The last week seems to have been very cocktail themed for me – a quick sunny Bramble on Wednesday, giving my favourite recipe recommendations for birthday parties, Pimms Cups and unexpected gin on Thursday and then roof garden Pimms on Friday. That’s without even mentioning all of the wedding Pimms!
I wanted to share some of my favourite cocktails so I thought I would start with my favourites in Liverpool. Obviously you will be able to get these elsewhere too!
Singapore Sling at Berry and Rye
Berry and Rye is really the place to be if you consider yourself a true cocktail aficionado. Hidden behind a dark door, you’ll need to knock to get in and go in a small group to find a space. With menus hidden within books, a dark den atmosphere and table service, this is a decadent place to start a night out or take a hot date after dinner. A Singapore Sling is always an excellent choice, and the Berry and Rye version is packed with sweet, fruity flavour and enough gin to smack you in the face. Luckily you’ll have been given glasses of water on the way in, which should keep you classy and hold off the spinning. In days gone by Berry and Rye barely had a menu – you told them what you liked and they would throw something together. Now, they have a pretty extensive offering, but if you ask really nicely they’re usually happy to whip up something just for you. This bar is definitely for a treat, not your standard Friday night, but it’s worth going the extra mile, and whilst the prices are a little higher than a £1 Carlsberg at the Pilgrim they are no more than you would pay for a great cocktail elsewhere.
The only trouble with the lovely atmosphere is the terrible photos…
Marley Mojito at Tribeca
Across the road on Berry Street you’ll find Tribeca. Loved for its pizza, they also serve up £3.50 midweek cocktails, and one of these is the Marley Mojito. I’m an absolute sucker for a good mojito, although I’ve rather moved on from all the Wetherspoons versions my 18-year-old self drank (and gave up on dry January for). I think the key is that I love anything with fresh mint, but the rum helps too! This Marley version from Tribeca has the essential mint, Bacardi oakheart spiced rum and a good spoonful of apricot jam. I might be over the obsession with serving everything in jam jars, but I’ll forgive Tribeca for this one as it’s just so darn good.
Mayflower at The Font
The Font is a definite Friday favourite for me – so close to work and £2 cocktails! My favourite of these is the Mayflower (I think it was recently renamed the Mayflower Collins when they introduced a whole range of Collins’). Elderflower, gin and apricot is a dream combination for me, so no matter how many times I try to pick something new off the menu, I’ll usually end up with one of these in my hand. If you hate elderflower or apricot (what?!) then The Font also provide an excellent Bramble and I really love the Coconut Daiquiri for ultimate refreshment. With a £2 Font card you can get 3 £2 cocktails for £5, so you can always get your gin fix!
Pimms Cup at Kazimier Gardens
I’ve spoken of my love for this before, but my point still stands because this is probably the best Pimms in Liverpool. With extra gin, ginger ale and enough fruit for your five-a-day in a quite frankly giant glass it is perfection, especially on a Thursday when you need an extra special pick me up.
Frozen Margharitas at Lucha Libre
I’ve also mentioned these before, but seriously, anyone would make friends over one of these. Mine’s a peach or tamarind. Lucha also serve the excellent alcoholic Mint and Mango Lassi with El Jimador Reposado tequila – a somehow sweet and savoury drink that is perfectly smooth against a fiery burrito.
What are you favourite cocktails? Tell me all about them! Next time I’ll share some of my favourites to make at home.