum of 30 guests, costs £18.00 per person and will offer each party goer a choice from the charcoals plus a dessert. For just £10.00, each party member can enjoy four canapés and for £14.00 per person the hot or cold buffets can offer members a delectable choice of dishes and nibbles.

 

Free room hire

 

In addition to this Lock 91 are offering FREE room hire from Monday – Thursday throughout November and December, minimum bar spend required.

 

To book guests or discuss party options guests should contact Gary on 0161 819 5444.

 

 

Events and offers at Lock 91

 

SpeakEasy Fridays - Live music from 9pm every second and fourth Friday of each month, entrance is free.

It’s All About the Music – Deep house night on every 3rd Saturday of each month, entrance is free.

Lock 91 Saturdays – DJ Swindel, DJ Ryan James, DJ Vent and monthly DJ guests on rotation every Saturday of the month, entry is free.

Good drinks, Good timesFrom 5pm ‘til 9pm Tuesday to Saturday, Stella 4% & Guest Ale £2.85 (Pints only), selected Cocktails £3.75.

Fore more information visit www.lock-91.co.uk

 

Lock 91's santa

 

 

4MCRWomen's  album on Photobucket

 

 

Happy Christmas!

 

Photographs: Lock 91

This blog is produced in collaboration with our friends at Lock 91. We occasionally publish blogs funded by commercial partners.

 

Other articles about Lock 91

Cocktails and Dreams at Lock 91

Cocktail review at Lock 91

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blackberry Vodka

Have you been blackberrying yet?

 

A long dry summer means that the blackberries are later this year – so there’s still time to head out to a hedge near you with a plastic ice cream carton and long sleeves (prickle protection).

 

blackberries

 

Ingredients: 110g caster sugar, 500ml cheap vodka, 300g blackberries.

 

Method

  1. Sterilize your container (you’re supposed to use a Kilner style jar – I used big plastic milk bottles because I was too tight to go shopping!)
  2. Pour in vodka, blackberries and sugar.
  3. Give it a shake (5-10 mins) until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Store in a cool dark place – shake periodically (every 3-5 days).
  5. Leave for at least six weeks (the longer the better), strain and bottle.

I froze my blackberries first last year which made them mushier once they thawed and happier to release their juice.

 

Blackberry vodka

 

Blackberry vodka

 

Blackberry vodka

 

 

Of all the presents I gave last Christmas, the mini bottles of blackberry vodka were by far and away the most popular (and the cheapest).

So Manchester Women – what are you waiting for?

 

Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

Photographs: Alison Staples

This is not a sponsored blog post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cocktails at Proof, Chorlton

Villagey sophistication – shaken not stirred!

 

Keeley Watts

 

We’ve sent Keeley, our #MCRCocktailGirl out to the ‘burbs this week.

She’s been checking out Proof – the winner of the ‘Favourite cocktail’ crown at Cocktails in the City earlier in the year.

As usual she’s issued them with our challenge  – to create a cocktail which embodies Manchester woman in a glass.

 

It’s that simple!

 

Over to you Keeley ……

Address: Proof, 30a Manchester Road, Chorlton, M21 9PH

Visited: 7.00pm Wednesday 14th August 2013

 

Bar description and ambiance

 

Proof is on one of the main roads through Chorlton and within striking distance of the metrolink, so you have no excuse for not visiting!

The ambiance is relaxed and chilled out with light background music – the perfect place to grab a book and spend the day to yourself.

 

Proof Chorlton

 

Proof Chorlton

 

Proof has a real ‘villagey’ feel – you will find a lot of regulars in here, in fact, most of its visitors are residents of Chorlton. Service is always with a smile and at your table, so you don’t even have to get up and go to the bar!

You will find a regular DJ on Saturday nights and a Liquid Brunch menu at weekends for the ever important hair of the dog when you need it. You will also find a regular tasting night called Lips That Touch Liquor as well as cocktail classes to show you how to shake your own like a pro.

 

Mixologist

 

Linda started her bartending career at Revolution where her love for cocktails was born. She has since worked at Room and Bluu before going travelling and ending up in Proof.

She believes customer service is key to the best bars in Manchester and loves that you can mix up/change the cocktails in a little bar like Proof.

Fresh from a win at Cocktails in the City with their ‘Any Port in a Storm’ cocktail; a twist on the classic Dark and Stormy, Linda has high hopes for this year’s competition with potentially another interesting spirit to work with and hopefully more fancy dress.

 

Lambs Rum cocktail staff

 

 

Menu

 

The cocktail menu at Proof uses fresh ingredients and premium spirits giving a sophisticated edge.

