Bust out the comfy shoes, this July, Birmingham Cocktail Weekend is taking the city one creation at a time. For three liquor-filled days, 30 venues are preparing to get all blendy and mixy with newly devised concoctions, masterclasses, tastings and events, and we've got the pretty pictures to prove it. Roll VT.
On purchase of a £6 wristband (buy it in advance, here), a specially created cocktail becomes available to you for £4, at every participating venue, throughout the weekend of July 15 to 17. There are plenty of fragrant, fruity, floral creations for the quaffing this year, including Lost & Found's Botanically British (pictured, above) with Sipsmiths London Cup, cloudy lemonade, bitters and edible flowers. Find Sipsmiths' Secret Garden to sample a signature cocktail from the gin doyens.
Also available to every wristband clad soul is access to events and tastings. Join Gas Street Social for their Cocktail Time Machine, where you'll receive four generation defining rum serves. Secure a spot with Suntory Whisky — Japan's oldest distillery — at Rofuto's Kurabu bar (£15 extra), where you'll sample three whiskies before mixing your own mini-mizuwari, which we're reliably informed is a drink, not a weapon. Or do none of the above and spend your time trying The Captain's Berry Beginning (above) at Suds'n'Duds. Decisions, decisions.
Keeping a watchful looky over the whole weekend is Island Bar who have a Spiced Julep for the toasting. Pick up your wristbands from the tiki tykes and expect a treat or two from Jim Bean while you're there, as well as a guidebook to ensure you keep out of trouble — or squarely in trouble — perspective depending. Over at Marmalade, the hub's sister venue, there's even a Dutch craft beer and Bols Genever pairing. Bet you eleventy thousand pounds they tell you where the phrase "Dutch courage" comes from.
And it's not just a case of the usual suspects taking part. Head over to the Edwardian Tea Rooms at Brum Museum for Pina Coladas (♫ and getting caught in the rain ♫), while the New Alex Theatre have an Emerald Elixir of luminous proportions and a theatre themed cocktail masterclass. And in case you're starting to get concerned by the decided lack of tequila, don't. Patron is at Bodega and bringing four variants of the good stuff, expertly matched with tasters of Mexican-inspired food.
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