If you were following my tweets this evening, you might be surprised that I’m in a fit enough state to write a blog post about tonight’s delicious cocktail tasting at The Botanist. But I am and I’m writing this post now so that I can make another attempt to hit the gym first thing tomorrow morning. It hasn’t happened so far this spring/summer but I will try again.
So what did happen tonight? Well, I popped into The Botanist to taste their Jubilee cocktail menu created by chief mixologist Paulo Brammer and each playfully named to suit a royal theme.
God Save The Quince – Strong and Stoic – was first on the list. The ingredients included homemade quince compote, dry figs infused Tanqueray gin and pressed apple juice.
Overall, I think this was my favourite cocktail on the menu. Maybe because it was the first one I tried and yet I still remembered it at the end. It could also be because of the subtle sweetness (not too much) and depth of flavour which I enjoyed. Whatever the reason, the flavour lingered and it wasn’t easy to forget. Delicious.
Next on the list was The Camilla – Bitter and Twisted – which included Aperol, elderflower cordial, peach bitters, Chapel Down rosé brut sparkling wine and lemon twist.
This cocktail was refreshing and the elderflower created a surprising burst of sweetness amongst the bitters and citrus. As I write this post, I already know that there wasn’t a cocktail I didn’t enjoy. When it comes to cocktails in Chelsea, The Botanist really can’t go wrong. So unsurprisingly, this was another one I enjoyed.
The Duke of Cambridge – Reliable and Thoughtful (Awww!) – was made up of Sipsmith London dry gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh cucumber and thyme.
This was another refreshing drink. If you like cucumber martinis, you’ll enjoy this. But this drink won’t be too familiar mainly because of the elderflower twist.
The penultimate cocktail was The Duchess of Cambridge – Sweet and Sparkling. This drink contained Smirnoff vodka, fresh passion fruit, Chambord and Champagne.
If you enjoy sweet cocktails, you’ll definitely enjoy this. Admittedly, I don’t usually go straight for the sweet cocktail on the list but then again, I knocked this one back quicker than any of the others. It was very yummy.
The final cocktail was Prince Harry – Ginger Nutter. This was my second favourite and it was refreshing enough for me to want to start the menu all over again. The ingredients involved lemongrass infused Smirnoff vodka, grapefruit bitters, lychee purée, fresh lime and Fentimans ginger beer.
To help the cocktail tasting along, I also enjoyed a few foodie delights.
The Royal cocktails menu is available from now until Wednesday 6th June 2012 and are £8.50. If you’re in the area, I recommend popping in for one or two or five because they are perfectly suited for the Jubilee mood as well as very yummy. *Clink!*