As with any good cocktail bar you can ask for something off menu and they will be happy to mix and shake it up for you. For the residents of Chorlton, knowing you can get your favourite drink on your doorstep sounds like heaven.

You will find some classics on the menu such as mojitos and daiquiris with some interesting specials such as the brunch martini and the holy guacamole.

It has to be tried to be believed…

 

Signature drink

 

Linda’s most popular cocktail is the lotus blossom.

Recipe: Bombay Sapphire is mixed with Briottet lychee liquor and St Germain elderflower liquor before being muddled with kiwi, lime, lemon, sugar syrup and apple juice.

The result is a wonderfully fresh tasting drink with a delicious floral base from the elderflower …… very delicate but beautifully balanced with the kiwi giving an interesting lightness.

 

Proof Chorlton

 

Kiwi cocktail

 

 

MCR Women in a glass

 

Linda was inspired by mythology and the strength of women for her cocktail, calling it Fox Force Five to reference the kick ass women of Pulp Fiction.

 

cocktail

 

Here is her write up to explain her drink:

“The concept behind the cocktail is the representation of the various personae and attributes of Manchester women, depicted through various iconic women from history. Each ingredient has been specifically chosen to represent the identity of four pivotal female figures.

“This delectably different twist on the à la mode Aperol Spritz is a bitter-sweet mix of pomegranate infused Aperol and the beautifully aromatic Lillet Blanc. Churned with pomegranate seeds and laced with the delightfully delicate yet complex botanicals that make up Blackwoods vodka, served tall with a refreshing dash of Prosecco in a cucumber dressed glass.

“The pomegranate infused Aperol was inspired by the Greek goddess Persephone who took the fruit from Hades thus binding her to the underworld and was only released for two seasons per year. She represents vulnerability, optimism and hope.

“Blackwoods vodka with its Nordic heritage represents Freya, the goddess of love, sexuality and beauty.

“Lillet Blanc is my French component, characterised by Simone de Beauvoir; the strong, intellectual, feminist who caused a stir through her controversial, avant-garde philosophies.

“So that leaves us with the fizz: Prosecco. My Italian constituent embodies Shakespeare’s Juliet – the lover, the amorous, the rebel.

“Women are multifaceted, complex creatures. It was important for me to put forward the idea of these multi-layered psyches. I wanted my drink to look feminine and sophisticated, taste complex and unusual but, most importantly, leave you wanting more.”

 

cocktail

 

And leave you wanting more it does, you really need to pop into Chorlton even if it is just for this drink. Tell her I sent you ……

 

alstaples's Proof album on Photobucket

 

 

Keeley x 

 

Proof, 30a Manchester Road, Chorlton, M21 9PH

Tel: 0161 862 9333

Email: info@proofbars.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/ProofChorlton

Twitter: @ProofChorlton

Website: proofbars.co.uk

 

Keeley x  (#MCRCocktailGirl)

 

Photographs: Gareth Davies, Mike Warren

Our cocktail reviews are not sponsored

Keeley writes her own personal blog – Phat Cupcake

 

Other cocktail bar reviews

Cocktails at The River Bar, The Lowry Hotel – Salford / city centre

Cocktails at The Bubble Room – Alderley Edge

Cocktails at Room – King Street, Manchester City Centre

Cocktails at The Whim Wham Cafe – Whitworth Arches, Manchester City Centre

Cocktails at Liquorice – off King Street, Manchester City Centre

Cocktails in the City reviewed

Cocktails at Lock 91 – Deansgate Locks, City Centre

Cocktails at Neighbourhood – Spinningfilds

Cocktails at Southern Eleven – Spinningfields

Cocktails at The Violet Hour – West Didsbury

Cocktails at Beluga – Bramhall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cocktails & Dreams at Lock 91

Win a cocktail making masterclass

 

Cocktails & Dreams

 

Cocktails & Dreams – now that brings back memories!

It’s the bar in Cocktail (1988 film) where a young Tom Cruise wows the ladies with his impressive cocktail shaking!

Fancy a bit of that? Then ladies, have I got a treat for you!

 

If you’ve ever wondered how to make your favourite cocktail or maybe what it actually takes to become a cocktail bartender, here’s your chance to learn some of the industries best kept secrets and step into the world of bartending.

Lock 91 (Lock Keepers Cottage at the end of Deansgate Locks) are inviting you and your friends to step behind their club room bar and learn some of the more creative cocktails from their menu under the guidance of their in house mixologist.

 

Cocktails at Lock 91

 

Lock 91

You’ll learn everything you’ll need to show off to friends at the next BBQ or house party, plus whatever you make you drink! They’ll even give you their secret recipies to take home.

