Competition To Find Nottingham’s Best Cocktail is On!

The finalists in the competition to find Nottingham’s Best Cocktail 2019, part of It’s in Nottingham Cocktail Week, have been announced.

Venues around the city centre were encouraged to create new cocktails based on three different themes: Collaboration with another Nottingham business; Cocktail inspired by a Nottingham personality and a twist on a classic. Businesses could enter one or all three of the categories.

The three finalists in each category are as follows:

Collaboration with a Nottingham business:
  • Be at One Cocktail Bar – Banoffee Old Fashioned
    Collaboration with Doughnotts. This cocktail is based on the classic Old Fashioned, but has a smoother finish and has hints of banana and caramel. Served with ice with foam top and a mini doughnut.
  • Lace Market Hotel – Cock & Coupe
    Created using Cock and Hoop Pale Ale from the local Magpie Brewery, this ‘hop-tail’ is a fusion of bourbon, pale ale & egg whites, producing a delicious cocktail with a beer fragranced foamy head and topped with a citra hop dust.
  • Ye Olde Salutation Inn – Bearded Wonder
    A cocktail in collaboration with Moonshine Tattoo Palour and named after the landlord of Ye Olde Salutation. Served in a half pint tumbler, the Bearded Wonder is a mix of Turkish delight liqueur, toffee vodka and lemonade.

Cocktail inspired by a Nottingham personality:
  • Be at One Cocktail Bar – SS/2020
    Inspired by Nottingham fashion icon, Paul Smith – SS/2020 is a light summery Martinez cocktail with note of orange for an additional zing.
  • Monty’s Bar & Social – Ivor Montagu
    Monty’s and this cocktail theme were both inspired by the creativity of English film-maker, screen-writer and table tennis player of the 1930s, Ivor Goldsmid Samuel Montagu, who wrote a series of spy novels during his time in Nottingham. Served in a tea smoked old fashioned glass, the ingredients encapsulate British flavours with a very modern take on their delivery.
  • Das Kino – Hoods’ Italian Wine
    A take on Robin Hood’s favourite drink, this cocktail comprises of Old J Spiced Rum, Sauvignon blanc, lemon juice and Oregent syrup.
A twist on a classic:
  • Bar Iberico – Mule Kick
    A twist on the classic Moscow Mule. Made with Bar Iberico’s own secret spiced ginger syrup recipe and Schweppes ginger beer, combined with grapefruit vodka.
    • Hart’s Hotel and Kitchen – Hart’s Garden Bramble Twist
      This gin cocktail was inspired by the ingredients from the garden at Hart’s and has a refreshing and exciting twist.
  • Juni – Gin Fashioned
    Using their own cask-aged premium artisanal gin, Juni have created a twist on the classic Old Fashioned.

Mixologists and bartenders from each venue will now mix, shake and stir up their creations before a panel of industry experts at a live final on Monday 18 November, when a winner in each category will be announced and Nottingham’s Best Cocktail for 2019 will be named.

All of these drinks as well as the others specially created for the event are on the menu for people to enjoy during Nottingham Cocktail Week which takes place from Monday 11 November to Sunday 17 November 2019.

Over 40 pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels and casinos are taking part in the event which is set to be a major celebration of the city’s vibrant cocktail scene. Among them are All Bar One, Alto, Browns, Ginsecco, Grosvenor Casino, Mowgli, Nottingham Bowl, Pitcher and Piano, Slug and Lettuce (Old Market Square), The Cross Keys, The Lacehouse, Turtle Bay and Wildwood.

During the weeklong event there will also be various activities including mixology master classes and live music and various venues will be providing 2 for 1 offers on cocktails.

People can pick up a menu from participating venues around the city or download it from: www.itsinnottingham.com/cocktailweek
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