For cats who like to keep their cocktail game tight, we bring cheers-worthy news:Birmingham Cocktail Weekend returns and with it not just the city's biggest and best bar crawl, but all manner of pop-ups and one-offs and hands-ony happenings, all with a liquor-like angle. Signature slurpy highlights are universally £4 with a wristband. Salut!
Siamais: Dragon Punch
You may not immediately think of cocktails when you think of Siamais. But you'd be wrong. When we stopped by, the drinks offering beat the food like Road Runner beats that damned coyote. So if you've not yet made it over to Brindleyplace's newbie, their spiced rum Dragon Punch with Thai basil and strawberry is the reason to do so. Meep-meep!
Hotel du Vin: Espresso Martini
This year's cocktail weekend epicentre (so where you exchange your e-ticket for a wristband) is The Courvoisier Hub, which you'll find at Hotel du Vin. There'll be samples for the sampling Friday and Saturday and you'll find a cognac-based Espresso Martini for the quaffing throughout the weekend. Warning: may contain caffeine.
Jekyll & Hyde: John Silver's Bounty
Pretty looking, ain't it? Full of the good stuff too. As you'd expect from the people who were talking about gin before everyone was talking about gin, Jekyll & Hyde's going big on juniper, with small-batch, award laden Edinburgh Gin. Combined with plum vanilla liqueur of the same distillery, this zesty signature serve also involves bitters.
Bourne & Co — Granny in Acapulco
Taste and match the four classics of the whisk(e)y cocktail sphere from 2.30pm on Saturday. While Bourne & Co is closed to Joe Public, Maxxium will lead you through a tasting before you attempt to match specific drops to drinks like an Old Fashioned and a Rob Roy (£15.75, book). Apple-infused Granny in Acapulco is the team's signature drink.
Malmaison — Malberry Madness
Serving up a ruddy countryside ramble in a glass, Mal Bar is dealing on a drink that essentially equates to a blackberry and elderflower Pimms. Tick, tick, tick. Also sounding ever so tick-worthy is BMAG'sjazz and cocktail night, from 6:30pm until 10pm on Saturday in the The Edwardian Tearooms. No need to book. Loverly.
Pushkar — Love on the Rocks
Majoring in fruity cocktails, Pushkar's got an Amaretto and pear brandy refresher, muddled with whipped egg whites, cherries and lemon juice. If you'd rather some movie with your bever-aaage, the New Alex is screening Cocktail from 12.30pm Sunday as part of BCW— just drop in, it's free for wristband holders.
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