Starting from £25.00 per head, fill out the enquiry sheet on the Lock91 website or phone 0161 819 5444 to book your place on a Cocktails & Dreams Cocktail Masterclass.

 

Competition Time

 

We’ve got a Cocktail & Dreams Masterclass to give away to the winner plus 7 friends (8 people in total).

All we want to know is what your favourite cocktail is.

Me? It would have to be anything with amaretto!

Pop it in the comments box below – but only one comment per person please.

So don’t be shy – tell us your favourite cocktail.

Good luck!

 

Alison x (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

Photographs: Lock 91, Mike Warren

Lock 91 advertise with 4Manchester Women

 

 

By taking part in this competition you are agreeing to 4Manchester Womens Terms & Conditions for competitions and prize draws.

 

Competition closing date: 9pm Friday 13th September 2013.

Entrants will be added to the Lock 91 bi-weekly newsletter mailing list. Please include a * in your answer if you don’t want to receive updates.

The winner will be the first name selected at random from all respondents. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Closing date is 9pm Friday 13th September 2013. The winner will be notified immediately. Only one entry per person. UK entries only. No automated entries. Supporting ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions, loquax and  Competitions Time. If you are the lucky winner, your contact details will be forwarded to the providers of the prize, strictly for the purpose of fulfilling the prize and not for any other purpose.
Please note: Should you be notified as the winner, and you do not respond within 2 days of our notification, we reserve the right to re-draw the winner.

 

Previous competition winners (6 months)

Opera stories – win tickets to the Opera (Carmen & Tosca) at The Manchester Opera House (20th February 2013). Winner Sue Robinson, 2nd Prize Liz Ferguson.

Favourite wine – win tickets to see The Three Wine Men (10th March 2013). Winners Petra Hora, Julie Fisher, Ruth Houlihan.

Real Nappy Week – win a selection of real nappies (16th April 2013). Winner Sarah Fisher.

Stylish Summer Homes – win Next home goodies (6th June 2013). Winner Ann Calland.

Lady Boys of Bangkok – win tickets (8th June 2013). Winners Rachel Fisher, Catherine Anderson.

The Cruise Show – win tickets (14th July 2013). Winners Kathy Cakebread, Karen Mckend, Claire Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cocktails at River Bar, The Lowry

 A little bit of luxury overlooking the river

 

Keeley Watts

 

This week our #MCRCocktailGirl Keeley has taken refuge in The River Bar at The Lowry Hotel for a spot of cocktail therapy.

As usual she’s issued them with our challenge  – to create a cocktail which embodies Manchester woman in a glass.

It’s that simple!

 

Over to you Keeley ……

Address: The River Bar at The Lowry, 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, City Centre, M3 5LH
Visited: 6.00pm Wednesday 17th July 2013

 

Bar description and ambiance

 

The River Bar at the Lowry hotel is every bit as luxurious as you would expect. Light and airy with lots of seating space, it really excels with a beautiful terrace.

Luckily for us on the day of our visit, the sun was shining over the river, making it the perfect place to sit and admire the view with a good drink.

 

Lowry Hotel

 

Lowry Hotel

 

The bar is a quiet, chilled out and a fabulous haven to let the stress of your day melt away. You would be forgiven for thinking this is just a bar that guests from the hotel can enjoy, but this is far from the truth.

You’ll be welcomed with a warm smile and a decent cocktail from the impressive menu.

 

 

Mixologist

 

Tom has worked in hotel bars for a long time including Great John Street and the Palace Hotel.

He has a passion for cocktails and, being self-taught, loves to play with flavours to see what works. So much so that he designed his first cocktail menu whilst working in a hotel bar – he only brought out when it was his shift!

 

Tom Lowry Hotel

 

He’s now managed to get his hands on the menu at River Bar and designed a menu fit for the elite clientele the bar entertains on a regular basis, as well as you or I.

Tom loves traditional British flavours and products with a twist. He is keen to expand the bar’s collection of British wines and beers as well as the already expanding spirit collection.

 

 

Menu

 

The cocktail menu plays on traditional British flavours, including a twist on the mojito to include raspberry and apricot.

Another British twist on a classic is the cucumber Collins using Hendricks gin which is infused with cucumber and rose.

 

Signature drink

 

Tom’s signature drink and a popular one from the summer menu is the passionfruit and lychee margarita.

Recipe: Fresh limes are muddled with blanco tequila before adding passion fruit puree, sugar syrup and lychee liquor.

This drink is beautifully balanced with a lovely freshness without being overly sweet – the sugar syrup just adding to the flavour rather than enhancing it too much.

 

Making a cocktail

 

Cocktail

 

 

Manchester Women in a glass cocktail challenge

 

Tom’s spin on the Manchester woman in a glass cocktail has been ready for some time. So much so that it is now available on their summer menu!

This watermelon martini is vibrant, colourful and refreshing; just like a Manchester woman! Two wedges of watermelon are muddled with Ish gin (Brit-Ish, get it?) and Cointreau giving a rich and luxurious feel to the drink.

It’s then shaken with lemon, sugar syrup and cranberry juice before serving with a wedge of watermelon.

 

cocktail

 

The rich and luxurious feel of this cocktail depicts Manchester women to Tom with an irresistible cheekiness – it’s one to stand out from the crowd. The watermelon gives this cocktail a summery freshness with a wonderful edge provided by the Cointreau.

It’s one that shouldn’t work but really does… pop in and ask Tom to mix you one, you won’t be disappointed.

 

alstaples's River Bar at The Lowry album on Photobucket

 

 

The River Bar at The Lowry, 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, City Centre, M3 5LH

Tel: 0161 827 4000

Website: thelowryhotel.com/dining

 

Keeley x  (#MCRCocktailGirl)

 

Photographs: Mike Warren, Gareth Davies

Our cocktail reviews are not sponsored

Keeley writes her own personal blog – Phat Cupcake

 

Other cocktail bar reviews

Cocktails at The Bubble Room – Alderley Edge

Cocktails at Room – King Street, Manchester City Centre

Cocktails at The Whim Wham Cafe – Whitworth Arches, Manchester City Centre

Cocktails at Liquorice – off King Street, Manchester City Centre

Cocktails in the City reviewed

Cocktails at Lock 91 – Deansgate Locks, City Centre

Cocktails at Neighbourhood – Spinningfilds

Cocktails at Southern Eleven – Spinningfields

Cocktails at The Violet Hour – West Didsbury

Cocktails at Beluga – Bramhall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Manchester Awards

Diary date – the best of 2013 is a Vegas show girl!

 

It seems only five minutes since we all dusting off our Victory Rolls and heading to Matt & Phreds to celebrate the best of 2012. Who could forget this gorgeous vintage explosion!

 

Vintage Manchester Best of 2012

 

Hold onto your corsets ladies, it’s time to do it all over again!

 

Vintage Awards 2013 Flyer

 

On Wednesday 23rd October, over 100 Mancuinan vintage enthusiasts will be bringing the glitz and glamour of ‘Sixties Las Vegas’ to the recently refurbished Manchester 235.

 

Nominations

 

There can’t be an awards ceremony without nominations!

Voting opened in June and there’s already been over 600 entries, paying tribute to Manchester’s most popular vintage businesses as well as bringing vintage new comers to our attention.

So if you’ve got a favourite vintage business then don’t forget to put them into the mix.

Initial voting closes on Friday 30th August, with finalists announced the first week of September. Voting then opens again for finalists – closing at the end of September.

 

Awards Categories

 

  • Best Vintage Fair
  • Best Vintage Photography
  • Best Vintage Entertainment (including singers, DJ’s, burlesque starlets, bands etc)
  • Best Vintage Hair, Beauty & Grooming
  • Best Vintage Venue (Nights or Days out)
  • Best Vintage Event Supplier
  • Best Vintage Homeware & Furniture
  • Best Vintage or Repro Clothing (can include millinery, corsetry, accessories)
  • Best Vintage Lifestyle Blog
  • Best Vintage New Business

 

To register your vote for your favourite vintage business visit vintagemanchester.com/2013awards

 

Vintage Manchester Best of 2012 Awards pin up pinnies

 

 

Vintage Manchester Best of 2013

 

The October 2013 awards kicks off its Las Vegas theme with meets and greets from showgirls, dressed in original costumes provided by The Royal Exchange Theatre.

 

Ginger la Rouge

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Winners won’t be the only ones celebrating with bubbles as Manchester burlesque artist, Ginger Le Rouge will be entertaining us all with her infamous champagne glass act!

The vintage voice, Miss Kike deVille will once again be the glamorous host of the evening and of course will be performing Live! throughout the event.

 

Vintage Manchester Best of 2012 Awards Kiki deVille

 

Further vintage entertainment is soon to be announced.

 

A glamorous duo

 

The Vintage Manchester Awards have been co-created by the Susan Earlam (Vintage Manchester) and Rachael Adams (The Social Butterfly).

Last year’s sell out event received over 3000 votes from VintageManchester.com readers – inspiring the glamorous duo to organise another awards evening to showcase the talents of Manchester’s Vintage Community.

 

 

Vintage Manchester Best of 2012 Awards Rachel Adams & Susan Earlam

 

Commenting on her decision to launch the Manchester Vintage Awards, Susan said:

Many people that work within the vintage industry are often one-man bands or have full time jobs alongside their vintage venture. I wanted to create an event that not only highlights their successes but also to bring the whole of Manchester’s vintage community together to celebrate!

“Last year’s awards resulted in numerous exciting collaborations through meeting at the event.”

 

Buy your tickets here!

 

So if you are a fan of big hair, big voices and not so big businesses, come along to The Manchester Vintage Awards 2013 and place your bets on this year’s winners!

Tickets for The Manchester Vintage Awards 2013 are now on sale and can be purchased from vintagemanchester.com

For more news and updates follow the hashtag on Twitter #MCRVintageAwards

 

 

Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

Photographs: Under Your Skin Photography for images of Ginger La Rouge and Lucy Greenhill.

This is not a sponsored blog post.

 

You might also like to read:

Vintage Manchester Best of 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alcoholic cocktail lollies

The perfect ‘cool-you-down’

 

I’ve been searching for recipes for cocktail lollies for weeks – and then I stumbled across Emma who has just graduated from a journalism degree and now lives in Manchester, and found that she’d already done the hard work for me! She’s generously letting me share this piece which she’s written for her own blog.

 

Over to you Emma ……

Emma Lauren Roberts

 

What’s better on a hot summers day than a nice cold alcoholic beverage?

Not much so, why don’t you take that drink and put it in an ice-lolly!

Before you start pouring tequila into your freezer, there is one important fact to keep in mind – alcohol does not freeze BUT when mixed with non-alcoholic substances and watered down slightly, you can still get it done and here’s how:

The main ingredient is sugar syrup, which not only lowers the freezing point of a liquid but makes a smoother and tastier ice lolly. Sugar syrup is made by mixing sugar and water – you can find the recipe here.

So what are you waiting for? Grab some ice-lolly moulds and get started.

 

1. Gin & Tonic

 

Gin & Tonic lollies

 

A classic drink re-invented for summer, who would say no to a frozen gin and tonic?

Use 15ml of your favourite gin, 90ml tonic, 15ml sugar syrup and add some slices of lime or cucumber so that it looks extra awesome when it’s frozen.

Mix them together, pour into some moulds, let them freeze overnight and enjoy.

 

2. Bloody Mary

 

Bloody Mary lolly

 

A breakfast favourite with vodka, tomato juice and various spices.

To make this you will need 15ml vodka, 80ml tomato juice, 10ml sugar syrup and then however much Worcester sauce and chilli powder that you can handle. Feel free to also add chunks of tomato or celery into the mix.

 

3. Mojito

 

Mojito Lolly

 

An incredibly refreshing cocktail for those of you that like rum and mint.

To turn this cocktail into a popsicle, you will need; 15ml rum (dark, white, whatever you prefer), 80ml soda water or lemonade and 10ml sugar syrup. Add some mint leaves and slices of lime.

 

 

4. Pimms

 

Pimms Lolly

 

This one has a lot of fruit in it and looks awesome; all you need liquid-wise is 15ml Pimms and 80ml lemonade.

Pimms isn’t too strong so there’s no need for the sugar syrup here. Go as crazy as you like with the fruit; add strawberries, mint leaves, cucumber slices, whatever takes your fancy, just chop it up small enough to fit inside the moulds.

 

 

5. Pina Colada

 

Pina Colada lollies

 

Another classic cocktail made with rum, coconut and pineapple juice. For this one you will need 15ml rum (dark or white, we don’t mind), 10ml sugar syrup, 40ml coconut milk, 40ml pineapple juice and some fruit if you like.

Mix, pour, freeze, enjoy.

 

 

6. Cosmopolitan

 

Cosmopolitan Lollies

 

A traditional cocktail and a night out favourite with a seasonal spin. Turning it into an ice-lolly couldn’t be easier; all you need is 10ml sugar syrup, 10ml vodka, 5ml orange liqueur and 80ml cranberry juice.

Add some orange peel or slices if you want, mix it all together, pour it, then freeze it.

 

 

7. Strawberry Champagne

 

Strawberry champagne lollies

 

A delicious tasting champagne drink in ice lolly form and who doesn’t like champagne? This one is almost 100% champagne so use about 20ml sugar syrup and then fill the rest with champagne and puréed strawberries.

 

*All of these recipes will need freezing overnight to get the best lollies.

 

Emma x

 

Visit Emma’s web site emmalaurenroberts.com

Photographs: Emma Lauren Roberts

This is not a sponsored blog post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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